Latvia’s Samanta Tina has taken to the Rotterdam Ahoy stage for her first rehearsal of “The Moon Is Rising” at Eurovision 2021. We know she is a queen of the night, but was she a queen of the stage? Let’s see..
Latvia’s Samanta Tina “The Moon Is Rising” — Eurovision 2021 first rehearsal
Oliver: The colour palette here screams royalty — the Latvian songstress is wearing a pine green frock and her backdrop has hints of gold, including a pair of hands forming a crown. The opening is dramatic and suspenseful — Samanta starts her performance facing away from the camera, lit by vertical runway style lights. But once she turns around and joins her harness-clad visor-donning dancers, the payoff is underwhelming. There’s little movement and Samanta looks very small on stage, drowned out by vast emptiness. The message of the song is lost, too. Unfortunately, it feels less about celebrating women and more of a vehicle to showcase Samanta’s (fantastic) vocal talent. But this is incohesive, confusing and lacklustre.
Padraig: Emerald eleganza. Samanta looks stunning in a gorgeous green gown that stretches to the floor. She accessorizes with gloves and an ornate neckpiece that stretches over her shoulders and cleavage. She’s also joined by her squad of visor wearing women from her 2020 music video. The staging is golden. We see a giant set of hands, which melts down before they come back later on to form a crown. The performance is less jarring than the studio, which is both a blessing and a curse. It will be less likely to scare people away, but it’s also less memorable.
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