France’s Barbara Pravi has taken to the stage inside the Rotterdam Ahoy for her first rehearsal of “Voilà” ahead of Eurovision 2021. She stunned us during the French national final in January. Has she done so again? Let’s see…
France’s Barbara Pravi “Voilà” — Eurovision 2021 first rehearsal
Oliver: Astonishing. Barbara Pravi did something special on the Rotterdam Ahoy stage today. Her performance of “Voilà” here was mostly the same as that at C’est vous qui décidez but executed immaculately. Barbara is alone on stage, lit by various spotlights shining through smoke. She’s wearing a black bustier and high waisted trousers — a simple look cohesive to the simple staging. The moment where Barbara’s shadow explodes into a flock of birds remains, though now it’s perfectly smooth. And despite all these similarities, the French chanteuse is bringing something unique to the stage every time she performs. As the tempo shifts, Barbara swings her arms in dynamic upwards motions and delivers an impeccable display of emotions. Put simply, it’s captivating. Magnifique!
Padraig: Flawless. As if there was ever any doubt. Barbara Pravi was Eurovision ready back in January, so it’s little surprise that her staging has remained virtually unchanged. Her outfit has been tweaked, she has the same silhouette but the metal belt is gone, exposing her bare midriff. She’s also now wearing a lace top. The LED imagery is tighter, her shadow now bursts into a flock of birds even more vividly. The camera work is pretty much on point, although the lighting effect on the floor which worked so well during the national final isn’t as prominent. Barbara’s performance is perfection. We feel all her emotions and for three minutes we’re completely under her spell.
Reaction to France’s first rehearsal at Eurovision 2021
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Photo: EBU / THOMAS HANSES