16. Fly me to the top ten: Germany's Roger

by Richard West-Soley 49 views

With his name in gold, sparkling lights three metres high, Roger Cicero transported the hall back to the fifties once more today, for a convincing performance of Frauen regier'n die Welt.

It's highly classy stuff for Germany; all white, black, gold and trilby hats amongst the instruments, and the camera work makes the most of the latter with shots on each of the musicians on stage. These include top-down shots which accentuate the formation of the band on stage.

The language of Swing
Roger still presents the last part of the song in English, despite some disappointment expressed by fans and journalists at the venue, and in the press conference; however, the ease of his performance is what grabs more attention than the actual language of the song, and the audience should hardly notice the switch; Roger's language is clearly swing, and he speaks it fluently on the screen.

Despite the extremely strong and confident vocal performance from Roger, this is another very visual piece which will play on the mood and style it tries to create on stage. Thanks to a contingent of trilby-wearing German fans and an appreciative crowd, Roger and the band received a nice warm thank you from the onlookers.

In the press conference, Roger was asked if he would like a career in theatres or musicals, but his answer was "I like to improvise and I wouldn't be able to do that in musicals."


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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.