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.
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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.
Rehearsing right now for the second time inside the Rotterdam Ahoy is Lesley Roy performing “Maps” for Ireland. 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:
Ireland have decided to stick to their guns for their second rehearsal. We still see the paper cut-outs and we see Lesley slowly but steadily finding her ground. She manages to get most of the cues right. Vocally, the performance is better than during the first rehearsal. We can still see how Lesley is very much in her head, thinking about what the next step is, but it’s not taking away from the performance.
As with the first rehearsal, we still see people flicking through the pages of a book. Here’s some work that needs to be done: The two sides are not synchronised with each other and the people on stage flick through the pages on a different pace. For the first run through, the lights were off, but they corrected that soon after. Some of the camera angles aren’t on point and require work, though.
For the last bit of the song, the illusion gets taken away as we zoom out and see someone rolling through the rain screen she is in front of. She walks away to the B-stage, where we can see all of her props on the main stage as silhouettes in front of a dark orange LED screen.
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!