The preparations for Eurovision 2021 are in full swing. In January, Executive Producer Sietse Bakker revealed that we can expect an even better show than what was planned last year.
Now, Dutch broadcasters NPO, NOS and AVROTROS have shared the names of the opening acts for both the grand final and the semi-final two. Established singer Eefje de Visser is set to open the second semi with breakdancer Redo. Meanwhile, Pieter Gabriel will open the grand final on 22 May.
Eurovision 2021 semi-final two opening act: Eefje de Visser and Redo
Dutch singer Eefje de Visser will perform together with breakdancer Redo. Redo was also due to be the semi two opener. This time he’ll be accompanied by Eefje’s vocals. The pair will share Redo’s life story as a dancer with physical impairments.
“The focus of this performance will be on the dancing and on a personal story: conquering setbacks. The story is relevant to a lot of people now: from a dark period, in which we are located now, we are working towards a moment of cheerful victory. I hope that people recognise themselves into that and that Eefje and I can touch people through our performance.”
Eefje is just as enthusiastic. She adds that Redo is a very talented dancer and she is looking forward to performing on the large Eurovision stage — “Our performance is about resilience.”
Eurovision 2021 grand final opening act: Pieter Gabriel
Sixteen-year-old DJ Pieter Gabriel — whose real name is Pepijn Maat — hails from Amersfoort. Pieter started his career young: he was only eight when he first took to the stage. The teenage DJ was also scheduled to open the 2020 grand final. For his performance at this year’s edition, Pieter plans to create a remix of a “large Dutch hit”.
“In my opinion, the opening act of the Eurovision Song Contest is the coolest part. It immediately sets the scene for the final show. I am going to show an energetic, uptempo, but accessible sound on stage: everybody will go crazy. And I want to bring people, but also all performing countries, together with my performance. I hope that my music will bring a moment of brightness in this difficult time. I am incredibly looking forward to it.”
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