16. Five angry men: first Czech rehearsal

by Richard West-Soley 61 views

The contrast could not be greater; big ballad Serbia leaves the stage, and hard rockers Kabat come on to perform their entry Mala dama. But the band turned in a very strong performance of the song, greeted by a fair amount of applause from the spectators, if not the same kind of fervent appreciation that was shown for Marija Serifovic.

The colours on stage remain much the same as Serbia's presentation, with hot reds and yellows mixing, although here streaming angrily across the stage. The band appeared today all dressed in jeans and black tops, and demonstrate the traditional rock setup similar to the one we saw for Montenegro yesterday. With two guitarists and a bassist in front of the drummer, lead singer Josef makes good use of the stage, pacing menacingly around the edge during the song.

Molitva? Not quite!
Much hilarity ensued at first when the previous backing track, Molitva, was played accidentally before Kabat's actual entry, inciting some spontaneous applause and laughter from the audience. Things quickly returned to the rocking norm, however, as the band kicked in with the characteristic growling rock vocals from Josef. That voice is in strong form, and some aggressive sounding roars into the mic proved that point, as well as serving as a soundcheck. The guy certainly has stage presence, and although the musical contrast with Serbia could not be greater, there is a similarity here in how a simple presentation can be extremely effective with a strong performance. Perhaps not an obvious fan favourite, but could Lordi's win have won the contest a new set of fans who might buy the rock vibe?

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Richard West-Soley

Senior Editor

Richard's ESC history began way back in 1992, when he discovered the contest could fuel his passion for music and languages. Since then, it's been there at every corner for him in some way or another. He joined the esctoday.com team back in 2006, and quickly developed a love for writing about the contest. In his other life, he heads the development team at the learning resources company Linguascope, and writes about all aspects of language learning on the site Polyglossic.com.