La Belgique. La Géorgie. L’Australie.
Three countries, three seconds rehearsals and three new reviews from Eurovision 2019.
Reactions to second rehearsals at Eurovision 2019: Belgium, Georgia and Australia
Belgium: Eliot with “Wake Up”
What an improvement. Belgium knocked it out of the park at the second rehearsal. Everything about Eliot’s performance has improved on all fronts. He looks like he’s enjoying himself, he engages so much more with the camera and he moves. The elements now make sense. The screens work to channel and build intensity, the drummers heap on the pressure and Eliot himself channels it all into a powerful performance. In this reviewer’s opinion that is the most improved performance of the day so far.
Eliot – “Wake Up”
Georgia: Oto Nemsadze with “Keep On Going”
When we first saw Georgia’s staging things felt as aggressive as they ever had. There was lightning, a heart-rate monitor, a world on fire and barbed wire flying through the sky.
The second run has tempered that aggression and has channeled it into a more palatable product. Oto’s voice is now the right side of screaming where it is powerful rather than painful. Undoubtedly this is still quite an intimidating stageshow, but the sting in the tail has been removed. It remains full on, but it now offers a more thoughtful performance than previously.
The screens have been softened, transitions are more tame and you have greater sense of narrative than before. This rehearsal may also have put Georgia in contention for qualification.
Oto Nemsadze – “Keep On Going”
Australia: Kate Miller-Heidke with “Zero Gravity”
If the first rehearsal was stratospheric, Australia’s second rehearsal at the Eurovision Song Contest took us far beyond the atmosphere. Kate Miller-Heidke and her backing vocalists have now refined the “nothing holding me down” segment. It has greater kinetic energy, greater purpose and adds to a greater sense of climax. She escapes Earth, accelerates away and we want to follow her. Barnstorming stuff from the Aussies.
Kate Miller-Heidke – “Zero Gravity”
Photo Credit: EBU