North Macedonia Vasil First Rehearsal Eurovision 2021

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.

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Erik
Erik
1 month ago

Those cameras there caught my interest

aden
aden
1 month ago

But that was an idea from Dotter, I had wished so much that Dotter would win that year

Aaron
Aaron
1 month ago

Ok what is the next copy paste act? Will we see the hamster wheel again?

Charli Cheer Up
Charli Cheer Up
1 month ago

Is this by any chance staged by SJB? If not, then I fear that the pro-Swedish juries might downrate this for not being ‘innovative’ enough. That was one of the downfalls for Russia’s Sergey in 2016 because he took so many ideas from other NF artists on the same year. Also in 2014, Armenia and Sweden downrated each other because their artists had similar lighting concepts on their stagings.

Erik
Erik
1 month ago

Why do you feel juries would act like dictators. That only works in dictatorships

Alex
Alex
1 month ago

All those comments mentioning Dotter…
Am I the only one remembering Raiven? That queen deserved more, Zazarim was a good song and time proves that this staging idea was perfect.

Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
1 month ago
Reply to  Alex

I didnt love zazarim but the fact that raiven didnt win with crno bel was an actual joke

Alex
Alex
1 month ago

I love Vasil, he is a lovely guy and really talented.

BUT the song does not stand out/ Staging looks polished but the ending is so cringy (the disco t-shirt and the dotter effect).

Gavin Brockwell
Gavin Brockwell
1 month ago

I respect this guy so much. He has faced a whole lot of negativity. He stands alone on the stage, his song is actually very powerful, it might not be a genre i like but it would be a massive hit in any west end show. As a performer also he has been incredibly brave and open. I really wish him luck and that the hater just go do one with their closed minds. To be honest I don’t remember Dotters staging much in bulletproof. (I am a fan of her work but bulletproof was never for me). Why not… Read more »

Ben R
Ben R
1 month ago

ZOTI NUK MA FAAAAAAAALLLL

Jacob S
Jacob S
1 month ago

yes hunty karma is definitely coming cause queen anxhela is here to slay lmfao!

Jacob S
Jacob S
1 month ago

not liking the ghetto dotter staging #cancelled

Karl Fradgley
Karl Fradgley
1 month ago

I like this guy …. but the song is pretty awful isn’t it!

Martyna
Martyna
1 month ago

I’m sorry but – Thief detected – one would have to be blind not to see Dotter’s staging here

Kas
Kas
1 month ago
Reply to  Martyna

We’ve seen this, you’re not the only one.

Han
Han
1 month ago

From what I’ve heard doctors 2020 bulletproof theatrics was a copy of something from Slovenia in 2017. Either way I highly doubt this was new when Dotter did it.

Nikos
Nikos
1 month ago

The song may not be the most original, but Vasil deserves more credit than he is being given, having just come out and realising that he will not be able to stay in his home country now that he has made that announcement, I would guess he really struggling to cope with enormity of the situation. cut the guy some slack !!

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 month ago

Of course, opinions are subjective, but it’s like the post and the video are talking about different rehearsals. Based on the pics and video, I’m leaning more towards what Oliver and Padraig have seen.

Una
Una
1 month ago

I respect the song. I have a soft spot for Vasil. But I cannot with the staging. Come! ON!!
Is that “vest” an attempt to try to get a few votes from Dotter’s fans? I want to be positive: I don’t know if it will work. “Shortcuts” don’t look good in Eurovision. I hope they find something better because this imagery is ridiculous.

GuyGuy
GuyGuy
1 month ago
Reply to  Una

I agree with you for the most part. I just don’t think they were aiming at the Euro fandom for votes, I think that they liked Dotter’s staging/idea and took advantage of the fact she didn’t get the chance to showcase it on the Eurovision stage, and now they want to wow and get the votes of the “average/clueless” Eurovision viewer. Personally, as Eurofan, I’m put off by the lack of originality, so despite the fact that I think Vasil is a wonderful singer and person, I will not vote for this song (not to mention the fact that I’m… Read more »

Jar
Jar
1 month ago

NO SHAME.

