Ukraine delivers show with Hell Machines at Eurovision rehearsal

18:06, 06 May 2009
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Svetlana Loboda appeared with two Ukrainian flags

Svetlana Loboda delivered an admirable show in her first rehearsal in Moscow on May 6. She appeared on one of three Hell Machines, which looked like big gear wheels. She wore a bandage on her left - a symbol for her campaign against familiar violence, according to the official web site of the Eurovision Song Contest.

As promised, Svetlana Loboda came to Moscow with a Hell Machine, but not only one - she brought three. The Hell Machines looked like big tyres with moving round metal ladders inside. In the middle tyre there was an extra ladder where the lead singer started her performance. She was accompanied by three muscular bare-chested dancers whose eyes were rouged in black. Her "Valentines" started their performance in Hell Machines moving from the inside onto the top. Two backing vocals wore silver knee-length boots and stood on both sides of the stage. Svetlana Loboda played the drum kit in front of which was an Ukrainian flag with Anti-Crisis Girl written on it. While playing she was moved onto the middle of stage by her dancers. They whirled her in the air. The LEDs kept changing their motives showing parts of the Hell Machines, lips and Loboda`s face, among others. Smoke effects and fireworks were used during the whole show.

Svetlana Loboda was born on October 18, 1982 in Kyiv. Studying piano, conducting, variety and jazz vocal, having the experience of a composer, leading role as an actress in a musical, TV host, designer, photographer, singer in Ukraine’s, Russia’s and CIS` most popular girl band and finally a solo artist, in her 27 years of age, Svetlana has come up as one of the top music stars in her country. Her latest achievements came last year when she received the Ukrainian National Olymp Award on her birthday in October 2008 and when the release of her latest single By Your Side in a collaboration with DJ Lutique topped the charts in her native Ukraine and also made an impact in Macao.

Svetlana Loboda from Ukraine rehearsed for the first time on May 6.

Svetlana Loboda appeared with two Ukrainian flags with Anti-Crisis Girl written on them. She jumped on the table while greeting the journalists. Her two dancers were standing the whole time, moving behind her and waving the flags. Svetlana also sang a part of the Russian version of Be My Valentine (Anti-Crisis Girl). She was asked why she changed her plans to appear in the Hell Machine from the ceiling onto the stage. She answered that their request was refused because of the lack of room on the ceiling.

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