Ireland’s Ryan Dolan has taken to the stage at Eurovision 2013 for his first dress rehearsal of his song “Only Live Survives”.
This has gone up in the sexy performance stakes where half-clad leather men with tattoos is the name of the game!Yes Ryan has just put in a very strong performance for his first stage rehearsal. So let’s break it down.
Well Ryan made sure that his vocals were 100% on point as where those of the backing singers. They were supporting and not drowning his main vocals out. Job well done
Well Ryan’s attire is stylish, contemporary and youthful on stage. His suit was created through a collaboration by Joanne Costello and designer Umit Kutluk and shows the Irish International fashion industry at it’s best which links Ireland’s past, present and future. Silver shimmered trousers – in a jean style – which is accompanied with a black fitted casual collarless jacket that has ridges of silver trimmings. It looks very striking on the camera. Ryan’s dancers and drummer are all in leather trousers and are shirtless – yes shirtless – where they all have matching Celtic tattoos on their torso. The 2 female singers are in black sleeveless dresses with long trains – this is the sexiest stage show that Ireland has ever sent to Eurovision.
The song begins with a close up of the 2 dancers at the very front of the stage on the catwalk and then leaps over them to where we find Ryan taking centre stage. The backdrop of the stage is spectacular and is the most creative of any country to date. Ryan has gone for large Celtic and Tribal animations across the massive backdrop which are in rich colours of green, red, gold and white. It has a modern edge to it which makes it very impactive.
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In the final rehearsal the pyrotechnics were used and for the climax of the song. There is a huge wall of flaming fireworks – like that in the Irish National Final – but bigger and more dramatic. They die down for the end of the song where there are a small number of smaller one shot fireworks that come from the front of the stage. Our only suggestion would be to make these final fireworks bigger as they looked like they misfired on camera. You just want the last impression of the song with the audience to be as strong as the entire presentation.
This had everyone in the press hall leaning forward on their chairs and applauding all of the performances. Ryan looked totally at ease and was enjoying himself. The dancers were electric along with the drummer. They draw you into the performance which fits the large Eurovision stage like we always knew it would. Speaking to our international press colleagues they all felt that the Irish performance was the best of the day and even more to the point they felt that the Irish performance was stronger than the Danish entry that also heavily features drummers.
Overall this has to be the best Irish First rehearsal that we have seen on Day one from an Irish entrant in many years. All those hours of rehearsals are paying off and the entire team look like they are enjoying themselves which is clear to see on camera. I am one happy Irish Man.
Author/Website co-founder and Editor in Chief Garrett Mulhall
Elaine has her Say
Ryan Dolan takes to the stage for his first rehearsal in The Malmo Arena for Eurovision 2013.
He appears to be in his performance clothes and looks great in black leather trousers and jacket. He has 2 female backing singers on the stage with him along with 2 backing dancers and a drummer.
The backing dancers are topless and this is a genius move as they are very pleasing on the eye. They start off the performance playing bodhran’s and it kicks off the great dance rhythm. It is very Celtic and has a tribal feel to it.
My first impression of his vocal is that he was spot on. For a first run through he sounded amazing. There is a lot of strobe lighting which fits perfectly with the drum beat and the whole performance looks brilliant. The final run through included the pyrotechnics which lit up the back wall to great effect.
The backing singers add a bit of depth to the vocal and I would say as a package this performance is already spot on. Ryan’s “Colgate” winning smile adds the final but of charm to this performance and a stick on qualifier for me.
Contributor/Author Elaine Dove
Source Eurovision Ireland