The Grand Final of the 65th Eurovision Song Contest will take place on May 22 at Rotterdam Ahoy in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. 39 artists will take to the stage over three nights to perform their contributions for the contest, fighting to become the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2021.
Over the next week, all of the artists will have the chance to rehearse on stage and make any last minute changes to their performance before the live broadcasts. Today, seven countries will rehearse for the first time.
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09:56 CET // Live coverage of the Eurovision Song Contest first rehearsals commence shortly.
10:00 CET // Goedemorgen allemaal and welcome to Day 2 of rehearsals for the Eurovision Song Contest 2021.
Cyprus: Elena Tsagrinou – “El Diablo”
10:24 CET // Elena starts lying down on the stage in a silver fringed dress.
10:25 CET // Elena is joined by four dancers dressed in red bodysuits.
10:25 CET // Elena has had to stop the rehearsal because she was not able to hear herself over the music.
10:29 CET // Elena starts her rehearsals again.
10:30 CET // Elena and her dancers perform under a tilted mirror that reflects back onto the stage.
10:31 CET // The mirror is lifted off stage to reveal “El Diablo” written on the back of the stage.
10:32 CET // First round of applause from the Press Centre.
10:34 CET // Elena starts her final run-through.
10:36 CET // Pyrotechnics have been added during this run-through.
10:37 CET // Another round of applause from the Press Centre for another strong rehearsal from Elena.
Norway: Tix – “Fallen Angel”
11:00 CET // TIX begins his rehearsal. The staging is similar to that of his national final performance. He stands on a small platform surrounded by four dark angels who are chained to him.
11:02 CET // After a flash of lights on the key change, the LED screens reveal bright clouds.
11:08 CET // Tix begins his second run through.
11:11 CET // Pyrotechnics are added on this run through.
11:13 CET // Tix begins his third run through.
11:14 CET // Tix has swapped his gold suit from Melodi Grand Prix for a stoned suit. The shackles are also stoned.
Croatia: Albina – “Tick-Tock”
11:39 CET // Albina starts her performance alone on stage in a stoned bodysuit.
11:40 CET // Albina is joined by four dancers for the chorus.
11:41 CET // Multiple copies of Albina appear on the background screen for the second verse.
11:42 CET // Albina is carried to the satellite stage, where the choreography mostly follows that of the Dora performance.
11:44 CET // Huge reaction in the Pres Centre to this, especially to the AR part.
11:51 CET // Albina begins her final run-through.
11:52 CET // Blue and purple feature heavily in this performance.
11:54 CET // Pyrotechnics are added on the final beat of the song and the camera pans out to reveal the full stage.
Belgium: Hooverphonic – “The Wrong Place”
12:16 CET // Hooverphonic are dressed all in black and are joined on stage by a drummer and a backing singer.
12:18 CET // Geike is in the middle of the stage with everyone surrounding her on raised platforms.
12:27 CET // Hooverphonic begin their final run through.
12:28 CET // Geike is wearing a black sparkly skirt with long sleeves and knee-high boots.
12:29 CET // Close up images of Geike’s face appear on the background LED screen and the raised LED screen over the stage.
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