Some first rehearsals are flawless and others create a springboard to work from.
And Italy‘s first rehearsal at Eurovision fell into the latter camp.
The shots start out with a sonic boom effect on screen as the music starts, with Mahmood slowly making his way to the front of the stage. And there are some nice visual elements here.
The lyrics have been translated to English for some screens, in another burning bank notes flood the LED floor and in another Mahmood’s head is broken apart. The performance ends on a screen that reads, “money can’t buy you love“.
But overall the effect failed to make impact.
The vocal mix, as a likely result of lingering illness, sounded off.
Undoubtedly Mahmood remains a talented performer in possession of one of the best studio songs of the year.
But the live vocal was beset by problems. Moreover the stage felt too blue, dark and one-note to really make impact.
Italy has work to do here. Vocal problems as a result of illness cannot be helped, but the staging can be and changes need to be made to put Italy back in contention.
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