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๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ LIVE DAY 7 REVIEW: Finland’s Blind Channel blind us with flames

Finland's Blind Channel take to the Ahoy stage for their second rehearsal!

ESCXTRA.com 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 weโ€™ve noticed in todayโ€™s second rehearsal:

Firstly, I think it’s worth mentioning that even during the ‘dry runs’ today, this still completely pops off. What we are seeing here is a masterclass in camerawork. Each member of the band gets a feature and is contributing to the overall effect of the performance. It feels very cohesive and gripping, even within an empty arena.

Of course, we then got the EXPLOSION of flames throughout the third run, which ties everything together. There really isn’t much more I can say about this because the first rehearsals was almost flawless already. The band are on form and have been remarkably consistent throughout, but there is still fuel in the tank to go to 110 for when it counts.

This will be a televote magnet in the semi, as there is nothing like it in the line-up. I’m less confident about a strong jury vote, but with Iceland, the UK and Denmark voting in this semi, I am not too concerned. Whether this will cut through in the final will be running order dependent.

Qualifier or not?

Rehearsal video clip

As soon as the official Eurovision YouTube channel upload the clip of this second rehearsal, weโ€™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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