Bulgaria Victoria First Rehearsal Eurovision 2021

Bulgaria’s VICTORIA has taken to the Rotterdam Ahoy stage for her first rehearsal of “Growing Up Is Getting Old” at Eurovision 2021.

Bulgaria’s VICTORIA “Growing Up Is Getting Old” — Eurovision 2021 first rehearsal

Oliver: Goosebumps. We open up to a starry night, with VICTORIA sat alone beside a photo of herself and her father. It’s intimate, warm and cosy. She’s wearing all grey — an outfit not too far removed from those of Roxen’s dancers in the “Amnesia” music video. And as the song grows, wider camera angles are incorporated to give the illusion of the stage growing too. VICTORIA stands during the second chorus and is revealed to be on a rotating platform that looks somewhat like a cliff’s edge. There’s brilliant cohesion between the track and the set design and it fully immerses the listener in a three minute snapshot of raw emotion. Vocally perfect, too. It’s hard to imagine a world in which this doesn’t qualify. Bulgaria is a contender for victory.

Padraig: Simply stunning. I expected big things from Victoria and Bulgaria, but I wasn’t ready for the onslaught of emotion that hit once she started to sing. Live this takes on a whole new power. Victoria’s vocals are exquisite and brimming with emotion. The staging isn’t what I imagined. Instead of clocks we find Victoria sitting atop a rock in the ocean. She’s on the floor looking at a picture of what appears to be her and her dad. Meanwhile, the sands of time fall, they trickle through her fingers when she reaches out. The cliff appears to rotate, but that might just be clever camera work. For the first time since Saturday, I can confidently say that an entry has winner vibes.

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Stephanie
Stephanie
5 months ago

So Victoria does one rehearsal and all of sudden she’s a contender to win?….. Okay…

Ana
Ana
5 months ago
Reply to  Stephanie

Just like everyone pretty much ignored Fuego until the first rehearsal. Those things happen.

Desmondo
Desmondo
5 months ago

This song has always given me the feels, I get nostalgic, think about my kids when they were young etc etc, maybe it taps into the covid era reflective mood. So glad the staging elevates the song – looking good.

Rashad
Rashad
5 months ago

A pyjama and sleepy sand, I’m falling asleep zzzz…

Leo M
Leo M
5 months ago

From all the clips of the rehearsals, this is the only one which gave me winner vibes. This is how you elevate!!

Kas
Kas
5 months ago

Good luck Victoria.

Agent 007
Agent 007
5 months ago

Start downvoting me. Don’t understand all the hype. This is not going to take a position in top5

McRoro
McRoro
5 months ago

My winner since day 1. I knew Victoria wouldn’t disappoint!
GO FOR THAT TROPHY QUEEN!

Luc
Luc
5 months ago
Reply to  McRoro

I’d be glad if she wins, she’s delivering the whole package and it’d be nice if we get a new winner this year.

chipo clu
chipo clu
5 months ago

those pictures above give me winner vibes they are so beautiful, Thank God my girl Victoria Killed it.

Jonas
Jonas
5 months ago

Bulgaria missed Tel Aviv because they had no money… I hope Sofia 2022 is possible.

Sabrina
Sabrina
5 months ago

Beautifully done, Bulgaria is a serious contender now!

Hélène
Hélène
5 months ago

I don’t understand this. The snippet maybe is not so good. It looks a introvert in the wrong way for me. I don’t think it is a winner. If there is going to be a ballad I think Switzerland is way better.

Agent 007
Agent 007
5 months ago
Reply to  Hélène

Me too. And I don’t understand all the hype. Nice song, good singer, solid performance.

Lily
Lily
5 months ago

The best staging so far! Fantastic voice and a beautiful song that relates af! I haven’t seen the big 5 yet, but my vote is going for Bulgaria!

Jo.
Jo.
5 months ago

Sounding, and now looks too, like a winner since day 1.

