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, nine countries will rehearse for the first time.
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09:40 CET // Live coverage of the Eurovision Song Contest first rehearsals commence in 20 minutes.
10:00 CET // Goedemorgen allemaal and welcome to Day 4 of rehearsals for the Eurovision Song Contest 2021.
Georgia: Tornike Kipiani – “You”
10:16 CET // Tornike emerges from the back of the stage and is lit by a single spotlight.
10:17 CET // The lyrics are projected onto Tornike.
10:18 CET // The lyrics briefly appear on the background LED screen in English and Georgian.
10:19 CET // Dark lighting remains throughout the song.
10:28 CET // Tornike begins his final run through.
10:30 CET // A small box has been placed behind Tornike, which he sits down on.
10:31 CET // Tornike is singing in a much lower register for this run through.
Albania: Anxhela Peristeri – “Karma”
10:55 CET // Anxhela starts the performance in front of a red explosion.
10:56 CET // Anxhela is wearing a sliver beaded dress.
10:57 CET // Lots of red in the graphics with flashes of blue.
11:06 CET // Anxhela begins her final run through.
11:08 CET // Anxhela is alone on stage for the entire song.
11:09 CET // No major changes on this run through.
Portugal: The Black Mamba – “Love Is On My Side”
11:35 CET // The performance starts off in black and white.
11:36 CET // When the second chorus begins, golden graphics showing different figures.
11:38 CET // Pedro goes down to the satellite stage for the guitar solo and the end of the song.
11:47 CET // The Black Mamba begin their final run through.
11:49 CET // No major changes on this run through.
Bulgaria: Victoria – “Growing Up Is Getting Old”
12:17 CET // Victoria starts singing under a starry sky.
12:18 CET // A shot of sand falling appears.
12:18 CET // Victoria is sitting on a rock and looks at a picture of her younger self and her father.
12:29 CET // Victoria begins her final run through.
12:31 CET // The rock begins to rotate on the final verse.
12:32 CET // The Press Centre went quiet during the run through and gave Bulgaria another big round of applause at the end.
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