Select Page

Stage verdict: Sweden, Georgia and Australia

by | May 6, 2017

Stage verdict: Sweden, Georgia and Australia

by | May 6, 2017 | 2017 Rehearsals, Eurovision

How well are Sweden, Georgia and Australia selling their songs at Eurovision in Kyiv? Felix has already taken a closer look at some of the rehearsal clips, and now he is taking on the task of dissecting each entry into six categories. In each category, he awards 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. And every year, things rise and fall over the course of 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.

1. Sweden
Robin Bengtsson – I Can’t Go On
Category Verdict Comment
Concept ⭐⭐⭐⭐ The use of the treadmills makes it outstanding.
Look ⭐⭐⭐ No fashion disaster, but a problem with likability.
Stage ⭐⭐
Camera ⭐⭐⭐
Performance ⭐⭐⭐ Spot-on, really.
Vocals ⭐⭐⭐

Total score for Sweden: 20.5 (out of 40)

Slick, modern, competent, catchy, but also sterile and unlikable.

2. Georgia
Tamara Gachechiladze – Keep The Faith
Category Verdict Comment
Concept ⭐⭐⭐
Look The dress is really not helpful. Maybe she’ll change it?
Stage Too red! Doesn’t suit the song very well.
Camera ⭐⭐
Performance ⭐⭐⭐ Solid, she knows what she’s doing.
Vocals ⭐⭐⭐ Also solid, she knows how to deliver that.

Total score for Georgia: 17.5 (out of 40)

I obviously would have staged it differently, and her capabilities are better than the rest of the package.

3. Australia
Isaiah – Don’t Come Easy
Category Verdict Comment
Concept ⭐⭐⭐ Simple, effective
Look ⭐⭐⭐
Stage ⭐⭐⭐ The first of many entries with faces on the backdrop.
Camera ⭐⭐⭐
Performance ⭐⭐⭐
Vocals ⭐⭐⭐ Well sung, no problem there.

Total verdict for Australia: 20.0 (out of 40)

Isaiah sells his quite weak song very well. They couldn’t have done it much better, but something outstanding is still missing.

Winning these three: Sweden

Not because the song is the best (it isn’t), not because the staging is the best (I rated it just a bit higher than Australia), but because they managed to get the absolute most out of some very weak raw material, namely the song.


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.

Visit our Eurovision Chat!

0 Comments

0 Comments

Visit our Eurovision Chat!

Follow us:
SongHunt 2024 is launched!

SongHunt 2024 is launched!

It’s time for SongHunt 2024! The first chat event and poll launch will take place on Sunday 11 February. Find out everything you need to know, and save the dates in your calendars!

read more
SongHunt 2024 is launched!

SongHunt 2024 is launched!

It’s time for SongHunt 2024! The first chat event and poll launch will take place on Sunday 11 February. Find out everything you need to know, and save the dates in your calendars!

read more
 escgo! on Twitter

Twitter feed is not available at the moment.

Shares
Share This