The seventh act rehearsing today is Moldova, who will be represented by Natalia Gordienko in this year’s competition with her entry ‘Sugar’.
What did we think of the rehearsal?
We’re back to the pink and blue LED theme again with Moldova, who begins her performance seated on a human throne formed by her four male backing dancers – the same guys from the music video. The dance routine remains the same in the dance breaks. She’s stood on a rotating square in the centre of the stage. She’s dressed in another sliver bespangled dress, and looks fantastic. The backing dancers are in black trousers and open jackets – and very shirtless underneath. Rather than eating a guy’s face, she has ambitious plans for a very long note at the end of the song. She didn’t go for the high note today, but definitely held it at a lower pitch!
Now what did our team think of Moldova’s rehearsal?
Rosie: After such a colourful music video, expectations for Moldova were high and possibly bizarre. What they’ve given us is something generally slick and well-produced, with a singer who seems very comfortable on stage and commands the camera. Natalia sounds great, looks great, and keeps up with the dancers throughout. It possibly lacks a little bit of the fun of the music video, especially given what we’ve come to expect from Moldova, and it’s generally a very safe staging. That’s not a bad thing, but does mean she’ll be relying on the song and the performance to carry her through to the final. This certainly hasn’t taken her out of contention.
Rory: I was initially worried about Natalia in the run up to rehearsals as we hadn’t heard Natalia perform the song live. However, I was quite pleasantly surprised with her vocal performance, and the fact she is can deliver some of those notes after delivering some of intense choreo from the music video is great to see! The backdrop is the only part of the performance I have some concerns about. In a song called “Sugar”, how can you not use similar imagery from the OTT music video? Camera angles look stunning though, so it’s just a question of fine-tuning with Moldova.
News Source Credit: EBU/That Eurovision Site
Photo Credit: Natalia Gordienko