Welcome back to ESCBubble’s coverage for Eurovision 2021! After the first seven countries took to the stage at the Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam for their first rehearsals, we are flying through to day 2! Today, the remaining nine countries performing in the second half of semi final one will be rehearsing so keep following our coverage for all the updates throughout the day.
If you are avoiding potential rehearsal spoilers then don’t read any further! Semi Final One will take place at 21.00 CET on Tuesday 18th May 2021 with sixteen countries competing for ten qualifying spots for the final.
The second country to rehearse this morning is… Norway!
Norway had a pretty complete package when it competed and won Melodi Grand Prix, so not shocking that there hasn’t been a great deal of change since that performance. The vocal is notably thinner, however there are no signs of a vocal struggle at all. The backdrop for the entire performance are cirrus clouds that are being flown through – very on topic with the theme of the song!
TIX is wearing his angel outfit with the big fancy white wings, whilst he’s chained to the four black devils on podiums at each corner. There’s not much in the sense of choreography, as TIX remains stood on the pedestal in the middle for the entire performance but the demons do get up and dance off their podiums. All in all, difficult to gauge whether that was impressive or not. He’s had more run throughs than anybody else so far, though! Presumably as very little to change in this carbon copy.
Last year Ulrikke was set to perform her huge ballad “Attention” at the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest however shortly after the cancellation, it was confirmed that Ulrikke would not be automatically invited back to Norwegian national selection show Melodi Grand Prix for 2021. After a very competitive show spanning 6 weeks, the Norwegian audience chose overwhelmingly to select young performer TIX as their representative with the English version of his song – “Fallen Angel”.
Originally performed in Norwegian as “Ut Av Mørket”, TIX performed the English version of the song in the final. In the past, TIX has typically performed the very popular Russ music in Norway. However, he has also had global success as a songwriter on the Ava Max track “Sweet But Psycho”. After he was chosen, Ava even sent a video message wishing him the best of luck in Rotterdam. You can watch the live performance from the national final here: