After an intense day at work, I have not seen a single rehearsal clip today, but some rather trustworthy sources keep feeding me with reports stating that the Swiss rehearsals was an impressively grand disaster of almost cosmic dimensions. I hear talk that not a single note was placed in its right spot and that the Meneguzzi voice cracked totally more than once.
This wasn't supposed to happen. I had him as my winner and now I don't know what to think. Most confusing.
But on the other hand, real professionals take the opportunity of singing badly during the first rehearsals to improve greatly when the cameras get switched on for real. Wonderful singers like Natalia Barbu and even the majestic Sopho Khalvashi broke their voices during the initial rehearsals in Helsinki, so why shouldn't Paolo? Andorras Gisela clearly held back as well. There is no point in doing your best when you are just practising angles.
Maybe I will have to end up agreeing with everyone else who seem to think Ani Lorak is the thing this year, and she will blow everyone else off stage. Could very well be. I still find the song too weak, but she is breathtakingly professional. And Kyiv was nice, wouldn't mind going back there. (Did I mention that I am definitely going next year...?)
Ani Lorak - Another Little Shot - Ukrainian NF 2005