Eurovision 2020🇪🇪 Estonia

🇪🇪 LIVE from Tallinn: Eesti Laul 2020 Final Rehearsals

We review the rehearsals of the finals of Eesti Laul 2020, live from Tallinn!

Uudo Sepp – I’m Sorry. I Messed Up

In a transition that’ll give you whiplash, we go straight to Uudo with his stripped-back break-up anthem. With a song like “I’m Sorry. I Messed Up”, there are limited options for staging. This is a song you connect to emotionally, and any visual accompaniment needs to be something you can insert your own experiences into.

Recognising the many potential pitfalls, Uudo and his team have dodged some, and fell right into others. The LEDs show the lyrics of the chorus and some assorted images conveying heartbreak (sometimes literally). This makes it feel reminiscent of Michael Schulte’s “You Let Me Walk Alone” staging from Lisbon 2018. However, this was a wise reference point and I am by no means making plagiarism claims here. 

Without sounding too critical, I like the inclusion of a pianist on stage, and the performance isn’t entirely reliant on the LEDs. The fact that the pianist in question is Andrei Zevak (the protagonist from the video) is a nice touch. The lighting is a warm yellow tone and the production team do a great job at creating a sense of crescendo in a song that doesn’t have a huge build. 

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Costa Christou

Ever since I saw Helena Paparizou's triumph at Eurovision in 2005 (at the tender age of 6), I have been crazy about Eurovision. From the regional native language bops and shrieky female-led balladry to the sophisticated avant garde pop songs and chart-friendly EDM, I love everything about this cultural phenomenon. I'm currently working as a Delivery Manager in a software development team.

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