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Live Blog: First Semi-Final
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Live Blog: First Semi-Final

Live Blog: First Semi-Final 2021

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18 May 2021 at 21:18 CEST
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Ready for a Russian Woman?

Next up it’s Manizha from Russia singing Russian Woman. This features a giant prop dress that floats around the stage, some rapping in English and a backdrop of 500 Russian women from all kinds of backgrounds, including Manizha’s mum.

Manizha is well known in Russia for singing about national, cultural and sexual identity; and above all else, tolerance. Banging beats with a side order of social commentary? Yes please.

We love the floating dress. So great to see that, like so many others, Manizha’s has taken up quilting during lockdown.

Manizha, Russia, First Semi-Final, Rotterdam Ahoy, 18 May 2021EBU / Andres Putting