She’s the Freaky Queen who’s set to represent San Marino at Eurovision 2021. In the next of her monthly #FREAKYTRIPTOROTTERDAM covers, Senhit has tackled another Eurovision classic, Conchita Wurst’s “Rise Like a Phoenix”.
Senhit has taken inspiration from Conchita by making facial hair part of her look. She wears a luxurious moustache and pays tribute to the legendary Queen frontman Freddie Mercury.
The song begins with the familiar rhythm of Queen’s “We Will Rock You” before the familiar tones of the 2014 Eurovision winning song begin. The music keeps it simple and elegant, with an orchestral accompaniment as well as some organ and dark piano.
Lyrically, the concept of “Rise Like a Phoenix” could be seen as referring to Eurovision 2021, rising from the ashes of the cancelled 2020 show. But there’s also Conchita’s original message, of overcoming personal hurdles.
While Senhit’s previous videos have features a colourful collection of extras, for “Rise Like a Phoenix” Senhit goes it alone. She performs the song in a swimming pool, wearing only dark trousers and a pair of metal angel wings.
With the video again directed by Luca Tommassini, it’s a bold vision, showing both strength and vulnerability. Senhit again shows she’s not afraid to experiment with gender constructs, expressing both the masculine and feminine. And like Freddie Mercury, Senhit uses elements of queer culture in her video art.
“I want to talk about the value of freedom of expression”
As with all of Senhit’s previous videos, there’s a deep concept behind the pop and glamour. Talking about the theme of the video, Senhit said, “With this project I want to talk about the value of freedom of expression, to reflect on the rights of human beings without distinction.”
The video ends with a quote from Freddie Mercury — “I won’t be a rock star. I will be a legend.” If Senhit’s covers are anything to go by, she is set to give a legendary Eurovision performance.
In Senhit’s #FREAKYTRIPTOROTTERDAM series, every month the Eritrean Italian diva releases a cover of a Eurovision classic. Previous covers have included “Cheesecake”, “Everyway That I Can”, “Ding-a-Dong” and “Congratulations”. Senhit will represent San Marino at Eurovision 2021.
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