Eurovision 2022 second rehearsals continue this afternoon with Azerbaijan’s Nadir Rustamli. The “Fade To Black” singer performed in front of the press for the first time. How did he do? Let’s find out…
Azerbaijan’s Nadir Rustamli “Fade To Black” — Eurovision 2022 second rehearsal
Padraig: Black, black and more black. It’s not so much a case of fading to black as being black throughout. Nadir’s staging is very dark, think Bulgaria’s Equinox in 2018 but with even fewer light bulbs. And whilst shadows can create a moody atmosphere, they can become a problem if they’re overdone. It’s hard to connect with the singer if you can’t look him in the eye. Lighting aside, the staging primarily consists of a bleacher like what fans would sit on at a sports field. Nadir is perched near the top, while a male dancer occupies the bottom row. They mimic each other’s movements, first sitting, then lying, and finally walking across the seats. The prop then splits into two with the men stranded on opposite sides. The storytelling isn’t immediately clear. Is the dancer supposed to be a past self, a platonic friend, an inner demon or a former lover? That’s all open to interpretation. Vocally, Nadir does an excellent job at singing dramatically. Although, especially during the first take, his words were muffled and it became difficult to make out the lyrics.
Reaction to Azerbaijan’s second rehearsal at Eurovision 2022
@wiwibloggs_official #Azerbaijan’s @NADIR RUSTAMLI takes to the stairs for his 2nd #Eurovision rehearsal. @jonathanvautrey watches and reacts 🇦🇿 #ESC2022 #Eurovision2022 #TheSoundOfBeauty #FadeToBlack ♬ original sound – wiwibloggs
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