The fourth participant to rehearse today is Sweden who is represented by ‘Tusse’, who will be competing in this year’s competition with their entry ‘Voices’.
What did we think of the rehearsal?
Tusse gave it his all in the first run through of the performance. He was vocally on point, hos outfit is red it seems slightly changed from Melfest as it was a long sleeved coat at Melfest, during this rehearsal the sleeves were cut off, Tusse has 4 other backing dancers on stage with him, however he projects a few more on the backdrop for the last chorus, which is quite impactful and clever. towards the end at the refrain the lighting goes all red and builds the atmosphere really well. At the end there is a breakout into celebration and orange colour. It feels they have taken from melfest and elevated it.
Tusse seems to really believe in his song and that really comes across in his performance. This was a rehearsal so come the live shows, how performance will be even more powerful.
Now, what did the team think of Sweden’s rehearsal?
Rory: Overall, I think Sweden had pulled off what they wanted to do. I’m not sure if I liked it however. It’s been good to see they have restyled Tusse and got him to have a more refined outfit. However, I’m not sure whether the shade helped the telling of the song. I’m sure it’ll be likely to qualify because Tusse has a strong vocal delivery, but perhaps it won’t storm the semi as much as we had thought.
Jazzi: I really like what they have tried to do here, it is powerful and impactful. This feels a lot more personal than a lot of Swedish entries do, which may endear them more to televoters than they have been doing in recent years. I feel Tusse was giving it all vocally despite recent surgery. I feel this will come Top 10 maybe Top 5 but the year is just so strong, it may get slightly lost among so many strong entries.
Rosie: There are some changes to the staging of this from Melfest that I really like – I love Tusse’s outfit, and I like the additional playing with lighting effects as well. The biggest thing for me is that the focus seems to be more on Tusse as an artist and his story – the inclusion of all-Black dancers feels very deliberate to me, and I like that a lot. I do feel like it’s not as spectacular as some of the other staging we’ve seen so far, and it’s hard to judge Tusse’s voice since he’s still resting it after surgery, so I think we’ll get a clearer idea about how this will do in the coming days as we see the other artist.
News Source: That Eurovision Site / EBU
Photo Source: SVT/Stina Stjernkvist