Candy
Candy
1 month ago

Copy of Dotter. Complete nonsense and almost sure 39th place

Gavin Brockwell
Gavin Brockwell
1 month ago
Reply to  Candy

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Last edited 1 month ago by Gavin Brockwell
Charli Cheer Up
Charli Cheer Up
1 month ago
Reply to  Candy

No hate but perhaps there will be some backlash similar to Moldova in 2019 when they brought back Kseniya Simonova who did Ukraine 2011.

Kas
Kas
1 month ago

Disney song, good vocals, wrong staging.
Certainly NQ.

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
1 month ago

Dotter bulletproof who?

Alex
Alex
1 month ago

Wiwi was praising this but the truth is that it’s a kitschy mess that starts well and then finishes off as Dotter in Melfest. Very mixed feelings. It feels like he’s going to sing a disco song at the end or go to a gay bar after work.

Great voice nonetheless.

Danes
Danes
1 month ago

You really hate Sweden with your whole heart, don’t you

Gurl
Gurl
1 month ago

Vasil giving us Dotter realness. Yass qwen!

Jo.
Jo.
1 month ago

a double nope for the song and the outfit

Whisker
Whisker
1 month ago

How about they BOTH stay in the semi.

Whisker
Whisker
1 month ago
Reply to  Whisker

Cool! I’ll teach you how to light candles!

Whisker
Whisker
1 month ago
Reply to  Whisker

There’s NO religion involved there! I’d better start praying tho!

Ffs
Ffs
1 month ago

L ? L

Benedictos
Benedictos
1 month ago

First Greece’s history, then Bulgaria’s language, now Dotter’s effect. Well done North Macedonia!?????

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
1 month ago

He will probably be the last in semi-final 1. Not because the entry is terrible, it’s just though semi and someone must be last.

Ffs
Ffs
1 month ago
Reply to  Eurovision fan

“Probably” ????

Alex
Alex
1 month ago
Reply to  Eurovision fan

Slovenia is also an entry with high chances to finish last.

Jamie
Jamie
1 month ago

Aliexpress Dotter hiiiiii

Kristian
Kristian
1 month ago

I hear a huge bum note in the official snippet !
NQ

Whisker
Whisker
1 month ago

Oh. no.

Berco
Berco
1 month ago

what a unique outfit idea -_-

Cviti97
Cviti97
1 month ago

The only certain Nq imo.

Sot
Sot
1 month ago

I SWEAR IF NORTH MACEDONIA TURNS UP WITH A COMPETITIVE STAGING-

Jessie
Jessie
1 month ago

Dotter is that you lmao

Leo
Leo
1 month ago

This….
Doesn’t fit at all

Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
1 month ago

is this real…..this is an actual copy I-

Alex
Alex
1 month ago

This is such a boring song. Slovenia is better than this so it’s up to the juries and diaspora.

Sale
Sale
1 month ago

This is legit better then Sweden’s rehearsal today, stop being biased pls

Last edited 1 month ago by Sale
Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
1 month ago
Reply to  Sale

Stop being biased towards hating Sweden bcs your favourite didn’t win Melfest pls

TheSneakyHider
TheSneakyHider
1 month ago
Reply to  Eurovision fan

I think it’s more because of them sending songs in similar genres over the last decade. A lot of people want to see something different from Sweden.

Sale
Sale
1 month ago
Reply to  Eurovision fan

My favourite won melfest lol I am just being rational at this point honey, that rehearsal wasn’t that good to be honest, if they don’t up their game it could turn bad for them. am sorry

IPA
IPA
1 month ago

Credit where credit’s due. Stunning vocal performing a theatrical musical number – love it or hate it, but nothing wrong with the quality!

Last edited 1 month ago by IPA
Kristian
Kristian
1 month ago
Reply to  IPA

There was not a stunning vocal , the first few words itself had a huge bum note
(Hear the official snippet )