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๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช LIVE DAY 5 REVIEW: Hooverphonic impress with simplicity for Belgium

Belgium's Hooverphonic take to the Ahoy stage for their 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 Hooverphonic performing “The Wrong Place” for Belgium. 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 weโ€™ve noticed in todayโ€™s second rehearsal:

Hooverphonic know what they are doing with their staging. It is fairly simple and dark, as we already saw on Saturday. Geike Arnaert is enjoying herself a whole lot more this time around and delivers a good smile at the end of the run through.

We see the singer in the middle of her band. The band members are all around her, each on a platform, with Geike simply standing on the floor. The images of her face on the LED screens came across as quite intense on Saturday, but it actually looks really good today and it’s making sense.

What we are seeing is a lot of work with the steady cam and a good amount of close-ups. Basically, this is a typical Hans Pannecoucke staging. There are elements of The Common Linnets-like camera shots and staging ideas here. The expressions on Geike’s face will definitely help. She throws looks into the camera to bring her message across, like Don’t you ever dare to wear my Johnny Cash T-Shirt – that line is delivered with excellence and quality.

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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