Austria – simple, powerful, but safe?

Vincent Bueno, Austria, First Rehearsal, Rotterdam Ahoy, 10 May 2021 — EBU / Andres Putting
Vincent Bueno, Austria, First Rehearsal, Rotterdam Ahoy, 10 May 2021

Austria kicks off the afternoon, and it’s our second Amen of the Contest. From the preview videos it’s the one I prefer, but I think this needs to wow on stage.

Vincent is on a raised plinth that comes from the back of the stage forwards. He’s backlit by a series of beam lights that looks really nice in the head-on shots. The camera angles do much of the work here, framing him at the very edge of the shot in profile at times.

Apart from a stroll forwards Vincent is largely static, though emotive, not just stood still. He’s wearing a long black jacket that has sequined edges. I know it’s a stage costume so they’ve zhuzhed him up a bit but given the sombre theme of the song I don’t think he needs to augment it with any bling. A plain outfit would be more in keeping with the mood.

I think Austria has done a good job with this; it’s simple and quite powerful, but it’s not a wow moment, which means I think he’ll have to say his Amens and hope his prayers are answered. They could be; it might be just good enough, but I think it will be a nervous wait when the names are called next Thursday, and Vincent’s may, or may not, be among them.

Monty x

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