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Pers over Anouk

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Na Anouks eerste optredens is het natuurlijk interessant om te kijken, hoe men op het internet op de repetities van 'Birds'reageert. In de diverse media wordt veel gesproken over Anouk. Dit keer gaat het niet over bijzaken als hoofdtooien of ontbrekende backdrops. Het gaat over de kwaliteit die van het scherm lijkt te spatten. Wat opvalt is dat veel recensenten zich beperken tot de eerst doorloop van de rehearsals en niet de ontwikkelingen in de gaten houden die gemaakt zijn tussen de eerste doorloop en de laatste.

Professioneel

Bijna zonder uitzondering wordt de professionaliteit van Anouk geprezen. Iedereen legt de nadruk op haar uitstekende vocalen. Daarbij ook veel waardering voor de engelachtige backingvocals en hoe deze het lied ondersteunen vanaf de brug en achter op het grote podium, terwijl Anouk op het kleine podium tussen het publiek staat. Diverse sites merken ook op hoe Anouk als een prof omgaat met de feedback op het niet in de camera kijken.

Sobere uitstraling
Opvallend is dat niemand een probleem maakt van de sobere enscenering, maar dat men juist lovend is over hoe dit de muziek ten goede komt. Geen afleiding is goed als het nummer en uitvoerende artiest van zichzelf al barsten van de kwaliteit. Dat is de algemene teneur in de recensies.

Backdrops
Ook over de backdrops en donkere setting is iedereen lovend. Een enkeling vindt het vreemd dat de vogels vliegen. De gemiddelde kijker zal zich daar echter niet aan storen. De beelden worden als ondersteunend en gepast beoordeeld. De rustige kleurstellingen en het licht van achteren. Nagenoeg iedereen vindt ‘Birds’ mooi in beeld gebracht.

Camera
Is er dan geen kritiek? Ja, ook wel. De meningen zijn er namelijk over verdeeld. Velen zouden graag zien dat Anouk meer contact zou maken met het publiek thuis. Lastig, want we weten nog niet hoe het met publiek er uit zal zien, of er interactie zal zijn en of dat dan goed overkomt. Anderen vinden het juist heel mooi dat Anouk een beetje in zichzelf gekeerd is of zien al duidelijk de progressie. Er zijn er ook die de latere runthrough bekeken hebben en daardoor nog enthousiaster zijn geworden.

Kansen op kwalificatie
Opvallend veel mensen zien Nederland naar de finale gaan. Er zijn maar weinigen die het zien stranden in de semi, ook al zit Anouk in een reeks met 4 hele goede kandidaten.

Voor wie geïnteresseerd is volgen hier enkele citaten die op het internet te vinden zijn (enkele zijn via Google translate vertaald).


EurovisionIreland.net (Iers):

Anouk took to the stage for The Netherlands, in her first Eurovision rehearsal for 2013. Thankfully no “Angry Birds” here as she was commanding in her performance. Well done Anouk for selecting a Green stage background that looks very impressive. Dressed in a black t-shirt and jeans she looked cool and ready to rock it out.

Vocals were perfect each time and her experience and professionalism oozes out of the screen. You feel every word that she is singing and she is an artists artist – which bodes well for the Jury vote.

She is joined on stage by her 3 backing singers and the atmosphere that she creates vocally is spine tingling. She will benefit from performing after Ukraine that people are still giggling over here un the press centre. Some lovely shots of Anouk performing out to the audience which will give the song the rock performance that she is known and is looking for.

This is one that will hopefully bring the Netherlands back to the Grand Final. Great way to finish today’s rehearsals.

Eurovisionary.com (Brits):

“Dutch megastar Anouk is the one to round off the rehearsals for the day, also bringing the string of favourites to a close. Hers is without doubt one of the most anticipated rehearsals today, taking into account her considerable experience as a stage artist. The melancholy mood is created by means of stark white beams of light projected against a dark background. Anouk looked very much at ease as she stood hands on hips wearing black trousers with some intriguing metal cased boots, set of with a short sleeved baggy black top, just about showing off her tattoos. As she progressed through each run through, she seemed to emanate a relaxed glow, it was clearly visible that she was in her element there on stage.

The backdrop is lit up in red with an image of numerous white birds flying across the screen as Anouk launches into the first chorus. It's only then that you can see she is flanked by three soulful backing singers. She gave an extremely intense performance, and even though she remained static throughout, this only helped heighten the dramatic atmospshere. Her vocals came across as effortless as she warbled her way through the number, pitch perfect. A polished rehearsal that oozed professionalism brought the day to a befittingly majestic end.”

escXtra.com (Brits):

Emma Backfish: “Second run through for Anouk now. The staging and camerawork for this is simple, but incredibly effective for the song and the performance. The focus is on Anouk’s voice as a background of birds flying (predictably) fills the screen in the back. She’s making use of the satellite stage which is interesting, as well. In its simplicity, it is an impressive performance to end to the rehearsals today.”

