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๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง LIVE DAY 8 REVIEW: United Kingdom’s James Newman makes no changes to the second rehearsal

The United Kingdom's James Newman takes to the Ahoy stage for his second rehearsal!

ESCXTRA.com are live for day 8 of rehearsals ahead of the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 taking place at the Rotterdam Ahoy in The Netherlands!

Itโ€™s time for the second rehearsals of the automatic qualifiers! The countries rehearsing today, in chronological order, are 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

Firstly, remind yourselves what happened in the first rehearsal:

And now here is what weโ€™ve noticed in todayโ€™s second rehearsal:

James is wearing the same outfit as on the first rehearsal, while the dancers are still in all white. James looks much more confident on the stage and his voice is not as crispy as it was during the first rehearsal. While the performance received some criticism after the first rehearsal, it seems that not much have been changed. The biggest change from the first rehearsal is that the two trumpets on the stage are there from the beginning, rather than coming down from the ceiling during the first verse.

The performance is clearly made to be performed to a full arena, with lots of wide shots of the arena. The camera work leaves a lot of room for improvement still, as you can, for example, see James walking down the stairs off the platform. However, James moves and dances more and is clearly enjoying his time on the stage.

Running order will play a huge role on how well the United Kingdom will do this year. If James draws the first half, there is a big chance that “Embers” will open the final. As we can expect more, better performed uptempo songs, this might get completely lost.

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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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