Israel’s Eden Alene has taken to the stage inside the Rotterdam Ahoy for her first rehearsal of Eurovision 2021. Her performance includes a costume reveal and a spectacular whistle note. Are they enough to win? Let’s see.
Israel’s Eden Alene “Set Me Free” — Eurovision 2021 first rehearsal
Oliver: She hit the whistle note! Eden’s vocal was shaky on the first run but was much smoother on the second take. This shows promise she’ll nail it on the night. The staging, however, is quite bland. Eden’s backdrop is mostly static and looks like an old school Las Vegas billboard, with the song title plastered in blue and purple. Further up the stage, there are more billboards with hanging lights that show Eden’s outline moving in stop-motion. A lot happens in the last 30 seconds and it’s very jarring when compared to the slower opening. Eden’s white coat suddenly reveals into a rather underwhelming black dance costume, and she’s crowned with a braided hairpiece (which ended up wonky in two of three takes). Altogether, this last segment looks sloppy.
Padraig: Israel is elevated! There’s lots of neon, including giant signs in the image of Eden. There’s also a costume change and a crowning moment when the dancers place a crown of braided hair, like her own, upon her head. Eden owns the stage and she knows it. She smashes the high note too. We saw three takes, with the last one being the smoothest by far. That was the only time the reveal went without a hitch.
Reaction to Israel’s first rehearsal at Eurovision 2021
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