Greece Stefania First Rehearsal Eurovision 2021

Greece’s Stefania has taken to the stage inside the Rotterdam Ahoy for her first rehearsal of “Last Dance” at Eurovision 2021.

Greece’s Stefania “Last Dance” — Eurovision 2021 first rehearsal

Oliver: Purple neon seems to be a theme this year in line with the 1980s retro aesthetic. Stefania is wearing a purple Bond girl catsuit with cutouts at the chest and abdomen, complete with crystals, thigh high boots and long evening gloves. The staging isn’t anything to rave about, but there’s some interesting ideas that will keep viewers fixed to their screens. Stefania’s dancers are wearing green screen undergarments beneath their hoodies, hats and trousers — they’re keyed out to create the illusion of invisibility. At one point, Stefania’s torso was also keyed out as if being sawn in half by a magician, although this was perhaps a mistake. The backdrop itself is comparable to Ariana Grande’s “no tears left to cry” music video with an 80s touch. Overall it’s quite garish. A good vocal performance though, even with the complicated movements.

Padraig: Purple! Lots and lots of purple! Stefania’s stage show is flooded with all shades — mauve, violet, splashes of pink. And the singer herself wears a gorgeous catsuit, long gloves and boots that are also purple. The staging is odd. It relies heavily on green screen, which sees the dancers turn invisible. Although we can still see their outfits. At one point, Stefania does like Sergey Lazarev and climbs a set of invisible stairs… albeit in a much more leisurely and less dramatic fashion. Paradoxically, the whole thing comes across as both innovative and dated. Stefania herself delivered a fine performance, even if there were a few discombobulating glitches that saw her midriff completely vanish.

Reaction to Greece’s first rehearsal at Eurovision 2021

Greek staging explained

Stage designer Fokas Evangelinos gave the following explanation to wiwibloggs:

“The stage presence captures the journey that we can all make when using our imagination. Stefania, is at times making an earthly journey or floats, by moving in an urban landscape, where the pace of life shapes people’s relationships as impersonal. Her zestfulness brings her to a ‘last dance’ knowing that this marks a new beginning.”

The delegation continues:

“During Stefania’s stage performance, special visual effects – that have never been used before on the Eurovision stage – will be showcased without weakening or overshadowing the dynamic presence and beauty of Stefania, who is the youngest participant in this year’s competition. The Greek delegation worked methodically and intensively in the implementation of the idea and collaborated with exceptional professionals. The internationally renowned Greek fashion designer Vrettos Vrettakos, who’s designed Stefania’s costume appearance. Giannis Mourikis, as the set designer. George Segredakis, who’s designed the costumes of the dancers. Asterman Company, who’s undertook the creation of graphics. The experienced dancers who appear on stage with Stefania: George Papadopoulos, Markos Giakoumoglou, Nikos Koukakis, Costas Poulopoulos.

 

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What do you think? Did Stefania live up to your expectations? Let us know in the comments below. 

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Photos: EBU / ANDRES PUTTING

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Erik
Erik
1 month ago

Hrm. We will show a few seconds from a rehearsal. Let’s pick… a failed attempt of the high note…… I wonder how the rest of her rehearsal was

gurki loko
gurki loko
1 month ago

She reminds me of some actress, can’t figure out the name.

Jamie
Jamie
1 month ago
Reply to  gurki loko

Mila Kunis?

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  gurki loko

Alexis Bledel… Rory Gilmore.

ESC Stan
ESC Stan
1 month ago
Reply to  gurki loko

Judy Dench?

gurki loko
gurki loko
1 month ago
Reply to  gurki loko

Ok, got it, I meant young Denise Richards

Jo.
Jo.
1 month ago

not a fan of the song, but she looks stunning!

