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, ten countries will rehearse for the second time while six will rehearse for the first time.
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15:05 CET // Live coverage of the Eurovision Song Contest first rehearsals will commence in 10 minutes.
Italy: Måneskin – “Zitti e buoni”
15:40 CET // We are waiting for the second run-through. The first run-through is not shown to the press.
16:02 CET // We miss the first minute of Måneskin’s rehearsal due to technical difficulties.
16:03 CET // All of the members are performing on the stage, except for Ethan, who is performing on a raised platform.
16:14 CET // The first shot of the performance comes from behind the stage towards Damiano.
16:15 CET // Lots of flashing lights during this performance.
16:16 CET // Damiano is interacting with each of his bandmates individually.
16:17 CET // Lots of pyrotechnics and fireworks for the closing part of the song. The Press Centre erupts in applause.
Germany: Jendrik – “I Don’t Feel Hate”
16:35 CET // We are waiting for the second run-through. The first run-through is not shown to the press.
16:45 CET // Jendrik is starting his second run-through which is being shown to the press.
16:46 CET // The outfit seen appear to be similar to the press photos from the backup tape performance. Although there is more colour.
16:46 CET // The LED includes colourful explosion.
16:49 CET // One of the dancers is dressed in the now infamous peace sign outfit, while Jendrik is wearing a pink jacket. The dancers are carrying fake instruments.
16:49 CET // The spoken part of the song is delivered as: “I’m not gonna tell you what I’m going to say on 22 May”.
16:57 CET // Jendrik is starting his next and last run-through.
17:00 CET // The spoken part of the song is delivered now partly in German and ends with “wiggle wiggle wiggle”.
17:01 CET // No big changes or Pyro has been added.
Netherlands: Jeangu Macrooy – “Birth of a New Age”
17:24 CET // Jeangu starts the performance with the camera zommed in on him and two backing singers.
17:25 CET // Jeangu and the backing singers are lit up in individual spotlights during the bridge while a dancer.
17:27 CET // Jeangu goes down to the satellite stage for the ending of the song. An explosion of colour appears on the background with the lyrics in Sranan Tongo and English.
17:28 CET // Big reaction from the mostly Dutch Press Centre.
17:39 CET // Jeangu starts his final run through.
17:40 CET // The graphics show a wall with cracks in it.
17:42 CET // No major changes on this run through and another warm applause from the Press Centre.
France: Barbara Pravi -Voilà
18:18 CET // Barbara starts of the performance similar to Eurovision France: c’est vouz qui décidez.
18:20 CET // The stage is darkly lit except for Barbara.
18:21 CET // The camera circles around Barbara for the last chorus.
18:22 CET // Massive applause from the Press Centre. Do we have our winner?
United Kingdom: James Newman – “Embers”
18:52 CET // James is standing on a raised platform with two giant trumpets on either side.
18:53 CET // Four dancers join James on stage, all dressed in white and playing different brass instruments.
18:54 CET // Lasers surround James when he stands on the platform for the last chorus.
19:00 CET // James begins his second run through.
19:03 CET // No major changes on this run through.
Spain: Blas Cantó – “Voy a quedarme”
19:35 CET // Blas starts off the song acapella.
19:36 CET // The instrumentation of the song has changed, with more driving drums in the second verse.
19:37 CET // A giant moon appears on stage above Blas.
19:48 CET // Blas begins his second run through.
19:49 CET // The graphics intially show a starry night.
19:50 CET // No major changes in this run through.
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