What happened today in Rotterdam: Day Six

Every evening, we once again summarize the events that occurred in Rotterdam. The sixth day of rehearsals was the longest thus far, with six countries coming on stage for their first rehearsal.

In What Happened Today we close off the day with an overview of the most important facts and videos. Have you been working all day? Or you did not have time to follow the rehearsals? Everything you may have missed – you can catch up every night in this article.

Malta rises in the odds again

Malta opened todays day of rehearsals and made a big improvement compared to their first runthroughs. This has to do with Destiny changing her outfit, making the story and meaning of the song come across better without too much distractions. Vocals were spot on the entire time. After the rehearsals, the bookmakers gave Malta back their first spot, which they lost to France over the course of last week. That was of course before France had their own first rehearsal.

France and Italy

Both France and Italy were considered winners by the bookmakers before the contest and both nations delivered. Maneskin from Italy gives an energetic performance of their glamrock song. The band has great chemistry together on stage and knows how to tranlate this through the camera’s.

With some bookmakers Italy even rose to the first place for a short while, until France came up. Barbara Pravi’s ‘Voilà’ is a unique song in the field, offering a musical hook for both juries and televoters. Combined with great vocals and amazing visuals this might become the first French winner since 1977.

Four more acts showed their skills for the first time

Apart from France and Italy, the remaining finalists got on stage as well. Germany, The Netherlands, United Kingdom and Spain all had their first rehearsal and got mixed receptions. Check out our descriptions of what you can expect next week in this article:

Eurovision 2021 Grand Final: All performances

Head of Contest talks about the backing tapes

Twan van de Nieuwenhuijzen is this year’s Head of Contest. He oversees the recording process for the back-up tapes. “It was a requirement this year, because the EBU absolutely wanted to guarantee that Eurovision would take place.”

Van de Nieuwenhuijzen was present for all back-up recordings. “We checked if they followed all the rules. I can 100% guarantee that this was the case. However, I hope we do not need to use the tapes.”