Pyros, stairs and a skimpy dress for Cascada

Pyros, stairs and a skimpy dress for Cascada
Cascada. Photo: Sander Hesterman (EBU)
Malmö, Sweden -

Today it was time for Cascada to rehearse their glorious dance song once again in the Malmö Arena. The stage act includes pyrotechnical effects, artificial smoke, an elaborate choreography - and a staircase! On top of that, the lead singer Natalie Horler delivered a very convincing vocal performance.

Before the German rehearsal, Yann Peifer, one of the members of Cascada had a chat with backstage. "We will change a bit in the pyro effects this time", he explained the foreseen changes in this second rehearsal. "Apart from that, we only had to adjust the camera angles a bit."

Pink and purple with pyros

Natalie Horler started her performance on top of a transparent staircase, wearing a short golden dress. She was obviously enjoying herself and selling the dance track Glorious well to the audience. Towards the end of the song, she descended the stairs and finished the performance on the catwalk.

The stage was set in pink and purple, with flashing spotlights creating a disco-like atmosphere. In the last run of the rehearsal, the pyrotechnical effects were applied, consisting of flames and shots during the first chorus, and a "waterfall pyro" when the song finishes.

"It feels like a Eurovision world and it’s nice to be its citizen."

In the press conference room, the host gave the German participant Natalie a warm welcome and asked her about her second rehearsal. “Everything went well. I am very satisfied. It’s a big difference to the first rehearsal.” Cascada said a big thank to all who were in the Malmö Arena and gave her a big applause.
Cascada was asked where her backing vocalists were as they didn’t appear in the press conference. “Oh, they are shy to stay in front of cameras,” the artist explained.

On the question where the name of Cascada came from, Natalie said: “It’s from Spanish and means waterfall. It was not my name first, but a project name a part of which I was. But people started to call me Cascada. I can say I am Natalie from Cascada.”

The next question was about Cascada’s expectations in the Grand Final. “Well, we have to wait till Saturday. And I will give my 150%,” said the artist. "If it all goes to hell, I can still work in a hotel", she jokingly added, considering the fact that she is bilingual.

The host asked Natalie if she had any fears. “Yes, I have thousands of fears! Eurovision is the biggest thing I’ve done in my career. And I’m a bit scared because the staircase is a bit shaky.”

The next question was about Cascada’s song version for the Eurovision Song Contest and why it was cut. One of Natalie’s team explained shortly that the song was more than three minutes long, but for more details the journalist should talk to Natalie’s producer Yann Peifer.

Germany was drawn to perform in the first half of the Grand Final.