Belgium’s Hooverphonic have taken to the stage inside the Rotterdam Ahoy for their first rehearsal of Eurovision 2021. Does their dark and moody staging work in the arena? Let’s see.
Belgium’s Hooverphonic “The Wrong Place” — Eurovision 2021 first rehearsal
Oliver: A very classy production indeed. The whole performance has an eerie, ghostly dark atmosphere, and Geike looks stunning. She’s dressed in a simple knee-length black dress complete with thigh-high boots for an altogether bewitching look. Geike’s bandmates surround her in a square formation, similar to Russia’s Manizha and her backing singers. And as expected, the vocals are solid. Hooverphonic are doing what they do best. But therein lies the issue. This would be brilliant as a live performance at a concert or festival, but for Eurovision as a TV show, it’s perhaps not as high impact visually as some of the other more flamboyant performances. Still, this is a refreshing change of pace.
Padraig: This was a potential dark horse for me. I had hopes for staging inspired by their music video, hopefully on a similar level to the Common Linnets. And while there are nods to the Dutch staging from 2014, this doesn’t quite cut it for me. Hooverphonic are as if they’re at a live gig rather than a TV spectacle. But the focus is very much on Geike. She stands centre stage, surrounded by the musicians and supporting vocals. She also dominates the LED, we catch glimpses of her eyes, her hands and her lips. The three-minutes is definitely a moment. The question will be whether viewers will appreciate the simplistic authenticity or will it just pass them by.
Reaction to Belgium’s first rehearsal at Eurovision 2021
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Photos: EBU / THOMAS HANSES