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๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น LIVE DAY 4 REVIEW: The Black Mamba from Portugal deliver the biggest surprise so far?

Portugal deliver some of the best uses of the LEDs so far

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.

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

Those who watched Festival da Canรงรฃo will be familar with the staging style of The Black Mamba. However, Portugal have utilised the possibilities of a larger, more high tech set up. The styling is almost completely the same.

The first section of the performance is entirely in black and white, like the FdC staging. Butโ€ฆBUT it then switches it up with a transition into colour with warm sunset hues. The LEDs have silhouettes of people with a blue backing, before lights swell around the stage as the animation flips to orange. 

For the rousing climax, lead singer Pedro takes to the satellite stage, revealing some additional LEDs on the transparent side screen. The LED features an animation of a woman walking down a street lined with lines between the back screen and the side screen.

Overall, this has been one of the biggest surprises of rehearsals so far, and I am now confident that this will qualify, or at least be top 10 with the jury.

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!

Costa Christou

Ever since I saw Helena Paparizou's triumph at Eurovision in 2005 (at the tender age of 6), I have been crazy about Eurovision. From the regional native language bops and shrieky female-led balladry to the sophisticated avant garde pop songs and chart-friendly EDM, I love everything about this cultural phenomenon. I'm currently working as a Delivery Manager in a software development team.

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