Live in Rotterdam: Eurovision 2021 rehearsals Day Four (May 11)

We’re halfway through the first week of Eurovision 2021 rehearsals. Now, it’s time for the remaining nine semi-final two acts to take to the stage for their first rehearsals.

Today, we’ll see the first run-throughs from Georgia, Albania, Portugal, Bulgaria, Finland, Latvia, Switzerland and Denmark. Will the favourites live up to everybody’s expectations, or will the odds come tumbling down?

May 11: First rehearsals at Eurovision 2021

Here’s who’ll be taking to the Eurovision stage today. All times are listed in CEST (BST + 1).

  • 10:00 – 10:30 Georgia: Tornike Kipiani — “You”
  • 10:40 – 11:10 Albania: Anxhela Peristeri — “Karma”
  • 11:20 – 11:50 Portugal: The Black Mamba — “Love Is On My Side”
  • 12:00 – 12:30 Bulgaria: VICTORIA — “Growing Up Is Getting Old”
  • Break
  • 13:40 – 14:10 Finland: Blind Channel — “Dark Side”
  • 14:20 – 14:50 Latvia: Samanta Tina — “The Moon Is Rising”
  • 15:00 – 15:30 Switzerland: Gjon’s Tears — “Tout l’univers”
  • 15:40 – 16:10 Denmark: Fyr og Flamme — “Øve os på hinanden”

 

 

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As always, we’ll have individual posts for each rehearsal here on wiwibloggs. You’ll be able to read our thoughts on the rehearsal and find out how each country chose to stage their entries.

And of course, our team on the ground in Rotterdam will be livestreaming reactions to the first rehearsals over on wiwi.tv, so make sure you’re subscribed and keeping an eye on our YouTube channel!

Eurovision 2021: Press Meet & Greet times

Shortly after their rehearsals, each act will be available for their first press meet and greet. Things will look a little different this year with social distancing in place. But we’ll still be on hand to chat with the stars from a safe distance to get their thoughts on the rehearsal.

Here’s the list of times for each act’s Meet & Greet:

  • 11:55 – 12:15 Georgia: Tornike Kipiani — “You”
  • 12:35 – 12:55 Albania: Anxhela Peristeri — “Karma”
  • 13:15 – 13:35 Portugal: The Black Mamba — “Love Is On My Side”
  • 13:55 – 14:15 Bulgaria: VICTORIA — “Growing Up Is Getting Old”
  • Break
  • 15:35 – 15:55 Finland: Blind Channel — “Dark Side”
  • 16:15 – 16:35 Latvia: Samanta Tina — “The Moon Is Rising”
  • 16:55 – 17:15 Switzerland: Gjon’s Tears — “Tout l’univers”
  • 17:35 – 17:55 Denmark: Fyr og Flamme — “Øve os på hinanden”

Whose first rehearsal are you most excited to see? Will the favourites live up to the hype? Sound off in the comments below.

Read more Eurovision 2021 rehearsal news here

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Darren
4 months ago

If Tornike takes his shirt off, I MIGHT look at Georgia in a completely different way.

Una
Una
4 months ago

Thoughts on my favourites of the day: Georgia: all I care about is Tornike’s performance which should look more relaxed than in the video. A smile would not hurt. It’s a positive song. The music evokes calm and happiness. Performer should reflect that. Finland: I expect nearly the same from the UMK show – the genre is that niche that I don’t think the staging should be elevated in any way in order to convince the larger audience. This one may be the only straight forward act that just needs to be there and give it all. No pretence. No… Read more »

Aeria
Aeria
4 months ago

Probably will be the weakest day of rehearsals, but I am curious to see what Albania, Bulgaria, Finland and Switzerland will do

IPA
IPA
4 months ago

Only interested in Portugal (realize I’m in a minority – never mind) – love the song!

Last edited 4 months ago by IPA
Atlas
4 months ago
Reply to  IPA

I like Portugal!

Paul
Paul
4 months ago

This really is going to be a lacklustre half of a semi… thank God for Finland!

Stan
Stan
4 months ago

I can’t wait to see VICTORIA.

Sarp Euro Fan
Sarp Euro Fan
4 months ago

This day of rehearsals will have several surprises it seems! My favs are Albania, Switzerland, Finland, Portugal. Also curious for Latvia and Denmark’s shows. Basically excited for all of those.

KuhKatz
KuhKatz
4 months ago

So guess its a good thing that I‘m at work in the morning because the afternoon is it for me.

Bulgaria, Finland, Denmark and of course my country Switzerland (hope he‘ll do a great staging).

rainer1
rainer1
4 months ago
Reply to  KuhKatz

i’m not working this afternoon either. …..Fingers crossed

Eugenie
Eugenie
4 months ago

My support to Finland! Hope they will bring heat to the contest.

rainer1
rainer1
4 months ago
Reply to  Eugenie

hehe?, with a lot of fire and flame? good luck finland

rainer1
rainer1
4 months ago

Interview with gjon: i’m going to do something on stage that nobody expects “…….. i’m really excited and hope that gjon will lead the odds tonight.
GO GJON, GO SWITZERLAND

Valentino
Valentino
4 months ago
Reply to  rainer1

After seeing all the negative comments for Malta’s staging, I’m a bit worried about this statement.

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
4 months ago

Samanta is in a very tight vise grip; and given what I think she will bring to the stage (I may need only one guess), that vise grip will get even tighter. On one side of the clamp, Blind Channel is sure to bring the heat, and will almost certainly qualify with a stage performance that befits their sound. On the other side, Gjon (who is my #1 yet again) is going to bring tears and class; and like I said before, if his stage director sets it up the way I imagine it, he is going to be very… Read more »

Last edited 4 months ago by CookyMonzta
Anhel
Anhel
4 months ago

This is the most exciting one for me – mainly because of Switzerland, but I also want to see Bulgaria and Finland. Good luck to all of them!

AMAAN STORM
AMAAN STORM
4 months ago

I’m looking forward to the Black Mamba. So severely underrated and every bit the sophisticated quality that the competition needs in terms of diversity. I’ll be rooting for them.

Also hoping to see Gjons Tears and Fyr og Flamme do well

Last edited 4 months ago by AMAAN STORM
Stephanie
4 months ago

I’ll be on a bus heading to work while Switzerland is rehearsing. With all the vibrant pinks and purples in many of the other performances, I know Gjon’s team will bring something unique and special to the stage and knock it out of the park. I’m nervous, but at the same time I’m quite confident that they’ll pull it off

Last edited 4 months ago by Stephanie
Apollo
Apollo
4 months ago

Excited to see Bulgaria since Victoria’s stage director told her to choose ‘Growing Up Is Getting Old’ as it had the most staging potential.

Latvia’s qualification depends solely on staging – so I’m nervous.

ALSO, Switzerland’s win depends on solely staging too – double the nervousness!

EProduc
EProduc
4 months ago

Most excited about Bulgaria and Finland! I think Switzerland will live up to the hype although I hope they bring something different to what Duncan did. I feel like Albania might be the surprise of the day though!

Kristian
Kristian
4 months ago
Reply to  EProduc

It wasn’t the surprise of the day .

Kristian
Kristian
4 months ago

Finland , Switzerland and Bulgaria are my Top 3 in this half. However ,I’m most nervous for Latvia and intrigued about Switzerland.