Ukraine Go_A First Rehearsal Eurovision 2021

Ukraine’s Go_A have taken to the Rotterdam Ahoy stage for their first rehearsal at Eurovision 2021. There stage show is a visual feast, but does it work? Let’s see.

Ukraine’s Go_A “SHUM” — Eurovision 2021 first rehearsal

Oliver: The second act of this semi-final to use fake trees on stage! Go_A have a similar forest scene to Lesley Roy, but they navigate it very differently. It’s very hard to find faults here. Kate’s stood front and centre in a black leather dress with sleeves made from green hair. The rest of the band are dressed in avant garde hazmat-esque raincoats, playing their respective instruments while two dancers in similar garb prance around the stage holding large ring lights. It’s intense, but at the same time a lot of fun, and never distracts from the fact that this is still serious music. Go_A made the stage their own and executed their creative vision brilliantly. This is excellent.

Padraig: This is a feast for all the senses. Visually, sonically, spiritually. Go_A deliver. I didn’t know what to expect from them at Eurovision, but it certainly wasn’t this. All the disparate elements shouldn’t work — Kateryna’s green feather jacket, the boys in their hazmat suits, the trees, the bags of seeds, the halos made of ring lights, the psychedelic LED…. to name just a few. But the end result is spectacular. “SHUM” is an acquired taste. But the vocals are on point and Go_A are selling it!

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Nils
Nils
1 month ago

Too bad there won’t be a regular sized audience this year – this would definitely blow the roof off the arena. It’s like Bulgaria’s ‘Voda’ if they blended a few … erm … substances into that water.

Those few seconds put a huuuge smile on my face. Can’t wait to see the full performance!

Last edited 1 month ago by Nils
nycforever
nycforever
1 month ago

OMG! It’s fantastic. Ukraine is a Country of Talents.

All W
All W
1 month ago

Im more of a fan of their 2021 entry than last years. Its amazing what they are doing from scratch on. Fresh, original, unique and a strong contender. Sure qualifier. Glad they are in the game next to all those light weight so called ‘bop’ young femal singers!!

yeahyeahfire
yeahyeahfire
1 month ago

Ok now we all know that this will slay

Last edited 1 month ago by yeahyeahfire
Rye
Rye
1 month ago

Ukraine coming after Azerbaijan with this? Well goodbye Efendi, after Ukraine enters the stage she is as good as last weeks leftovers. Clearly Ukraine knows how to deliver, maybe the Azeri’s should go shopping in there for next year!

Dolly
Dolly
1 month ago

Omg what a noise , NQ

Trina
Trina
1 month ago

Okay, this is awesome.

Jake
Jake
1 month ago

This is either really cool top 5 or too weird and just noise like Triana Park from Latvia. A psychedelic attack on the senses that everyone thought would qualify and didn’t

Nils
Nils
1 month ago
Reply to  Jake

Well, Triana Park sounded nice in the studio version, but the live performance was a hot mess. But judging from those few seconds, Go_A’s live performance appears to be pretty solid.

Matt
Matt
1 month ago

I literally had a WTF moment when I watched it.. don’t know is it good or bad tho!!

Gurl
Gurl
1 month ago

I’m so glad they slayed! This is Top 5 material. I had Voda 2007 vibes watching this rehearsal. Same energy.

ESC 2021
1 month ago
Reply to  Gurl

This song is dead

KuhKatz
KuhKatz
1 month ago

Psychedelic madness, finally someone said it!
The second part of the song always reminds me of Georgia 2016 and the fantastic psychedelic Midnight Gold.

Shum was always my dark horse, such an amazing mixture of all 4 band members bringing in their own part and now theyre off to qualify and hopefully more.

Jo.
Jo.
1 month ago

pure chernobitches slayage

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 month ago

It looks awesome. Loved the little detail on how the trees move along with them. Juries, please open your minds, this is a brilliant entry.

Miss Uncongeniality
Miss Uncongeniality
1 month ago

I can’t deny the staging looks amazing. But definitely visually and specially sonically is quite annoying… i think i am going to take some ansiolitics

lasse braun
lasse braun
1 month ago

top5 in the final !!! the dark horse begins to run now!
yesterday russia was really good but ukraine tops it.
i like that green boa around katyas neck – it fits the performance perfect and give an unique contrast on stage – true avantgarde art!
we will have a big dance party in the final.

Sot
Sot
1 month ago

YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEES LET’S GO

Possible top5?

Stephanie
Stephanie
1 month ago

This put a smile on my face. Yeah, well done GO_A!

Helen
Helen
1 month ago

oh I love how handsome flute guy Ihor got his own small stage lol
Performance looks really cool and refreshing.
Certain qualifer for me, well done Ukraine!