Last edited 5 months ago by Jo.
Denis
Denis
5 months ago

I still think Tears Getting Sober was a better song and could have been winner material. This one is not as good but staging could give it top 10

Ende
Ende
5 months ago

Simple but smart ! I was very bored with the videopclip and this performance makes me feel the song in a new way. I can now relate to the song and to the fact that she believes in the lyrics and the meaning. I am impressed by her and I would not be sad at all if she wins. Congrats !

Last edited 5 months ago by Ende
Candy
Candy
5 months ago

Wow! I love this song even more now. Getting winner vibes more than in any entry so far. Bulgaria, France and maybe Russia are the contenders for the win this year

Fionn
Fionn
5 months ago
Reply to  Candy

ooh glad someone is saying Russia could win!

Alex
Alex
5 months ago

We knew Victoria’s team was very confident about the result, they chose this song over fan favourites because they had already in mind this special staging.

Bulgaria is going to top the result of 201`6 and 2017. Jury favourite.

Alex
Alex
5 months ago

Winner alert, ladies and gentlemen. The sand moment can be *the moment* of the year.

Karl Fradgley
Karl Fradgley
5 months ago

I called this as a winner a while back among friends – for me it is coming down to Bulgaria, Russia and Malta

Silverhand
Silverhand
5 months ago

One of the best stagings so far

Sot
Sot
5 months ago

Ok, forget what I said about the public underrating her, this is top10 material for sure

Benji
Benji
5 months ago

I believe both Malta and Bulgaria are very eager to host the ESC 2022. Now the chances of Bulgaria have increased considerably, not only because of their own stunning staging, but also due to Malta’s staging which looks as a sort of self-sabotage.

Darren
5 months ago
Reply to  Benji

Bulgaria is more worthy this year

Hélène
Hélène
5 months ago
Reply to  Darren

Why is it mor worthy ? It is a Swedish music industry product with international staging. Both are the same to me.,

ESC fan
ESC fan
5 months ago
Reply to  Benji

I feel that you are right, and it really all comes down to if Malta gets better staging or not

yeahyeahfire
yeahyeahfire
5 months ago

I LOVE bulgarias staging and i think that it makes Victoria shine. I am so happy that she is alone on stage and doesn’t have 4 back up dancers (like almost every other entry). Hope she wins, my favourite rehearsal until now.

Sot
Sot
5 months ago
Reply to  yeahyeahfire

Imagine Victoria having dancers lol

Kristian
Kristian
5 months ago

Best elevation of a song by staging , no doubt.

Erik
Erik
5 months ago

Yessssss! That’s how to do it!

Felix
Felix
5 months ago

This is definitely giving me winner vibes, or at least top 3! The moment with the sand looks so beautiful and I think its something commentators will be able to easily convey!

Anhel
Anhel
5 months ago

Very creative and stands out, I expect Bulgaria to climb the odds after this rehearsal.

Esc1234
Esc1234
5 months ago

This looks like a jury winner. Let’s see though how this does with televoting. It’s not enough to be topping only the 50% of the vote, duncan won by just being in the top 4

nycforever
nycforever
5 months ago

Still where’s the song ?

Doris
Doris
5 months ago

Ok I will be kind, I don’t care if Bulgaria wins. This would mean Malta don’t win and it’s all that matters.

Erik
Erik
5 months ago
Reply to  Doris

@Bean. Well. Make sure other countries have their selection show second most popular broadcast in their country and you’ll maybe see some results there

Last edited 5 months ago by Erik
Carl
Carl
5 months ago
Reply to  Doris

I pity you. I honestly pity you! You must lead a wonderful life lol

Batkas
Batkas
5 months ago

Wow! We just have found the jury’s winner!
Will be also the winner on televoting? That’s my only concern!
But it definitely deserves a top3!

Matt
Matt
5 months ago
Reply to  Batkas

Televoting winner – no way..

Jonathan N
Jonathan N
5 months ago

Such a winner attitude…

Eurovision2016>
Eurovision2016>
5 months ago

okay then. what’s the best hotel in sofia?

