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REPLAY: Day 5 Rehearsals

12 May 2021 at 19:09 CEST
It was the first day of second rehearsals in Rotterdam Ahoy, with 15 countries from the first Semi-Final giving their performances a little extra polish.

You can read the full Day 5 Live Blog, as it happened, here, and we're back tomorrow at 10:00 CEST for Day 6.

Each delegation had 20 minutes on the main stage today, rather than the 30 minutes they had for first rehearsals. But all of them made the most of the time, knowing that it would be the last time they'd be able to perform before the full Semi-Final run throughs next week.

There weren't many changes from the first round of rehearsals, demonstrating how prepared our participants were when they arrived in Rotterdam. A change of hair for Eden, a smoother exit from the giant dress for Russia, but otherwise it was business as usual.

Manizha, Russia, Second Rehearsal, Rotterdam Ahoy, 12 May 2021 EBU / Thomas Hanses

The Live Blog team spent most of today in the Delegation Bubble, where all the acts hang out and relax when they're not on stage. It's full of beanbags and relaxation spaces, as well as a huge screen where all the acts can watch the live feed from the stage and cheer each other on.

Today we met Tusse from Sweden, Destiny from Malta and Stefania from Greece, as well as an unexpected but very welcome encounter with Sweden's commentating team Edward Af Sillรฉn and Christer Bjรถrkman, and Iceland's commentator Gรญsli Marteinn.


The drama of the day came from Ukraine, with lead singer Kateryna feeling unwell and having to miss the second rehearsal until she's had the results of her PCR Covid test. This is a precaution that's part of the Eurovision Covid safety protocol, and the rehearsal went ahead with the rest of Go_A and a stand-in singer. We have our fingers crossed for Kateryna and hope she'll be back soon!

Go_A, Ukraine, First Rehearsal, Rotterdam Ahoy, 9 May 2021 EBU / Thomas Hanses

Tomorrow is a HUGE day in Rotterdam Ahoy - not just the second day of second rehearsals, but also the first rehearsal for the Big 5 and the Netherlands. We'll definitely be in the arena for that, so stay tuned for an exclusive preview! Here's the running order for tomorrow.

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