Czech Republic and Greece: Eurovision 2021 Second Rehearsals
Photos: EBU / THOMAS HANNES / ANDRES PUTTING

As day six of Eurovision 2021 rehearsals continues, it’s time for two more acts to take to the Rotterdam Ahoy stage. Next up for their second rehearsals are the acts from Czech Republic and Greece. Will we see any major staging changes? Let’s find out…

Second rehearsals at Eurovision 2021: Czech Republic and Greece

Czech Republic’s Benny Cristo “omaga” — Eurovision 2021 second rehearsal

Oliver: No huge changes from Team Czech Republic. One of Benny’s dancers is wearing a black beanie instead of the pink one from the first rehearsal. They also did a take with Benny wearing glasses, but he ditched the frames for his final run. This song is a lot of fun as a studio cut, but that charm is lost in the live performance. Benny’s energy is extremely low and he’s mumbling through a lot of notes, often sounding out of breath. It’s not what we’re used to from the Czech star. Hopefully he will thrive more with a live audience, but qualification still seems a long way off.

 

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Padraig: Benny is very cool. And sometimes his coolness reads as low-energy. Because for much of his time on stage, it feels like he’s not giving his all — which seems crazy to say given how much choreography he’s doing. Thankfully, this seems to be just a case of him taking it easy. The last run-through was by far his best and Benny’s charisma shone through. He had glasses on for the first two takes, but they were gone for a third. It doesn’t look like he’ll be wearing them for the live show.

 

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Greece’s Stefania “Last Dance” — Eurovision 2021 second rehearsal

Oliver: Stefania is easily a contender for best dressed at Eurovision 2021. Her purple catsuit serves Dame Diana Rigg eleganza, and it’s fabulous. The Greek performance is solid once again, but it suffers in the staging department. The concept is good, but the colour palette is a few notches too vibrant and the green screen effects still need some smoothing out — although Stefania’s midriff wasn’t mistakenly keyed out this time. All in all, it’s not very easy on the eyes. Vocally it’s very strong however, and Stefania is slowly but surely becoming more confident with her movements.

 

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Padraig: Technically, this was a much better rehearsal for Greece. All the glitches seem to have been ironed out. Mercifully, Stefania’s midriff remains intact for the entirety of the performance. It’s all coming together in terms of choreo and vocals. However, there are movements of uncertainty in Stefania’s eyes. She’s not owning the stage quite yet.

 

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Photos: EBU / ANDRES PUTTING / THOMAS HANNES

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Ted
Ted
1 month ago

I still don’t like the Greek song but I will admit that their staging is on point. She looks great up there. Fab costume too.

Ern
Ern
1 month ago

Firstly, let me just reiterate how stunning Stefania looks. She’s a beautiful girl naturally, and that outfit just highlights her overall beauty. Also, vocally she’s very strong.

That being said, she looks nervous and a bit stiff. Perhaps she’s holding back for rehearsals, but she needs to look a bit more comfortable for her to get into the top 10. As it stands now, I can see the Greek entry landing in position #11 to #15, just missing out on the top 10.

Regardless, criticism aside, Stefania’s entry is overall much stronger than Demy, Yianna and Katrine were.

Last edited 1 month ago by Ern
baby
baby
1 month ago

I still believe that chezh republic will qualify

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Una
Una
1 month ago

Greece: I like it. There is a longish video out there on how they used the effects. I won’t say more – the video is easy to find.
The performance did not look the smoothest but it does not need to be polished too much. It looked good. Greece can relax. They will qualify and do well.

Leo M
Leo M
1 month ago

Czechia: Song was my no.1 before rehearsals but that clip is very bad. Vocals were terrible, no energy

Greece: Decent song, nice staging although not sure about those graphics. Looks like something didn’t go right there

Hélène
Hélène
1 month ago

Stefania is too young for this performance. It is like a lost school girl in purple space with som weird dance moves. I think she would have been better off with some kids dancing together in a class room. Or like In the movie fame where they start to dance in the cantina. The stage director is not feeling her or the song.

yeahyeahfire
yeahyeahfire
1 month ago

Wait how are the comments on youtube so positive but everyone here is so badly criticizing the staging and Stefania?

Downvote me and do whatever you want but i liked the staging. Yeah the green screen effects need some fixing but overall it is a great act. Stefania (yes she was nervous) but that’s just a rehearsal.

I think that the best thing that everyone can do is to stop hating (because that makes Stefania feel worse) and wait until her performance in Thursday.

