Austria’s Vincent Bueno has taken to the Rotterdam Ahoy stage for his first rehearsal of “Amen” at Eurovision 2021.
Austria’s Vincent Bueno “Amen” — Eurovision 2021 first rehearsal
Oliver: Now this is what we call elevation. Team Austria have managed to create a moment of intimacy and still make full use of the stage. The opening piano pedal bass creates suspense, and together with some very pretty lighting effects and Vincent surrounded by fog, there’s a strong cinematic feel. At the chorus, he’s revealed to be stood on the catwalk, surrounded by runway lights which create clean vertical lines and draw focus towards Vincent. His vocals are powerful and he delivers the lyrics with real emotion. Juries will love it. Arguably the tidiest first rehearsal thus far.
Padraig: Before today, I’d written off Austria as a certain non-qualifier. But Vincent Bueno has other ideas. He’s single-handedly delivered one of the most emotional performances so far. And while it’s simplistic, it’s highly impactful. Vincent is alone on stage, in a stunning black suit stoned with black jewels. He’s surrounded by spot-lights, a little like those used by Sweden’s Sanna Nielsen in 2014. The camera moves in ways similar to Conchita, ensuring that Vincent is always the centre of attention. On top of all this, Vincent brings a new edge to the number which was missing on the studio cut. This isn’t a funeral. He has risen.
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