On Saturday May 18th, the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 will take place. Read the article below for a sneak preview of how all the performances in that show are going to look!
ESCDaily is live in Tel Aviv. With a team of journalists we follow all the rehearsals to analyze how every country will stage their song. When even the slightest detail changes, we will update this article for you, so keep refreshing this throughout the upcoming weeks to get the latest information!
Israel – Kobi Marimi – Home
Starting with a few seconds of a silhouette of Kobi with a dark blue backlight he sings his first verse. Lots of close-ups. He’s wearing a black tuxedo and silver bow tie. Behind him a lot of screens like broken pieces of glass on which parts of Kobi’s face are shown.
During the second verse five backing singers join Kobi in a 1-2-3 constellation (triangle). They are also dressed black and white in gala outfits. A cascade pyrotechnics starts when Kobi walks to the bridge and down the stairs to the catwalk. He walks to the point of the catwalk ending his song in the middle of the audience. Closing shot is the silhouette of Kobi’s face, as the lights fade out.
France – Bilal Hassani – Roi
France comes with an act build around statements. Starting with projections on Bilals face, he walks out of rhythm on stage, dressed in a white outfit with too wide shoulders and long blond extensions in a gold, white and purple staging.
We see text in the backdrop: “People judge me on a picture”. An obese burlesque dancer comes on stage. Text behind her saying “people told me I could never dance”. Another dancer is deaf and mute, as the quotes in the background state. Also a backdrop of her doing sign language.
Remarks on bullying are projected in like newspaper titles on the screens as well. The act is about inclusion and everything, but will viewers buy it or have a laugh? Bilal sings most of the parts not himself, but the vocals have improved since the French final. Closing shot of the three on stage with “We are all kings” changing into “queens”, in the backdrop.
Spain – Miki – La Venda
Miki starts in a see through dollhouse with 6 rooms, inviting the other four dancers to come out to the street en party. Colourful fireworks in the background. A giant paper robot is moving around on stage and pushes to building over.
Miki takes a small GoPro camera, the dancers in line behind him. A kiss-cam appears behind him on the backdrop. The whole crew then starts walking the catwalk in amidst the audience who obviously will party along. Good fun, and good vocals, when compared to the OT final in Spain.
Italy – Mahmood – Soldi
“It hurts to be alive when you loose your pride”, “Money cant buy my love”. Those are the quotes the viewer gets to see during Mahmood’s three minute performance. In the backdrops we also see some fragments of the videoclip in black and blue. The song opens with Mahmood, in casual white, walking up the blue lit stage.
The handclapping is captured on spot by the camera’s. And Mahmood visually ‘battles’ with three dancers, who portray his father. A small shadow of a child behind Mahmood late in the song, while a grown man’s shadow is behind the three dancers.
United Kingdom – Michael Rice – Bigger Than Us
Dressed in black leather Michael stands in the smoke. Some white lines flickering. He walks to the microphone and starts his song. Galaxy stars in the backdrops in black and white, later red, pink and blue.
There is a lot of smoke and golden lights when the five gospelsingers in white join him on stage and forming a circle with him. Many close-ups of Michael. All end in the same 1-2-3 constellation Kobi had.
Germany – S!sters – Sister
In a black scenery two girls start far apart from each other. Blonde one starts to sing, dark haired one answers from the other side of the stage sitting on a block. During the act in black and white portraits of the girls are shown big in the backdrops like many other countries also do this year. During the song the girls walk towards eachother on the catwalk and sing in the other ones face from close distance. Some pyrotechnics to close it off. After the performance they shout “If you wannabe my lover, you gotta get with my friends” to the audience.