ESCXTRA.com are live for day 4 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 Georgia, Albania, Portugal, Bulgaria, Finland, Latvia, Switzerland, and Denmark
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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.
Tornike Kipiani starts his song in the centre of the stage. We see a dark blue background, with two very brightly lit up columns with Tornike in the middle. The staging is very dark and only half of Tornike’s face has a spotlight on it, the other half is dark. From the first minute, we see the staging being simplistic and focussing on Tornike’s voice and the lyrics of the song.
Throughout the performance, Tornike Kipiani is on his own on stage. Halfway through the performers, a small white stage block is rolled on to the stage to give Tornike a seat. He sits down and whilst doing that, parts of the lyrics are projected on him, both his outfit and his face. The lyrics then play a big role, where they are projected on the screen in the back, both in English and in Georgian. Towards the end of the song, the dark blue background, which is reminiscent of smoky and watery effects (think Arcade by Duncan Laurence) gets combined with some dark orange hints, to signify the lift of the song. We only get one wide shot, which is just before that lift. In the rest of the songs, it’s mostly close-ups and parts with a steady cam. It’s a calm and soothing staging.
Tornike’s wearing a simple outfit with a white shirt and grey trousers. Some would say boring, some would say classy. To be honest, the song probably doesn’t need a lot more than this. There is some work, as the stage assistants rolling the prop onto the stage were visible and Tornike isn’t connecting with the camera yet, but that’s what a first rehearsal is for. Vocally, he was spot on as you’d expect in the second run through. On the last run, Tornike is clearly having a lot of fun playing around with his voice, lowering his voice, groaning here and there, rolling his eyes. It’s fair to say he’s using the last run through to just find the spots on the stage, having fun. He wasn’t trying, this was fun!
Georgia are keeping it simple, but have managed to come up with an effective concept for their entry. They’re showcasing Tornike Kipiani as an artist and doing it well.
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!