‘Tis the season of dancing. The latest Eurovision star to showcase their rhythmical moves is France’s Bilal Hassani. The “Roi” singer is competing on Danse avec les stars 2021 and made a big first impression with his debut dance.
Danse avec les stars (Dance with the stars) is the French edition of the world-renowned dancing competition show. Over the coming weeks, celebrities will perform a variety of ballroom and Latin dance routines with the aim of taking home the trophy at the end.
Bilal Hassani debuts on Danse avec les stars 2021
For his first appearance on the show, however, Bilal showcased a different variety of dance to the traditional ballroom and Latin styles. Alongside professional partner Jordan Mouillerac, the Eurovision 2019 star delivered a contemporary dance routine.
The pair danced to Sia’s “Courage To Change”. Dressed in white and going barefoot, Bilal and Jordan gave a captivating performance from start to finish.
Bilal began on the floor before getting up to meet Jordan. They used a series of doors as part of their routine that helped with the storytelling aspect. There was light and shade but also a steady build over the course of the performance, all of which lead the viewer on a journey.
Performance starts at 5:26 in the below video
The judging on this year’s Danse avec les stars is slightly more complicated than other versions of the show. Each of the four judges was able to “buzz” during a performance. If an act receives a full set of buzzes from all the judges, then they are immune from elimination and automatically progress in the competition.
Bilal and Jordan managed to impress all four judges and were the only partnership of the first week to earn immunity by gaining four buzzes. However, this means we don’t know exactly how many points the Eurovision alum was awarded – the scores of any act that earns immunity are not disclosed.
Regardless of what the specific score might be, Bilal has emerged as an early standout in this year’s competition. Fingers crossed he’ll able to maintain form when challenged with the more traditional ballroom and Latin dancing styles over the coming weeks.
Dita von Teese, who appeared on stage as part of Germany’s Eurovision 2009 performance, is also a contestant on Danse avec les stars 2021. The burlesque dancer will make her debut appearance in the second live show this coming Friday.
Both Bilal and Dita will be hoping to replicate the success of Loïc Nottet. Belgium’s Eurovision 2015 representative went on to win Danse avec les stars later on in the same year.
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