Fourth up rehearsing today is Greece, who will be represented by Stefania in this year’s competition with her entry ‘Last Dance’.
What did we think of the rehearsal?
The song opens with Stefania walking into view from the back of the stage, wearing a purple rhinestoned catsuit, with elbow length gloves. She gives a lot of eye contact in her delivery of the first verse, turning around the stage while singing. The camera fades to black and as we enter the first chorus, Stefania is now in front of a green screen with dancers who are invisible. The dancers are all dressed in white and is fairly casual wear, such as vests, shorts and shoes.
The second verse sees Stefania walking up a flight of stairs covered by the greenscreen, which is showing cityscapes. She then is lifted off the top of the stairs by her dancers before going into the second chorus. In the bridge, Stefania leaves the greenscreen and turns around with her back to the audience, again giving lots of eye contact. She turns back to face the crowd and the greenscreen has disappeared. The dancers are now fully visible and they do some intense choreography, as the pink of the backdrop fades to white. Stefania ends the performance with her delivering the final note as the camera zooms out.
Now what did our team think of Greece’s rehearsal?
Jazzi: Vocally Stefania is on point, she is clearly very confident despite being so young. I love the city/superhero vibe this seems to to have! Stefania is very charismatic throughout the performance! I love the 3D city effects as well I like the invisible dancers! This is different and will stand out in the semi and could get Greece their best result in years!
Rory: Greece had alluded to some pretty innovative staging in the run up to rehearsals, and they delivered. The greenscreen effect is used really well, and the dancers look visually quite striking! Stefania is note perfect in the rehearsal and I can easily seeing this qualifiying and potentially even getting a top 10 result! Greece is not going to be underrated this year – that’s for sure.
Rosie: Stefania looks incredible! That was the first thing I noticed. The second thing I noticed is that she sounds incredible as well. Her higher notes weren’t quite there, but perfectly forgivable on a first rehearsal. I do feel a little torn on the invisible dancers, though. It’s definitely unique, and I understand why they’ve been describing it as “never been done before”, but it doesn’t click for me. It feels unnerving rather than joyous, and slightly spoils the mood of the song. I absolutely applaud them for taking the risk, and maybe with time it’ll start working for me, but it’s not quite right for me right now. I certainly don’t see this harming Greece’s chances of qualifying, though.
News Source Credit: EBU/That Eurovision Site
Photo Credit: Haris Farsarakis