Maartijn
Maartijn
1 month ago

I want Greece to win with all my heart. Stefania has the best pop song this year, it’s something we could hear from worldwide singers like Dua Lipa. The production is top notch. I’ve been listening to it on repeat every freaking day from the first day she released it. I loved the official music video, it had a story with ancient Greek mythological elements. There was darkness in the beginning both vocally and visually and through the end everything has started to become bright and fresh again both vocally and visually. It was epic omg, I can’t remember when… Read more »

Euro fan
Euro fan
1 month ago
Reply to  Maartijn

Omg you’re so right! It’s a copy of Dua Lipa’s Physical, thought it sounded familiar!

Alex
Alex
1 month ago

She is gorgeous and her voice is great but i still don’t get what’s gpoing on the stage. I am waiting for the 2nd rehearsal to see some camera shots.

Batkas
Batkas
1 month ago

Wait! Random notice, but what happened to the comments of @’who am I’ ?
Was he kicked off? LOL

kas
kas
1 month ago

She writes so good on camera, vocals on point, amazing dress. Like the purple urban fond. Concerning the…rest 90% of the staging that is actually VR, we’ve to wait till the semi.
Certainly qualifier.

Kas
Kas
1 month ago

We’ll see for first time the whole thing in semi final. 95% of the show is vr, so do not except nothing till the semi. The press today just saw only the 60% of the whole….totally invisible to us.

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 month ago

I love her outfit, she looks incredible. And she sounds good too. Just like with Ireland, I can’t say much of the staging without knowing the tricks they’re using, but I like what I’ve seen so far, especially the color scheme. They nuanced well their purple, as Malta could had done with their intense pink (but hey, there’s still time).

Thisisntourlastdance
Thisisntourlastdance
1 month ago

Greeks should be proud,
not only she sounds great and commands the stage ( on a hard song to sing live )
but Fokas just made the song way more memorable too, so kudos to both of them.
Its the first time in MANY years that Greece is rising up in the odds after the first rehearsal instead of falling like a rock or staying steady.
Stefania will give us a show, I am glad its not just another dance act like Malta, Croatia, Azerbaijan, Cyprus etc. Nothing to complain here about

Whoareyou?
Whoareyou?
1 month ago

Aren’t you Greek yourself?

Jean
1 month ago

So, Greece has climbed 6 positions since this morning, from 14th to 8th but Sóren from Franstilskagèn or Franz from Schwttzigmichkonhausen still think this was a lame performance ???

Hélène
Hélène
1 month ago
Reply to  Jean

It has now fallen down again.

Enclo
Enclo
1 month ago

Clap clap clap for everything <3

Mara
Mara
1 month ago

She is 8th from 14th in the betting odds in a couple of hours. In this video you only saw about 5% of the whole performance.

Hélène
Hélène
1 month ago
Reply to  Mara

She is still in place 12 however the numbers are green.

Hélène
Hélène
1 month ago
Reply to  Hélène

I usually look at the site where all Odds are Bunched together. Here she still was on place 12 but slightly moving up.

ANDREW BROWN
ANDREW BROWN
1 month ago

I looked at the image of Stephania before watching the review and got flashback on her outfit and hair of Sonia 93 UK. Check it out

Poppa
Poppa
1 month ago
Reply to  ANDREW BROWN

Great shout

Pearli
Pearli
1 month ago

I need a wow like the staging of Zero Gravity but this seems alright.

Hélène
Hélène
1 month ago

It is looking like a school girl. But the outfit and performance suits someone older with more attitude. It is nice but as far as I can see it is not matching the lyrics. It makes me confused. Cyphrus and Malta are way better.

Last edited 1 month ago by Hélène
Hélène
Hélène
1 month ago
Reply to  Hélène

I forgot to say a school girl behind a wall of dancing men in white. I think she would have been better off with a bunch of kids in her own age. The whole staging fits a more mature woman or someone in her age that has extreme charisma and sass. Now it is awkward.

Greg B
Greg B
1 month ago
Reply to  Hélène

You just dont like her, we got it.

Una
Una
1 month ago
Reply to  Greg B

“Sass” sounds as taken straight from Malta’s talking points.

Hélène
Hélène
1 month ago
Reply to  Greg B

I have nothing against her I just don’t think the song and the staging fits – such a young girl she would have been better with a bunch of kids in her own age. It is not working. Do you think she had anything to say about the staging? It feels like someone took charge and put those men There and her in those clothes. They don’t fit.

