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It's Time To Shine for Mélanie René

14 May 2015 at 17:03 CEST
She writes her songs herself and she knows how to shine on stage. With her song, Mélanie René sends us a strong message: that you have the strength to go wherever you want to, to move mountains, to change the world if you want to. Today she has her first rehearsal at the Wiener Stadthalle. Check out how she prepares backstage and watch our video of her stage performance!

Time To Shine! That's not only the title of Mélanie René's self-written song, it also describes the overall image created by her stage act in today's first rehearsal in the Wiener Stadthalle.

Before the artists start singing, the focus on stage is on the background projection which shows a forest scenery. When Mélanie René starts singing, the lighting focus is on her.

Her backing vocalists are all playing drums, which is visually enhanced by fringes on their sleeves and drumsticks shining in purple color.

Gallery: Switzerland: Impressions of Mélanie René's first rehearsal

Special effects? Yes, we do get those too! A wind machine lets the black cape of Mélanie René's dress fly, and in the second half of the song, pyrotechnical effects are used: CO2 jets blowing from the ground, and a "falling stars" effect. Watch it below on Instagram!

Backstage before the rehearsal

The Swiss delegation was in a good mood when they arrived at the Wiener Stadthalle. Mélanie René and her backing vocalists were chatting and touring the backstage area, before proceeding to their dressing room. 

Mélanie was wearing a silver necklace with a small heart-shaped pendant. "I don't want to call it a lucky charm but it's always with me before I have a concert or live performance", she explained, laughing: "Of course I won't wear it on stage, I just forgot to take it off."

Gallery: Mélanie René from Switzerland arriving backstage Gallery: Switzerland: Mélanie René on the way to the stage

While we could hear her backing vocalists training their voices and practising their lines, Mélanie René was changing into her stage dress - it's classy, long, of ivory color, and it has a transparent black cape attached. Before she went on to her soundcheck, we could catch a glimpse of it - check our photos and video below.