Croatia’s Albina has taken to the stage inside the Rotterdam Ahoy for her first rehearsal of Eurovision 2021. She’s scrapped most of her Dora staging and come with a clean slate. But does it work? Let’s see.
Croatia’s Albina “Tick-Tock” — Eurovision 2021 first rehearsal
Oliver: With little carried over from Dora, this is the biggest shift in staging we’ve seen thus far. The vision here is ambitious, but all the ideas seem messy when clumped together. Albina and her dancers are dressed in futuristic battle armour dance costumes. The choreography in the first verse aligns with the neon magenta and cyan LED effects. Then in the second verse there’s some Beyoncé-style multiplication and we see five Albinas at once. At one point, the dancers lift her up. And on top of this, the vocal isn’t the strongest. Editing is necessary if Croatia wants to strengthen its chances of qualification. In the words of Coco Chanel, “before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off.”
Padraig: This is the first of our national final winners to significantly switch things up. The most obvious change is her outfit, which now resembles some kind of futuristic space-age superhero. Dressed in complementing costumes, her male dance group act as her henchmen. She also channels Armenia’s Iveta Mukuchyan from 2016 with some holographic duplicates of herself. The pink and blue colour scheme from Dora remains intact. Albina has taken a big risk by using her own voice for the pre-recorded backing vocals. The problem is that it gives the illusion that she’s lip-syncing, when she’s not. A different voice in the background would have cleared any confusion.
Reaction to Croatia’s first rehearsal at Eurovision 2021
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Photos: EBU / THOMAS HANSES