UPD 14. Painting the stage red: Poland's Moulin Rouge

by Richard West-Soley 110 views

Poland have concluded the third day of rehearsals at Hartwall, and appeared on stage in full costume for Time to Party.

It's all looking good for Poland; after a strong first rehearsal on Thursday, The Jet Set have followed up with another strong showing in the hall, this time in full costume. And, as expected, it's a cheeky little affair with Sasha in a tiny red dress and black, red-laced boots, and David in a vest and stripy trousers. The male dancers also don vests and baggy pants, whilst the female dancers have skirt lengths to challenge the cheekiness of Sasha's, and tiny red crop top bodices.

The backdrop to the entry is now cycling through star-studded bling, red chains and golden wireframe cityscapes, but red dominates the entry – red in the cheekiest lipstick-marked shade imaginable. The Moulin Rouge style mentioned in Thursday's press conference is bursting out of the stage at the seams.

Sizzling on stage
Dry ice is now a feature of the set, and the pyros are the hottest yet, with a sparking cage halfway through the song, and a row of flame throwers exploding into life towards the end. Sasha sizzles amidst the on-stage heat with cheeky winks and wiggles to camera, whilst David provides the masculine equivalent and chemistry burns between them.

On the small screen, the shot starts on the gramophone trumpet, and pulls out as the music kicks off. The cameras follow the action throughout, but very effectively cut to the whole stage for the TIME TO PARTY cry where the backing breaks off towards the end of the song.

Sasha's vocal is again typified by some very strong ad-libbing, and the group looked happy with the final result. Time to Party has adopted a style, stuck with it, and the result is a coherent and very sexy presentation which continues to build in strength.


Firstly, David thanked everyone who had helped get the band from the first rehearsal to today's, and Sasha added that the delegation is extremely happy today; everything went excellently. "We felt much more at home on the stage today, and that's why it was better."

Sasha was told that Iceland's Eirikur picked her as the singer he would most like to sing with out of this year's competitors. Sasha replied that it would be very hard to pick someone to sing with as everyone has their merits; David agreed that it would be a difficult task, but he picked Malta's Olivia Lewis. Sasha, when pushed, admitted to loving Russia's song.

Sasha admitted that she had no makeup on during today's performance; she was totally natural, hence her paleness! But she also confessed that she has not been well over the last couple of days, and so has been unable to enjoy much of Helsinki yet. She still intends to do so: "it would be a shame if I didn't!"

Serbian song a threat?
Neither Sasha nor David think that having a big favourite, Serbia, following them; "we are totally different" said David. On the styles of music which are currently doing well at the contest, Sasha suggested "it would be really strange if a rock song won again." "Maybe we're just fresh!" suggested David, hoping that this would be their hook to get votes.

It turns out that both David and Sasha comes from musical family backgrounds, David's father having starred in musicals such as Porgy and Bess and Showboat, and his aunt was in a gospel choir. David in fact took the route into gospel music and toured Europe with a choir before moving into his current style.

We next meet The Jet Set on stage at the first semifinal rehearsal next week.


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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.