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Live Blog: Wednesday 12 May

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Live Blog: Day 5

Day 5 is done!

It may be a while before we have the video of today's rehearsal from Ukraine, so we're going to close the liveblog for now and add it in later.

It's been a super-busy day in Rotterdam Ahoy, with 15 second rehearsals done and a further 10 scheduled for tomorrow. In addition, we'll see first rehearsals from the Big 5 and our hosts, The Netherlands, which is VERY exciting. Here's tomorrow's schedule:

Second Rehearsal: Second Semi-Finalists

๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡น Malta*

๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฒ San Marino

๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ช Estonia

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Czech Republic

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ท Greece

๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น Austria

๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ Poland

๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฉ Moldova

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ Iceland

๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ Serbia

(*Malta are performing in the first Semi-Final)

First Rehearsal: The Big 5 and The Netherlands (Hosts)

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Italy

๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Germany

๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ The Netherlands

๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท France

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง United Kingdom

๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Spain

#JoinUs then!

Paging James Newman... ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง

...your dressing room is ready.

The Big 5 and the host nation arrive in the arena tomorrow, and all their dressing rooms are ready and waiting. Are they as excited as we are? Unlikely.

Ukraine gallery is up...

Video coming soon, but you can take a look at the photos now. Get well soon Kateryna!

Watch: Azerbaijan Second Rehearsal

Watch: Romania Second Rehearsal

Azerbaijan gallery is up...

Video coming soon, but you can browse the gallery now.

Watch: Israel Second Rehearsal

Romania gallery is up...

Video coming soon, but pictures available now!

Fingers crossed for Kateryna from Ukraine...

Ukraineโ€™s Go_A are the final act rehearsing on the main stage this afternoon, and we've just heard that lead singer Kateryna isnโ€™t taking part. Apparently she was feeling a little unwell this morning, and COVID-19 rules mean that she now has to wait for the results of a PCR test before she can return to the arena. The other members of the band have all tested negative and are rehearsing with a stand-in singer today. We have our fingers crossed for Kateryna and hope sheโ€™ll be back with us soon!

Roop Spotting...

It's very busy in the Delegation Bubble this afternoon, and we're keeping our eyes peeled for participants who have a few minutes to hang out and eat snacks with the Live Blog crew.

Every now and then we spot a flash of yellow and think it's The Roop, but it turns out to be a member of the Health & Safety crew in a hi-vis jacket. So far our hopes have been raised at least 15 times, but it seems we never learn.

The Roop, Lithuania, Second Rehearsal, Rotterdam Ahoy, 12 May 2021 EBU / Thomas Hanses

Israel gallery up...

Some amazing photos of Eden coming soon!

Watch: Belgium Second Rehearsal


We've been watching second rehearsals on the big screen in the Delegation Bubble all day, and so far everything has remained much the same as the first rehearsals. But we can report that Eden from Israel has added an elaborate hair crown that's ALL kinds of fabulous. QUEEN ๐Ÿ‘‘

Eden Alene, Israel, Second Rehearsal, Rotterdam Ahoy, 12 May 2021 EBU / Andres Putting

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Belgium gallery up...

Video coming soon, photos up now!

Watch: Croatia Second Rehearsal

Philosophical question of the day...

...if Vasil from North Macedonia and a WWF panda play table tennis and there's no Live Blogger available to take a photograph, did it ever really happen?

Watch: Norway Second Rehearsal

Croatia gallery up...

The photos are coming thick and fast - here's Croatia!

Norway gallery is up...

Video coming in a matter of seconds, gallery available now!

Small Town Boy

Just had a little chat with Duncan Laurence in the Press Centre who's busy preparing for two Eurovision appearances next week as well as LAUNCHING A TOUR!

The tour kicks off in Breda on Thursday 21 October. More details can be found on his website.

Watch: Cyprus Second Rehearsal


There's a panda loose in the delegation bubble! It's to celebrate Eurovision's partnership with the WWF as part of the #VoiceForThePlanet campaign. We'd have asked for a bear hug, but this year's Eurovision is a hug-free zone.

WWF panda in the delegation bubble

Watch: Ireland Second Rehearsal

Ten down...five to go

We've seen 10 countries rehearse for the second time today (9 if you exclude Australia, which we never do) - 5 remain on today's schedule. Tomorrow's plan is even busier - we'll tell you more about that later.

Watch: North Macedonia Second Rehearsal

Cyprus gallery is up...

Please enjoy these photos of Elena's second rehearsal - video will be available soon!

Stefania gets with the programme...

Thanks Stefania for signing our official programme, we love you too.

At risk of this Live Blog becoming a footwear appreciation zone...MORE FABULOUS BOOTS!

Stefania from Greece in the delegation bubble 12 May

Stefania's boots

Here I Dance...

We've just heard that Vasil will be releasing a dance version of Here I Stand on Instagram shortly. This is very much in line with our interests

*puts on disco ball shirt*

Ireland gallery is up...

Here's some pics of Lesley's Roy's second rehearsal - video coming soon!

Watch: Australia Exclusive Preview

A picture speaks a thousand words...

