Amsterdam. Skopje. Baku.
Three different second rehearsals from three different corners of Europe.
Reactions to second rehearsals at Eurovision 2019: The Netherlands, North Macedonia and Azerbaijan
The Netherlands: Duncan Laurence with “Arcade”
While rumours of a grand piano were taking flight, Duncan has chosen to to keep his piano simple and understated, letting his voice do the work.
The only major addition to the staging is a transparent cube box sitting on the end of the piano, with a seashell/dome lamp perched on top for his first rehearsal. It proved a major distraction (with its electrical cabling evident), forcing the team to drop it through the second run through. In the third run through, they placed it back on the piano, but didn’t switch it on. Still some work to do here.
At the high chorus falsetto, the spotlight in the background becomes blinding. It’s a somewhat uncomfortable feeling, but strongly expressive and making a statement.
Among a sea of firework performances, The Netherlands is no doubt standing out in it’s own way. It’s the little song that could.
North Macedonia: Tamara Todevska with “Proud”
It’s a matter of why fix it when it’s not broken, with North Macedonia.
Her mirrors stand there not just purely for reflection, but as a strong statement as to the multi-faceted Tamara. Her vocals are arguably some of the most powerful of this year’s Eurovision, enunciating every word with passion.
Still, the focus of her stageshow is photos flashed up on the screen of women and families, channelling her message of female empowerment. The other focus is her voice.
The green dress has made a comeback. And while it may not have its fans and should consider getting it pressed, it now befits her.
Azerbaijan: Chingiz with “Truth”
Vocally, Chingiz was playing it down in his second rehearsal. While it wasn’t as strong and powerful, it’s more a matter of keeping it safe and not pressuring his voice.
Visually, its the same state of affair. The robots and lasers do their nasty work and it looks stunning. The golden heat pulses behind on the LED, exploding by the second verse. Chingiz serves face, gets on his knees and flexes those biceps.
Darkness encapsulates the stage, creating a mood and a feeling which contrasts with his falsetto. It’s a polished package, and ready to go.
Photo Credit: EBU