Angelos
Angelos
1 month ago

Stefania looks and sounds amazing!
As a greek fan I have to say that as long as the staging doesn’t include white-blue colours and forced ancient-greek references I am happy!

Anhel
Anhel
1 month ago
Reply to  Angelos

I’d love to see some Ancient Greek references

Darren
1 month ago

Good performance from Stefania but the staging was overhyped by those saying it hasn’t been done before.
While it’s great and all, it’s certainly not new or unique.

Matt
Matt
1 month ago
Reply to  Darren

LMFAO..

Darren
1 month ago
Reply to  Darren

LOL
Please do that

Angelos
Angelos
1 month ago
Reply to  Darren

the problem is that when it comes to eurovision, the greek media every year give the big fat headline that we’re gonna se something never done before.. and we’ve all seen how the last entries turned out

Darren
1 month ago
Reply to  Angelos

Very true

Thisisntourlastdance
Thisisntourlastdance
1 month ago
Reply to  Darren

Mr Bean I like you and its your right to dislike the performance but after you watch it please 😛 You are throwing shade before you even watch the thing.

Viggz
Viggz
1 month ago

Her vocals are great and I really love her outfit

Kim
Kim
1 month ago

Vocals didn’t seem on cue and I was underwhelmed with the staging. I was expecting so much more.

Una
Una
1 month ago
Reply to  Kim

I think there is an intentional mismatch between the visual and the audio in the editing. The producers did something similar in the snippets from 2019. For all countries. Eventually I see the snippets as more of a teaser and not the real thing.
The break with the logo in every single snippet is annoying as heck.

Matt
Matt
1 month ago

Vocally she is very very good, but that outfit, god No, we’ve seen something like that 100 times already..

Jonathan N
Jonathan N
1 month ago

I am sure that every song is gonna be great during the semis and the grand final! Mark my words. Stefania was wonderful!!

Rosy B
Rosy B
1 month ago

FACTS: Stefania looks good. The outfit really flatters her. Her vocals were good too. However, I fail to understand how come this Greek (Dreamteam or whatever they are called), almost always think they can win if they have a good gimmick. It helps, but it starts with a good song (and Last Dance is a rather boring retro attempt, which could have probably been amped by a good lyric and a more original title). They need a change of ideas because now it’s too much of the same, that it verges on boring. Having said this, I believe this act… Read more »

EProduc
EProduc
1 month ago

Can anyone explain the Stefania climbing on invisible stairs part? Is she climbing on a Green screen wall or are the stairs just digital effects added on the performance. I’m confused.

Una
Una
1 month ago
Reply to  EProduc

There was talk about outstanding never-seen-before staging. Invisible stairs were done in 2016. What is the new stuff about? Or is there any?

Una
Una
1 month ago
Reply to  Una

Ooooohhh … is that why they put “OMAGA” before “Last Dance”??!! Woooowwwwwww …

Imnotsurewhatisgoingtohappen
Imnotsurewhatisgoingtohappen
1 month ago
Reply to  Una

What is unique with that performance is their attempt to use green screen live and the fact that the dancers are dancing without legs and head. I have heard that its about our community, a community devastated by anonymity.

Ellen
Ellen
1 month ago

She’s absolutely stunning. My 4th before the contest. Go young lady!!

justafan
justafan
1 month ago

All in all I’m glad that Stefania can pull this off vocally (she was obviously holding back, or at least I hope so). The staging was quite messy as I realized from the wiwi-live, and I guess we’ll have to wait for the 2nd rehearsal-exclusive clip to see if it works.

Yeah yeah fire
Yeah yeah fire
1 month ago

Tbh I’m not really impressed….The staging looked quite boring or basic should I say. The skyscraper backgroud idk. But she looks great tho

esc1234
esc1234
1 month ago
Reply to  Yeah yeah fire

have you read the article?

Yeah yeah fire
Yeah yeah fire
1 month ago
Reply to  esc1234

Yes. It says “the staging is nothing to rave about” and “the staging is odd”. Why?

