ESCXTRA: Live from Rotterdam🇦🇱 Albania

🇦🇱 LIVE DAY 7 REVIEW: Anxhela Peristeri hits the notes and choreo

Albania's Anxhela Peristeri takes to Ahoy the stage for her second rehearsal! are live for day 7 of rehearsals ahead of the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 taking place at the Rotterdam Ahoy in The Netherlands!

Following yesterday’s Super Thursday, today we resume with the second half of semi-final two. The countries rehearsing today, in chronological order, are Georgia, Albania, Portugal, Bulgaria, Finland, Latvia, Switzerland and Denmark.

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:

Like with Georgia, we don’t really see Albania changing a whole lot during their second rehearsal. Anxhela Peristeri is absolutely nailing her vocals this morning and that’s worth a credit. It is 10:35 in the morning and she’s blasting the notes out like there’s no tomorrow. She’s going full throttle.

The colours remain the same: red and black are the predominant colours, with a lighter shade of blue kicking in later on in the song. For the final part of the song, we see dark grey smoke on the background, which is craving for some dry ice. Because there are no effects on the floor throughout the song, you’d hope for the dry ice on the floor. In the final runthrough, we finally get that dry ice in a nice subtle way.

This is a very competent performing with a very compelling performer. The effects have been put on during the least exciting parts of the song to keep the viewers drawn in. It takes you back to the mid-00s in terms of Eurovision staging.

Qualifier or not?

We will embed our team’s conversation once it is uploaded, watch this space!

Rehearsal video clip

As soon as the official Eurovision YouTube channel upload the clip of this second rehearsal, we’ll embed it right here for you to watch! In the meantime, remind yourself of the first rehearsal below:

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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