On Saturday May 22th, the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 will take place. Read the article below for a sneak preview of how all the performances in that show are going to look!
ESCDaily is live in Rotterdam. With a team of journalists we follow all the rehearsals to analyze how every country will stage their song. When even the slightest detail changes, we will update this article for you, so keep refreshing this throughout the upcoming weeks to get the latest information!
Cyprus – Elena Tsagrinou – El Diablo
The backdrop colors are red and white. Elena is wearing a silver draped dress, which does not cover much of her body. Cyprus brought its own backdrop, which functions as a giant mirror, at times projecting extra backing dancers. Most of the backing vocals are not live.
Elena starts her performance lying on the LED-floor, with a camera shot similar to Levina (Germany 2017). While Elena starts alone on stage, four backing dancers soon join her for a sensual choreography. Quick flashy camera changes, with Elena smiling into the camera a lot. Second verse the dancers disappear, and they return for the pre-chorus.
During the bridge, you can hear the children’s choir voices on tape. After that, the letters “El Diablo” appear on the back of the stage. Fireworks will appear from these letters. For the final shot, Elena turns her back to the camera and looks over her shoulder when she whispers the title of her song one more time.
Albania – Anxhela Peristeri – Karma
Anxhela stands in front of a black screen, she is wearing a silver dress singing her power ballad. Red patterns follow her arms, Måns Zelmerlöw style. The main colors used are red and turquoise. A lot of smoke and flashing thunderlights and lit clouds visible. The singer stands alone but captivates the stage in a convincing manner. The camera makes close-up shots of her, as she looks into the camera in a strong and powerful way. She waves a lot of waving with her arms. In the end we get to see more white light beams and the end pose is four spots pointing down and a silhouette of Anxhela.
Israel – Eden Alene – Set Me Free
White, blue and purple color setting, “Set me free” is written in the backdrop. Eden wears an white top with black lines and a miniskirt showing of her bare legs. She has 5 extra male dancers dressed in the same white tops with the same black lines and long black pants. They perform a very synchronized typical Israeli and modern group dance routine making full use of the catwalk and stage. Eden flirts a lot with the camera and strips to black lingerie to set herself free for the last chorus where she unleashes her high notes. The performance is energetic and Eden charismatic and everything seems well balanced.
Belgium – Hooverphonic – The Wrong Place
The Belgians come up with a sober act, with many long lasting camera shots. The camera is circling around the singer and the band. The only supporting color used next to all basic black and white is yellow. The idea clearly is to set a serious and credible atmosphere. All people on stage are dressed in almost neutral non-offensive black clothing. In the backdrop we get to see black and white close-ups off Geike’s hands and her frowning face. The singer overall looks a bit angry/scared because she follows the camera with her eyes only, not moving her head.
The opening shot shows the inside of a piano, then the camera shifts towards Geike. After that, the camera zooms out showing the backing singer with a tambourine adding more and more band members.
Russia – Manizha – Russian Woman
Russia brings color to the stage. Backdrop shows newspapers titles, old wall paintings, an iconic historic woman and knights on horses, all in shades of gold and red. Afterwards empowering texts appear like ‘be creative’, ‘be grateful’, ‘be yourself’ all leading up to ‘Russian Woman’.
Opening shot shows Manizha’s head popping out of a big matrushka statue on stage. The singer plays with her eyes and does hand choreography with a blue background, filmed with a long close-up shot. The matrushka then shifts around the stage as if it’s on wheels. Manizha liberates herself from the statue/dress. Now she is wearing her red overalls and a golden headpiece. Her four backings encircle her in golden suits and throw maldictions at her. The cameraman walks on stage, making circles around Manizha and the backing vocalists during the second verse.
At the end, a huge Corona Skype wall with all kinds of independent women is visible and Manizha praises them, arms up, with her back towards the camera, so that the viewers are behind her, and so are her backings. A couple of stage-pans are used to capture this perfectly. End shot (wide) shows ‘Russian Woman’ made out of collection of power women while Manizha and her backings team up facing the crowd.
Malta – Destiny – Je Me Casse
Lime and pink are the main backdrop colors for Malta, with sometimes a little blue. Destiny wears a draped silver glitter dress and silver boots. In both cases, she is wearing boots and shows off her bare legs. There are four dancers on stage dancing along.
Camera angles are mostly full body or front-of-stage, with a small amount of close-ups mixed in. Firework waterfall (gold curtain) at the final chorus. The background is brought back to an effective smooth one color (pink luxaflex or just plain lime) to make Destiny sparkle to the best. A white ballet bar is projected to suggest a dance school situation. Destiny waves her hands elegantly and vocally jumps with great ease from note to note.
Italy – Måneskin – Zitti e Buoni
The staging features red graphics with silhouettes of band members, and rows of red lights on the raised plinth that are now burned onto our eyeballs. In fact Måneskin seem to be using every lighting rig in the arena – it’s quite the spectacle.
Damiano is wearing reddish purple leather overalls with enlarged cross-shaped gold stitched details on the side. The band all feature that same cross detail in their clothes, giving them a cohesive glamrock look.
The opening shot lead singer Damiano walking from backstage though the LED wall to the stage. He takes a bow at the ‘buonasera signore e signori’ part, when the band members join him. Being filmed in a strong way. On stage is a small red bulb lighted podium. The singer walks around and interacts with the other band members a lot. The backdrop has a pyro waterfall for the last seconds of the song, as the lead singer drops like dead on the floor.
Sweden – Tusse – Voices
As always the Swedish act on the Eurovision stage a an almost exact copy of what they did in Melodifestivalen. 2021 is no exception. The only difference is that because only six people are allowed on stage, a couple of backing singers are now projected. Tusse is wearing the same red velvet suit. This time he just has cut off his sleeves. He now wears a lot silver jewelry on his black gloves and around the neck. At some point the floor has a ripple effect of subtle waves, as if Tusse is walking on water, but most of the time Tusse is kinda squatting during singing. Dominant colors in background are blue and sparkling gold.
San Marino – Senhit & Flo Rida – Adrenalina
Senhit wears a black pantsuit in combination with an enormous cleavage. This time she dyed her hair blond. She starts on stage with a big gold orthodox procession piece in front of her, with pictures of Holy Mary on them. Four backing dancers dressed in white with their heads fully covered by their suits. Only the eyeholes are cut out the fabric covering their faces in a star shape.
The dancers remove the cross from Senhit. She sings the first verse, spinning around lying on a colored four angled diamond shaped prop. The backing dancers lift her up and put her back down in a dance routine. After the first chorus, she shouts into the audience. After the second chorus, a rapper enters the stage and the group of six runs onto the catwalk. The rapper might be Flo Rida – but during the first rehearsals it was not him (yet). The catwalk is used for a hiphop choreography. In the backdrop all colors appear and the words “Adrenalina”, and the names of Senhit and Flo Rida.