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It's almost as if Timebelle watched Lucie Jones' You Decide! performance and thought, that's the mediocrity we should aspire to.
The Swiss public have given us hope for the rest of the Eurovision selection season: they successfully overlooked the gimmicks and chose the one and only capable song in their national final. Hurrah!
Timebelle will be performing Apollo in the second half of semi-final 2.
Having seen lead singer, Maruna Manescu, perform Apollo at the live check, I was fairly positive about Switzerland’s chances of progressing to the Grand Final in May. Compare that natural, engaging performance with the drab and wooden presentation at the national final and it’s clear the package has taken a noticeable backwards step. It’s almost as if Timebelle watched Lucie Jones’ You Decide! performance and thought, that’s the mediocrity we should aspire to. The dull red dress, backdrop of roses and forced arm gestures looked rather amateurish and far too reserved.
What was also noticeable at the national final was Maruna’s nervy vocal. This cleared up during the winner’s reprise, so this is something to keep an eye on during the semi-final jury rehearsal in May. With this in mind, I would also replace the backing singers to give Maruna some reliable cover.
The way forward is to acknowledge that Apollo could be a B-side for a few well known US singers, so the production team should be aiming to make the staging more punchy and relevant in Kiev, rather than the national final wake we all had to endure. Give us something bold and edgy!
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