Portugal’s The Black Mamba have taken to the Rotterdam Ahoy stage for their first rehearsal of “Love Is On My Side” at Eurovision 2021.
Portugal’s The Black Mamba “Love Is On My Side” — Eurovision 2021 first rehearsal
Robyn: The performance starts off looking like the group’s Festival da Cançao staging. It’s shot in black and white, with a “live gig” focus. After the first chorus, colour sweeps in, with gentle blue tones. The colour eventually warms up to stronger orangey tones. We also see the silhouette of an orchestra on the LED wall, illustrating the string sounds. There also appears to be some AR – a woman walks along a street, no doubt a reference to the subject of the song – this appears to run parallel to the stage catwalk. (Though this was a little hard to make out due to the rehearsal watermark on the screen.) Overall, the staging has a good feeling. It comes across as classy and it tells a story. The performance also serves as a welcome change from all the blue and pink neon earlier in this semi-final.
Padraig: Don’t be fooled. While the performance starts off almost identically to their Festival da Cançao effort — black and white into colour, band on stage — The Black Mamba have elevated. Now, once we reach the colour, we’re treated to a backing screen that tells a story. It shows a silhouette of a city skyline as a string orchestra plays beneath. From this, we see a woman rise up, dressed in 1960s’ era clothing. She then goes to walk the streets. People aware of the song’s subject matter — a woman that falls into prostitution in Amsterdam — will get the message. Everyone else will probably interpret something more innocent. It ends with lots of gold panels, which give off a Great Gatsby vibe. To call this a dark horse might be going a bit far, but it acts as a pleasant interlude amidst the madness of some of the other acts.
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Photos: EBU / THOMAS HANSES