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.
Today sees the first dress rehearsal for the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2021. The dress rehearsal is the final opportunity before the jury show for delegations to make the final tweaks to their performance. The dress rehearsal is scheduled to last for just over 3 and a half hours.
The running order for the performances are as follows:
6. 🇲🇹 Malta
9. United Kingdom
26. San Marino
LIVE COVERAGE | Live Blog Closed
13:02 CET // The show opens with a montage of people across Europe looking at a bright light, concluding with Duncan Laurence in the LED House
13:06 CET // The colours of the flags and country names are shown on the LED screens as the acts enter the stage. Chantal, Jan and Edsilia sing whilst Pieter Gabriel DJs
13:07 CET // Daði og Gagnamagnið are shown on a house shaped screen.
13:09 CET // Our four hosts, Edsilia, Chantal, Jan and Nikkie have entered the stage.
13:11 CET // Edsilia and Jan explain how to vote, which is then repeated by Chantal.
Cyprus: Elena Tsagrinou – “El Diablo”
13:12 CET // Chantal is using the time gap created by the time setting up Cyprus by promoting eurovision.tv.
13:13 CET // Elena’s postcard was filmed in ‘s-Hertogenbosch.
13:14 CET // Elena has just started her first rehearsal of the day.
13:17 CET // No technical issues with “El diablo” besides the delayed start. A strong performance from Elena overall and an energetic opener.
Albania: Anxhela Peristeri – “Karma”
13:17 CET // Anxhela’s postcard is filmed on a bridge in Maastricht. The LED house is set like a restaurant table with a menu laying on the table which reads “Dinner by Anxhela”
13:18 CET // Anxhela has just started her first rehearsal of the day
13:21 CET // A vocally stellar performance from Anxhela.
Israel: Eden Alene – “Set Me Free”
13:21 CET // Eden’s postcard is filmed in Utrecht
13:21 CET // Eden has just started her first rehearsal of the day.
13:24 CET // Eden and her dancers are full of energy as they perform.
Belgium: Hooverphonic – “The Wrong Place”
13:24 CET // Hooverphonic’s postcard was filmed in Bourtange.
13:25 CET // Hooverphonic have just started their first rehearsal of the day.
13:28 CET // Geike’s performance is vocally on-point.
Russia: Manizha – “Russian Woman”
13:28 CET // Manizha’s postcard was filmed in ‘s-Hertogenbosch.
13:29 CET // Manizha has just started her first rehearsal of the day.
13:30 CET // Manizha is delivering a very powerful performance of “Russian Woman”. She has kept in her final part where she asks the audience if they’re ready for change.
Malta: Destiny – “Je Me Casse”
13:33 CET // Destiny’s postcard was filmed in Vilssingen in Zeeland.
13:34 CET // Destiny has just started her first rehearsal of the day. She is wearing the same dress as in her Semi Final performance.
13:37 CET // Like usual, Destiny’s performance is vocally perfect and controlled yet fun.
Portugal: The Black Mamba – “Love Is On My Side”
13:37 CET // The Black Mamba’s postcard is filmed in the town square in Delft. They are shown pretending to hitchhike to Rotterdam.
13:38 CET // The Black Mamba have just started their first rehearsal of the day.
13:40 CET // The graphics really help to elevate the song. The Black Mamba could do very well with the juries and potentially the televote.
Serbia: Hurricane – “Loco Loco”
13:41 CET // Hurricane’s postcard is filmed in Lisse, they have matching pink deckchairs with their names on them
13:42 CET // Hurricane have just started their first rehearsal of the day.
13:45 CET // Loco Loco will really work with a live audience as the group like to interact with each other and the audience during the performance.
13:45 CET // We are now going to a short break as Nikkie shares the top three of their Eurovision Challenge.
13:46 CET // Valentina, winner of Junior Eurovision 2020, shares a short message for the acts wishing them luck.
13:47 CET // Nikkie shows Jamala, Emmelie De Forest and Duncan Laurence talking about their trophies and how they have looked after them. Slight issue with the captions as they call Emmelie Jamala and Jamala Emmelie!
United Kingdom : James Newman – “Embers”
13:48 CET // The U.K.’s postcard is filmed in Gasselte. James fries some eggs in a camping set up.
13:49 CET // James has just started his first rehearsal of the day.
13:50 CET // James is very clearly having a lot of fun on stage.
Greece: Stefania – “Last Dance”
13:52 CET // Stefania’s postcard is filmed in Vinkel. It shows a table with a meal prepared and a space observatory.
13:53 CET // Stefania has just started her first rehearsal of the day.
