It’s Senhit’s world, and we’re all just living in it. The Italian-born superstar’s #FreakyTripToRotterdam continues as she gears up to represent San Marino at Eurovision 2021. This month, The Freaky Queen continues her reign and celebrates royalty. The latest addition to Senhit and Luca Tommassini’s audio-visual project is a reinterpretation of French Eurovision icon Bilal Hassani’s 2019 entry “Roi”.
#FreakyTripToRotterdam: Senhit — “Roi” (Bilal Hassani cover)
Representing France in Tel Aviv, YouTube personality Bilal Hassani placed 16th at Eurovision 2019. Their track “Roi” — co-written by Madame Monsieur’s Émilie Satt and Jean-Karl Lucas — celebrates themes of diversity, uniqueness and individuality. For Senhit, these values remain ever-present. But sonically, there is a huge shift in the Freaky Queen’s “Roi” recreation.
Senhit’s re-imagining of Bilal’s track leans more into the dream-pop fantasy genre. In contrast to French superstar’s soft piano introduction, Senhit’s version of “Roi” features heavier drum building to smooth and bright synth chords, cutting through the textures of deep dark bass sounds and Senhit’s lilting vocal. The song and accompanying video delves deep into the fantasy of Luca Tommassini’s creative vision, conjuring a magical dreamlike atmosphere.
And the fashion, of course, is exquisite. Senhit dons royal looks, fusing classical couture with a dash of camp to create an altogether stunning visual worthy of the Met Gala. Drawing inspiration from the iconic wardrobes of historic fashion queens Elizabeth I and Marie Antoinette, Senhit can be seen wearing a highly stylised Tudor-esque wig as she floats through the scene in a large white pluming gown, accessorised with flowing white chiffon strands and a bejewelled masquerade mask.
“This tenth chapter is dedicated to France and it has multiple homages to the most iconographic Queens of history, from Elizabeth I of England to Marie-Antoinette, set in a dreamlike atmosphere”, Senhit said.
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“Roi” is the latest chapter of Senhit’s #FreakyTripToRotterdam project. Every month, San Marino’s Eurovision star covers a different song contest classic. Previous covers include TEO’s “Cheesecake”, Conchita Wurst’s “Rise Like a Phoenix” and a mashup of Netta’s “Toy” with Nadav Guedj’s “Golden Boy”. At Eurovision 2021, she’ll perform “Adrenalina” as the first act to take the stage in semi-final two.
What do you think of Senhit’s “Roi” cover? What’s your favourite #FreakyTripToRotterdam video so far? Sound off in the comments below.