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๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ LIVE DAY 6 REVIEW: More energy for Benny Cristo and Czech Republic

Czech Republic's Benny Cristo takes to the Ahoy stage for his second rehearsal!

ESCXTRA.com are live for day 6 of rehearsals ahead of the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 taking place at the Rotterdam Ahoy in The Netherlands!

It’s Super Thursday, with a double billing of second rehearsals plus the first rehearsals of the automatic qualifiers. The countries rehearsing today, in chronological order, are Malta, San Marino, Estonia, Czech Republic, Greece, Austria, Poland, Moldova, Iceland and Serbia. Then, after a break, we will be treated to the first rehearsals of Italy, Germany, The Netherlands, France, United Kingdom and Spain.

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 weโ€™ve noticed in todayโ€™s second rehearsal:

On his first rehearsal the other day, Benny Cristo was definitely finding his spots on the Eurovision stage. He wanted to up the energy for his second rehearsal and he clearly delivered, that is very fair to say.

For the first two runs, Benny wears a pair of glasses that look very good on him. Combined with the blonde hair, golden jacket and black pants, it’s a great image. He loses the glasses for his third run, which doesn’t harm his appearance, but actually gives him more of a chance to connect to the cameras. He does that very well, with lots of playful looks being thrown to his dancers and to the audience.

The Czech delegation are clearly attempting different camera angles, as we see different shots on all three rehearsals. What stays the same throughout the rehearsal is Benny starting from behind the LED screen, before it opens up and he walks onto the stage. The change from male dancers to female dancers midway through the song is also a fun element. Back to the camera angles, we see various options for the Omaga performance. For the second run, the performers are filmed from the back when walking the catwalk to the B-stage. They change that for run three, where it’s being filmed from the front.

Qualifier or not?

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!

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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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