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Azerbaijan - Second rehearsal

Desiree onThu, 05/03/2018 - 10:18

My blogs today will be live from the Altice Arena where we have seen Aisel performing twice already. Both times they had to start again as there were some technical difficulties.

There seem to have been no major changes at all in this rehearsal - I can confirm now, if it wasn't clear already that the glitter effects are exclusively seen on screen and not in the hall itself. Vocally it sounds strong but the choreography still doesn't connect with the song at all.

Azerbaijan - First rehearsal

Desiree onSun, 04/29/2018 - 10:11

All ready for another year full of rehearsals! Azerbaijan has already started and from the first run we didn't get to hear everything yet. Aisel is wearing a white dress and doing the choreography on blue/white triangular shapes that most of all remind me of icebergs. A lot of arms spreading, it's all a bit cliché. As for the vocals, I'll reserve my judgement until hearing it in full, so check back for an update!

Update - So Aisel starts the performance laying on the triangular shapes. After that there is a bit of running - Safura anyone? - which didn't look good 8 years ago and it still doesn't. During the second chorus she is joined by all her dancers and the bridge features some nice visual effects with glitter above her head that she throws away a la Dami Im in 2016 or Kristian Kostov in 2017. Her vocals are mostly on point.

OK, last run before we move on to the next country - and we get pyro! Maybe we did - can't say I noticed it.

Overall conclusion for me - it looks good, it sounds well, but I don't feel it. As the song itself it's all a bit disjointed for me.