Malta’s Destiny has taken to the stage inside the Rotterdam Ahoy for her first rehearsal at Eurovision 2021. She’s the bookies’ favourite but has she lived up to the hype? Let’s see…
Malta’s Destiny “Je Me Casse” — Eurovision 2021 first rehearsal
Oliver: She’s the favourite for a reason. To nobody’s surprise, Destiny’s vocal was perfect. She’s joined on stage by four dancers all wearing bright pink dance costumes — slightly garish, but they add to the overall whimsy and work well juxtaposed with the yellow backdrop. However, this wasn’t without its flaws. The performance starts out strong, but there needs to be some peaks and troughs to make the big moments stand out. There’s a pyro shower in the final chorus, but it’s perhaps not as visible as the team would have liked. As well, the camerawork needs some fixing. All the ingredients are there for a Eurovision winning performance, but this will require some finesse to get right if Destiny wants to take us to Valletta 2022.
Padraig: I close my eyes and I hear a Eurovision winner. But I’m not sure if I see a winner when I open them… at least not yet. Destiny’s vocals are flawless, of course. But at times she looks uncomfortable on stage. She’s still finding her way as she walks down the steps, looking at the ground as she does. Of course, that’s something that can easily be fixed. The staging feels like an SJB greatest hits with large blocks of colour and the obligatory wall of dancers. It could be a case of being in the Eurovision hype bubble since Christmas, but something didn’t click. Granted, I felt similarly underwhelmed when I saw both Francesco Gabbani and Netta perform for the first time. Hopefully, Destiny follows in the footsteps of the latter rather than the former.
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Photos: EBU / THOMAS HANSES