Eurovision2016>
Eurovision2016>
5 months ago

okay then. what’s the best hotel in sofia?

Paris
Paris
5 months ago

Yesss so so so happy that it went well 😀 this looks good on the photos, I’m looking forward to see it through my screen! You get my vote Bulgaria <3

sam
sam
5 months ago

all of you haters are always grasping for SOMETHING to attack victoria for. this was the best staging of the day by far. hope you’re all ready for her to place top 5

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
5 months ago
Reply to  sam

To be fair same with all favorites. They couldn’t wait to drag Destiny down after the first rehearsal. No doubt the same will happen with Gjon in a moment.

whoareyoupeople
whoareyoupeople
5 months ago

A waste of staging and voice, in such a pretentious and forced song.

Booster
Booster
5 months ago

Do not feel obliged to like all the songs…

Fast Food Music Lover
Fast Food Music Lover
5 months ago

Love when delegations bring innovative staging to the contest!

Gurl
Gurl
5 months ago

I like it, but it also gives me Panda (Austria 2019). This is not a read, I loved Panda and it should have qualified. But just saying.

Milla
Milla
5 months ago

It’s nice and simple. The song is.. okay it’s not that bad actually. The staging elevates it. And this performance will touch people’s hearts because of her father. Wouldn’t be surprised if it wins because of it..

mark dowd
mark dowd
5 months ago

still too dark a theme ..to be considered televote top three which it will need. Top ten for sure…but what will Switzerland offer?

Jessie
Jessie
5 months ago

Sand queen deserves top 5

IPA
IPA
5 months ago

Must admit the staging is good. Very good! Can’t help it,though – I always wait for the song to finish (and I’m not one for a bop!)

Sonam
Sonam
5 months ago

So far, only Bulgaria gives me winner vibes. So simple

sarah
sarah
5 months ago

Great staging but song is still meh. Probably will get a result like Australia 2019. 9th place in grandfinal.

PP77
PP77
5 months ago
Reply to  sarah

Bulgaria from 3-6 place with juries and from 6-10 with televote. In total from 4-7 place in final.

mark dowd
mark dowd
5 months ago
Reply to  PP77

spot on

Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
5 months ago
Reply to  sarah

what about Dami?

Darren
5 months ago

Been saying it since I heard it first, I’m glad other fans are seeing it too.
Don’t get why it got so much hate on here. This is just stunning.

Thanos
Thanos
5 months ago

Even though this outfit is not the best I think that she should definitely have simple clothing. It adds to the vulnerability and the staging in general.

Thanos
Thanos
5 months ago
Reply to  Thanos

Let’s see her outfit in the second rehearsal. If they fix this aspect as well I see them as a dark horse for victory!!

Stoyan Petrov
Stoyan Petrov
5 months ago

Wow. I just didn’t expect that. Like in the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s little prince book this girl gonna tell us a story that will be remembered and praised for a very, very long time among our big and hearty Eurovision family!

Thanos
Thanos
5 months ago

WOW!! I am extremely pleasantly surprised. Very nice staging concept. The sand is an amazing addition. Best staging so far together with Ukraine. Dark horse for the win guys!!

Darren
5 months ago

People are sleeping on this
But I see Bulgaria winning this

Darren
5 months ago
Reply to  Darren

Easily this should be an odds favorite to win, but it’s been harshly underrated up until now.
I expect it shall rise in the odds after today today.
Genuinely happy for Victoria and Bulgaria.

Hélène
Hélène
5 months ago
Reply to  Darren

Being on top of the bookies since the beginning I dont see it that it is underrated . It has been in top five for a long time.

Darren
5 months ago
Reply to  Hélène

Should be higher when you actually see what is above it in the odds. But I expect that will change

Doris
Doris
5 months ago
Reply to  Darren

Sleeping AHAHAH that’s the word. She also needs a hidden lining singer, no comment.

Darren
5 months ago
Reply to  Doris

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