Triggered stage chaos a few days before the show: ‘It was fucking ugly before’

“It was fucking ugly before.”

There was a bit of chaos when a number of participants in this year’s Eurovision suddenly had to change their performance significantly, as one of the main elements on stage turned out not to work. The Danish contribution has also been affected by it – but they are not exactly upset about it.

In fact, they have it just the opposite with it.

It tells the four women – Mathilde ‘Siggy’ Savery, Agnes Roslund, Ida Bergkvist and Ihan Haydar – who together make up the rock group Reddi, ahead of Tuesday’s semi-final in the singing competition.




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It was intended that a large construction of metal that almost resembled a sun should be able to rotate around the stage while the performers were playing.

But that is not how it has gone for the Italian production team.

The swivel function did not work as intended – and therefore you ended up letting it stand still.

Originally, Reddi had intended to use the ‘sun’ to turn a piano away from the stage, after lead singer Mathilde ‘Siggy’ Savery had played on it, but even before the metal construction had to hoist the white flag, they had thought that it would not worked for them.

‘It did not fit into itself either act‘one that the piano should be turned away. So we decided not to use it, ”she says.

When the ‘sun’ was erected, it had two sides. A page with an LED screen. And one with some lamps.

Right now, only the side with all the lamps can be seen.

“We actually did not like what those screens looked like before,” says Mathilde ‘Siggy’ Savery.




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»So when they turned it over and put more lamps on, I was at least really happy. Because I think we lacked more light on stage and more rock concert atmosphere, “she adds, while the group’s bassist, Swedish Ida Bergkvist, adds:

»Also that the main focus of our performance is on our performance. Not on what is happening behind us. “

“It was fucking ugly before,” adds the group’s drummer, Ihan Hayder, with a laugh:

‘Now they’ve turned it off so it looks like an old vinyl record. So, bottom line is that we’re glad it ended the way it did. ”

Time will tell whether the change in the stage show will have an impact on how the votes are distributed during Tuesday’s semi-final, where Denmark will fight for one of the ten places until the final.

So far, bookmakers predict that the Danes will miss the final – and even lie at the heavier end of the field.

However, the bad odds are not something that affects Reddi:

‘We’re a rock band and we like to be’ the underdogs’ – and so could surprise. Better that than the other way around. It gives us a lot more of a fire to go out and prove ourselves, “says Ihan Haydar, who has tried to reach the final before, when in 2012 she was a drummer for Soluna Samay on the song ‘Should’ve Known Better’.

“It gives us something more to fight for,” explains Ida Bergkvist, while Mathilde ‘Siggy’ Savery adds:

“Yes it’s true. It actually just gives even more blood on the tooth that we stand low. Then we are even more like, ‘Yes, let’s prove what we can do.’ “

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