Hélène
Hélène
1 month ago
Reply to  yeahyeahfire

In this site people only downvote you if you write positive comments om Sweden.

Thisisntourlastdance
Thisisntourlastdance
1 month ago

I just dont know how to feel about the greek staging.The song is kinda epic sounding but the staging has comical touches. Reminds me of The mask movie with Jim Carey.

Sputnik75
Sputnik75
1 month ago

Yeah, kind of how i feel. I mean I am definitely taking ideas for my next zoom meeting. I hope they fix things.

Maartijn
Maartijn
1 month ago

Exactly how I feel, thanks for bringing it up. Since the moment I heard the song, I’ve been listening to it on repeat and have been praising it on social media with my supporting comments. But this staging is killing the whole vibe of the song. I fell in love with the official mv, I gave my heart to that Pegasus and gorgeous Atlas but Fokas Evangalios turned out to be El Diablo 🙁 He literally stole my hopes for Greece winning the whole thing. Yea I seriously believed Greece could win cuz the song is epic sounding and Stefania’s… Read more »

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 month ago

Czech Republic: The kaleidoscope looks good, as does Benny, charming as usual. The choreography seems nice too. Maybe the lack of energy many of us are feeling is just the natural and expected difference between a rehearsal and the real deal.

Greece: I really love that catsuit! The visual effects aren’t eye-grabbing as many were expecting, but I’m still feeling positive about the staging. For viewers without big expectations, it can be a nice surprise. But of course, the effects need to work properly.

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
1 month ago

everything about greece’s entry is so flavorless, they need to find their spark that made them successful in the 00s again

Film
Film
1 month ago

Greece FX looks so cheap and horrible that are ruining completely the song.

Yeah yeah fire
Yeah yeah fire
1 month ago

Okay Czechia is a NQ and sorry but I don’t really like Greece’s staging

Who am I?
Who am I?
1 month ago
Reply to  Yeah yeah fire

Unfortunately eurovision officials did not upload greece’s wow moments. I guess everyone will have to wait for the semi to see it..

yeahyeahfire
yeahyeahfire
1 month ago
Reply to  Yeah yeah fire

Wtf..

esc1234
esc1234
1 month ago

The YouTube comments about Greece are more than positive but here all the positive ones have more than 20 downvotes. Are Malta and Azerbaijan buying the same bots?

ROXELANA
ROXELANA
1 month ago
Reply to  esc1234

What have Malta and Azerbaijan got to do with this?

Stephanie
Stephanie
1 month ago
Reply to  esc1234

So than you explain to me how it is even possible that she won the poll for best first rehearsal. Where did those votes came from? I do have an idea, don’t you?

Hélène
Hélène
1 month ago
Reply to  Stephanie

700 people from Greece?

nycforever
nycforever
1 month ago

Greece looks super awkward. LOL. It’s very funny and little bit cringe. Czech Republic had a potential of qualifying but performer’s vocals and staging totally ruined it.

Chris
Chris
1 month ago

Ok, so Greece is nice but Stefania doesn’t acquire the same dancing abilities that people like Helena Paparizou or Foureira have. She is so stressed when she is trying to do this basic dance routines. You can read in her face the “I have to move my hand, now my feet, now i am twerking”… The juries usually don’t have issues with that but this doesn’t captivate the audience. Her vocals are fine, the song is fine, the dress is amazing, the staging very nice indeed but there wasn’t any need for her to do dancing routines. Like for example… Read more »

WannaEatMySpaghetti
WannaEatMySpaghetti
1 month ago

I wasn’t expecting this for Greece. The staging is seems a bit weird to me. But the song is great so it deserves a top 15.

Anhel
Anhel
1 month ago

I dunno, I think Greece’s concept is pretty cool. Her vocals are good too.

Kosey
Kosey
1 month ago

Perfectly reasonable from Czechia but nothing particularly that stands out – is it going to be memorable enough?

Cool staging concept by Greece but Stefania looks nervous – the performance needs to be more confident if she can go bring the best out of the visuals.

Nati
Nati
1 month ago

I think Stefanias stage is nice, she is a beautiful young lady, vocals seems to be ok, but somehow she doesn’t seem to be able to keep up with the music when singing..

Sonam
Sonam
1 month ago

Just watched Greece. It looked stellar until the “never seen before” effect.

Popeye Spinach
Popeye Spinach
1 month ago
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Chris
Chris
1 month ago

Only I think Greece is doing a Mans kind of presentation?

