It’s been an action packed first day in the Eurovision arena for the first of the rehearsals, and we’ve been there to cover it all! Each day, we aim to bring an in-depth recap of the happenings of the day, including summaries and thoughts on the rehearsals of each act. Here’s the action from Day 1!
They were one of our least favourite entries going into the competition, but yet today delivered one of the most touching rehearsals of all the 10 rehearsing acts. The nation have pulled it out of the bag on this one, but a few tweaks to the performance and we could be seeing a surprise qualifier.
This was probably one of the big downfalls of this performance. Being wedged between Czech Republic and Israel, Lithuania really needed to keep it simple, but they’ve decided to keep Ieva’s portion of the performance simple, but strangely decided to add screen overlays of families, grandparents and children in black and white. For many of us in the press centre, this was something that hindered not helped the performance, and would like to see the team scrap that element of their stage performance.
The best portion of the performance definitely came in the final moments of the song, where we see Ieva cross the bridge feature on the stage where her husband comes and joins here, and they share a tender moment. It’s an incredibly moving picture, and you’d have to be pretty hardcore not to feel some sort of emotion watching it play out.
This was another shocker for us, with an extremely budget looking top, but a flowy skirt all in a light pink colour. I can understand the flowy costume, but the top half definitely needs to be reconsidered for the live performances, as it truly looks tacky on camera.
Vocally, this was one of the most beautiful performances of the day. Ieva has the power to touch your soul with her voice, and she managed to draw emotion out from us each and every run through of the performance. She has such a tender and delicate voice that completely contrasts the boisterous performances of both Czech Republic and Israel, and for that reason totally stands out!
She also has chosen to sing the final few lines in Lithuanian, and that was a beautiful end to the song.