A kinky band from Iceland, a Swede singing for Estonia and a song about cellphones from Portugal.
Three more acts, three more second rehearsals and three more reviews.
Reactions to second rehearsals at Eurovision 2019: Iceland, Estonia and Portugal
Iceland: Hatari with “Hatrið mun sigra”
Hatari started out in WTF territory but with each rehearsal are manoeuvring their performance into more palatable ground. This is not to say that they’ve lost any edge – they are still a BDSM metal band with other worldly trappings – but somehow it seems more accessible. Vocally this was more put together, lighting was significantly improved and pyro adds drama. Iceland increasingly looks on course to qualify after four years in the wilderness.
Hatari – “Hatrið mun sigra”
Estonia: Victor Crone with “Storm”
Estonia’s first rehearsal was beset with technical problems and the second was no different. We got halfway to the AR effect in the first run, until we were able to see seats through the graphic. In successive runs, Victor was also out of sync with the vocal of the pre-recorded effect, which only compounds problems Estonia is facing.
Victor remains a charismatic leading man, with a radio-ready song in “Storm”, but the stage performance is beset with problems. Pressure has been heaped on here in light of technically assured performances from Australia and Iceland. In essence Victor sounds fantastic, has a great song and in principle a great performance. But Estonia has yet to nail the AR effect, which needs ironing out by jury show time.
Victor Crone – “Storm”
Portugal: Conan Osiris with “Telemoveis”
Second rehearsals are for steps forward and Portugal has definitely made movement in the right direction. Camera work is tighter, lighting is brighter and the package has come a long way since first rehearsal. In particular addition of yellow-lighting and camera shots focused on contact between Conan and backing dancer appear to have elevated the package. Unfortunately at times this still looks incongruous. It is a hard one to read, but at this stage Portugal is borderline.
Conan Osiris – “Telemoveis”
Photo Credit: EBU