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๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ LIVE DAY 6 REVIEW: Jeangu Macrooy lets the colours burst for the Netherlands

Jeangu Macrooy takes to the Ahoy stage for The Netherlands!

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

Rehearsing right now inside the Rotterdam Ahoy is Jeangu Macrooy, performing “Birth Of A New Age” for The Netherlands. 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!

Jeangu Macrooy starts off in front of the back LED screen. On the screen, we see cracks in a dark grey wall. There’s light coming through each of the cracks. All of the cracks get bigger and the amount increases over time, with the light going from bright white to a deeper, warmer orange.

On his performance, Jeangu is wearing a blue jacket with a black chest piece underneath. His backing vocals, including his twin brother, are wearing grey. They start off behind Jeangu, but move in front of him, throwing each other a fierce look. Soon a dancer joins them, who is dressed in red and is doing a very expressive choreography. The camera shots are mostly close-ups, where we can see Jeangu’s determination to deliver this with power.

During the middle eight, we move to the catwalk, where we see a traditional dance from Jeangu and his team. The transparent LED has a fade of orange and red, which makes you wonder what is happening. Soon after that, when the next chorus comes up, the walls burst down.

During that, there is a lot of colour with a floral kind of set-up on the backdrop and the transparent LED. Throughout the song, we see the Sranan Tongo lines on the backdrop, both in its original form and in English. The text is a Sranan Tongo saying: Yu no man broko mi, mi na afu sensi. The English translation reads You can’t break me for the Yu no man broko mi line. The movements during Mi na afu sensi, with a diagonal move from the left shoulder to the right hip, ending with a fist on their foreheads. This is very artistic and very good for a first rehearsal.

Rehearsal video clip

We will update the article, once the EBU has uploaded the rehearsal video clip on the official Eurovision channel.

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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