Some princes become kings overnight and others have to wait a lifetime.
But at France’s first rehearsal at Eurovision 2019 Bilal Hassani received his crown from members of the press center almost instantly.
The French concept is an assault on the forces of hate that threaten the world today. At the start Bilal has phrases projected onto his face.
At different points in the staging quotes flash up about people judging others’ appearances and the whole performance reads as a rallying cry for forces for equality.
Bilal is joined by two dancers on stage: Lizzy Dances and a deaf dancer who both represent different communities that are often attacked.
The message also mirrors the outpouring of hate Bilal has received on his journey to Eurovision.
The screens guide you through a journey from the hatred people receive, to self-belief that you can achieve anything you believe in and at the centre Bilal brings it altogether.
He sounds great, the revamp is fantastic and the staging elevates this is in every sense of the word. Bravo la France!
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France: First Rehearsal at Eurovision 2019
France: First Press Conference 2019
Photo Credit: EBU