Alec Parkin: “Anouk is wearing a very simple, casual ensemble of black slouchy top, black jeans and boots. The staging is quite dark, with occasional flashes of lighting, and stylised images of birds flying on the backdrop. Three backing vocalists stand at a distance from Anouk. A very static performance, but that is entirely fitting for this song – too much movement would detract from it. Vocals are really quite stunning, and the whole thing is very anthemic.”

Luke Fisher: “This is good. Anouk performs well and is just a few looks to the camera away from sailing into the final. Flawless vocal and nice, simple staging is really good. The performance comes from the satellite stage entirely, with the backing choir behind on the main part.”

Eurosong.be (Vlaams):

“De eerste repetitie van Anouk is iets waar iedereen lang naar heeft uitgekeken want tot nu toe was er helemaal niets bekend over hoe zij op het podium zal staan in Malmö. Vocaal valt er helemaal niets aan te merken, in tegendeel zelfs. De zang is best indrukwekkend en ook de drie backing vocals zingen als engelen. Waar wringt dan het schoentje? Anouk is een mooie verschijning maar ze kunnen net zo goed een zoutpilaar op het podium zetten want ze toont bijna geen expressie en kijkt zelden in de camera. Het is een mooi lied maar minder toegankelijk en het vraagt wat extra aandacht van de kijker en daarvoor kan enkel de artiest zelf zorgen door op zijn minst wat emotie te tonen en niet te doen alsof het tegen de zin is. Velen zullen wat op hun honger blijven zitten met deze vertoning, er zit meer in.”

Songfestivalweblog.nl (Nederlands):

“Anouk stond vanmiddag voor het eerst op het podium in de Malmö Arena. Anouk brengt Birds in een blauw decor en ze is prima bij stem. Ver achter Anouk staan drie backings die tijdens de opvoering niet te zien zijn. Tijdens het refrein worden vogels geprojecteerd.

Het lied wordt zoals verwacht, en zoals bij het lied hoort, sober in beeld gebracht. Tijdens de repetitie bleek dat er niet veel gebeurde met het licht. Het lied zou nog krachtiger overkomen als het aan het begin van de opvoering wat donkerder zou zijn en gedurende het lied meer licht gebruikt zou worden. Tijdens de eerste opvoering keek Anouk niet of nauwelijks in de camera. Tijdens latere opvoeringen ging dat al stukken beter en wist Anouk de camera´s goed te pakken.”

ESCnation.com (Brits):

“Whereas Zlata found the camera at any possible moment, Anouk seems to systematically avoid it, and sing to the front few rows in the arena instead. Not sure it's a good idea, I'm not really connecting with the entry as it is.

As promised, there's no choreography, just her standing and then backing singers that become noticeable at the bridge. The background has, wait for this... birds. They're flying though, not falling. Anouk sounds just fine.

Second runthrough, we heard her getting an instruction from her director to actually look into the camera, but she's not really managing it quite yet...

Third go (after a long break), and she's actually looking at the camera some of the time and showing her personality this entry so depends on. She's selling it now, and I couldn't get my eyes off the screen (and not just because it's my turn to blog and I'm supposed to look and all that).”

EscFlashMALTA.com (Maltees):

“There has been a lot of hype surrounding this years' entry for The Netherlands due to the fact that Anouk will be taking to the stage with the hope of making the final for the first time since 2004. Powerhouse vocals, Anouk clearly puts in a lot of effort within this performance and the choir which is doing the backing vocals sounds incredible.

It seems that she is going for a chic look this afternoon with everything in black and a padlock necklace. The staging is relatively dark apart from the chorus which lightens up with birds in the backdrop. Whoa! Second time round and this sounds even better. The Netherlands deserve to qualify this year. One of these past four entries will most likely fall at the first hurdle but as things stand, it could very much be Ukraine!”

OIKTIMES.com (Grieks):

“Dutch superstar Anouk is extremely confident on stage – for better or worse. The vocals are flawless and Anouk see how safe out anywhere where she stands in front of the catwalk. But how exciting it is when empathy is about the same as if she had stood and brushed your teeth? During the three minutes are Anouk completely still in the same position out on the catwalk. Gone on stage, three singers and the screen in the background shows pictures of birds. More exciting as it gets. Anyone who likes simple performances focusing on the song will surely love grant number eight. What happens in the Eurovision is another question.”

EntertainmentOdds.com (Brits):

“After the absurd gimmicks of Ukraine, the stripped back, simplistic presentation of Netherlands is a breath of fresh air. Anouk has 3 backing singers but she has an angelic vocal and handles most of the song effortlessly alone.

This is a real diamond compared to the contrived efforts, to a lesser or greater extent, of the 3 previous solo females. Authenticity in spades here. There are, unsurprisingly, birds flying around in a dreamy backdrop. It is under-stated which could work to its advantage following Ukraine and closing the first half.”

Sofabet.com (Brits):

“The simple, understated staging for Anouk’s ‘Birds’ was a relief in comparison, and who’d have thought it would be the Netherlands teaching Ukraine a thing or two on this subject. She was vocally strong, and the Dutch press contingent I ran into were understandably delighted with a good first rehearsal.”

