Music week: Eurovision lights up Europe’s screens

We’ve been waiting a whole damn year, but the Eurovision song contest is finally on our screens! Last night, the semi-finals went off with a bang in Rotterdam’s Ahoy.

The first 16 acts have already made their pitch for the final. If you didn’t catch it, never fear, we’ve got a rundown of all the wonderful weirdness that is Eurovision 2021.

Live Eurovision 2021

Last month, the Dutch cabinet gave the song contest the go-ahead. The event is being attended by a live audience thanks to safety regulations imposed by FieldLabs. The 3,500 audience members must provide a negative coronavirus test and stay seated.

This was difficult though, as there have already been some absolute bangers. Ukraine provided peak Eurovision with the recorder-techno mash-up “SHUM”. What Russia provided was pure art, with an ornate backdrop and stunning footage for the song “Russian woman.” Both of these acts made it to the final, along with Belgium, Norway, Israel, Azerbaijan, Malta, Lithuania, Cyprus, and Sweden.

We also got a moving performance from Dutch singer, Davina Michelle. Her song “The power of water” certainly made an impact. Radio producer Coen Swijnenburg tweeted that the song gave him “Goosebumps, everywhere, wow.”

Dutch entry for Eurovision

This year, Jeangu Macrooy will be representing the Netherlands with his song “Birth Of A New Age.” Originally from Suriname, Macrooy moved to Amsterdam aged 20. Already having a passion for music, he began collaborating with producer Perquisite when he started studying at music college.

Jeangu Macrooy rehearsing for the final. Image: Release

He sings “Birth of A New Age” in three different languages: English, Sranan Tongo, and Suriname. The song tells a story of resilience and the dawn of a new era, according to official Eurovision website. The Netherlands will not perform in the semi-final, so Macrooy can keep his voice intact for the final on Saturday.

Where can I watch it?

The rest of the semi-final will be tomorrow night. You can catch the grand finale at 21:00 on Saturday, May 22, on NPO 1.

What do you think about the Eurovision song contest? Let us know in the comments!

Feature Image: Release

Chloe Lovatt 🇬🇧
A British native, Chloe has a love for other languages and cultures, having lived in Spain before moving to the Netherlands. She is keen to explore the Dutch landscape, cultural spots and — the most important — food! After being here for a few months she already has developed a mild addiction to kibbeling.


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