Yeah yeah fire
Yeah yeah fire
1 month ago
Reply to  Yeah yeah fire

I’m pretty sweet, I said she looks good 🙁

Yeah yeah fire
Yeah yeah fire
1 month ago
Reply to  Yeah yeah fire

Yep I know. I was being sarcastic….what could you expect from me Vanilla rly. And yay!

No name
No name
1 month ago

Okay but purple LED + 4 background dancers is getting annoying at this point

Ende
Ende
1 month ago

Amazing ! Top 3 material as expected

Funky-fish
Funky-fish
1 month ago
Reply to  Ende

ain’t you whiny today?!

Kristian
Kristian
1 month ago
Reply to  Ende

My god , if he infiltrates wiwibloggs I’m running for life

EurofanGR
EurofanGR
1 month ago
Reply to  Ende

Imagine being so pressed that whenever you see a good comment about greece you spit venom lmao, find some friends dude

EurofanGR
EurofanGR
1 month ago
Reply to  EurofanGR

You really need friends and some psychiatric help, something is going seriously wrong with your brain lmao

Last edited 1 month ago by EurofanGR
EurofanGR
EurofanGR
1 month ago
Reply to  EurofanGR

You know, self-awareness doesn’t hurt, maybe visit a psychologist to help you with that??

justafan
justafan
1 month ago
Reply to  Ende

AHAHAHA I must say when I read some of your comments I’m like: I hate him/her/they sooo much
But then there are others like this one that have me loving you.

justafan
justafan
1 month ago
Reply to  justafan

them*

justafan
justafan
1 month ago
Reply to  justafan

Love wins always indeed <3

Marianne
Marianne
1 month ago

Winner!!! Slay girl!!

Whoareyou?
Whoareyou?
1 month ago

I really think it’s one of those rehearsals that we should wait to say much. The clip reveals nothing from the green screen, so we shouldn’t rush to be positive or negative.

EProduc
EProduc
1 month ago

Yet you adore and stan Slovenia. The same can be said about them: the only good thing is the singer herself. Nothing special about the rest or her outfit.

Ted
Ted
1 month ago

It was pretty boring tbh. I liked more when they were just on stage with all these lights. Green screen doesn’t look as good as expected. Neither do graphics unfortunately.

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
1 month ago

Lol, love the specificness. Want to see this on a camera sketch

Last edited 1 month ago by Frisian esc
Batkas
Batkas
1 month ago

The greek goddess doesn’t need a pegasus!
She is just flying to the top.
I like her so much, like her face, outfit, everything on her!
Actually, I cannot stop looking at her! Gorgeous!

justafan
justafan
1 month ago

I’m so embarrassed every year by the greek comments. Why can’t we for once let our actions speak for ourselves? In this case we have to let Stefania shine on her own. She doesn’t need us to talk her up to Europe.
We keep talking and talking about how great the staging is going to be. Just let it be. People are going to see it when the time comes.
Aggressive and arrogant promotion like this doesn’t help our entry.
Esma I’m so sorry that the greek trolls came after you in the youtube live.

Sputnik75
Sputnik75
1 month ago
Reply to  justafan

Greek fans remind me of Walter the Vietnam veteran in the Big Lebowski. He gets so worked up and obsessed about things but when they don’t go his way he would easily dismiss them, as in “F*** it dude, let’s go bowling”

justafan
justafan
1 month ago
Reply to  Sputnik75

Yeah well that’s Greeks in general. When things don’t go our way we’re like: “F*** it dude, let’s blame someone else for our own sh*t”
And don’t get me wrong I love my country.
P.S. Greek downvoters, I dare you to prove me wrong.

Kal
Kal
1 month ago
Reply to  justafan

As much as disrespectful fans are to blame for their offensive comments, “that’s Greeks in general” is an even more insulting generalisation. As a Greek, do you socialise outside the toxic eurovision fandom bubble? It seems you don’t. If you love your country as you say, keep calling out and isolating misbehaving and insulting voices but stop perpetuating stereotypes inflicted on Greeks during the financial crisis. Bashing your own country is not a decent way of making yourself likeable to foreigners.