Whisker
Whisker
1 month ago

Greece’s snippet is great! Wow!

baby
baby
1 month ago

I know when im wrong, i gotta say this staging is pretty cool

baby
baby
1 month ago
Reply to  baby

Greece is who im talking about

Jonathan N
Jonathan N
1 month ago

Congratulations, girl!!!!

sam
sam
1 month ago

greece is really flopping for me. this staging is not it :/ i love stefania though and she looks beautiful

Brett Young
Brett Young
1 month ago

I think the invisible man thing in Greece’s rehearsal is a distraction, I don’t get it

Alex
Alex
1 month ago

The worst thing about Greece is the chroma effect. I appreciate the risk, but that effect in particular is really hard to implement in a live performance, it’s really easy to see imperfections here and there. I hope they can improve it in the following days, that will be the key to their success.

Doris
Doris
1 month ago

Greece 10 times better and classy than Malta.

Una
Una
1 month ago

Czechia is *everything* that a successful Eurovision entry can be. Ohmygod Czechia your peformance looks amazing – witty and energetic and good vibes!! If only the staging looked a bit happier. I think it’s a bit dark. 100% qualifier!!!

Dawid
Dawid
1 month ago

Still don’t get why he changed hairstyle.

Sot
Sot
1 month ago

1. Greece (fabulous! Stefania’s vocals are out of this world)
2. Czech Rep. (lacking energy but I love the song)

Can someone answer me a question? Why do all positive comments about Greece get downvoted? I haven’t seen that happening anywhere else, in contrast with Azerbaijan or North Macedonia

Whisker
Whisker
1 month ago

Wowza, I love Czechia! But Benny baby, don’t hold back! His performance looks a bit restrained. The choreo looks goooooooood! I hope they will pump it up a bit for performances.

I LOVE IT!

EProduc
EProduc
1 month ago
Reply to  Whisker

Yeah he needs to let those ‘too cool for school’ vibes go and give us full energy, it matches the song more and it will elevate the performance. Right now it looks too chill.

Whisker
Whisker
1 month ago
Reply to  EProduc

Ya, with full energy and the speed of light and the speed of sound, straight into the Grand Final!

EProduc
EProduc
1 month ago

Stefania is so young yet she really commands the stage, so impressive. I’m curious to see what the green screen effects will bring on our screens and how it’ll add to the performance. Cause at the moment the city visuals are not a winner staging. The stair part is giving me some Ariana Grande ‘No tears left to cry’ vibes though and I’m loving it. Not to mention those breathtaking vocals!

EProduc
EProduc
1 month ago
Reply to  EProduc

Are the Greece haters downvoting because I said she commands the stage and compared her to Ariana or are the Greece stans downvoting because I said she doesn’t have winner staging? Curious to know, keep the downvotes coming anyway <3

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Doris
Doris
1 month ago
Reply to  EProduc

Malta bots on panic

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
1 month ago
Reply to  EProduc

ariana grande is the pop girl with the worst stage presence tho lmao

Whisker
Whisker
1 month ago

Greece probably hyped itself and that’s ok.

Antony
Antony
1 month ago
Reply to  Whisker

I mean yea, they were the ones that knew what they were going to do so they hyped it out there.

Whisker
Whisker
1 month ago
Reply to  Antony

Right!

Sot
Sot
1 month ago
Reply to  Antony

Wait, I remember a Dutch producer also saying that, so the hype for Greece started from there

Rottendam
Rottendam
1 month ago

Anyone else getting Albania 2009 vibes from the backing dancers’ costumes? (Greece)

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Darren
1 month ago
Reply to  Rottendam

Yup! Totally reminded of that

Jørgen
Jørgen
1 month ago
Reply to  Rottendam

Yeah but on the screen it’s gonna be totally different so what’s the point of this comment?

Antony
Antony
1 month ago

Tell me something, do the people inside the stadium see the green stuff only?

Whisker
Whisker
1 month ago
Reply to  Antony

I’d be more interested in the execution of the performance, that will only happen once or twice, the video is there to stay.

Darren
1 month ago

Love Benny!
He’s got that star quality, can’t deny it.
He is able to elevate what is actually quite a bland song into something that stands out.
I think he’ll qualify despite the bookies writing him off.

Matt
Matt
1 month ago

I just love Benny and his charisma.. my guilty pleasure song this year.. 🙂

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
1 month ago
Reply to  Matt

what’s there to be guilty about in liking omaga ?