Today Eurovision.tv revealed the artists who will have the honor of opening the 2nd semi-final of the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam this May.
Redo (Redouan Ait Chitt), an award winning breakdancer will take to the stage in a performance with Dutch singer Eefje de Visser in whats being described as a “unique performance”.
Dancer Redo said:
“The dance comes from a very personal place; I want to tell the universal story of overcoming the setbacks that life presents, which applies to so many people, especially with the challenges we’re all facing together in the world today. The story will unfold from the dark period in which we currently find ourselves, to working towards a moment of togetherness and celebration. I hope that people recognise themselves in our work, and that Eefje and I can touch people through our art.”
Singer Eefje de Visser, who was recently named “2020 Artist of the Year” by Dutch music magazine OOR said:
“I’ve been watching the Eurovision Song Contest for as long as I can remember, so Redo and I consider it an honour to be able to work together on such a huge, iconic production. Our presentation is about resilience and connection. We want to say that more can be achieved through collaboration, especially in these times we need each other. It will be magical.”
32 year old Redo has an inspiring story overcoming physical disabilities and prejudices he faced as a child to become a critically acclaimed international dancer, even becoming the first self-taught breakdancer to win prestigious Dutch Dance prize; The Swan Award.
Gerban Bakker, the head of show said:
“We want to show off the best of the Netherlands during the Eurovision Song Contest, and talents like Redo and Eefje are certainly that. We are proud to present a unique opening act with them. Every act on our stage has its own story.
You’ll see that a recurring theme across the three shows is resilience, the ability to adapt. More current than ever. A theme that certainly applies to the life of Redo. I find it very inspiring to share his talent and story with the rest of the world.”
The 2021 Eurovision Song Contest will take place on the 18th, 20th and 22nd May at the Rotterdam Ahoy arena, we will be keeping you up to date with all the latest news here on ESCBubble!