Finland Blind Channel First Rehearsal Eurovision 2021

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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What do you think? Did Blind Channel live up to the hype? Let us know in the comments down below.

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Luc
Luc
3 years ago

I was actually quite concerned with this entry’s staging, but I’m glad they did what had to be done, so they could deliver. I’m sure this will do well both in the semi and the GF

Badwoolfgirl
Badwoolfgirl
3 years ago

That’s one way to get crap past the radar.

Shan
Shan
3 years ago

Great performance, a clear finalist!

Sabrina
Sabrina
3 years ago

It’s exactly what we were expecting and also exactly how it should be done. Whoever came with the running order made the right decision to put this one right after Bulgaria. First we cry with an overflow of emotions, then we curse the world for make we have all those sad feelings and we’ll be renewed to enjoy the rest of the show.

Last edited 3 years ago by Sabrina
WhiteSox
WhiteSox
3 years ago

Really really good.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
3 years ago

That was a bad staging and performance.

Badwoolfgirl
Badwoolfgirl
3 years ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

For those who downvoted me, I was referring to the Pandora song as a bad staging and performance.

Candy
Candy
3 years ago

Good job. They are gonna qualify, we know this. But facing Italy in the final I think one of them will end in the top 5(probably Italy) and the other one will get bad results

gurki loko
gurki loko
3 years ago
Reply to  Candy

I think it will be other other way around. Finland is a lot more accessible, while Italy is a wall of noise and repetition.

Sot
Sot
3 years ago

I’m actually so happy that they kept the NF staging, it fits the song perfectly

Polegend Godgarina
3 years ago

a guaranteed televote success

Oliver
Oliver
3 years ago

Could have been better, a hell of a mix of special effects is too much, the vocals on UMK were better, you have to do something about it, a lot of fuss, the vocalist is very tense

Silverhand
Silverhand
3 years ago

Well done! They did a great job

Roman
Roman
3 years ago

2001

Ravencrow Neversmiles
Ravencrow Neversmiles
3 years ago
Reply to  Roman

Should I point out all the eurovision songs this year that are inspired by previous decades or are we just not gonna talk about that?

Denis
Denis
3 years ago
Reply to  Roman

In 2001 ESC you couldn’t find a song like this!

HarpyDarper
HarpyDarper
3 years ago
Reply to  Denis

How’d you think this would of gone down in Copenhagen, if there was a time warp and this was competing? Helsinki 2002?

yeahyeahfire
yeahyeahfire
3 years ago

Happy that they didn’t change the staging…Finland will SLAY through the final

Anhel
Anhel
3 years ago

It’s awesome and full of energy, and I love the outfits! I really hope Finland will do well in the final… but not TOO well since my first 3 places are occupied. (jk)

Colin
Colin
3 years ago

Well, minus the hand gesture, exactly what I was expecting. Meaning, it will certainly qualify.

Kristian
Kristian
3 years ago

Yup , super glad about that one .