First 10 acts qualify for Eurovision Song Contest final

ROTTERDAM – Soon after the COVID-19 pandemic halted final year’s edition, the Eurovision Track Contest roared again to lifestyle Tuesday, spectacularly celebrating not just Euro beats, but also the chance for supporters to enjoy the very first semifinal stay.

“We are again, and boy does that really feel excellent!” stated Dutch presenter Chantal Janzen right after 2019’s Dutch winner, Duncan Laurence, opened the show.

Out of the 16 functions who performed, 10 progressed to Saturday’s grand last: Norway, Israel, Russia, Azerbaijan, Malta, Lithuania, Cyprus, Sweden, Belgium and Ukraine.

The present had trademark Eurovision elements — bombastic beats, significant voices, power ballads, flamboyant costumes and some costume reveals.

Russian singer Manizha emerged in a purple boiler accommodate from an outsized conventional dress, even though Israeli performer Eden Alene shrugged off her white mini gown to uncover a skin-limited black costume.

Lithuanian pop-rock band The Roop acquired the bash started off with the fittingly titled song “Discoteque” and its opening traces: “OK, I feel the rhythm. Something’s heading on in this article.” They can now increase that feeling straight to Saturday’s remaining.

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The levels of competition, which this calendar year spotlights contestants executing 39 songs from nations across Europe as nicely as Australia and Israel, is just one of the most significant gatherings staged in Europe since the pandemic commenced. It is having location as the continent begins to tentatively arise from lockdowns and an infection-control limits.

A crowd of 3,500 — analyzed for the coronavirus forward of time — was allowed into Rotterdam’s Ahoy arena to watch the performances stay. The selection was a fraction of the arena’s capability.

Some fans waiting to get in waved nationwide flags. Other people dressed up for the demonstrate regarded for its level of popularity between the LGBTQ group.

Geert van den Berg attended in a purple dress and white wig accessorized with a pink feather. His partner, Roberto, wore a limited skirt manufactured up of the flags of the taking part nations.

“Eurovision is really vital for me. We, my partner and me … this is the 10th time we are going to Eurovision,” he explained. “We like it so significantly mainly because all nations around the world are with each other. It is usually a bash, it’s constantly entertaining.”

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For the last, a complete of 20 winners from semifinals on Tuesday and Thursday will join contestants from the so-named massive five of Italy, France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom, together with the consultant of host country the Netherlands.

Australia’s act, Montaigne, was the only performer who did not go to the event in Rotterdam for the reason that of coronavirus limitations. As an alternative, she participated in the semifinal with a recorded live general performance and was unable to influence countrywide judges and voters from the community.

Last on stage Tuesday was a single of the bookmakers’ favorites for the title, Maltese singer Destiny. Her track, with its thumping conquer and lyrics underscoring women’s strength, showcased the strong voice of a singer who lists Lizzo, Beyonce, Aretha Franklin, Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion as her musical idols.

The initial place to go via was Norway’s singer TIX who sang his music “Fallen Angel” sporting massive white wings with dry ice billowing about him.

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The bookies’ favorites in advance of Tuesday’s semifinal have been Italian rock band Maneskin and French singer Barbara Pravi. They enter the musical fray in Saturday night’s ultimate.

At the other finish of the age scale from Destiny was veteran Belgian band Hooverphonic, showcasing the oldest performer at this year’s celebration, 61-year-old Raymond Geerts. Their understated overall performance also produced it to Saturday’s last.

Inspite of a restricted routine of screening, cleanliness and social distancing, organizers failed to take care of to wholly maintain the coronavirus out. A member of Poland’s delegation and a person from the Iceland workforce tested constructive in new times.

Delegations from Malta and Romania were being remaining in the identical resort, and all underwent precautionary screening that arrived back again damaging, enabling them to consider portion in Tuesday’s semifinal.

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