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๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง LIVE DAY 6 REVIEW: Biggest props of the year for James Newman

James Newman takes to the Ahoy stage for his first 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

The past few days, we’ve been wondering where the big props were in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. Turns out the United Kingdom are bringing some: two giant white trumpets on the stage. It’s just a shame we can see the chains they’re hanging from.

James Newman starts his song from a black, circular platform. He stays on there for the full first minute as the stage lights are predominantly red and blue. For the first chorus, the four dancers come in. In terms of styling, James is in black with a long leather jacket and golden stripes. He’s wearing white socks, black trousers and black shoes. The dancers are all in white, so the contrast between them is relatively big.

For the second minute, James comes off the platform. He maintains a decent vocal throughout, but with the choreography and camera angles, he sometimes sounds and looks rushed. When he’s on the main stage, two of the dancers then climb onto the platform. At that point, the stage colours turn to orange with hints of green.

For the final part of the song, James is back on his platform with dark green lights. We see the green strobe lights and lasers kicking in as well and we end on a dark pose. Overall, James has got his cues spot on and this is a competent performance all around.

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!

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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