Can we just take a moment to celebrate the amazing Eurovision photographers? This shot of Vasil is SPECTACULAR.

Vasil, North Macedonia, Second Rehearsal, Rotterdam Ahoy, 12 May 2021 EBU / Thomas Hanses

North Macedonia gallery is up...

Would you like some pictures of Vasil's disco ball shirt? Of course you would.

Walk a mile in Tusse's shoes...

...but only if you can handle fabulous heels. Thanks Tusse for taking time out from rehearsal day to sign our official programme, you can relax now until Tuesday!

Tusse's fabulous shoes

Tusse in the delegation bubble 12 May

Watch: Sweden Second Rehearsal


Look who we bumped into in the Delegation Bubble!

Destiny's got a busy day of interviews ahead but she took time out to sign the Official Programme.



A true Queen! ๐Ÿ‘ธ๐Ÿพ

Open Up... to tattoos!

Dedication to the cause from Luke of the Maltese delegation. A lovely Eurovision logo alongside the Melodifestivalen crown ๐Ÿ‘‘

Luke, Malta

Watch: Russia Second Rehearsal

Watch: Slovenia Second Rehearsal

Australia gallery is up...

Even though Montaigne can't be with us in the studio, here's some exclusive pictures of her live on tape recording. We miss you Montaigne, and everyone here is thinking of you and sending love.

I've been searching for El Diablo...

One of the most fun things about being in the Delegation Bubble is being able to hear the artists warming up before their rehearsal. Right now we can hear the fabulous vocals of both Elena Tsagrinou from Cyprus and Lesley Roy from Ireland, which is a mash-up we would absolutely buy.

Watch: Lithuania second rehearsal

Sweden gallery is up

We'll post a video of Tusse later, but here's a gallery of his second rehearsal.

A little love love peace peace in the Delegation Bubble...

We're meeting ALL the best Swedish people this morning - always a pleasure to have a catch up with the lovely Edward Af Sillรฉn. He won't be commentating for Sweden until next week, but he's already here in Rotterdam getting ready...

Russia Gallery is up

Manizha from Russia had another great rehearsal this morning - we've been chatting to her sister in the Delegation bubble, and discovered that while she's doesn't feature on Manizha's wall of Russian women, their mum does!

Take a look at the gallery of photos from this morning's rehearsal - we'll post a video later.

Tusse Ahoy!

Tusse from Sweden is on stage for his second rehearsal right now, but here's a picture of him hanging outside Rotterdam Ahoy earlier. It's so great to have you here Tusse!

Tusse at Rotterdam Ahoy

Slovenia Gallery is up

We'll post a video later, but here's a gallery of photos from today's second rehearsal.

Lithuania gallery is up

Here's some pictures from The Roop's second rehearsal today - we'll post a video later.


We're very excited to see that housekeeping have paid a visit to Rotterdam Ahoy's resident fish Eurovissie and Eurofishion, and they've got a NEW PLANT to celebrate the beginning of second rehearsals.

Who is Eurovissie rooting for today? He's still a big fan of Lithuania's Fishcoteque, but he also really enjoyed Slovenia's Piranha Sokliฤ.

Eurovissie has a new plant

You can't have a Eurovision without Christer Bjรถrkman

...he's part of the furniture! ๐Ÿ‘‘

Christer Bjรถrkman EBU

Two rehearsals down...

So far we've seen second rehearsals from The Roop from Lithuania and Ana Sokliฤ from Slovenia - both really great performances, and no changes from their first rehearsal.

We'll upload a 30-second video for both later, which will be taken from the official camera feed rather than our own cameras in the arena. So it will look much more like what you'll see in the first Semi-Final on Tuesday.

Q: What do you pack when you're Benny Cristo?


We love this picture of Benny getting ready to travel to Rotterdam. So much weather here, and you can never have too many layers.

Benny Cristo โ€“ sure thereโ€™s a copy of FIFA 21 in there somewhereโ€ฆ Benny Cristo

From Russia with ๐Ÿ’–

Manizha's in the delegation bubble and we're very jealous of her hot pink tracksuit!

Let's Discoteque....

Spotted Lithuania's The Roop taking their distinctive brand of sunshine to the main stage - they're up first for second rehearsals today.

Good morning from a beautifully sunny Rotterdam, and welcome to Day 5 of...

Good morning from a beautifully sunny Rotterdam, and welcome to Day 5 of the Live Blog. We're moving into a new phase of rehearsals today, as artists taking part in the first Semi-Final are welcomed back to the main stage. The only exception is Malta, who was always scheduled for second rehearsals first thing tomorrow.

We won't be based in the arena so much today, instead roving around to bring you all the backstage goings-on and news from Rotterdam Ahoy. But we'll definitely be keeping an eye on the big screen to see if there are any changes to performances or costumes during second rehearsals, and later we'll be able to post another 30-second video.

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Day 5: rehearsal schedule:

๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡น Lithuania

๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Slovenia

๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Russia

๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Sweden

๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ Australia

๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฐ North Macedonia

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช Ireland

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡พ Cyprus

๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด Norway

๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท Croatia

๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช Belgium

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Israel

๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด Romania

๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Azerbaijan

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Ukraine