Rotterdam 2021

Details of Eurovision 2021 semi-final one interval act revealed

'A world of water' will be created within the walls of Rotterdam Ahoy using augmented reality.

With the construction of the Eurovision 2021 stage underway, more and more details of what to expect next month are being revealed. Yesterday, it was revealed that the interval act for the first semi-final will be ‘The Power of Water’ featuring Davina Michelle and Thekla Reuten.

Eurovision.tv has released details of the interval act for the first semi-final of Eurovision 2021. Singer Davina Michelle and actress Thekla Reuten will star in a water-inspired interval act, telling the story of the ‘inextricable link’ between the Netherlands and water:

For centuries we Dutch have had a relationship with water that is unique in the world. We fought against it, but we can’t live without it. In the act we tell the story of the power of the water and the resilience that we all have.

Gerben Bakker, Head of Show for the Eurovision Song Contest 2021

The two had been approached for last year’s ill-fated contest, like much of the 2021 programming line-up. According to the press release, ‘a world of water’ will be created within the walls of Rotterdam Ahoy using augmented reality.

Almost two years ago I was approached by the Eurovision team with the concept in which the story of water is central. Water connects, is resilient and is an inseparable part of the Netherlands. Together with Eurovision we have worked on a unique act in which these characteristics are central. I wrote the song ‘Sweet Water’ in which water is used as a metaphor for something that connects people in the world. We are all different and live in different environments, but we all need water and it brings us all together. I can’t wait to show you what we’ve been working on together for so long.

Interval artist Davina Michelle

‘The Power of Water’ will be shown as part of the first the first semi-final of Eurovision 2021 on Tuesday 18 May, during Destiny’s performance and the reveal of the qualifiers.

Heading for Scenario B?

The staging is set to be complete on 28 April. After that, technical and stand-in rehearsals will start. The first delegations are expected to arrive on 8 May. Even under a Scenario B situation, delegations will be spending most of their time in hotel quarantine outside of rehearsals in order to minimise transmission risks.

We have asked them to stay in the hotel and only use our official transport. In this way we hope to keep the virus out as much as possible.

Sietse Bakker, Executive Producer of the Eurovision Song Contest 2021

Bakker also confirmed that the current plan is for 3,500 spectators to be in the audience, with 4,500 seats remaining empty. However, in practice this means that the second tier of seating will not be visible on the broadcast.

We think that those 3,500 people can also create a fantastic atmosphere.

Sietse Bakker, Executive Producer of the Eurovision Song Contest 2021

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