Georgia, Albania and Portugal - Eurovision 2021 Second Rehearsals
Photos: EBU / THOMAS HANNES / ANDRES PUTTING

We’re back! It’s time to kick off day seven of Eurovision run-throughs. And next up to the Rotterdam stage for their Eurovision 2021 second rehearsals are the acts from Georgia, Albania and Portugal. Will we see any big changes to their staging? Let’s see…

Second rehearsals at Eurovision 2021: Georgia, Albania and Portugal

Georgia’s Tornike Kipiani “You” — Eurovision 2021 second rehearsal

Oliver: Georgia gives us a subdued and low-key start to day seven of rehearsals. No changes for Tornike. His vocal is just as strong and the starry night backdrop is very pretty, comparable to fireflies dancing around the Georgian singer. This type of song is difficult to get right on the Eurovision stage, but Team Georgia have done a good job of recreating a cinematic vibe in a different setting. Still, qualification is unlikely.

 

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Padraig: Tornike played it straight today. There were no vocal high jinks like earlier in the week. Tornike’s actual delivery is a bit monotonous, especially in the first run-through. However, second-time round he injects some life into the vocals. He’s almost roaring by the end. Powerful stuff that will certainly wake up anyone that might have drifted off. The staging remains the same as before. I struggle to see where this will get votes from.

 

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Albania’s Anxhela Peristeri “Karma” — Eurovision 2021 second rehearsal

Oliver: Anxhela is emoting more today. She’s now becoming more comfortable with her surroundings, and she looks great against the dramatic smoky cyan and crimson backdrop. At times however, she looks tiny and alone on the enormous stage. It’s not the best use of space. Some more movement during the instrumental break especially would really keep up the momentum.

 

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Padraig: Anxhela delivers another semi-final ready performance. The wind machine is turned up to 90, the lighting is stunning and she is fierce. Vocally there are no issues whatsoever. However, while the staging is eye-catching, there are moments when Anxhela looks a little lonely on stage. But rather than being overwhelmed, she owns it, even when the massive LED wall looms tall above her. And while not much has changed from the first rehearsal, there is a feeling of momentum building around the entry.

 

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Portugal’s The Black Mamba “Love Is On My Side” — Eurovision 2021 second rehearsal

Oliver: Another classy and slick run from The Black Mamba. Much like Hooverphonic in semi-final one and Måneskin in the grand final, the Portuguese band translate the best aspects of their live gigs to the Eurovision stage and it’s very effective. The 4:3 aspect ratio transitioning into full widescreen is a captivating moment paying homage to old-school Eurovision. Qualification was once very questionable, but now it seems inevitable.

 

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Padraig: A solid performance from Portugal yet again. There’s not much to add from their first rehearsal. Everything is pretty finely finessed at this stage, although there is a moment when Tatanka is playing his electric guitar on the satellite stage. Or rather he isn’t, but the electric guitar can still be heard. It spoils the illusion slightly, even if most of us know that he’s not playing live anyway. This is only a minor point which will most likely not be an issue again we come to Thursday’s show.

 

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Photos: EBU / ANDRES PUTTING / THOMAS HANSES

 

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Sabrina
Sabrina
1 month ago

Georgia: This needs more eye contact with the camera. You need to trap us, Tornike.

Albania: Looks and sounds good. My only concern is if they manage to keep interesting for 3 minutes.

Portugal: Adding them to my list of countries that made all the right staging decisions. Possibly the best use of colors in the competition. This should qualify and I’m glad people are finally opening up to them.

Darren
1 month ago

Tornike should take his shirt off and have the words projected across his chest.
Then he’d do well

Michael Green
Michael Green
1 month ago

Portugal is in the game, seriously.

Jake
Jake
1 month ago

If Love is On My Side had come out of San Remo everyone would’ve said it was Top 10 material. I still think Albania can qualify as the only ethnic song in this semi. Eurovision needs these songs in the final to keep cultural identities coming through.

Whisker
Whisker
1 month ago

Portugal looks great!

Kosey
Kosey
1 month ago

Is it really happening? Am I really warming to that turgid, hotel-lounge music of a song?

I suppose it shows you what some pretty little lights and projections can do to one’s feelings! Well done them!

Sot
Sot
1 month ago

Ok, the Portuguese snippet was uploaded an hour ago, so here’s my ranking:

  1. Portugal (…Wait, what? They should not be 1st here. The staging was… was… PERFECT!)
  2. Georgia (That’s what we call strong vocals)
  3. Albania (Empty, Eleni Foureira vibes but overall great job!)
Atlas
1 month ago

Portugal is a dark horse!

