Second rehearsals at Eurovision 2019 continue with Denmark, Austria and Sweden.
Reactions to second rehearsals at Eurovision 2019: Denmark, Austria and Sweden
Denmark: Leonora with “Love Is Forever”
She was a shining star at her first rehearsal and Leonora improved further during Denmark’s second rehearsal at Eurovision 2019.
The warmth of feeling that was evident in the first rehearsal has been increased.
Her backing dancers join her with friendly gestures and interactions that magnify that feeling. They all wear big smiles and Leonora looks like she’s enjoying herself on stage.
The screens with the clouds are beautiful, the friendly feeling has been dialled up for sixty and the Danes have got a little slice of joy on their hands.
Denmark are, in this reviewer’s opinion, on course for the Grand Final.
Austria: Paenda with Limits
This is stunning.
Having dispensed with the black-and-white effects of the first run Austria has created a compelling performance ready for Eurovision.
Paenda performs amid a twinkly forest of bamboo lights in an otherwise pitch black stage.
Her vocal sounds perfect, she emotes beautifully into the camera and the triangles overhead add juddering light effects that elevate the staging.
Sweden: John Lundvik with “Too Late For Love”
In a change to previous advertising John Lundvik did perform ahead of Austria.
This Swedish production hits the stage like a cannonball. They’ve added even more gold lighting to the darkened staging, which only helps to build the soul and warm feeling Sweden has been in search of.
Undeniably John Lundvik is a charismatic performer and his backing troupe of ladies turbocharge his own vocal firepower.
Are we going to Gothenburg? Possibly. The entry strikes a fine balance between Swedish perfection and the requisite soul to sell a song like “Too Late For Love”.
For once Sweden’s performance does look different to Melodifestivalen and it is so much the better for it.
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