A sonic boom. Soul in a starscape. A set of sisters.
Italy, the United Kingdom and Germany have had their second rehearsals at Eurovision 2019. You can find our reviews below.
Reactions and reviews to second rehearsals at Eurovision 2019: Italy, United Kingdom and Germany
Italy: Mahmood with “Soldi”
Italy have not made drastic changes from their first rehearsal.
However, the camera angles are sharper, telling a more compelling story than before. The camera angles focusing on the backdrops have been improved as well and are less jarring. Less burning money and more Mahmood slaying.
Mahmood has changed his outfit and sounds vocally on point. Let’s not forget he has been battling illness ahead of his Eurovision appearance.
On his last run through, Mahmood changed shirts and came out wearing an eye-catching black, red and white shirt, contrasting well with his dancers all dressed in black.
United Kingdom: Michael Rice with “Bigger Than Us”
Minor changes can make a big difference.
The United Kingdom made use of the triangles on the ceiling to great effect, adding more interest to the middle third of the song.
The beginning of the song is still in black and white. Michael injects colour into the performance as the first chorus hits.
Michael’s vocals are flawless as usual, which is the primary strength of the performance.
The ending has also been tightened up as his Michael and his backing vocalists form their circle. The camera angles are elevated over this portion to deliver a compelling conclusion of the tale.
Germany: S!sters with “Sister”
The biggest change to the German staging is the girls are no longer seated at the start of the performance. They are standing on opposite sides of the triangle on the outer part of the stage.
As in their first rehearsal, they move towards one another in the second verse and meet at the apex of the triangle to deliver the final minute of the song.
No major changes have been made but none were needed. The camera angles have also been tightened to create a more intimate atmosphere and the ladies deliver a vocal masterclass.
Interestingly, we must also note that the peace symbol at the end of the performance is gone.
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