All of this afternoon's rehearsals are apparently delayed quite a bit, due to earlier ones overrunning. But hopefully we'll get to see Konstrakta soon.
And we're on!
Postcard: Some countryside with old castles and ruins. There's even some snow.
Konstrakta seems to struggle with her ear-piece a bit and spends the first bi of the song adjusting it. The performance itself. She's wearing white, sits on her chair, washes her hands. The backdrop features a lo of hands. Konstrakta sings well in spite of seemingly having some issues. During the break she asks them to adjust the volume of the track vs. her voice in her in-ear monitor. Like the pro she surely is, she's very specific and tells the exactly how many decibels things should be turned up or down.
What's new: We get some random words and lines from the song subtitled. Not on the LED-walls, but literally regular subtitles, in black and white at the bottom of the screen. We ge lines like "An artist must be healthy", "God give us health", "Heart beats by itself" and ""The body is healthy, so what now?"
Colours: The stage is mostly dark and blue, but occasionally shows some pink flowers and a yellow sun. And during the bridge the spotlight on Konstrakta suddenly goes red.
Is it live: The "backing vocals" definitely come across as all being pre-recorded. As there are some microphones involved, it's possible that they sing something at some point. The only part where we see them "singing" is in the outro. But all the prominent parts sound exactly like in the studio version. There seems to be some intention behind it, as during some of the backing vocal solo parts the camera shows close-ups of the backing singers, who stand there with their mouths shut. In spite of having microphones. So it might be an artistic choice to show that thy'r not singing. Symbolising artists being silenced in the healthcare debate?
Will it qualify: I find this one very hard to predict. It seems like it's already huge in Serbia and neighbouring countries. For a good reason. But will other countries "get" it? The rehearsal doesn't change a whole lot, though, because it's basically what we've already seen. With the exception that we get parts of the song subtitled. Maybe that will help viewers understand what it's all about?
Rules being broken: She seems to have actual water in her basin! In spite of initial reports that water would be banned on stage. Either those reports were untrue, or she got special permission, Or, which I chose to believe, it isn't water, but rakija.