It’s time for our hosts to take the stage! The Netherlands’ Jeangu Macrooy has had his first rehearsal of “Birth of a New Age” ahead of Eurovision 2021. How did the home performer do? Let’s see…
The Netherlands’ Jeangu Macrooy “Birth of a New Age” — Eurovision 2021 first rehearsal
Oliver: Jeangu Macrooy is a brilliant asset to the Netherlands in their hosting year. His performance opens with cracks forming in a grey backdrop, then revealing the Surinamese singer dressed in a cropped blue suit jacket, a black and red body harness and black trousers. He’s joined on stage by two backing vocalists — one of which is his twin brother Xillan — and one other dancer, who delivers a solo interpretive dance. At the chorus, “yu no man broko mi” and “you can’t break me” appear on the LED backdrop, just as they did in the song’s live debut. And for the final chorus, the grey backdrop turns into an explosion of colour, with all four members of the Dutch team finishing their performance on the stage catwalk. The most exciting part of this performance is the styling. It’s all very genderless and queer, but with the Surinamese cultural elements still remaining front and centre. All in all, it’s unapologetically and authentically Jeangu Macrooy.
Padraig: Jeangu has done something very difficult. He’s managed to make “Birth Of A New Age” more accessible for the Eurovision audience without losing the power or authenticity of the number. The opening portion is dominated by an oppressive wall of grey. The Surinamese lyrics and their English translation appear here. Cracks begin to appear, through which we glimpse chinks of light. These multiply and soon the wall is breaking to pieces. By the end, we’re treated to splatters of paint that reflect all the colours of the rainbow. The LED is only part of the magic. Jeangu is captivating on stage, and his backing team are just as engaging. His outfit is eye-catching, his vocals are wonderful and the message is lasting. A very credible entry from the home team.
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