Germany’s Jendrik has arrived! He’s taken to the Rotterdam Ahoy stage for his first rehearsal of “I Don’t Feel Hate” ahead of Eurovision 2021. Has his message translated to the Eurovision stage? Let’s see…
Germany’s Jendrik “I Don’t Feel Hate” — Eurovision 2021 first rehearsal
Oliver: Jendrik has enough energy to dance for a thousand lifetimes and then some. On stage, the glittery ukulele-wielding German is wearing his pink Marge Simpson blazer and blue trousers. His backing dancers are dressed in pantsuits with a colour blocking design seemingly inspired by Piet Mondrian. The dancer in the middle-finger costume reappears to serve as the antagonist of this visual storyline, though the garment is reshaped slightly and now looks like two fingers — a less profane symbol in the majority of Europe. The backdrop is clever, too. It shows words like “hate”, “ugly” and “loser”, eventually broken apart by huge colour splashes. Vocally, this is decent, although Jendrik got out of breath a couple of times. There’s lots of shouting and chanting during the tap break and it’s perhaps a bit excessive, but still this is well thought-out and makes sense to be over-the-top given the whimsy sentiment of “I Don’t Feel Hate”. Jendrik is obviously very excited to finally be performing at Eurovision and that will only do him favours.
Padraig: Jendrik’s stage outfit will be familiar to those who’ve seen his performances from German TV or the stills of his live-on-tape. The staging is also similar. He’s joined by four women, one of whom is wearing the middle finger costume — which is now a peace sign. The LED is very pop art and includes explosions of colour like in the music video. However, there are no washing machines on stage. Jendrik delivers a spirited performance. It’s very energetic. He’s clearly thrilled to be on the Eurovision stage. On occasion, he’s almost too excited. By the end he’s out of breath and struggling to keep up with the fast pace of the song. However, he boasts buckets of charm, which more than makes up for any shortness of breath.
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Photos: EBU / THOMAS HANSES