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🇦🇿 LIVE DAY 5 REVIEW: Frantic lighting and a more dramatic ending for Azerbaijan’s Efendi

Azerbaijan's Efendi takes to the Ahoy stage for her second rehearsal!

ESCXTRA.com are live for day 5 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, Ireland, Cyprus, Norway, Croatia, Belgium, Israel, Romania, Azerbaijan and Ukraine.

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 for the second time inside the Rotterdam Ahoy is Efendi performing “Mata Hari” for Azerbaijan. 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!

Firstly, remind yourselves what happened in the first rehearsal:

And now here is what we’ve noticed in today’s second rehearsal:

Efendi has her hair stage-ready for this dress rehearsal which is much more classic Efendi which is fabulous. There seem to be significant changes for the final chorus of the song, the LED backdrop is a lot more frantic with its flashing colours and the lighting is also more frantic, made more obvious by some wider shots.

This is definitely different in sound to the other uptempo females we have in this semi-final and this could play into Azerbaijan’s favour. It feels like the performance is missing some pyrotechnics at the end to really emphasise the dramatic finish and we shall see if this appears in the later run throughs.

For the final run through, we finally see the expected pyrotechnics from Azerbaijan with lots of flames and fire for that final part of the song which looks very effective in the wider shots.

Rehearsal video clip

As soon as the official Eurovision YouTube channel upload the clip of this second rehearsal, we’ll embed it right here for you to watch! In the meantime, remind yourself of the first rehearsal below:

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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Ryan Cobb

My first memory of watching the Eurovision Song Contest was back in 2001 and, over the years, my passion and enthusiasm for the contest has very much turned into an obsession. I adore music and I love geography, so this contest is a natural fit for me. If la la loving Eurovision was a crime, I'd certainly be a criminal!

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