Surprised and shocked, that was the creative team around Duncan Laurence last week. Then the singer stood for the first time with his song Arcade on the song festival stage in Tel Aviv. A plan was submitted in March, which set out what it should look like on TV.
The plan contained the camera shots, the lighting and the visuals accurately described, but what it looked like in Israel now, according to Ilse Delange, who is part of Duncan's team, looked almost nothing like what they had expected. "You hope at such a first rehearsal that you are at least 80 percent of the end result, this was very far below."
The idea was to create an intimate and dark atmosphere on stage. "For us, one thing was very important, nothing should distract from the song. We want it to be very dark, and you actually don't see any shape, so not even from the fantastic stage they built," DeLange said. At first, that seemed to clash considerably with the team in Israel. "They are of course super proud of what is possible and then we say, no, just put everything away."