We’re up to Day 3 here in the press centre for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, and over the last two days we’ve seen all 19 competing acts in the first semi-final take to the stage for their first rehearsals. Today, we’ve got the first half of the second semi-final, starting with Norway and ending in Australia! Follow the action here with us at Eurovision Union!
Romania hasn’t been standing for fans this year, and with their rehearsal they’re looking to change that. The rock oriented song has come to life on the Eurovision stage, and needs to be at least considered as a qualifier. Don’t underestimate the strength of this one!
How do you feature more than six people on stage without breaking the Eurovision rules? Manikins, of course! Romania have featured quite a big prop on the stage, with that being a couple of platforms with a series of manikins with plan white masks as the face. These masks are also featured on the two guitarists and backing singers, who are also completely dressed in white, as well as the drummer.
We see another member of the band first on screen, but as she walks towards the camera and steps away, it reveals the lead singer with the two guitarists behind, facing backwards but with the masks on the back of their heads. From here there’s a bit of choreography, and we see the lead move around stage fluidly.
She weaves in and out between the props and interacts with the members of the band, and on camera it’s coming across quite well, apart from a few clumsy moments, partly due to camera angles. The stage is illuminated at times with blue, which leads into primarily purple with highlights of yellow on the props.
The accompanying artists are all wearing white costumes, varying from person to person, with the lead artist wearing a length purple dress with a deep V in the front and slits at the bottom of the dress coming up to the waist. It fits in with the purple lighting that comes into play during the performance. There’s certainly nothing revolutionary about the costuming, but it’s nice.
First note was off, which was unfortunate as in the first verse, the lines are on echo. For the rest of the song, the lead artist really nailed it, including the big notes towards the end of the song. When we get into that first chorus and then from there, it’s vocally pretty impressive, and as such this song shouldn’t be discounted just yet.