Good morning and welcome back to ESCBubble’s coverage for Eurovision 2021! Over the weekend we brought you all the updates of the first semi finalists rehearsing. It seems to have flown by, but we’re already over to the second semi final! Today we will have the first nine competing in semi final two
If you are avoiding potential rehearsal spoilers then don’t read any further! Semi Final Two will take place at 21.00 CET on Thursday 20th May 2021 with sixteen countries competing for ten qualifying spots for the final.
Second to go is… Estonia!
Uku finally gets to hit the Eurovision stage and he’s brought a lot of his Eesti Laul performance with him. With more space to play with he can create a larger storm effect, and he’s been able to keep the effect where he is pushed into the water, which remain effective. He looks great in a well cut white shirt and black trousers and he starts on his knees with a huge moon behind. The most noticeable thing was a change in the colour scheme towards the end of the performance where Uku kneels down and suddenly the stage is lit with a moody red colour. The effect works really well as originally there are water-like effects on the ground & backdrop, which during this big moment change to red and it helps to lift the song.
All in all, it’s a pretty static performance and he doesn’t move to far from his initial spot, the backing singing although good, didn’t sound quite right in the mix and came across as off-putting. Sure that they will fix these gremlins by the time of the actual semi final though!
Last year marked Uku Suviste’s third attempt at Estonian selection show – Eesti Laul. He came pretty close in 2019 with “Pretty Little Liar”, but it wasn’t until 2020 when he won with the song “What Love Is”. Unfortunately, with the cancellation of the 2020 contest Uku then had to work again to win Eesti Laul this year. Helped by last years runner-up Jaagup Tuisk, plus the same songwriting team of his entry last year, Uku unveiled “The Lucky One” as his 2021 attempt.
Back in March, Uku went on to win Eesti Laul for a second year on the trot, confirming his ticket for Rotterdam once more. Despite a rocky start with the international jury vote, Uku went on to trounce the rest of the top three in the public vote. He donned a shirt and bow tie for his national final performance and looked very sharp doing so, but check out the music video here: