The dancefloor. A campfire. Transylvania.
Three different settings. Three different nations. Three second rehearsals.
Reactions to second rehearsals at Eurovision 2019: Switzerland, Latvia and Romania
Switzerland: Luca Hannï with “She Got Me”
Switzerland looked stronger at this morning’s second rehearsal.
Luca Hannï today looked more like a man enjoying himself than a man finding his camera marks.
The choreography is complex, but today the dance troupe looked like a crack team. They knew their moves and it also feels as if some of the “goofier” elements from the first rehearsal have been swapped out.
The dance breakdown climax with pyro, lasers and static on the screens is particularly effective. This is a compelling visual proposition and showed vocal improvements despite illness Luca sounded together.
Luca looks the cool dancefloor presence he needs to be. Switzerland should be among the ten qualifiers next Thursday.
Latvia: Carousel with “That Night”
Latvia have made minor tweaks to their stage show.
In Carousel’s favour it is at least better lit so we can see the band more clearly and make better connection with them through the camera.
However, the reality remains that “That Night” is a quieter song, sandwiched between louder entries from Switzerland and Romania.
In some instances that can be an advantage, but in this case Carousel feel outgunned.
Romania: Ester Peony with “On a Sunday”
In a similar sense to Georgia, Romania’s first rehearsal felt like an exercise in throwing the spaghetti at the wall and seeing what sticks.
But at the second rehearsal Romania felt more focused, with clearer transitions betweens scenes (Atlantis, Woodland, Fire) and pyro added at the right times to amp up the tension.
Ester sounded fantastic, and the Romanians have added several “statement” camera shots, which only heaps the pressure on other songs in the semi-final.
Ester Peony – “On a Sunday”
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