13. Playing with pinks: French experiment

by Richard West-Soley 76 views

Like Greece and Spain, France had a change of heart today and began to experiment with different styles of lighting for the entry L'amour à la française.

At first, Les Fatals Picards performed in front of the powder blue sky from yesterday, with the addition of a large Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame graphic superimposed on the screen. This was ditched, however, in favour of a full-on pink fest; hot candy pinks now fill the whole stage in the form of a rose collage, with a couple of white roses serving to temper the effect a (very) little. It looks like we have not seen the last of the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame, however; they made minor comebacks during the final performance, fading in and out over the roses as the song progresses. The lack of blue might make the staging seem a little overwhelming now – the blue did add some cartoon-style fun to the stage.

Strong yet tongue-in-cheek performances still had the audience laughing at the band's antics, and the camera work is not greatly changed from yesterday, making the most of the lads' frantic running about the stage.

Many onlookers might not have noticed the white wings of Cupid on the drummer's back, a nice touch which is a little more obvious on the screen, especially with the greater contrast against the fuschia festival which is the rose collage. With the Wings of Love and the other zany gimmicks, France is in a straight battle with wacky Sweden for the fun vote in the middle of the contest.

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Richard West-Soley

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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.