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.
Reaction to Bulgaria’s first rehearsal at Eurovision 2021
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Photos: EBU / THOMAS HANSES