The sixth act rehearsing today is Romania, who will be represented by Roxen in this year’s competition with her entry ‘Amnesia’
What did we think of the rehearsal?
The song opens with a mid shot of Roxen in a large hoodie walking into the centre of the stage while she sings the first verse. She is joined by five dancers who pull her around the stage which is covered in smoke. In the second verse, Roxen walks more around the stage and is followed by the dancers, reperesenting the demons in her head. The blue gradually shifts to red, and as the second chorus kicks in shots of shadows are shown on the augmented reality wall.
Roxen and the dancers move to the small stage and do some more interpretive dancing, before one of the dancers pulls Roxen’s hood down to reveal a royal cape. She then walks between the dancers before the final chorus hits and they perform some more interpretive dancing before lifting Roxen up to end the song. Colours gradually switch from red to orange.
Rory: I overall enjoyed this, and I thought the use of interpretive dance from the music video was the right choice, as it helped to really sell the song. Roxen does sound as if she gets tired the longer she goes in singing and dancing, but that can be worked on. There are some really nice camera shots in this as well, such as in the second chorus, but I do still think this is borderline.
Jazzi: The staging was good I enjoyed the interpretive dance throughout and how Roxen was very much involved in that. I did get the impression that Roxen was quite nervous during this performance or maybe she is just holding back for the actual show. I am slightly worried about her chances for qualification now though as this semi is just so strong.
Rosie: Romania is another country which has taken their music video and translated it to a stage performance. Some elements of this work really well – the collective of “inner demons” is generally choreographed well particularly, and Roxen stands out amongst them. Other elements give me unfortunate flashbacks to GCSE drama – they’ve kept that bit in the choreography where Roxen is dragged along the floor, which doesn’t work on stage. The visuals and lighting also feel a bit muddled to me. It’s not a bad performance by any means, and still gets the message of the song across well, but I’m not sure how this will fare in such a strong semi-final, and with how strong the other rehearsals have been today, I’m worried for her.
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