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🇷🇺 LIVE DAY 5 REVIEW: Manizha turns out the facial expressions for Russia

Russia's Manizha takes to the Ahoy stage for her second rehearsal 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

Firstly, remind yourselves what happened in the first rehearsal:

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

Clear from the first moment is the fact that Manizha is working her facial expressions more than she did during her first rehearsal. There are lots of funky and strong looks into the camera. You can feel that she is not here to play, but to convey her message.

Manizha still starts off in the big dress on wheels. This time, she’s wearing a golden hair piece with pearls on it. Her backing vocalists are dressed in gold. She finishes her first run through by shouting Be the change, something she doesn’t do on her second run. They are trying different things to see what works best.

Towards the end of the song, Manizha and her team turn their backs to the green room and cameras, to face a wall full of people singing the Russian lyrics. It is a very powerful moment that delivers goosebumps.

Rehearsal video clip

Below, you can watch a clip of Manizha’s second rehearsal for Russia!

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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