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If they want to send an 80s Kylie and Jason throwback to Eurovision, fine. Just stop trying to cover it up with cheesy, over-choreographed staging
The one season’s most anticipated national finals is over, and in a super-final featuring Koit Toome & Laura, Kerli and Rasmus Rändvee, Koit & Laura eventually won on the televote.
Koit & Laura’s song, Verona, will compete in the second half of semi-final 2.
A few weeks ago Estonia were floating around 20/1 on the expectation that Kerli would win Eesti Laul. Since her semi-final performance, Estonia’s price drifted out to 70s. The market has become very wise to Estonian hype, with them being backed into a false short-price in 2015 and 2011. The same hasn’t happened this year, despite another fan favourite, Verona, taking the crown.
Verona it a fantastically well written song with multiple interlinked hooks that repeat throughout the song: “before the romance turned to drama”, “we are lost…”, and then “our Verona.” I don’t tend to listen to lyrics, but this song has imprinted itself on my soul. It is extremely catchy, which is a shame because the staging sucks.
Laura just doesn’t have the charisma or stage presence to open this song, or act out the hackneyed choreography they’re attempting. Then comes Koit’s face projected on to a wall like Malta last year. The tanned lothario appears and Laura does her finest embarrassed school girl smile to camera. It really is vomit inducing. The back-to-back segment is confusing too. As a viewer, I have absolutely no idea what is going on – and neither does Laura, bless her.
If they want to send an 80s Kylie and Jason throwback to Eurovision, fine. Just stop trying to cover it up with cheesy, over-choreographed staging that viewers will deride. Georgia tried and failed in 2013. Personally, I would take a more literal approach and try to recreate the Verona balcony with Romeo Koit trying to woo Juliet Laura from down below. That sounds a bit dirty, but you get my drift. The balcony lowers during the song and they eventually come together for the climax (another unfortunate choice of words).
Either way, without a major overhaul, Estonia will lose out to slicker performances. In current form it’s qualifying in 8th and finishing 17th-22nd in the final.
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