North Macedonia’s Vasil has taken to the stage inside Ahoy Rotterdam for his first rehearsal of Eurovision 2021. And he’s bringing all sorts of tricks to the Eurovision stage.
North Macedonia’s Vasil “Here I Stand” — Eurovision 2021 first rehearsal
Oliver: The opening is quite powerful, but this loses steam about halfway through. Vasil is alone on stage, half-lit from the side. It’s very Phantom of The Opera. His heart glows golden, and the gold colours move through his veins to light up his body as he sings. Before the final chorus, he rips off his shirt to reveal a Dotter-esque disco ball chestplate. There’s some really interesting ideas but overall feels quite messy and disjointed. Not the best first rehearsal for North Macedonia. Still, Vasil looked really happy to finally be on the Rotterdam stage.
Padraig: It’s as if someone was given the “Bulletproof” staging, broke it apart and reconstructed it just enough to avoid being a copy and paste. Of course, most Europeans won’t have witnessed the Swede’s Melodifestivalen performance, so that comparison won’t be top of their minds. However, the whole thing feels somewhat disjointed. We go from darkness into light. There’s a beating heart that grows like Jamala’s tree. Some stardust whizzing around Vasil’s shoulder. And just a few minutes after Australia’s Montaigne asks audiences to take of their “cloaks”, Vasil duly obliges by whipping off his cape to reveal a disco-ball inspired shirt. As for the performance, Vasil appeared to be saving his vocals for later in the week. We didn’t hear anything spectacular today.
Reaction to North Macedonia’s first rehearsal at Eurovision 2021
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