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!
Serbia has the rough end of the deal this year, performing in the less desirable spot of third place in this second semi-final, but with a relatively strong entry, their chances were strong. Now that we’ve seen the rehearsal, we’re a bit worried about this one…
The performance opens with footage of the flautist, and then switching over to the three female vocalists, often focusing on the core female vocalist. We then see the male vocalist join the three, and as his part of the song approaches, he steps forward to perform his part of the song.
The big concern with this song is certainly lack of chemistry on stage, as the choreography is rigid and cold. It loses a lot of feeling in the song due to this, and for that reason, I think audiences would find themselves alienated from the performance. At times their synchronisation works, but at others it totally doesn’t come across well.
We’ve also got a drummer on stage, who is energetically drumming no less than four drums.
What the visuals lack, the costuming makes up for. The girls are wearing such beautiful dresses which are a grey colour with black detailing around the upper body, with each of the dresses slightly varying from each other. The male vocalist is wearing black, and the outfit features detailing as intricate as the female’s outfits. Overall, it’s a classy feel to the costuming, on par with the costuming of many of the more ethno feel songs from the Balkan nations.
The first run through of the performance left a lot to be desired. There were issues with the mic effects placed on the female vocalists’ voice at the beginning of the song, but as we got more run throughs, these issues were fixed. Despite that, at times the vocals just weren’t strong enough, both from the female and male vocalists. They just aren’t as impactful as the studio version of the song, but it is improving as we see more takes.