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๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ LIVE DAY 6 REVIEW: Poland’s RAFAล polishes his package

Poland's RAFAล 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:

Firstly, it’s fair to say that the Polish team have cleaned this up considerably since the first rehearsal. The choreography definitely looked a lot more slick during today’s rehearsals. However, there are still some camerawork faux pas that need to be cleaned up. Particularly, the ‘slo mo’ illusion needs to be edited ahead of the next rehearsals.

RAFAล is looking and sounding a lot more confident compared to his last rehearsal. Even though he removes his sunglasses for the middle section, the lack of engagement and connection is an issue for me. Another aspect that does not work is that the lone backing singer can be seen on stage during the performance, where as other countries have hidden them. I would encourage Poland to move the singer to the offstage wing.

Overall, this now feels like less of an outlier in terms of being considerably more sloppy and chaotic than its surrounding entries. However, in a semi full of class, I cannot see this not coming last with jurors. In fact, if jurors give this points, they are not doing their jobs.

Qualifier or not?

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Rehearsal video clip

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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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