Moldova’s Natalia Gordienko has had taken to the Rotterdam Ahoy stage for her first rehearsal of “Sugar” at Eurovision 2021. The dancing ice creams and men made of cake have been left at home. But how did Natalia’s staging look? Let’s see…
Moldova’s Natalia Gordienko “Sugar” — Eurovision 2021 first rehearsal
Oliver: This staging is perhaps more subdued than what we’re used to from Philipp Kirkorov and the Dream Team. Natalia is wearing a silver bejewelled ice skating costume surrounded by shirtless dancers in black suit jackets and cummerbunds. The whole team is stood on a rotating platform, that features a very effective black and white hypnotic effect when seen from above. The camerawork is good and makes up for the lack of movement. As for Natalia’s performance… it’s stiff. Her dancing is wooden and her vocals are very shaky. She’s completely drowned out by the pre-recorded backing vocals. And at one point, she holds a very long note but its not the most pleasant to listen to, and she actually looks like she’s in pain whilst singing. We wanted high calorie sweetness, but Moldova put us on a sugar-free diet today.
Padraig: Based on the music video I was expecting something highly calorific. But instead of sugar we got a sprinkle of stevia. By both Moldovan and Dream Team standards, this is disappointingly understated. There are no dancing icecreams or men of cake. But what we do get is perfectly fine. The dance routine is still there and Natalia stuns in her sparkling silver frock. She also performs atop a spinning platform, similar to Australia’s Isaiah in 2017. Oh, and there’s yet more neon. As for the vocal performance, Natalia sounds ok, although the backing vocalists appear to be stealing some of her thunder.
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