LIVE DAY 1 REVIEW: North Macedonia’s Vasil brings emotion and on-screen graphics

The penultimate act for today

ESCXTRA.com are live for day 1 of rehearsals ahead of the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 taking place at the Rotterdam Ahoy in The Netherlands!

The countries rehearsing today, in chronological order, are Lithuania, Slovenia, Russia, Sweden, North Macedonia and Ireland. Plus, we’ll be given a backstage look at the recording of Australia’s live-on-tape performance.

Follow every rehearsal live

Below, you’ll see our written review of each rehearsal. If you want more, you can follow our live stream where our team will be reacting live to every single rehearsal as it happens! Furthermore, read our handy guide for a more detailed look at this contest’s rehearsal schedule.

Rehearsal review

Rehearsing right now inside the Rotterdam Ahoy is Vasil, performing “Here I Stand” for North Macedonia. We will continue to update this article as each run through takes place, so make sure to keep refreshing for the most up-to-date review!

Vasil begins on a darkened stage with a single spotlight, in which some holographic effects appear on his microphone stand. The graphics begin with a light on his heart which then transforms into a larger effect that he interacts with using his hand. He is alone on stage and is wearing a black suit.

Towards the end of the performance, Vasil opens his black suit to reveal a shirt in the style of a disco ball that reflects a strobelight which many press members are describing as reminiscent, but certainly not a copy, of that seen in Dotter’s Melodifestivalen performance of “Bulletproof”.

It feels as though the stage is a little empty in places, this could be due to missing pyrotechnic effects that we’ll see in a second rehearsal. Vasil is also holding back vocally, singing in a lower key and taking a break from hitting the biggest notes in “Here I Stand”. Nevertheless, he looks confident and emotionally connected to his song.

Rehearsal video clip

As soon as Eurovision.tv upload the video clip of this rehearsal, we will embed it right here for you to enjoy!

Stay tuned for our reviews for the rest of today’s rehearsals at the Rotterdam Ahoy. If you want to know what to expect from the rest of the day, check out our rehearsal schedule. Meanwhile, remember to tune in to our live stream for instant reactions to every rehearsal!

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