Production problems are becoming a recurring theme in first rehearsals.
And in Albania’s first rehearsal at Eurovision 2019, Jonida Maliqi faced an uphill battle to land the package.
Her performance itself was fantastic. She has perhaps the strongest female vocal in the field and put in a note perfect performance.
The vocal drips with emotion and facially she translates the Albanian language lyrics effortlessly.
Unfortunately the staging felt empty. The promised eagle failed to materialise, even by final run through, and like so many other stages this year it felt too dark.
There was a promising fire rain effect on the screens, but it’s lost because the overall stage is too black.
Albania also appear to be using the manoeuvrable plinths from the stage, but because lighting is too subtle again they appear to blend into the background.
Essentially Albania’s issue is that the production is squandering their artist’s potential.
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Albania: First rehearsal at Eurovision 2019
Albania: First press conference 2019
Photo Credit: EBU