On stage, full of rage and a man in a cage.
Hatari upped their game in Iceland’s first rehearsal at Eurovision 2019.
The performance is choreographed around a giant cage, in which one of the dancers, sporting black contacts writhes around.
Matthias is dominant from the outset, holding court centre stage, and delivering his growl vocal perfectly.
Pyros and smoke effects add more kinetic energy to the piece as we move through verses and choruses. At various points red waves of energy fizzle into life, including chains at several points.
Klemens enters later, supported by backing dancers / backing vocalists, sashays around the stage, then submits during the climax of the track.
This came across far more polished than at the national final or in pre-party season. Hatari have added choreography, but they have also spent shekels on the stage: there is pyro, fresh outfits and an enormous visual stone bust of Matthias’ head on the screens.
Similar to a few other entries today there is some camerawork that needs ironing out, but otherwise Iceland looks to be in a good spot.
The vocal is there, the choreography is on point, in short the artists are doing what they need to. Now it is about the production tying together the loose ends.
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