Ireland’s Lesley Roy has taken to the stage inside Ahoy Rotterdam for her first rehearsal of Eurovision 2021. And she’s going all out, taking us inside a life-size storybook.
Ireland’s Lesley Roy “Maps” — Eurovision 2021 first rehearsal
Oliver: The most complex staging of the day by far. Think Greta Salóme’s “Hear Them Calling” but in storybook format. Hopefully Ireland 2021 is destined for a better result than Iceland 2016. The set looks like something from a marionette theatre — and not in a bad way. The Irish songstress moves through forest and ocean scenes, very appropriate for the “Maps” storyline. Visually, it’s gripping, but it’s not without its downfalls. Lesley’s wearing an all-green textured velvet jumpsuit that doesn’t entirely match with the rest of the staging. Also, there’s a few issues with cues that need sorting out to make the whole performance flow a bit better, as today it felt rather static. But overall, this is promising. A good vocal performance too, besides one slightly sharp note at the end.
Padraig: Ireland’s staging is all sorts of wow! And delivers probably the most fully-formed visual narrative of the day. In essence, we see Lesley transported into a real-life storybook complete with paper trees. It’s like a fantasy version of the music video. It borrows elements from performances such as Sweden 2015, Iceland 2016, Austria 2016 and even Silvàn Areg from France’s Destination Eurovision 2019. There are still a few kinks to be sorted in terms of camera angles and shots, but they should easily be fixed. Lesley herself looks stunning, barefoot and dressed in a green jumpsuit. She seems to be holding back with her vocals, which is completely understandable given all the movements which she has to master. Also, we were only shown the final run-through, so who knows what we missed earlier?
Reaction to Ireland’s first rehearsal at Eurovision 2021
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