ESCtips.com (Brits):

“Anouk did exactly what she told everyone she would do. The Netherlands representative just stood on the spot and belted out her song. No gimmicks. No frills. Just silky smooth, note perfect vocals that will attract a huge points total from the juries.

The staging could be bit too simple for the majority of TV viewers, especially considering the Netherland’s traditional lack of support. I understand and applaud the simplicity, but it concerns me that the Netherlands could be taking things a little too easy!”

ESCkaz.com (Kazachstaans):

“Haha. She's just asked "So you want me to actually look into the camera then??"

It would help, Anouk, it would.

But then she doesn't really do it. She's also standing there half arsed, I guess that too just has to do with her not fully engaging. But the stage works, the darkish atmosphere with the birds are nice. She's already engaging more than I expected her to do so, so she'll get the looking into the camera right when it matters. Unless she really thinks looking next to it and doing her own little thing on stage is a better idea, which would not be a smart move. Time will tell.

But all in all, for a first rehearsal, it's pretty good. Better than I expected at least. She just needs to look into the camera a little more, and when she does, not have dead eyes. But that will come. I think.”

Eurovision-BonsoirParis.com (Frans):

“Tenslotte is de Nederland, de eerste dag van repetities gesloten. Op een achtergrond van vogels (je me verrassen), Anouk boek voice-service kwaliteit, alleen de tweede naar voren, weg van de zangers bleef op het hoofdpodium (een Nederlandse specialiteit die niet is geslaagd voor de vorig jaar). Gemengde gevoelens aan het einde van de eerste repetitie, tussen degenen die de sfeer "Soundtrack van de film" de bepaling en degenen die het gevoel hebben dat de sfeer "Tim Burton" van het lied is niet aanwezig als voelde erg we zouden hebben gewenst. Wordt vervolgd .....”

Eurovision-fr.net (Frans):

“Anouk is alone on the podium after the stage advanced, while the three singers are in the background on the main stage. On stage, all dressed in black, Anouk is in front of his mic stand. A minimalist stage set for a low service, no frills, no tricks. Little lights on stage, except during the chorus where birds fly on the video screen.”

WiWiBloggs.com (Amerikaans):

Wiwi: “Anouk doesn’t do gimmick. She’s been clear for a while now that she wouldn’t overdose on glitter or sequins at Eurovision. During today’s first rehearsal she lived up to her words, wearing a simple black top with form-fitting pants.

Classy staging matched the sophistication of her song. We see birds flying on an LED screen. They’re neither distracting nor forgettable, and instead give the act a magical quality. We’ve drawn plenty of comparisons to Adele’s “Skyfall” and that resonates more than ever after today’s rehearsal. Anouk was pared down, kept it simple, and shined. We dare you to say something bitchy about this one.”

Vebooboo: “This is ruul ruul emotionally delivered. Seriously, even the most macho giant (aka the guy picking up Zlata) would be moved to tears after watching this 30 second clip. LED screens can be way overused, so it’s nice to see simple staging which plays on the LED effect without relying on it too much. Anouk, you da bomb. Chanter you stay!” 

Eurovision-Spain.com (Spaans):

Isaac: “Anouk loopt op het podium ondersteund door drie vocalisten. In harmonie met het lied, wordt het podium gevuld met vogels op de achtergrond en geeft het nummer een soort soundtrack-klank. Terloops gekleed in zwart en bezaaid booties gevuld met de vertegenwoordiger van Nederland zet een nota van vrede en rust aan het einde van de eerste dag van de repetities.”

Miki: “Nederland heeft een van de meest originele weddenschappen en ook riskanter in deze editie, met een thema zijn aantrekkingskracht op basis van de interpretatie van Anouk en de bijzondere theme tune, ver verwijderd van elke traditionele Eurovisie. In mijn ogen, het is totaal onvoorspelbaar wat er zal gebeuren met dit lied.”

Evrovizija.com (Sloveens):

As the last stage is experienced Anouk came from the Netherlands. The singer was thrilled at the same time calm and relaxed. On stage will be on hand with three backing vocalists. In addition to singers on the stage, we will be able to see a lot of "birds". The whole appearance gives the impression of great film music. Anouk was clothed in black, but it is unknown if her Eurovision dress also black. This will be necessary to wait until the rehearsal. Although it is Dutch, known for its rock songs represent his country with a strong and perfect retro ballad Birds.”

Aufrechtgehn.de (Duits):

Anouk! In simpler schwarzer Jeans-Shirt-Kombi steht sie da und singt ohne jeglichen Firlefanz ihre Nummer, während auf dem Bühnenhintergrund ein paar computeranimierte Vögel fliegen (müssten die nicht eigentlich abstürzen? Egal). Wenn sie jetzt noch bis Semi-Dienstag lernt, in die Kamera zu schauen, ist genügend Gänsehaut in Europa garan

 

Laatst gewijzigd op: donderdag 16 mei 2013 14:47