From island to island, it seems that this year's Maltese entry Vertigo will be getting a little help from Cyprus, with the choregraphy for the performance in the hands of a Cypriot artist.
Cyprus' own Anna Christodoulidou will be taking care of the choreography for Malta in Helsinki, although she will have a head start, building on concepts already outlined over the last week by the Maltese crew. The performance will include three backing singers, a violinist and gong-player on stage, and "numerous other surprises" which will be revealed over the coming weeks.
Extremely interesting, to say the least!
Singer Olivia Lewis is no stranger to Anna's style, having worked with her in the past. Just before leaving for Belarus as part of her promotional tour, she found time to chat to the press and said that she was "very happy that Anna will be doing the choreography – I have worked with her in the past and she's just great". Olivia also hints at the surprises in store: "I feel confident that the proposed choreography will impress. There are elements which will be extremely interesting to watch, to say the least!"
This is not the first cross-border artistic collaboration in Eurovision – Russia put on an international show in 2004 when French choreographer Kamel Ouali was the driving force behind the stage performance.