Italy's out of love and out on stage
Nina Zilli was next up stage today to rehearse the Italian entry L'Amore E'Femmina (Out Of Love) which, as the title implies, will be sung in a mixture of Italian and English. After their success in the contest last year, where they were the runners up, Nina Zilli will be aiming to take them one place higher in Baku.
The Italian delegation arrived last night in the city, and have been most impressed by what they have seen so far. Though it didn't take them too long before they attended their first party, which, appropriately enough was that of their fellow Italian speakers, San Marino.
The team has a multi national background, including the composers, who like several other composers this year, are of Swedish origin.
We caught up with Nina backstage for some photographs.
Casual clothes prior to opening party
Like several other of the partiicpants in their first rehearsal, Nina and her three backing performers were casually dressed. Nina does however wear some bright green shoes, which might give a clue to her outfit in the Final next week. today she was wearing a short white dress, with a large loose scarf around her upper body and neck. a headband kept her hair swept back and in place.
It is not surprising that today they were dressed casually, as later on this evening they will have to head off to the official opening party. Her three backing performers comprise one male singer and two female singers and unlike some backing singers in this year's contest can be clearly seen standing behind her in a line. Although the position of the backing singers was changed around in the latter rehearsals, so they moved from being behind Nina on the left, to being behind her on the right.
The LED screens behind her, as well as the floor lighting, display black and white shapes, which fit in with the shape of the set that surrounds the LED screens. The images give the song something of a retro look.