Finland’s Blind Channel have taken to the Rotterdam Ahoy stage for their first rehearsal of “Dark Side” at Eurovision 2021.
Finland’s Blind Channel “Dark Side” — Eurovision 2021 first rehearsal
Oliver: A smooth first run from the Finnish violent pop band. Blind Channel’s staging is almost directly lifted from their UMK performance, but with more harsh red lighting and a lot of pyro that surrounds the performers in a grungy yet lively atmosphere. Their middle fingers are covered in red — a tongue-in-cheek nod to the Eurovision rules regarding censorship and explicit content. Joel and Niko jump around the stage a lot, and at times it looks like they’re desperate to fill the huge open space. It’s not always successful. Their energy this time round was more subdued, but not by a copius amount. Blind Channel are the kind of performers that thrive on a live audience. No doubt we’ll be seeing this in the final.
Padraig: As to be expected, Blind Channel deliver a three-minute rock extravaganza. The atmosphere and overall look is much the same as UMK — they’re all on stage, as if at an actual concert. However, the LED effects are new. At moments we see images of the different band members, flipped upside down. They’re white against a blue backdrop. There’s also shot of the men together as one unit. Meanwhile, the LED floor shows a topless rocker illuminated by red light. There’s also ample amounts of pyro and fire for the final run-through. The gents are full of energy, and their fans are sure to lap this right up.
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Photos: EBU / THOMAS HANSES