Netherlands Jeangu Macrooy Eurovision 2021 First Rehearsal
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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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Ieva
Ieva
30 days ago

I was like “why does that guy look so much him??” and then I read the sentence about the twin brother 😀 Best of luck to Jeangu! I love his outfit and the song is unique.

Ieva
Ieva
30 days ago
Reply to  Ieva

so much like him*

Frank
30 days ago

They spat on your crown and poisoned your ground. I never expected some in the fanbase to embrace those lyrics.

Robert
Robert
30 days ago

Pfff throw your hate.. This was excellent actually.. Something so different and out there is bound to get a reaction.. Hoping for a left hand finish..

noone
noone
30 days ago

What on earth is he wearing? That metal piece looks like he has a metal G-string thong on. The visuals are simply too much, it hurts to look at it. The styling and dancing too… I am disappointed, I expected something more simple, classy, like a gospel or something like Slovenia and Austria. I really like the song, but this will end somewhere 20-25.

gurki loko
gurki loko
30 days ago
Reply to  noone

Right? I also wrote about the thongs, but my comment is still waiting for approval.

musica
musica
30 days ago
Reply to  noone

You’d have been shocked if you ever saw Freddie Mercury…

Jamie
Jamie
30 days ago

I like this! Very vibrant and good vibes

Sabrina
Sabrina
30 days ago

It looks as vibrant as the message of the song, I’m liking the explosion of colors. I was expecting for the aesthetics from the gorgeous music video, but I think this performance pairs nicely together with it. The video is more about the roots, the live performance will be about the descendants.

Maldric
Maldric
30 days ago

I think this will flop so badly like the previous host country´s song….
Not because of him, he did great….But the song and being host country does not help

Last edited 30 days ago by Maldric
Whisker
Whisker
30 days ago
Reply to  Maldric

Host country song? It helped Azerbaijan in 2012, they came 4th. Curiously enough, the song was a made-in-Sweden song. Also, Sweden did really well as a host country in 2016, they came 5th!

Alex
Alex
30 days ago
Reply to  Whisker

Exceptions to the rule. Remember Austria 2015? Very good performance/entry coming dead last.

Ukraine flopping the year they were hosting the show (they were almost in Top 10 every other year).

Whisker
Whisker
30 days ago
Reply to  Alex

I know that very well!

Maldric
Maldric
30 days ago
Reply to  Whisker

I said previous editions….Portugal 2018 Israel 2019….

Una
Una
30 days ago

Ohmygoood. I love it so muuuch!! I was expecting colour and energy and good stuff. “Birth of a New Age” will be an iconic moment in Eurovision history. I feel a bit overwhelmed. I do. I have to watch it a few more times.

Trina
Trina
30 days ago

OH, this is so joyful!!

Tadhg
Tadhg
30 days ago

While I don’t love it and it’s possibly a bit dated, I will say that it does stand out as it sounds completely different to anything else in the contest. After listening to 5 or 6 songs like for example, Cyprus, Israel, Malta………this might come as a refreshing change.

Sot
Sot
30 days ago

This song screams “last place as a host” but Jeangu is so energetic, I can’t let that happen

Tadhg
Tadhg
30 days ago
Reply to  Sot

I think there are no shortage of contenders for the bottom of the score board this year.

Alex
Alex
30 days ago

This is the queerest entry this year and people won’t even notice it.

Not a fan of the outfits, i was expecting more tradition.

Excellent vocals. I still can’t see this doing better than bottom 3.

name*
name*
30 days ago

The staging is too busy and messy. It’s so obnoxiously hectic that it’s almost painful to watch. The costumes look too “white”. For a song with forced and unnecessary SJWBLM agenda it feels highly inappropriate. [Dislikes and/or ban are incoming.]

Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
30 days ago
Reply to  name*

“SJWBLM agenda” just say you are homophobic, sexist, and racist, and go

Jamie
Jamie
30 days ago
Reply to  Ashton Schier

They like to hide.

Jake
Jake
30 days ago

I do love the LEDs but I think this will keep the tradition of no one wanting to vote for the host country the beset Austria, Portugal and Israel.

EProduc
EProduc
30 days ago

These visuals are SOMEHTING ELSE wow! I may not like the song but at least he brings something different than all those countries with their pink visuals. He’s so charismatic as well.

Last edited 30 days ago by EProduc
Thisisntourlastdance
Thisisntourlastdance
30 days ago

You cant polish a turd, this is coming dead last in the final

Thisisntourlastdance
Thisisntourlastdance
30 days ago

I can see Germany picking some televote points

Alex
Alex
30 days ago

Germany will do much better in televoting. People like fun silly songs and the song is standing out. Eurovision voting does not have negative votes so people loving it will definitely vote for it.

Netherlands will do much worse, i can’t think of casual ESC fans voting for it, unless they are from Suriname.

All Wei
All Wei
30 days ago

Your taste is just useless, thats why………………………………

Henry
Henry
30 days ago

We shall see if this is coming dead last…

Thisisntourlastdance
Thisisntourlastdance
30 days ago
Reply to  Henry

Do you honestly think televoters will pick up the phones for this?
Will go unnoticed by the juries too. So yeah, we shall see

Last edited 30 days ago by Thisisntourlastdance
Whisker
Whisker
30 days ago

This song is pure quality. If juries fail to appreciate that, then there is something wrong in the world of Eurovision.

noone
noone
30 days ago

Spain already booked last plast, LOL I can see Jeangue get 1 or 2 points from Belgium and some other, it will finish 20-25, while Spain will be 0 points

Henry
Henry
30 days ago

This will do better than everybody thinks right now… stands out, it’s totally different than the rest, Professional staging with a charismatic performer!

Whisker
Whisker
30 days ago

THIS IS FANTASTIC! The dancing is Suriname inspired too! It’s quite impeccable! Fashion, staging, choreo, energy, I LOVE THIS!

Roelof M
Roelof M
30 days ago

He sounds fantastic! I think this is great fun and I hope he can make it to the top 20, but this is a really strong year so I don’t know where he’ll land…