Shattered glass, a 50s diner and a sand artist.
Armenia, Ireland and Moldova were back in action this morning and we have our reviews of their second rehearsals at Eurovision 2019.
Reactions to second rehearsals at Eurovision 2019: Armenia, Ireland and Moldova
Armenia: Srbuk with “Walking Out”
Today the Armenia we know and love at Eurovision has re-entered the building.
There are jerky camera angles, pyro and added flourishes of static on the screens behind Srbuk.
She herself has a new hairstyle similar to the music video, enunciates better and has softened her facial expressions. This is less a vocal onslaught and more a declaration of intent.
The shattered glass effect climax is totally fantastic and up there with the best visual displays we saw in Semi-Final 1. In the first rehearsals Armenia faced an uphill battle to qualify but today Srbuk managed to pull things back.
In this semi-final nothing is certain, but Armenia at this stage is in the mix to qualify.
Ireland: Sarah McTernan with “22”
Immediately prior to rehearsals the Irish delegation told us Sarah is suffering from a wisdom tooth infection. So it is fair to say our expectations were more muted than they might have otherwise been.
However, Ireland did make progress.
They’ve added milkshakes to the bar, a nice little touch that adds warmth to the performance.
And despite the pain she must be in, Sarah McTernan sounded strong.
The transitions are still a bit shaky – the bar stools clearly need to be greased so they actually spin and they have to figure out how to get Sarah off the bar following the bridge. In successive runs Sarah nailed the spin and the dismount so it is possible.
Ireland has the elements here they need to sneak through. The bar shot from above as she travels through the starscape is especially beautiful and should be the focus for the recap.
“22” is on the edge of qualification in a tough semi-final, but this reviewer keeps faith Sarah can make it across to the other side.
Moldova: Anna Odobescu with “Stay”
Moldova’s second rehearsal did not start auspiciously.
Most of the performance was spent in ultra wide shot, before about ten seconds of actual footage, whereafter they called off the run through.
But on the second run, they had things sorted.
More work has been done here to cut between the sand art and Anna to balance things out. Previously the screens had been the primary focus, but now Anna gets far more air time. It allows people to engage with her and connect with the vocal more.
There is also an added shot where Anna touches Kseniya to show connection between the two elements on stage. Moldova only managed one run through, but they know what they’re doing with the staging.
The question now is whether the sand art is enough to elevate the song come qualification time. Staging is memorable, but the song isn’t. Another hard one to read.
Photo Credit: EBU