The second act rehearsing today is Estonia, who will be represented by Uku Suviste in this year’s competition with his entry ‘The Lucky One’.
What did we think of the rehearsal?
The performance starts with Uku kneeling in the centre of the stage with a bright white circle behind him, which is covered in smoke. His vocal delivery is understated in the first few lines of the song, before he stands up in the first pre-chorus. The camera then cuts to a graphic of Uku falling into a pool of water – a similar shot to the music video.
The chorus sees Uku singing the song with flashes of lightning in the background. Uku stays in the centre of the stage as the blue tinted lights from the first chorus gradually change to grey. Things remain like this until the end of the second chorus, when the floor begins to change from gray to red, as does the background. In the final chorus, the white circle returns with flashes of a red circle on the floor. The song ends with a close up shot of Uku with his hand to the camera.
Now what did our team think of Estonia’s rehearsal?
Jazzi: I liked what they have done I like the colours that have been used and Uku is vocally on point throughout and sells the emotion of the song! However I am now quite unsure if this is enough to stand out as this year is so strong. I do think some jurors will appreciate this as it is solid for what it is. Overall a bit concerned about this one.
Rory: Overall, I enjoyed what Estonia was trying to do. The floor and the background are incredibly engaging, and it adds to the dramatic tones of the song. Uku also gives a flawless vocal performance, which I would expect given how many times he has come close to winning Eesti Laul. However, I do feel that with a lack of other things going on on stage, it might come across as being static. Unless they throw some last minute pyros in the second rehearsal, I’m not sure how well this is going to do.
Rosie: The visuals of this work really well. I love the effect of the moon, the lightning, the water – and they’ve lost elements of the NF staging that didn’t quite work! I still feel like it lacks anything interesting or memorable enough that will push it through in this semi final, but there’s nothing they’ve done wrong here. It’s just such a strong year, and placed between two energetic, upbeat songs. It’s solid, but when we’ve had so many “wow” moments already, it might struggle.
News Source Credit: EBU/That Eurovision Site
Photo Credit: Kersti Niglas