May 9, 2017
Europe’s biggest music contest Eurovision has always been the most pop competition there can possibly be, and Eurovision 2017 is not an exception at all. But there is always one or two rock/metal bands, which some countries are unafraid to put out for a purely pop competition like this, even though their chances to succeed are relatively low.
This year just one country dared to send their rock act to Eurovision. It’s the contest’s host country in 2017, Ukraine, with their unusually titled rock band, O.Torvald. The group will perform an emotional, catchy pop-rock song ‘Time’, while standing on ruins with electronic screens right on their chests, counting down the remaining seconds of the performance to symbolize the tense lyrics.
As for the giant head that will be on the band’s background on the Eurovision stage, the band’s singer Jevhen Halych explained in the official press conference:
“All that happens starts in the head. But you need to analyse with your heart. When you have a big heart and let yourself analyse with your heart and only then with your mind, you have a clear head. We wanted to show that all human problems begin in the head. That’s why we are clearing this head during our performance”.
Watching their performance you can’t help but see the similarity to the film ‘In Time’, starring Justin Timberlake. Watch the video below and tell us if you think so too.
O.Torvald was formed in 2005 and released their debut self-titled album in 2008 after being signed by Moon Records. The band was selected to represent Ukraine in Eurovision as a result of several rounds of the national competition.
The predicted favorites of this year’s contest are Italy, Portugal, Armenia, Sweden and Bulgaria. All of those countries have prepared the performances in absolutely different genres so the show promises to be intriguing and highly unpredictable this time.
As the winners of Eurovision 2016, the Ukrainian contestant doesn’t need to go through the semi-finals this year: the band will go straight into the Grand Final, so you’ll see them perform this Saturday. Eurovision 2017 launches May 11 at 21:00 CEST. Live streaming as well as voting is available to all countries. Voting is now done via a special Eurovision app.
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