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🇱🇻 LIVE DAY 7 REVIEW: Samanta Tina steals the show on the second rehearsal

Latvia's Samanta Tina takes to the Ahoy stage for her 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 we’ve noticed in today’s second rehearsal:

There are not many changes with the performance from the first rehearsal. The stage is very dark in the beginning of the performance, with some lights shining from the back of the stage, painting the silhouette of Samanta as she belts out the first lines.

Overall Samanta is on the main focus, with the three backing dancers mainly staying on the side of the stage, wearing their face shields. Vocally Samanta is on point, but it’s a little disappointing that the chorus is mainly pre-recorded vocals.

She misses some of the most important camera angles, but overall she performs the song very confidently. The visuals on the LED screen are golden throughout the performance, without much variety. Samanta and the backing vocalists are in all green. We can see the iconic invisible crown few times and she ends the performance by crowning herself as the queen of night.

As especially the second half of the second semifinal is packed with gorgeous performances and also great vocalists, there is a big chance that Latvia will be forgotten, especially between Finland and Switzerland.

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!

Sami Luukela

I started watching Eurovision back in 2006, when I was only 10 and couldn't stay up to see Lordi winning. I attended my first contest in 2013 in Malmö. I'm studying journalism and I love music — you will probably never see me without my headphones on.

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