The Greek delegation arrived at the Wiener Stadthalle this afternoon, and it seemed that they have brought the sunshine with them from their home country. However in contrast the mood they are looking to create on stage is aimed at being mysterious and melancholic.
We spoke briefly to Maria-Elena Kyriakou as she arrived in her dressing room, prior to getting changed into her long elegant silver dress. She has been rehearsing every day for around two hours a day in preparation for this moment.
Maria-Elena has been most surprised and impressed by the team of volunteers involved in the organisation, in that they have given up so much of their time to assist in the smooth running of the contest.
Maria-Elena will be accompanied on stage by the co-composer of the song One Last Breath, Efthivoulos Theocharous, and two additional backing vocalists off stage.Gallery: Greece backstage for their first rehearsal
We had a short chat with Maria-Elena Kyriakou, watch the video.
After a long walk through the labyrinths of corridors that are underneath the arena, there was the in ear monitor for Maria-Elena check before going on stage.
Gallery: Maria-Elena Kyriakou en route to the stage Gallery: First onstage rehearsal of Greece
There is a giant circle of blue lights behind Maria-Elena Kyriakou as she commences the song, with her co-composer, Efthivoulos Theocharous accompanying her alongside on the piano. As the song builds, the giant circle of lights becomes more intense and then explodes outwards several times. Blue is very much the dominant colour in the visuals and lighting.
The whole effect of the song One Last Breath is mysterious and melancholic, and develops into vocally into to a dramatic climax, and visually she is aided in the drama by a wind machine.
What are your impressions of the first rehearsal of Greece?