13:54 CET // Stefania’s performance looks very technical and she has obviously put in a lot of hard work along with her team. She sounds great vocally too!
Switzerland: Gjon’s Tears – “Tout l’univers””
13:56 CET // Gjon’s postcard is filmed in Rotterdam as well. His room has a piano in it.
13:57 CET // Gjon has just started his first rehearsal of the day.
13:58 CET // Gjon’s vocals are great and very well controlled. He sounds just like the audio recording of the song!
Iceland: Daði og Gagnamagnið – “10 Years””
14:00 CET // Daði og Gagnamagnið’s postcard is filmed in an Amsterdam skatepark. They do the 10 Years dance. They also have matching glass coffee cups with their faces on them.
14:01 CET // We are now seeing Daði og Gagnamagnið’s performance again.
14:04 CET // The pause at the end of the performance will work really well with an audience in the arena. The performance is very fun!
Spain: Blas Cantó – “Voy a quedarme”
14:04 CET // Blas’ postcard is filmed in Doornspijk. He shows the audience his two dogs as well as we see some family photos.
14:05 CET // Blas has just started his first rehearsal of the day. The production team seem to have used the additional time left over from Daði og Gagnamagnið not performing live to set up the stage for Spain.
14:08 CET // Blas has given a beautiful performance of his song which will definitely make his fans proud!
Moldova: Natalia Gordienko – “Sugar”
14:08 CET // Natalia’s postcard is filmed at Schiermonnikoog. She waves whilst in the splits. She is surrounded by sweet treats.
14:09 CET // Natalia has just started her first rehearsal of the day.
14:12 CET // Natalia gave a catchy performance and the choreography of her and her dancers was perfect!
Germany: Jendrik – “I Don’t Feel Hate”
14:12 CET // Jendrik’s postcard was filmed in Scheveningen
14:13 CET // Jendrik has just started his first rehearsal of the day.
14:15 CET // Jendrik has given a very energetic performance that could definitely appeal to voters.
Finland: Blind Channel – “Dark Side”
14:16 CET // Blind Channel’s postcard is filmed at Heerlen. The cheers each other before taking a sip of their drinks.
14:17 CET // Blind Channel have just started their first rehearsal of the day.
14:20 CET // A really energetic performance from Blind Channel! They really put their all into their rehearsal!
14:20 CET // A short break as Edsilia shows us what the view looks like from where the commentators sit. She greets the Danish commentators before visiting the Russian commentator.
14:22 CET // Jan and Chantal talk about the history of the orchestra and how there is no longer an orchestra at the contest but we will be seeingg one in the interval act.
Bulgaria: Victoria – “Growing Up Is Getting Old”
14:23 CET // Victoria’s postcard is filmed in Agelo in a field. Photos of Victoria and animals are shown.
14:24 CET // Victoria has just started her first rehearsal of the day.
14:27 CET // Victoria has given an emotional but powerful performance of “Growing Up Is Getting Old.”
Lithuania: The Roop – “Discoteque””
14:27 CET // The Roop’s postcard was filmed at Rotterdam Central Station.
14:28 CET // The Roop have just started their first rehearsal of the day.
14:31 CET // The Roop have given a very energetic performance which the audience will definitely love! Could we see Lithuania top the televote?
Ukraine: Go_A – “Shum”
14:31 CET // Go_A’s postcard was filmed in Veluwezoom National Park in Gelderland.
14:32 CET // We’ve cut to Chantal to give the production team enough time to set up for Ukraine. She talks about the slogan Open Up and shows us the clip about the slogan.
14:34 CET // Go_A have just started their first rehearsal of the day.
14:37 CET // Go_A will definitely be a highlight of the final for many! Their performance is fun and energetic whilst also authentic!
France: Barbara Pravi – “Voilà”
14:37 CET // Barbara’s postcard is styled like a bedroom and she has a photo album on display
14:38 CET // We’ve cut back to Chantal who is telling us about the clapping feature of the app. Ukraine’s set must be somewhat difficult to set up and move.
14:39 CET // Barbara has just started her first rehearsal of the day.
14:41 CET // Barbara’s performance is very captivating and I’m sure that this will do very well in both the televote and the jury.
Azerbaijan: Efendi – “Mata Hari”
14:42 CET // Efendi’s postcard was filmed in Giethoorn. She is a keen baker and shows us a cake that she has made.
14:43 CET // Efendi has just started her first rehearsal of the day.
14:44 CET // Efendi and her dancers are full of energy as they give a great performance of Mata Hari
Norway: Tix – “Fallen Angel”
14:46 CET // Tix’s postcard was filmed in Amersfoort, a province of Utrecht.
