Well, you would imagine that due to their late entry they were trying to get things sorted. Well, "no" it seems is the answer to that. The vocals start off ok-ish, not great but not as bad as we heard in Germany during USFD but wait until the song progresses and by the end she is out of breath and quite bad. You may be forgiven for thinking that she is out of breath due to her energetic performance, but again this is not the case. In fact, for such a song you would imagine there is a bit of running about, some crazy gestures, something that may make you believe that her music video was something we were going to have a representation of on stage - again, no, Emma was calmly walking from one point to another making sure she doesn't break into a sweat. The only time she takes a moment away from her calm walk is in order to crawl accross the stage during the bridge, obviously making sure to avoid eye contact with any camera possible.
In regards to the background, the Italians have gone for black and white as main colours with gold as an accent. There appears to be a Greek-key motif early on. Later, the background starts using Emma's face singing the song. Mouths and Eyes also make appearances accross the displays on stage.
Emma is accompanied on stage by four musicians, all dressed in white and quite pleasing to the eye. They for the moment seem to be the best thing of this presentation. Hopefully round two will be better.
And unfortunately not. We are now in run three and the vocals are sounding a bit better but still not those you would be expecting from a professional artist. There is still no real eye contact with the camera. It seems that the Italian song is being used in order to showcase the ability of the stage designer rather than to best present the song. Oh well, it will work on the night of course *cough*.
Waiting now for the greatness that is Ruth Lorenzo. Will her recent sickness be noticable in the rehearsals?
What could Ruth do since she was not allowed to have actual water falling onto the stage? Well, make a graphic and use it for the show. The shot begins with a blurred Ruth appearing from what looks to be a rainstorm. This is complemented by the the stage looking as if drops of water are hitting an already saturated floor. In the first round there was a slight audio issue but Ruth kept it very professional and went through without batting an eyelid. The song was belted out and got a rupturous applaud in the room - but then again, many fans from Spain have now arrived and may have contributed significantly to the commotion surrounding the completion of the song.
There are four backing singers, unfortunately it is not possible to confirm sexes but I believe there is a mix. Will try and see if it is possible to confirm in following run throughs. All are dressed in black and do not prominently show against the mainly dark backdrop. This mainly black theme changes at the end of the song where after the bridge, the coulours flow into more dawn and later bright white background for Ruth who ends the performance enveloped in multiple spot lights to the point of disappearing from the camera view due to the brightness. An effect that works extremely well. This song has already started being a daily occurance at the karaoke nights, as is Quedate Conmigo. It is more than likely that Dancing in the Rain will add itself to the perennial karaoke nights accross Europe.
Run two and another impeccable performance. That might actually be a slight downfall however, Ruth is giving it her all and runs the risk of actually suffering later on in the week if she keeps on belting the notes out like she is for the rehearsals. In this run there was another audio issue, this time in Ruth's ear-piece. This time unfortunately Ruth was not able to hear the backing track and was not able to continue the song. Although the entry continued to be performed some of the lyrics were not sung.
The other two runs went better. There seemed to be no audio issues this time and as for the performance it was just as good as the previous. Will Spain achieve a better position than they did with Pastora? Comments are much appreciated in the Message Board.
And that is us, the rehearsal day has finished and we are now off to catch a bus and have some much needed rest and relaxation. Also maybe get some clothes washed might be a good idea...