ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) – Following the cessation of last year’s COVID-19 epidemic, the Eurovision Song Contest came back to life on Tuesday, watching not only the rhythms of the euro but also the opportunity for the fans to watch the first semi-final live.
“We’re back, boy, it feels good.” said Dutch host Chantal Jan Unarmed after 2019 Dutch winner Duncan Lawrence opened the show.
Of the 16 actions taken, 10 went to Saturday’s grand final: Norway, Israel, Russia, Azerbaijan, Malta, Lithuania, Cyprus, Sweden, Belgium and Ukraine.
The show had elements of the brand Eurovision. Bombing rhythms, loud voices, power ballads, luxurious costumes և some costumes.
Russian singer Manizha came out of a very traditional dress in a red boot suit, and Israeli singer Eden Allen took off his white mini dress to reveal the black leather dress.
“Thank you for your support. I love my country: I love everyone. “And this is for you, Israel,” Allen said in a message to his people after the semifinals, which is in conflict with Hamas, which has killed more than 200 Palestinians and 12 Israelis.
In Rotterdam, the Lithuanian pop-rock band The Roop started the Eurovision party with a song with the appropriate title “Disco” and its first lines. “Okay, I feel the rhythm. “Something is happening here.” They can now spread that feeling at the end of the week.
The competition, which this year focuses on contestants performing 39 songs from Europe, as well as Australia and Israel, is one of the largest events in Europe since the outbreak. It occurs when the continent begins to experimentally break free from restrictions on infection control.
A crowd of 3,500 people prematurely tested for the coronavirus was allowed to enter the Aho Rotterdam arena to watch the live broadcast. The number was part of the arena’s capacity.
Some of the fans were waiting, waving national flags. Others dressed for the show, which was known for its popularity among the LGBTQ community.
Geert van den Berg was present in a purple dress with a red wig and a white wig. His partner, Roberto, wore a short skirt made of the flags of the participating nations.
“Eurovision is very important for me. “We, my partner և I… are going to Eurovision for the 10th time,” he said. “We like it very much because all the countries are together. It’s always a party, always fun. “
A total of 20 winners of the semi-finals for the final on Tuesday’s Thursday will join the so-called Big Five of Italy, France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom, as well as the representative of the host country, the Netherlands.
The Australian act, Montein, was the only performer who did not attend the event in Rotterdam due to coronavirus restrictions. Instead, he made it to the semifinals with a live performance, failing to win over judges and voters.
The last time one of the titles of a bookmaker company was on stage on Tuesday was the Maltese singer Destiny. Her song, with its beating rhythm և words that emphasized the power of women, showed the powerful voice of the singer, who considers Lizzo, Beyonce, Aretha Franklin, Cardi B, Megan Thee Stallion as her musical idols.
“My song is all about empowering women. “Everything about your beauties is there,” she said.
The first act was performed by Norwegian singer TIX, who performed his song “Fallen Angel” wearing huge white feathers, dry ice, which surrounded him.
Singer Andreas Hockland uses his stage name as a reference to his youth growing up with Tourette’s syndrome and involuntary tics that can cause the condition.
“I just want people to feel better, because for a lot of people it was a really miserable year,” he said. “And I think it’s really time to put mental health on the agenda.”
Before Tuesday’s semifinals, the favorites of the boxers were the Italian rock band Maneskin and the French singer Barbara Pravin. They enter into a musical clash in the final on Saturday night.
At the other end of the Destiny age scale was Belgian veteran band Hooverphonic, featuring the oldest performer at this year’s event, 61-year-old Raymond Gerts. Their low score also reached Saturday’s final.
Despite the strict testing, hygiene and social distance regime, the organizers failed to completely eliminate the coronavirus. One of the members of the Polish delegation մեկը one of the Icelandic team has given a positive result in recent days.
The delegations from Malta and Romania stayed in the same hotel, all of which underwent precautionary tests, which resulted in a negative result, allowing them to participate in Tuesday’s semifinals.
The famous Norwegian singer undoubtedly enjoyed performing in front of a live crowd.
“It simply came to our notice then. “I had the best time,” TIX said.