Yesterday was a huge first day in the Eurovision arena, with the first 10 artists taking to the stage for the first rehearsals. Today we’ve got the next round of artists from the first semi-final, and it features some of the contest favourites! Here’s the action from Day 2!
First up today is FYR Macedonia, who although aren’t exactly favourites to qualify, but have won a lot of fans over after their promo performances. Being stuck in semi-final 1 is a rough gig for the often unlucky country, but perhaps a solid rehearsal could change the skeptic’s minds.
Visually, this is a bit of a mess. I think some of the concepts were great, but unfortunately I don’t think that they delivered. Also unfortunate is that we only got to see one run through of the performance due to technical issues, but that one run through definitely needs some work.
I think at times the camera angles aren’t flattering, but beyond that the colours on stage are plentiful. Less is more. They could have made this look incredible by sticking with the same range of colours, but instead it looks a little bit messy.
For the most part I think the choreography works, but it’s nowhere near as seamless as the music video. Huge potential not realised here.
Don’t even get me started on the costumes. We have Marija in a pink, embellished suit jacket… BACKWARDS. Literally, we saw her from the back side, and we literally saw her backside, well at least the underwear. It was completely unflattering, and after the costumes we saw in the music video, this is a complete and utter disappointment.
Unfortunately, the backing vocalists are also disappointing, wearing primarily black outfits with coloured tutus around their waists. It’s just not that same modern or classy feel that their music video had, and perhaps this is the biggest disappointment.
I would say that the vocals were the best part of this performance, and Marija truly does deliver. At times of the performance, she drops a couple lines to let the backing vocalists take over, and they really need to nail it to make sure it’s seamless and not clumsy. I think this has a long way to go.