It takes a certain kind of a woman to pull off a tuxedo.
And at Romania’s first rehearsal for Eurovision 2019 Ester Peony pulled off that look with aplomb.
She starts out astride an armchair, set against a moody gothic backdrop, that evokes her music video.
Her dancers, wearing backless tuxedos, advance on the centre of stage throughout the first verse, joining her around the chorus.
Amidst a world that appears to collapse in on itself, like the lost city of Atlantis, Ester Peony is a truly captivating presence.
Her magnetism draws her dancers in. Today Romania had to follow Moldova’s superlative performance and it met the benchmark they had set.
The stage moves from collapsing columns to flames and finishes with new flowers blooming from the scorched earth.
This channels Transylvania, makes Dracula fashionable, and explodes in a fiery climax to close.
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Romania: First rehearsal at Eurovision 2019
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Photo Credit: EBU