Rotterdam, Netherlands (AP) – American rapper Flo Reda pumps out extra star power in the second semifinal of the Eurovision Song Contest on Thursday evening with a performance from the San Marino singer.
“It’s nice to be back in Europe after a long time,” the rapper said in comments to the organizers of the popular contest. “I am so grateful to be able to perform on the biggest stage in the world again.”
Tiny San Marino, a city-state bordered by Italy, is one of 17 national shows shown Thursday evening at Rotterdam’s Ahoy Circuit, looking for one of the last ten berths to capture. The music scene that returns after the loss of the year 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Saturday’s grand final will feature the 20 nations from the semi-finals with the so-called Big Five, namely France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom, in addition to host nation Netherlands.
Up to 3,500 fans who must show a negative COVID-19 test are allowed to attend every rehearsal, semi-final and final, making the match one of the biggest live events in Europe as the pandemic becomes the center of public life. been in.
Fans are being admitted as part of a testing program approved by the Dutch government to assess how large-scale events can be held safely as the country slowly exits lockdown .
The coronavirus gave Iceland a chance to perform in the second semi-final as grandma og Gaganmagnid withdrew after a member tested positive on Wednesday. However, they still compete and a rehearsal is recorded instead.
Organizers also announced that 2019 Dutch winner Duncan Lawrence has tested positive and will not perform in Saturday’s final.