Zlata Ognevich brings her team to the stage - first rehearsal
Mon May 06 2013 02:01:21 GMT+0300 (EEST)
6 May 2013. Today Zlata Ognevich from Ukraine had her first rehearsal on stage in Malmo Arena.“Everybody was so welcoming that I immediately felt confident about everything. I know everything will work out the best way possible,” shared Zlata her first impressions. Today the name of Zlata's giant became known. Igor Vovkovinsky, the tallest man living in the United States flew all the way from Minnesota, USA, to be part of Ukraine's entry performance. Igor is originally from Ukraine when at the age of 7 he moved to the States with his family. Igor, the fantasy giant, will symbolize Zlata's inner strength which helps her overcome obstacles on the way to her dream. Igor Vovkovinsky: “The Arena is very overwhelming and very big, which I wasn’t even expecting. I’ve been inside big arenas but none of them looked so beautiful. The first rehearsal went well but I will take more time to practice my part. I love my costume which was first revealed today. I can’t believe that somebody took so much time to make it look so good. I wanna wear it not just to the show but everywhere”. 4 powerful backing singers bring the culture from all around the world and add ethnic sound to the song. Ann Bailey-Simons, Hollie Petrie, Cleveland Watkiss from Great Britain and Dasha Mineeva from Ukraine all have a track record of touring and recording with the world known celebrities starting from Stevie Wonder to Bob Dylan. Cleveland Watkiss boasts being known as the best jazz male voice in the world. Cleveland Watkiss: “The song is fantastic and has been chiseled to perfection. So now it’s very concise and streamlined. The stage was surreal and felt like another dimension. And the sound was great. The in-ear monitoring was probably one the best I’ve had in my life.” The pictures from the rehearsal are available here. Picture courtesy of Eimantas Paltarakas.