14:46 CET// Tix has just started his first rehearsal of the day.
14:48 CET // Tix has taken off his glasses to show the audience his own tics. He leaves them off for the rest of the song.
14:49 CET // Tix gave a very emotional and heartfelt performance that will definitely win him lots of loyal fans.
The Netherlands: Jeangu Macrooy – “Birth of a New Age”
14:50 CET // Jeangu’s postcard was filmed in Ouddorp.
14:50 CET // The hosts introduce Jeangu’s performance, being the host country’s act.
14:51 CET // Jeangu has just started his first rehearsal of the day.
Italy: Måneskin – “Zitti e buoni”
14:54 CET // Måneskin’s postcard was filmed in Arnhem. The LED House shows a studio set up.
14:55 CET // Måneskin have just started their first rehearsal of the day.
14:56 CET // Måneskin are definitely bound to gain lots of new fans after this performance! They could definitely have a good shot at the trophy if they keep up their energy on Saturday!
Sweden: Tusse – “Voices”
14:58 CET // Tusse’s postcard was filmed on Museumplein in Amsterdam.
14:59 CET // We cut back to Chantal in the green room who reminds us to use the hashtags on our posts during the show.
15:00 CET // Tusse has just started his first rehearsal of the day.
15:02 CET // Tusse is full of energy! Despite a slight vocal issue, he doesn’t let it faze him and provides a quality performance full of power!
San Marino: Senhit – “Adrenalina”
15:03 CET // Senhit’s postcard is filmed in Eindhoven. Her LED House has mannequins wearing wigs.
15:03 CET // Senhit has just started her first rehearsal of the day.
15:06 CET // Senhit and Flo Rida seem to be having the time of their lives on the stage and appear really happy with their rehearsal!
15:07 CET // Edsilia, Jan, Chantal and Nikkie have entered the stage to open the fake voting lines.
15:08 CET // We now have the first recap of the night!
15:15 CET // Chantal and Jan are introducing the first interval act. This is “Music Binds Us”, starring Afrojack, Glennis Grace and Wulf, accompanied by an orchestra.
15:21 CET // The “Music Binds Us” performance follows a young couple through Rotterdam as various popular songs from The Netherlands are performed. The majority is pre recorded, before eventually ending up on the stage.
15:22 CET // Nikkie and Edsilia have just introduced a second recap of tonight’s songs.
15:26 CET // Chantal, Edsilia and Jan introduce Nikkie’s Tutorial where she provides tips on how to rock the vote!
15:29 CET // Nikkie is showing us a sneak peak into how this year’s contest was created and all the hard work that has gone in behind the scenes!
15:31 CET // Edsilia is joined by several Eurovision winners in a Carpool Karaoke segment. She is joined by Niamh Kavanagh, Izhar Cohen, Anne-Marie David and Ruslana as they sing along to their winning entries and other entries!
15:35 CET // Chantal and Jan have introduced a segment that pays tribute to the history of the audience at Eurovision.
15:38 CET // We are seeing a final recap of each act.
15:43 CET // Our next interval act is “Rock The Roof” starring Måns Zelmerlöw, Lordi, Helena Paparizou, Lenny Kuhr, Sandra Kim and Getty Kaspers!
15:50 CET // Duncan Laurence will be performing his winning Eurovision entry “Arcade” remotely, alongside his new song “Stars”
15:57 CET // We now see “The Human Countdown” as the fake voting lines close!
15:58 CET // Edsilia is talking to Malta and asking the stand-ins how they found their rehearsal.
15:59 CET // Martin Österdahl is thanking fans on behalf of himself and Jon Ola Sand. He tells Chantal and Jan that they are good to go.
16:00 CET // We are now starting to see the fake jury votes come in.
16:07 CET // We have a slight pause for a technical issue.
16:12 CET // We are back as Edsilia and Nikkie talk to the acts who are doing well in the fake jury so far.
16:16 CET // Another slight issue as the stand-in spokesperson is not there.
16:18 CET // We have the fake Jury results in and Lithuania has won the fake jury. Edsilia is now talking to the winner of the jury vote.
16:19 CET // Martin Österdahl lets Chantal and Jan know that they’re good to go and can reveal the televote points.
16:20 CET // Each country’s votes will be announced in the order they finished in the jury vote, from last to first.
16:23 CET // After each country receives their televote, the background of country name turns grey.
16:32 CET // The winner of the fake voting is Spain! Lithuania and Norway complete the fake Top 3!
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