Latvia Samanta Tina First Rehearsal Eurovision 2021

Latvia’s Samanta Tina has taken to the Rotterdam Ahoy stage for her first rehearsal of “The Moon Is Rising” at Eurovision 2021. We know she is a queen of the night, but was she a queen of the stage? Let’s see..

Latvia’s Samanta Tina “The Moon Is Rising” — Eurovision 2021 first rehearsal

Oliver: The colour palette here screams royalty — the Latvian songstress is wearing a pine green frock and her backdrop has hints of gold, including a pair of hands forming a crown. The opening is dramatic and suspenseful — Samanta starts her performance facing away from the camera, lit by vertical runway style lights. But once she turns around and joins her harness-clad visor-donning dancers, the payoff is underwhelming. There’s little movement and Samanta looks very small on stage, drowned out by vast emptiness. The message of the song is lost, too. Unfortunately, it feels less about celebrating women and more of a vehicle to showcase Samanta’s (fantastic) vocal talent. But this is incohesive, confusing and lacklustre.

Padraig: Emerald eleganza. Samanta looks stunning in a gorgeous green gown that stretches to the floor. She accessorizes with gloves and an ornate neckpiece that stretches over her shoulders and cleavage. She’s also joined by her squad of visor wearing women from her 2020 music video. The staging is golden. We see a giant set of hands, which melts down before they come back later on to form a crown. The performance is less jarring than the studio, which is both a blessing and a curse. It will be less likely to scare people away, but it’s also less memorable.

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Miss Uncongeniality
Miss Uncongeniality
5 months ago

Sorry but it’s a big No for me, my number 39… is annoying, the styling is cheesy. I don’t see any “royalty” thing in this, just crap

gurki loko
gurki loko
5 months ago

Very try hard and her hair/dress choice is Tamara Todevska’s gone crazy.

Sabrina
Sabrina
5 months ago

I’m afraid I don’t like anything about this staging. But I’m glad the backing vocals play a big part on it.

Whisker
Whisker
5 months ago

I can’t with this one. I have to mute it. The fashion is abysmal. Those hands look more like horns than a crown. #fringecringe

T.J.
T.J.
5 months ago

Everything about this act is fake. Style over content. I don’t even buy the “woman-empowerment” here. She would sing ANYTHING to get attention and she figured out the feminist row would be the most rewarding one. Poor attempt. Absolutely last place in my ranking. Hopefully we don’t see this in the final.

Julie
Julie
5 months ago

I understand that criticism itself isn’t bad, but imagine the artists reading some of these comments.. some of them are so harsh. Have some compation, everybody is unique and Eurovision isn’t only about winning and/or being perfect. Let the girl be herself even if it isn’t something you particularly love and enjoy. Peace

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
5 months ago

This looks more like the staging for still breathing rather than the moon is rising. Why isn’t Samantha surrounded by a couple of dancers?

Candy
Candy
5 months ago

Why does she love the dancers’ outfits this much? And just like the song the staging looks messy and I can’t see this qualifying

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
5 months ago

I have a question. Who is in the running to be this year’s Barbara Dex winner?

Popeye Spinach
Popeye Spinach
5 months ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

Destiny

Doris
Doris
5 months ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

Green like Conan Osiris doesn’t automatically means Barbara Dex. Malta is by far the worst or maybe for the first time it will go for some dancers like the creepy San Marino ones

Alex
Alex
5 months ago

Horrible staging, outfits. Very kitsch, remind me of the old and awful Eurovision aesthetics.

Very bad choices Samanta, why 🙁

Sot
Sot
5 months ago

And the Barbara Dex Award 2021 goes to… Samanta Tina! At least she won something

Heyey
Heyey
5 months ago
Reply to  Sot

So true! Take for example Azerbaijan, Malta, Romania, Israel and Croatia.. All of them are amazing songs, but the outfits… not so much

Last edited 5 months ago by Heyey
Ende
Ende
5 months ago

I am speechless and not in the right way

Giolo
Giolo
5 months ago

I dob’t want to be negative, but I just genuinely think even Georgia and Poland have more chances to qualify than Latvia. I’ll be shocked to see this even 10th in the SF.

Una
Una
5 months ago

I kind of changed my mind about the qualification. You’re right about the look. It is indeed similar to Tamara’s. Pretty much the same green shade for the dress and the short blond bob haircut.
To think of the money they put into the styling and her entire wardrobe thus far and they couldn’t figure out another colour that suits that blond hair. Because blonds cannot pull off just any colour.
If they wanted to score some points, mygod. That styling strategy was silly.