Last edited 1 month ago by Kal
justafan
justafan
1 month ago
Reply to  Kal

AHAHAHAHAHA wow go after the eurofans now! Are you even living in Greece? Financial crisis or not there are so many problems in this country that I’m not willing to discuss in a Eurovision blog.
Open your eyes. And please, stop getting all the information in your life from Greek media.

Manuel Treill
Manuel Treill
1 month ago
Reply to  Kal

What do you mean? Acting like a mindless fanatic does?

Kas
Kas
1 month ago
Reply to  justafan

As a humble Greek, completely agree with your comments my friend. Tell me another devilish egoist on earth to dance in 9/8…beginning the dance with his foot already in the air !

Heehee !
Watch my dance…

Last edited 1 month ago by Kas
Manuel Treill
Manuel Treill
1 month ago
Reply to  justafan

I am Greek and I can confidently say that those Greek fans are THE sickest part of tbe Eurovision season. They ALWAYS think we’re winning every year when… no. And hyping the staging is NOT going to help your case at all. Especially since we saw the reception of Yianna and Katerine ?tbe latter of which I personally liked but clearly was the only one). And stanning her online on every opportune moment is only making you tiresome. And that cringe reaction when her rehearsals took place? What were they thinking? This isn’t a football match, and promotion is not… Read more »

Kas
Kas
1 month ago
Reply to  Manuel Treill

…so right !!!

EProduc
EProduc
1 month ago

The press room was going crazy and gave the loudest applause we’ve heard so far. She’s also rising in the odds. That must mean something.

Danielito
Danielito
1 month ago
Reply to  EProduc

Vocally she was perfect. Can’t wait to see this live! Maybe a France vs Greece vs Malta this year? we’ll see…

Yeah yeah fire
Yeah yeah fire
1 month ago
Reply to  Danielito

Lol no

Sot
Sot
1 month ago

T O P 1 0

Anne Marie
Anne Marie
1 month ago

Agree, I never bought the whole thing about Russia in 2016, I always knew it was a bad/average song with an unnecessary staging, trying to deceive us with magic tricks

EProduc
EProduc
1 month ago

Honestly people have been sleeping on this and now she proved everyone wrong. I thought it had winner potential from the get go. We haven’t seen much from the staging yet as they’re working with special effects and a green screen so anything could happen but vocally she gave a winner performance. I definitely could see a top 5 spot for Greece. Also, Stefania is one hell of a performer, those vocals and that confidence wow!

Yeah yeah fire
Yeah yeah fire
1 month ago
Reply to  EProduc

They have been sleeping on this for a reason tho.

esc1234
esc1234
1 month ago

Iam so relieved that my country finally sends something professional and not someone who does instagram lives all day with an attitude and lies that Portugal sabotaged her because she had no stage presence. I am so happy.

Nya
Nya
1 month ago
Reply to  esc1234

Wait, who said that? You said portugal so I assume it’s yianna?

esc1234
esc1234
1 month ago
Reply to  Nya

yes. There were also rumors that the lasers for the perfomance got stuck in customs, but she (or people close to her) made this up to stop the angry comments of people who didnt like the non existent staging

esc1234
esc1234
1 month ago
Reply to  esc1234

a blue hand without explanation or context for an average european viewer. This is not a staging.

Una
Una
1 month ago
Reply to  esc1234

The average European viewer *should* at least be able to make a connection between the name of the country, the white (dress) and the blue (hand) and a ballad performed in the Greek language.
But I agree, there was no staging to speak of. Nor true and convincing artistic performance. I could ago on but I won’t because this is Stefania’s moment.

justafan
justafan
1 month ago
Reply to  esc1234

Oh my god yes the infamous blue-laser hand, with which she would control the whole staging. Blue paint definitely did not work for “Yianni” (as she was shown on screen lmao)

esc1234
esc1234
1 month ago
Reply to  justafan

thats the ultimate eurovision urban legend. Never ever they were gonna do that, but they create this rumor to focus on the drama and not on staging

Una
Una
1 month ago
Reply to  esc1234

In other words, they may have wanted to “save face” and wanted to distract from the real issues which must have been the “fault” of more than one person. Poor Yianna.

esc1234
esc1234
1 month ago
Reply to  Una

well she thought she is the new jamala…. for real…

Kas
Kas
1 month ago
Reply to  esc1234

Hahaha !!! Terrible…idea….from her ego, straight to hell. One of the silliest moments in the whole Gr esc history.

