Switzerland’s Gjon’s Tears has taken to the Rotterdam Ahoy stage for his first rehearsal of “Tout l’univers” at Eurovision 2021. He’s among the favourites, but did he live up to the hype? Let’s see…
Switzerland’s Gjon’s Tears “Tout l’univers” — Eurovision 2021 first rehearsal
Oliver: Nobody could have predicted this kind of staging. Gjon is alone on stage, stood on a white cube-like structure. As the song builds, it slowly comes apart, illuminated by dazzling monochromatic lights. The symbolism of it is difficult to decipher but it’s intriguing nevertheless. Gjon’s outfit is similar to that of a flamenco dancer, although not quite as camp — it’s got a huge oversized collar and tidy embroidered sequin lines. And as expected, his vocals are on point. The contemporary choreography however, though subtle, seems superfluous and unnecessary. At times, he flails his arms around in wavy motions that seem almost inspired by an inflatable car dealership mascot. Again, the semiotic meaning behind these gestures is confusing. Regardless, this was a solid first run for Switzerland, and one of the tidiest rehearsals to date.
Padraig: His odds took a hit after his first live performance in Spain some weeks back, so many were apprehensive leading into today’s rehearsal. Today Gjon silenced the doubters. He pulled off a highly stylised stage show that’s distinct from all that’s gone before without taking attention away from the song itself. Dressed in an oversized shirt with puffy sleeves and a high-waisted pants, Gjon looks every part the avant-garde artiste. He stands inside a white frame, as white lights flash continuously behind him. He does some light choreography. As the song reaches its climax, everything becomes much more frantic – the lights, his movements. The frame also separates into three distinct parts. In the midst of it all, Gjon’s vocals remain strong and emotive. Fans will be happy. But, personally, this doesn’t give me feels in the same way Bulgaria did.
Reaction to Switzerland’s first rehearsal at Eurovision 2021
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Photos: EBU / THOMAS HANSES