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.
Rehearsing right now inside the Rotterdam Ahoy is Manizha, performing “Russian Woman” for Russia. 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!
We start off with the performance with a close-up of Manizha wearing a big dress on wheels, and as we lead up to the chorus, she steps out, into the red outfit, which we saw from the Russian National Final.
The vibe from the Russian National Final is kept, with the singers all around Manizha, with her being on the centre. The LED Screen proceeds showing words of empowerment such as ‘Rise Up’ or ‘Be The Change You Want To See’.
As we head into the final bridge, we see the backdrop with Russian Woman on the LED Screen, with the performance ending with the people featured on the LED Screen spelling ‘Russian Woman’, and Manizha and her backing singers coming together at the centre of the stage.
Rehearsal video clip
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!