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๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ท Dutch media tease Stefania’s “impressive” staging amid technical rehearsals

Will pegasus be carrying Stefania to Eurovision success?

Last month, ERT released “Last Dance”, Stefania’s entry for the 2021 contest. From the offset, it was clear that ERT were aiming to bring Greece back to the left-hand side of the scoreboard for the first time since 2013. Now, as rehearsals are ongoing, Dutch media have teased that Stefania’s staging will include elements never seen before on the Eurovision stage.

Earlier this week, Twan van de Nieuwenhuijzen – the head of the organising committee for Eurovision 2021 – stated that one of the acts will be bringing something that has never been seen before on the Eurovision stage:

Of course I won’t mention names, but there is, for example, an act that didn’t catch my eye at first, but of which I know that they are going to take a lot of risk with their stage presentation. That will be a challenge for our direction. I saw video footage of it from a small gym somewhere in Europe. If their plans work, it will be something that I know has never been done before. 

Twan van de Nieuwenhuijzen as quoted by Alexander van Eenennaam

Although he didn’t specify the country or act, Dutch journalist Katja Zwart from De Telegraaf has revealed that he was referring to Greece’s Stefania. She added that if

Some say that it will have something to do with Pegasus or with Atla and the Earth that he holds in his hands.

Dutch journalist Katja Zwart from De Telegraaf on Greece’s rumoured stage concept

Zwart noted that the delegation are still in the process of technical rehearsals to ensure the concept can be delivered successfully on stage. She added that “there are several risks” that “will be something impressive” if they can pull them off.

Stefaniaโ€™s Eurovision journey 

Stefaniaโ€™s Eurovision journey began back in 2016, when she participated in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest as a member of the group Kisses. They represent The Netherlands in Valetta with the song โ€œKisses & Dancinโ€™โ€, finishing eighth.

Stefania had been selected internally to represent Greece at Eurovision 2020 in Rotterdam. She was due to perform โ€œSUPERG!RLโ€ in the first half of semi final 2. 

Back in March, Greek public broadcaster ERT released a press statement to address the news about the EBUโ€™s decision to cancel this yearโ€™s contest. In the statement, the broadcaster expressed their intentions to continue their cooperation with Stefania. Back in December, it was confirmed that her entry would be internally selected again.

In preparation for this yearโ€™s contest, Stefania recorded five potential entries which were then judged by a committee set up by Greek broadcaster ERT. Last Dance was chosen for Stefania and the title was revealed on back in January.

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Costa Christou

Ever since I saw Helena Paparizou's triumph at Eurovision in 2005 (at the tender age of 6), I have been crazy about Eurovision. From the regional native language bops and shrieky female-led balladry to the sophisticated avant garde pop songs and chart-friendly EDM, I love everything about this cultural phenomenon. I'm currently working as a Delivery Manager in a software development team.

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