A neo-noir film. An anthem for equality. And a technicolor tour de force at a house party.
Today Israel, France and Spain take the stage for their second rehearsals. You can find our reviews below.
Reactions and reviews to second rehearsals: Israel, France and Spain
Israel: Kobi Marimi with “Home”
This was another vocally assured performance from Kobi Marimi. Were this The Voice no doubt he’d walk away the winner.
And there have been some minor tweaks to staging. The shattered fragments of screen behind him project his face sooner. Lighting-wise they have also brightened things up.
The neo-noir feel is still there, and the backing dancers look classy, but they’ve managed to make it feel less dour than before.
This is a host country entry and Kobi is drawn fourteenth which undoubtedly counts against this.
However, he can be proud of his performance and how expensively this comes across. How well it can do depends on the songs that are sandwiched around it in the running order.
France: Bilal Hassani with “Roi”
France dialled up the emotion during the second rehearsal.
The projections on Bilal’s face cycled too quickly during the first run, but that was mitigated by new additions in the performance.
In particular the final shot is of a young Bilal, which then fades to the messages, “We are all Kings.”
More than a few tears were shed at the wiwibloggs table after that.
“Roi” has an important message which has been elevated by the staging. This looks expensive, it looks French and Bilal shines.
Vocally it sounded as if there were a few issues in the mix – at times Bilal sounded as though backing vocalists were not supporting him – but that is what rehearsals are for and this can be ironed out.
Spain: Miki with “La Venda”
The house party is back in full swing!
Camera shots on the house are tighter, Miki looks like a man having fun rather than a man finding camera marks, and the frenetic energy from the national final has been restored.
The puppet – which represents society’s expectations – still feels unnecessary, but the Go-Pro segment has improved. There’s a nice overhead shot of the group that adds the party atmosphere.
But by far the strongest segment is where Miki and his dancers run down the catwalks for the climax.
Spain has made a lot of progress, but it still feels like there is a lot going on. The house section has been tightened up a lot, but it feels like this would be stronger without the robot and the go-pro.
Photo Credit: EBU