Chris
Chris
1 month ago

Dear Greece as much as I love you, stop creating hype without having something wow to deliver. You create expectations that lead to disappointment. Nevertheless, it is a good song and I hope it qualifies but in the final things will be tough.

McRoro2003
McRoro2003
1 month ago
Reply to  Chris

Most of the wow factor will come on the semi itself because of the green screen and other effects.
It looks quite interesting rn without it so we know Stefania and Greece will deliver an amazing performance

Una
Una
1 month ago

I have a solid, good first impression of the short video. Well done, Greece!! Sure qualifier and well deserved after 2018 and 2019!! The four male dancers had a funny routine but they cannot beat Azerbaijan in that so that is it. I am happy for Greece!!

baby
baby
1 month ago

Is this what yall are freaking out over?

baby
baby
1 month ago
Reply to  baby

Yeah malta has personality, sass, great vocals and a likeable singer. Not that stefania isnt likeable but its very cold and calculated

esc1234
esc1234
1 month ago
Reply to  baby

did you just called a SJB staging not calculated? I AM CRYINGGGG

Last edited 1 month ago by esc1234
baby
baby
1 month ago
Reply to  esc1234

No im saying it doesnt come off like that

Roman
1 month ago
Reply to  baby

Russia

Ian
Ian
1 month ago

This is the type of performance you can’t judge unless you see the finished product.
From what I’ve from the press, half of them seem impressed and another half left confused.
Whether this entry is deserving of a top 10 placement or not, I urge certain fans and press not to attack anyone who didn’t praise this performance. Poor Esma in the livestream felt sorry after saying she didn’t love it. In any case, constructive criticism can always be helpful.

Antony
Antony
1 month ago
Reply to  Ian

And Esma was not even offensive, I think she was just confused because the graphics still need a lot of finetuning and testing. I think even the Greek delegation are left a bit confused but they should by now know how to deal with any issues. Stefania was vocally on point though, which is really important at this stage.

Last edited 1 month ago by Antony
notyourtoy
notyourtoy
1 month ago

As a Greek I apologize for the stupid people in YouTube who were attacking Suzanne and Esma. They aren’t the actual picture of Greeks and they ruin us everyday

just an esc fan
just an esc fan
1 month ago
Reply to  notyourtoy

THANK U! i was absolutely disgusted by their behavior. not everyone has to like our song!

just an esc fan
just an esc fan
1 month ago

our staging* esma said she liked the song sorry for that!

notyourtoy
notyourtoy
1 month ago

She was stunning but there was no need for the dancers. She slayed by herself

Antony
Antony
1 month ago

Her vocals were as good as anyone’s so far, I think Stefania can be a top 10 act this year, once the graphical kinks are ironed out.

London Boy
London Boy
1 month ago

Winner vibes indeed.. it sounds it’s the next step following amazing Lazarev’s stage performance years ago..
Some people forget that on first technical rehearsal of You are the only one we’re many technical issues they had to address.
We should be thanking artists like Fokas for being innovative.

Top 10 for sure.. Top 5? Why not… Good luck Greece!!!

Nati
Nati
1 month ago

I don’t feel Greece performance this year ..

esc1234
esc1234
1 month ago
Reply to  Nati

how can you feel something you havent seen boo?

Nati
Nati
1 month ago
Reply to  esc1234

What do you mean? I heard the song several times and I don’t like it.

esc1234
esc1234
1 month ago
Reply to  Nati

you wrote perfomance, not song. lol