Vienna Blog. Words by Hass Yusuf, photos by David Ransted.
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Yahoo! We’ve be here a week now! This time next week we’ll know where were heading to next year. Hope it’s Italy. Or the UK of course.
But before we start on today’s activities, here’s an interview I did with John Karayiannis from Cyprus. Filmed by Robin Scott.
Click here: http://youtu.be/THt0ExuVZXs
And here’s my annual video blog touring the press centre, filmed by Robin Scott.
Just click here: http://youtu.be/VtZs0K1H8lU
But we talk about today’s stuff, let’s check out David’s pics from yesterday.
Let’s get back to today.
And here we go with ITALY!
Il Volo are now on stage singing Grande Amore. There’s a lot of love here. THe three chaps are decked out in fab dark suits, white pleated shirts and red shoes. A classy visual look for a classy pop opera song. And excellent backdrop visuals as well – harkening back to the days of Roman classical styling. The trio all have fabulous voices – and this is probably the nearest that Italy have come to winning the contest since 1990 (though they nearly did a few years in Dusseldorf). Come on Italy! (And UK.)
And here’s another trio – but this time from the host nation, AUSTRIA.
The Makemakers sing I Am Yours. It’s a pleasant quite relaxed song – it could be from the late 1960s. It’s all hair and beards. It’s a nice understated performance which starts off with the band in silhouette slowly emerging into the light. There’s a fire in the piano by the way. And now it’s completely in flames. An unusual effect as gimmicks go. Eurovision at its best. Let’s set the stage on fire.
And now it’s time for SPAIN.
And it was worth the wait. Edurne sings Amanecer. The acts starts off with the lovely Edurne dressed in a long red robe, looking like Little Red Riding hood, sitting on top of a bare-chested hooded male dancer. The red robe has a very long wedding train, which the dancer pull off! Off comes the red robe to reveal an outfit in gold! The dancer looses his hoodie as well and bare-chester he thrusts Edurne into the air and then spins her around. He then abandons her, nicking her red robe and running off the stage. Hope she’s got a spare, he’s probably keeping that one. I loved this. Despite the strange act, I love this powerful ballad.
Time for GERMANY now.
Ann Sophie sings Black Smoke. She’s looking all sultry in her black onesie with the revealing back, and golden belt. She’s joined on stage by four backing vocalists. She appears to have lost one of her earrings. This is a soulful funky sound, which I don’t really like, but it’s a very good performance – very modern, so should do well.
It’s crunch-time now with the UNITED KIGDOM.
It’s certainly different. The song, Still In Love With You, has been remixed for Electro Velvet. The BBC have brought along their own stairs again. Everyone seems to be dressed with florescent stripes which create nice effects. As does the back-pack that Bianca is wearing! She and Alex are in good voice and the dancers give it their all. It certainly is a bright and lively performance that everyone will remember – hopefully for the right reasons. This was good first rehearsal, which will no doubt be improved on by the second rehearsals. But well done to Bianca, Alex and the crew.
FRANCE are on next.
What a marvelous Lisa Angell is. She sings N’oubliez Pas with much gusto. She has a lovely backdrop with a message of peace (doves) emerging from destruction. She’s joined on stage by four drummers – or is that 40? A lovely effect by the French. It certainly has the ‘wow’ factor. The song is a pure French ballad but sounds great. Who cares if it’s old-fashioned.
And now it’s time for the last act of the contest, special guests, AUSTRALIA.
Guy Sebastian sings Tonight Again – which made me tap my feet throughout the whole performance. This modern, lively and catchy song is a soulful funky number that should score well. Guy is joined by four dancers who all perform well. Guy is however making a bit of a fashion statement with loose white leggings. But the trilby works well.
And that’s it for today. It’s the grand opening of the Euroclub tonight.
Tomorrow, I’ll write up the Meet & Greets from today along with David’s pic.