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Stage verdict: Albania, Belgium and Montenegro

by | May 6, 2017

Stage verdict: Albania, Belgium and Montenegro

by | May 6, 2017 | 2017 Rehearsals, Eurovision

How well are Albania, Belgium and Montenegro selling their songs at the rehearsals for the Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv? Felix is dissecting each entry into six categories, each of which comes with between 1 and 4 stars. Not for the songs though: in this series, it’s all about the job they do on stage!

As any ESC fan knows, there are mediocre songs which suddenly shine on stage, just as there are favourites that don’t get a favourable treatment during the rehearsal period. So let’s find out how things are going down on stage in Kyiv!

See the bottom of this post to find out how the total scores are calculated, as well as other detailed explanations.

4. Albania
Lindita – World
Category Verdict Comment
Concept ⭐⭐⭐
Look ⭐⭐
Stage ⭐⭐⭐ The look of the stage is actually quite different to the rest.
Camera ⭐⭐
Performance ⭐⭐ Her facial expressions could work against herself.
Vocals ⭐⭐ She can sing, but she can sing better than that.

Total score for Albania: 11.0 (out of 40)

Quite nice, but the weakest overall package so far in this semi-final.

5. Belgium
Blanche – City Lights
Category Verdict Comment
Concept ⭐⭐⭐ The concept is very good.
Look She looks lost and scared! Not helpful.
Stage ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Outstanding, different to the rest
Camera ⭐⭐⭐
Performance While the concept is good, it’s badly executed.
Vocals Poor, sadly.

Total score for Belgium: 4.0 (out of 40)

Perfect example of a great song executed very poorly on stage.

6. Montenegro
Slavko Kalezić – Space
Category Verdict Comment
Concept ⭐⭐ I wouldn’t have put such a focus on him.
Look ⭐⭐ Do I give it 4 stars (outstanding) or 0?
Stage ⭐⭐ Not helping, not hurting. Darker would have been better.
Camera ⭐⭐⭐
Performance
Vocals No need to specify why.

Total verdict for Montenegro: 2.5 (out of 40)

It’s a good song (yes, that’s my opinion), staged very badly. It’s embarrassing and a whole bunch of wrong decisions.

Winning these three: Albania

Quite a surprise there, but considering what Blanche and Slavko are delivering, it’s actually very obvious.


Explanations

What the categories mean

Concept: Meaning the idea behind what the performers are actually doing on stage, ignoring how well their performance is executed.

Look: Hairdo, clothes, but also attractiveness or likability play a role here.

Stage: Use of backdrop, lights and colours.

Camera: The camerawork, judging by the official snippets.

Performance: How well the concept is executed. Movements, facial expressions, finding cameras.

Vocals: Well, how well can the entrant actually sing?

What the stars mean

1 star – Counterproductive, doesn’t do the song any favours
2 stars – Mediocre, doesn’t help nor ruin the song
3 stars – Decent, supports the song well enough.
4 stars – Literally outstanding, unique in the context of this year

How the total score is calculated

1 star = 0 points
2 stars = 1 point
3 stars = 2 points
4 stars = 4 points

For the total score, “Vocals” is weighted x5, “Performance” x3, the other four categories x0.5.

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