12. Glamming together: Visual performance for Sweden

by Richard West-Soley 56 views

Ola Salon and The Ark turned in a much more controlled vocal performance at today's Swedish rehearsal, the man himself playing to camera more confidently and camply than ever in the three minutes of fun that is The Worrying Kind.

The visual tricks are coming across very nicely on the small screen now, with the camera shot almost perfect on Ola's spinning optical illusion wheel.

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Ola comes across on stage as a visual performer, and despite the odd moments where the lead vocal is a little less than pitch perfect, you get the impression that it matters little; what this song maximises on is the wacky, camp retro elements and Ola's zany charisma. The song is being sold as a package of mind-bending, glam fun, and as such it works.

The pyros explode into action with a smoky bang for the very first verse, and extend that element of fun just a little bit more before the final bang at the end. The whole thing is a trippy, flashy, happy three minutes which transports the viewer back to the days of The Ark's inspirations T-Rex and friends.

Ola enjoys the crowd response and whipped up a few cheers of support in the crowd before the final run through. This is performance, old school – working with your audience, interacting with them, and generally having loads of fun and making sure everyone watching does as well.


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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.