Colin
Colin
1 month ago

I am willing to bet on who’s winning today’s poll!!! 🙂

Teddy
Teddy
1 month ago

This is why Ukraine always qualify. Whether it’s Jamala’s tree, Mariya’s Hamster wheel or Anna’s- I mean NIKA’s sand artist, they sell what they’ve got 100% and this is such a blast, I really don’t see this missing Saturday, hope Europe votes for Ukraine on Tuesday <3 <3

Nick
1 month ago

Wow! Ukraine rising in odds from 16th to 9th place,they reacted really fast, I’m shoked lol

Last edited 1 month ago by Nick
Mara
Mara
1 month ago

The best one so far. Loved it!

soft
soft
1 month ago

For anyone wondering – the coat is a reference to the original ‘Shum’ version (and, of course, to the song its based on). “? ? ?????? ???? ??????? ????” = “Our Shum is wearing a green fur coat”. Amazing performance!

soft
soft
1 month ago
Reply to  soft

Just noticed the site doesn’t support Cyrillic text. But it did contain the original lyric of “A v nashogo Shuma zelenaya shuba”.

Tonks
Tonks
1 month ago

I love this!

justafan
justafan
1 month ago

This is brilliant! Top 10 material for sure!!!

Yeah yeah fire
Yeah yeah fire
1 month ago

I really like it. Sure Q now no doubt

Una
Una
1 month ago

And Norway.

PP77
PP77
1 month ago

Ukraine always know how to sell the song to juries and viewers.

ESC 2021
1 month ago
Reply to  PP77

They must pay the jury to be in the topp

kas
kas
1 month ago

Dietman for me is a typical ”wholesaler”…especially after todays ‘similiarities’….

Maxim
Maxim
1 month ago
Reply to  kas

I think he did the stagings for Croatia and Cyprus.

kas
kas
1 month ago
Reply to  kas

Cyprus-Croatia
in both countries the title of the song with big letters in the fond
in both countries sexy appearance,
in both countries fireworks,
and of course the impression of the appearance of X5 the singer and the dancers (Cyprus with a mirror) (Croatia with a visual thing).

Last edited 1 month ago by kas
Colin
Colin
1 month ago

Enchanted woods! Magical voice! Party! YES! Ukraine should easily qualify. Alongside Russia, another serious candidate of winning the televote. Please, I need them both in the finals! 🙂

Sven
Sven
1 month ago

I’m stunned…. just saw a short clip on Eurovision channel, holly sh*t :O

Tomilchenko did it ones again, amazing staging!

Vsl
Vsl
1 month ago

Konstantin Tomil’chenko (Kostyantyn Tomil’chenko)… he worked with Jamala and Melovin…

Last edited 1 month ago by Vsl
Una
Una
1 month ago

This was *good*!! They sounded exactely as in the studio cut. I am not totally onboard with the “ring lights” as I don’t get it. I have a minor concern re-performance and even if I *love* Ukraine this year I don’t think I have the guts to ask for clarification.

kas
kas
1 month ago

Prefere the classical hair style she used to have. Bad choice the green bolero (makes her looks like…heremite), nice costumes, interesting futuristic elements. In general solid performance and a different stage after a lot of similar colourful presentations.
Certainly qualifier.

Thanos
Thanos
1 month ago

Ukraine is surely qualifying!

Whisker
Whisker
1 month ago

I agree!

Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
1 month ago

giving tron realness

Vsl
Vsl
1 month ago

Kateryna is a goddess… and the staging director is a f****** genius…

Darren
1 month ago

First final in which Ukraine and Russia BOTH participate since 2016, incoming…

Darren
1 month ago
Reply to  Darren

Absolutely!! I didn’t like either in 2016 so I didn’t care too much back then lol but this could be pretty epic tbh

balnche
balnche
1 month ago
Reply to  Darren

It’d be vol 3 of this battle after 2008 and 2016 lol

Una
Una
1 month ago
Reply to  Darren

I’d be happy with them winning, that’s for sure. Maybe a top 5 would be more realistic in practical terms. Thinking: do very well but do not have the burden of organizing the contest twice in the space of six years.

Catriona Colville
Catriona Colville
1 month ago
Reply to  Darren

Ukraine was so far ahead of Russia, plus the running order heavily favours Ukraine. I don’t think Russia will qualify. I hope people won’t downvote just for my opinion.

Clara
Clara
1 month ago

Hopefully the narrow minded juries don’t sink this. They seem to have anything with folk elements.

Una
Una
1 month ago
Reply to  Clara

Please don’t say that. They don’t like rap either and Russia has rap in it. Performed by a woman.

Roelof M
Roelof M
1 month ago

I would be so extremely satisfied if Ukraine and Russia both qualified. I feel like their performances took them both from borderline to the “comfortable qualifier zone” that we expect Russia and Ukraine to be in. Let’s just hope that they don’t cancel eachother out (even tho they are not that similar musically).

Roelof M
Roelof M
1 month ago
Reply to  Roelof M

Well because both entries are extremely left- field, and they’re also not songs that “lie well” in typical western ears, if you know what I’m saying. I’m just hoping people will be open- minded enough to give them a chance. They absolutely deserve a spot in the grand final.

Ant
Ant
1 month ago

I’m relieved, can’t wait to see them

Vsl
Vsl
1 month ago

omg……..

Darren
1 month ago

Ukraine is going to be an absolute treat this year.
Living for it.

Grft
Grft
1 month ago

YESSS this is sailing to the final!! I was a bit worried because it was one of my faves songs but now I am relieved. Go Ukraine!