Second half. Second Semi-Final. Second Rehearsals.
Today nine acts have their second rehearsals and we are here to review them.
Reactions to second rehearsals at Eurovision 2019: Croatia, Malta and Lithuania
Croatia: Roko with “The Dream”
We had no vocal or visuals for the first run.
But the second run clarified one thing: Roko can sing. Croatia also increasingly looks like a qualifier.
Roko starts on the floor, but he know ascends from the depths of hell, casting sparks around himself. The shot sees him elevate to heaven and paradise, with a much slicker wing reveal than in previous rehearsals.
Visually this has elevated alongside the vocal and that makes the product far more polished than in first rehearsals.
Croatia is going to be one to watch next Thursday.
Malta: Michela with “Chameleon”
Malta had to battle production problems today.
Camera shots were off – at several point we saw camera arms – and the first run had to be abandoned because cameras were not where they needed to be.
Wide shots come at all the wrong moments and in too high a volume. Every time you verge on intensity, or impact from a moment of screening, the camera zooms away from Michela.
This feels like production problems as Michela herself has made progress.
Her hair is down, she seems happier and she’s smiling on stage. In short she has remembered to enjoy the experience.
It is a real shame that the camera work around her isn’t doing justice to Malta’s superlative stageshow.
The final run was vastly improved, but Malta needs to make this all tighter.
Lithuania: Jurij Veklenko with “Run With The Lions”
Jurij sells this song.
He emotes, he hits all the right notes and now he walks out from behind the mic stand for the final part of the song.
However he feels very exposed on stage, with only the twinkly light show behind him for support. The lack of colour is really apparent after Malta’s technicolor onslaught.
And that’s the problem with Lithuania. They have a performer that can sing, but a performance that lacks impact.
That’s nothing to do with Jurij. It is all down to the staging. He wears black, there are large parts where the stage is black and that means visually this is underwhelming.
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