So another day in Baku is over, and as you read this we’re leaving the press centre for a night in Euro-Club. Here is a summary:
We’ve started with Israel now. They’ve got a punk-purple background with lots of clocks bouncing up and down on the backwall. The stage set up has the main band in the centre as one would expect, but the backing singers situation over on one of the catwalks- and they then move further back towards the centre. They have a pyro beginning, and fire towards the end. Some camera shots need work, but it looks good on screen.
San Marino onstage now – Valentina is joined by several backing singers / dancers / social network friends. One has a guitar, one has pom poms as Valentina will be dressed as a cheerleader (as we saw in the outfit check before she began her rehearsal) and will be using her infamous laptop during the act as well. Her vocals aren’t bad at all, and the choreography looks clean. From inside the arena San Marino is a hot mess!! Valentina is joined by three female and two male backing dancers/singers and a sparkly Macbook (amaaaazing!). The screen backdrop is very bright, very colourful and in your face with lots of ‘oh ohs’ popping up in speech bubbles around faces. Vocally, she sounds very good and I think it would be brilliant if this got through! Possible?
Cyprus now – Ivi is standing on a raised platform surrounded by four backing dancers. Because this is just a vocal run-through, we’re not seeing any dance moves at the moment. Ivi has notoriously been mentioned for not having the strongest vocals, but her vocals are overall okay. The first show rehearsal of Cyprus has just finished. Interestingly, Ivi’s vocals are quite the same as they were in the sound check despite the dancing. The performance is quite simple in terms of the dancing with it all centred around a sort of small brick wall. One thing that might possibly need changing is the stage lighting because it all seems quite dark at the moment. Possibly a qualifier, a lot better than some would have expected however.
Denmark is up for a sound check now, pretty much the same stage performance as we seen in the Danish NF. Very well performed as expected and surely a qualifier. So the dress rehearsal is pretty much the same as the sound check. Backing screens are of a sort of outdoors landscape…it’s performed by Soluna and her band very confidently and looks good on stage! As Emma says, it kind of seems like a group of friends jamming in a garage…nice!