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
1 month ago

Seeing the projection screen in use in the second rehearsal clip it’s too bad that none of the other countries are using it. It’s cool and looks good.

Una
Una
1 month ago

Exactly. The lyrics are depicting sun and light. The music video too. There should be light at some point – otherwise the staging does not make much sense!!

Una
Una
1 month ago

Georgia – based on the short snippet and the lyrics of the song: will there be sun? Will there be wind? Will there be light??

Kosey
Kosey
1 month ago
Reply to  Una

I’ve not seen the whole thing, but if I was staging it, I would dial up the contrasts because this is a song about contrasts. So to start off there is a dark, introspective feel, building to a blinding light of universality – that would work really well for me.

Una
Una
1 month ago
Reply to  Kosey

So there there will be a sort of progression from dark to light, directly correlated to the growth in intensily of the voice and instrumentation. Genius concept 🙂

Kosey
Kosey
1 month ago
Reply to  Una

Yes, that’s exactly how I would do it. This is a serious song, full of sadness, so the first thirty second clip we’ve seen works really well to put you into that mindset – people say Tornike needs to smile more but that really wouldn’t fit with the theme of the song. But ultimately, this is a song about hope, it needs to build to leave us with brilliant light and soaring vocals/instrumentation, with the last shot focused right back on Tornike.

That’s how I would do it anyway?

Una
Una
1 month ago
Reply to  Kosey

You’re making sense that’s for sure. We’ll all see it next Thursday. Hopefully with Georgia among the 10 qualifiers.

Kosey
Kosey
1 month ago

Georgia looks so intimate and fragile, absolutely perfect for the song. Go Tornike, you have my support 100%!

Sot
Sot
1 month ago

Umm what exactly is the Bulgarian IG Post doing in Portugal’s place?

EProduc
EProduc
1 month ago

Portugal honestly is my biggest grower this Eurovision season (together with Russia), I hope they make the final.

Maldric
Maldric
1 month ago

Haters gonna hate….While Portugal will do so well! Totally deserve a spot in the final
Go Portugal!!

IPA
IPA
1 month ago
Reply to  Maldric

Absolutely love Portugal – did so from the word go months back!

Maldric
Maldric
1 month ago
Reply to  IPA

Yes I believe…I like them since they won their national final. The song is nothing new but its very well performed, confident and professionalism on stage. They know exactly what to do on that stage. Portugal is pure class and good taste this year! Im voting for them and for France

Sot
Sot
1 month ago

GIVE US THE SNIPPETS EBU!

Olaf
Olaf
1 month ago

Gotta love Portugal’s glow up!
2019: Likely qualifier before rehearsals, but bad staging messed up Conan’s chances
2021: Unlikely qualifier before rehearsals, but great staging making them almost a lock-in for the finals!

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
1 month ago

Glad to hear the positvity about portugal. I always believed it had a shot.

Kosey
Kosey
1 month ago

A bit of disrespect being shown on the live stream to Georgia unfortunately. Rather than talking about his song playing in the background, we only seem to be interested in talking about pastries and ducks. I don’t think you would do that with any other entry and it is not very professional. Fine to talk about these things to liven things up between songs, but whilst the song is actually playing in the background, it is a bit disrespectful.

Sot
Sot
1 month ago
Reply to  Kosey

I thought about that as well, I guess they didn’t have anything else to say about the song…

EProduc
EProduc
1 month ago
Reply to  Kosey

I mean if I had to sit there 10 hours a day for two weeks and they came with this boring staging I wouldn’t pay any attention either. It’s also a second rehearsal, maybe there’s nothing left to discuss. Nothing to do with respect.

Andy
Andy
1 month ago
Reply to  EProduc

Nobody forced anyone to sit there for so long. Also, if that was the case they should just do live commentary on the acts the like and switch off the rest. And is Eurovision, there’s always something more relevant to discuss.

EProduc
EProduc
1 month ago
Reply to  Andy

Still, to be critical about one moment in a whole week is just so unnecessary. All the other times enough information and discussion was given and that deserves some praise and positivity. There are enough platforms to get your info on the acts. They’re doing their best and it’s also just exhausting.

Together
Together
1 month ago
Reply to  EProduc

Yeah, but if they don’t even look at the screen how’d they see the changes and details?