Mirrors. An Eagle. The Northern Lights.
Second rehearsals at Eurovision 2019 continue with Russia, Albania and Norway.
Reactions to second rehearsals at Eurovision 2019: Russia, Albania and Norway
Russia: Sergey Lazarev with “Scream”
At Russia’s second rehearsal at Eurovision 2019, it became clear this performance has several Eurovision moments.
There’s the star tunnel effect during the first chorus, the point where Sergey’s mirror versions synchronise to perform the bridge, and the interactions between Sergey and his various mirror selves dotted throughout the show.
Perhaps it was camera angles, or changes in choreography, but the segment where Sergey is in the “shower box” felt too long. The camera zooms out at the wrong moment and because the stage is so dark we lose the impact of the rain effect.
“Scream” still has the wow-factor at times, and is a sure-qualifier, but like others it needs tightening up before dress rehearsal.
Albania: Jonida Maliqi with “Ktheju tokës”
Albania’s second rehearsal showed signs of improvement.
Jonida has changed her hair, they’ve changed the screens and on the whole they are starting to move in the right direction.
Camera cuts feel closer, the staging feels sharper and the whole piece is more put together.
They have raised brightness on the lights, which makes it less dark, and the red has been toned down which adds dimensionality.
It still feels as though Albania has not realised their vision on the stage. Jonida sounds fantastic and they’ve added more kinetic energy by letting her move out from behind the microphone stand. But unfortunately for Albania the performance still feels a little empty.
Norway: KEiiNO with “Spirit In The Sky”
Norway showed significant improvement from their first rehearsal.
The camera angles were a lot sharper, they were on point vocally and the product looked a lot more polished.
Tom and Fred start on the outer parts of the stage with Alexandra in the centre.
They join her throughout the song, leading to the trio standing in a row to belt out the final chorus of the song.
The Norwegian entry is building up to a magical performance on Thursday. It’s definitely a much tigher, more cohesive package ready to slay.
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