ESCXTRA.com are live for day 3 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 San Marino, Estonia, Czech Republic, Greece, Austria, Poland, Moldova, Iceland and Serbia.
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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.
The performance starts with Uku on his knees, styled as he was for the official music video of “The Lucky One”. The lighting is dark blue with a large moon graphic framing him from the LED behind him. Like Sweden and Malta, Estonia are utilising the water effect for the LED floor, and it’s very effective yet again.
The camera cuts are mostly very tight, with Uku being framed often with letterbox camera angles, focusing on his face. The sensation of lighting strikes are created by flashing camera cuts.
Visually, there was an effort to give a sense of progression, however, where you have countries like Cyprus, Russia, Croatia, Ukraine and San Marino giving us very dynamic climaxes, this doesn’t really go anywhere visually. The second half sees the lighting change to red, but ultimately, it doesn’t deliver a ‘moment’ that a song would need to stand out between two strong uptempos.
The star of this performance for me is Uku’s backing singers, who are absolutely killing it offstage, giving the song more texture than the studio version.
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!