Poland’s Rafał has taken to the Rotterdam Ahoy stage for his first rehearsal of “The Ride” at Eurovision 2021. Are we jumping on board the Rafał train?
Poland’s Rafał “The Ride” — Eurovision 2021 first rehearsal
Oliver: Again with the bisexual pink and blue neon lighting. It’s getting stale now, and Poland’s execution of it is definitely the worst yet. There’s too many elements happening at once — lots of smoke, pyro pillars a Matrix-esque backdrop, similar to the Eurovision 1988 stage. And to no surprise, Rafał is wearing his signature sunglasses. He’s joined by four dancers in white, juxtaposed with his all black outfit. With the awkwardly stiff movements and Rafał’s weak vocal, the whole performance looks like Arnold Schwarzenegger’s rejected Fire Saga audition reel. There could be some saving grace if Poland leaned more into the novelty aspect of the song. Right now, they’re playing it way too serious and it’s beyond corny. Qualification is extremely unlikely.
Padraig: By the time you get round to throwing the kitchen sink, it’s safe to say that things are already a mess. And sadly, that’s what we got with Poland. There’s simply too much going on. The shades and neon are still there, but we’re now also treated to several moments where Rafał grabs the camera as if taking a selfie and spins it around. This ride comes with motion sickness! Not even the pyro jets can help. Often, messy staging can be saved by solid vocals. That’s not the case here. Rafał struggled, and the audio mix with his backing vocals was bad. “The Ride” doesn’t quite become a car crash, but it’s not far off.
Reaction to Poland’s first rehearsal at Eurovision 2021
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