Breakdancer Redouan Ait Chitt (Redo) and singer-songwriter Eefje de Visser have been announced as the opening acts for Semi-Final 2 of Eurovision 2021.
Redo is an award-winning dancer who has won several Dutch and international breakdancing competitions and has performed for the Dutch Royal Family. He also works as a motivational speaker, where he talks about not letting physical disability define his limits. During his performance during Semi-Final 2, Redo will tell, among other things, his life story and hopes to inspire others. Redo was originally set to perform as the opening act of Semi-Final 2 of Eurovision 2020 before its cancellation.
“The focus in this performance is on dance and a personal story: overcoming setbacks. The story now applies to many people. From the dark period in which we are now going through, we are working towards a moment of festive victory. I hope that people recognise themselves in this and that Eefje and I can touch people through our actions. ”
Redo will be joined on stage by Eefje de Visser. Eefje is an established singer-songwriter who is known for her hypnotic synth pop with lofty vocals. She won Grote Prijs van Nederland, a national competition for rising talent in 2009 and has released four studio albums since then. Her latest album “Bitterzoet” (Bittersweet) reached number 3 on the Dutch Albums Chart. She is currently working with Eric van Tijn, Musical director for Eurovision 2021, on an English-language song that she will perform during Semi-Final 2. The song, which was written and composed by Eefje, will accompany the story that Redo is telling through his dance.
“As a child I used to watch the Eurovision Song Contest a lot. Redo and I therefore consider it an honour to be able to work together on this enormous production. Redo is a very talented dancer and has an impressive way of dancing. Our piece is about resilience and connection. And we say that more can be achieved through collaboration. We need each other, especially in these times. ”
Gerben Bakker, Head of Show, commented:
“We want to show the best of the Netherlands during the Eurovision Song Contest. Talents like Redo and Eefje certainly are part of that. Every act on our stage has their own story. A recurring theme in the three shows is resilience, the ability to adapt, which is more current than ever. A theme that certainly applies to the life of Redo. We are proud to present this unique opening act together with Eefje and Redo.”
The Eurovision Song Contest 2021 will take place on May 18, 20 and 22 in Rotterdam. A total of 41 countries will take part in the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Eurovision 2020 was due to be held in Rotterdam after Duncan Laurence gave the Netherlands their first victory since 1975 with the song “Arcade”. After the cancelation of the 2020 contest, it was decided that Rotterdam would host the 2021 contest instead.
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