Una
Una
5 months ago
Reply to  Una

OK, you may have been kidding but the similarities are obvious. Silly in my opinion but less offensive than the “fuego” formula copies. After a second watch I think she does look good. She radiates self-confidence and shows she feels good on the stage.
The backing vocals though and the 2020 idea. Blah.

Una
Una
5 months ago
Reply to  Una

Don’t you like the song at all?

Eugenie
Eugenie
5 months ago

I would mind, if it qualifies. It’s bad to sound like a drill, if you’re not second wave electronics. Her dress looks like a one hundred second-hand. She even can’t be saved by vocals like Slovenia. Also, I hate this popular on ESC last years “fem-vote-begging” with all the songs ’bout female improvement the deep meaning of which was invented on PR conference. It’s as cheap as play “I’m so anti-racist/so pro-LGBTQ+” game every time when you want to achieve more points.

Jimmy Smit
Jimmy Smit
5 months ago

Samanta has clearly worked hard to deliver her vision for Eurovision. The Moon Is Rising is a marmite entry—but she’s knows this, no one is everyone’s cup of tea and she won’t try to be that—but I can see and tell from the reviews that she’s at least attempting to bring more people on board. It’s an undeniably ballsy entry that marches to the beat of its own vibrant bonkers drum. She’s never looked more radiant. I think she’ll qualify.

Jimmy Smit
Jimmy Smit
5 months ago
Reply to  Jimmy Smit

Then you missed the point entirely, dear—but considering you asked me to leave you out of things, you do have an odd habit of commenting on my various recent posts 😉
…do you need some fresh air, Bean?

Last edited 5 months ago by Jimmy Smit
Jimmy Smit
Jimmy Smit
5 months ago
Reply to  Jimmy Smit

Careful, that’s almost sweet.

Colin
Colin
5 months ago

The song has some elements of a complete cacophony, but credit where credits due. Samanta radiates all the power and all the confidence this needs on stage. Plus, the green visuals will stand out among all the blue and pink. Uncertain on whether it will go through, but it won’t go unnoticed.

PS. But yeah, I also agree that without other diverse women to support this idea, this could pass off as pure self-indulgence.

Last edited 5 months ago by Colin
Una
Una
5 months ago
Reply to  Colin

She lives the song and reflects the message. My issue is with the styling. I know the song because I follow Eurovision but most people don’t. So will they understand her message? Will she convince? Will the styling be off-putting?

Heyey
Heyey
5 months ago

I like the song, but I feel like the staging doesn’t match the song and the message it wants to convey. Now it’s more about Samanta herself and recreating the idea they had planned for 2020. It just not it. I fear it will be seen more as Samanta praising herself than being about woman empowerement. I really want Latvia to qualify after so many years, but I feel like some other countries have better shot at it e.g. Albania and Czech Republic.

Name*
Name*
5 months ago
Reply to  Heyey

It was never about woman empowerment.

Una
Una
5 months ago
Reply to  Heyey

Exactly this.

Darren
5 months ago

That crown thing she does with her hands is NOT a thing and she should stop trying to make it such.

It’s cringey

Jose
Jose
5 months ago
Reply to  Darren

It is a thing for her, let her be.

hop
hop
5 months ago
Reply to  Darren

Agree. Plus is overdone already, even in ESC there are too many people putting crowns on their heads. Rihanna was the only one who could really pull it off 🙂

Darren
5 months ago
Reply to  hop

“Hey my song is bad, but look what I can do with my hands” – Samantha Tina, 2021

Darren
5 months ago
Reply to  Darren

If it was some kind of sign language or charade contest she might win the whole thing.

Darren
5 months ago
Reply to  Darren

#AvantGarde

Darren
5 months ago
Reply to  Darren

Well I know I’ll probably be watching it on mute anyway…so I’ll let you know.

Darren
5 months ago
Reply to  Darren

Deal!

Whisker
Whisker
5 months ago
Reply to  Darren

Hilarious!

Jofty
Jofty
5 months ago
Reply to  Darren

Wouldn’t mind finding out what some of the other contestants can do with their hands, the list would be quite long! Sorry to be tacky the excitement is getting to me.

Jimmy Smit
Jimmy Smit
5 months ago
Reply to  Jofty

Any particular hands, Jofty?

Jofty
Jofty
5 months ago
Reply to  Jimmy Smit

Perhaps some Danish bacon!

Jimmy Smit
Jimmy Smit
5 months ago
Reply to  Jofty

They are cute together!

Darren
5 months ago
Reply to  Jofty

I’d answer that question but I don’t think I could honestly type what would be in mind lol

Anhel
Anhel
5 months ago

I won’t mind if it doesn’t qualify.