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Photo: Thomas Hanses (EBU)

When the Norwegian monster became a swan

Mørland & Debrah Scarlett from Norway arrived at the Wiener Stadthalle earlier to rehearse their song A Monster Like Me. We were of course there to cover it. 

Powerful and atmospheric

Much of the performance is filmed with just one camera, a so-called "steady cam" in order to achieve the desired effect. The song is able to get across its powerful message without the need for complicated graphics so the stage is lit up in various shades bronze and orange; simple yet very effective. Towards the end when the performance reaches its peak, the stage suddenly lights up in a burst of white colour to provide a powerful ending.

A Monster Like Me is very reliant on the vocalists' harmonies and it was evident from the rehearsal that they are able to achieve this every time. 

Gallery: Norway: first rehearsal

Organised chaos is the best way to describe the scene around Norway's dressing room today. The delegation were buzzing not only because this was their first rehearsal but because it would be the first time they would reveal their new stage costumes. Following some last minute adjustments, both Kjetil Mørland and Debrah Scarlett were ready to hit the stage.

Costumes by renowned Norwegian designer

Mørland and Debrah spoke to us about their costumes just minutes before going on stage. Here, they revealed that their costumes were designed by Norwegian designer, Elisabeth Stray Pedersen, who in collaboration with broadcaster NRK created the design. 

Mørland & Debrah Scarlett's big crescendo on stage.
Mørland & Debrah Scarlett's big crescendo on stage. © Elene Volotova (EBU)
Gallery: Norway: Mørland & Debrah Scarlett backstage

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