Today took place the first of the two rehearsals of the Grand Final of Eurovision Song Contest 2022. The show begins with John Lennon’s song Give Peace a Chance, conveying an antiwar message.
At the Opening Act of the Grand Final Laura Pausini performs a medley including “La solitudine” and “Scatola”
Afterwards we see the parade of nations that made it to the final, in the running order that they are going to perform.
Now it’s time to welcome the three presenters on stage! Before the competing part begins, the hosts of the show describe the voting process and show the number where the viewers in each country will have to phone or text, in order to cast their vote.
The 25 Finalists
Czech Republic: We Are Domi – “Lights Off”
The staging is the same as in the previous performances. The lead singer looks cool and relaxed, probably saving energy for the Jury show tonight and for the televised show tomorrow. Vocally she was very good.
Romania: WRS – “Llámame”
WRS gives another catchy performances in this rehearsal. He is very confident, vocally stable and full of energy.
Portugal: Maro – “Saudade, saudade”
Next on stage is Maro from Portugal. She and her back – up singers stand in again in circle, creating the usual atmospheric performance that made them stand out and advance to the final.
Finland: The Rasmus – “Jezebel”
It’s one of the most famous Finnish bands in the world to take the stage. The staging someone could say that is inspired by the famous Stephen King’s novel and move “IT”. Another good rehearsal for Finland.
Switzerland: Marius Bear – “Boys Do Cry”
The fifth performer of the Final. Once again Marius and his ballad create a nostalgic atmosphere that explains why he deserved to be in the final.
France: Alvan and Ahez – “Fulenn”
It’s time for the last year’s runner -up. In a full contrast to what we were used to from France, the staging is full of magical and paganistic/celtic symbols, while the song is performed in Breton and not in the French language, as some of you might think.
Norway: Subwoolfer – “Give That Wolf a Banana”
Norway preserves the mystical atmosphere, as no one knows who are behind the masks. A good rehearsal for the Nordic nation.
Armenia: Rosa Linn – “Snap”
Probably the most wandering song of the contest. Rosa and her song make you reminiscing emotions and feelings.
After Armenia there is a small break, with a video showing snaps of the two Semi -Finals
Italy: Mahmood and Blanco – “Brividi”
Time for the host nation of this year’s contest. Vocally their performance was better than ever.
Spain: Chanel – “SloMo”
The most explosive performance of the final now on stage. Despite the fact that it’s a dress rehearsal, Chanel gave it all again, and vocally was very stable during this demanding choreography. A potential televoting winner.
The Netherlands: S10 – “De diepte”
Stien, which is the real name of S10, gives another excellent performance. No changes here as well.
Ukraine: Kalush Orchestra – “Stefania” (Стефанія)
12th on stage is the bookmakers favourite for the trophy. The band gives another good performance. Will they bring the trophy for the third time back to Ukraine? We will find out tomorrow.
Germany: Malik Harris – “Rockstars”
With Germany, begins the ballad streak of this Final. On stage we see different musical instruments and carpets. Malik was very good and stable. No one knows though the luck of of this entry.
Lithuania: Monika Liu – “Sentimentai”
Time for one of the surprises of the Semi – Finals. Monika doesn’t have in this rehearsal her usual hair style, but maintains the early 80s vibes.
Azerbaijan: Nadir Rustamli – “Fade to Black”
Nadir gives another emotional performance. A slightly different hair – style, but in overall, no changes as well.
Belgium: Jérémie Makiese – “Miss You”
Jérémie and his Jamesbondish entry are next. A good rehearsal for Belgium, and a well deserved finalist.
The second brake of the show.
Greece: Amanda Georgiadi Tenfjord – “Die Together”
One of the show’s favourites gets on stage. Amanda is ready to convey all the emotions and to captivate the audience, and probably to win the jury show tonight. Her performance was once again exceptional.
Iceland: Systur – “Með hækkandi sól”
Next on stage is the biggest surprise of the Semi – Finals. The Systur band creates a western atmosphere on stage, but will this be enough to finish higher than last year?
Moldova: Zdob și Zdub and Advahov Brothers – “Trenulețul”
Moldova breaks the aforementioned ballad-streak. For the third time the Zdob și Zdub band are loyal to their randez-vous at the Eurovision final. No one knows the luck of their entry among the juries though.
Sweden: Cornelia Jakobs – “Hold Me Closer”
Another favourite on stage. The Swedish delegation faces again problems, in this rehearsal. After a few minutes, Cornelia begins her performance. Vocally was good but at some point a little unstable. Possible jury winner.
Australia: Sheldon Riley – “Not the Same”
Time for the biggest nation of Oceanian continent. The most flamboyant entry among the finalists. At some point the sound stopped for seconds. A very dynamic and emotional performance, that could capitvate the juries.
A small brake until the UK staging is ready.
United Kingdom: Sam Ryder – “Space Man”
Sam Ryder is next on stage. With his cosmic staging, the UK is probably ready to take the trophy back home after 1997. An exceptional performance.
Poland: Ochman – “River”
23rd performer is Ochman from Poland. With a more casual outfit for this rehearsal, Ochman’s performance is good and vocally he is on point.
Serbia: Konstrakta – “In corpore sano”
Second to last in the Final is Konstrakta from Serbia. Even though the performance is very simple, the Serbian entry is really captivating. Being the only ex- Yugoslav nation in the final, Serbia is expecting to ddo well in the televoting.
Estonia: Stefan – “Hope”
The last performer of the Final is Stefan from Estonia. The second western atmospheric entry after Iceland, but with better chances for a better result. A very good rehearsal for Estonia
Following the 25 performances, the voting process starts by showing the recap of all the competing songs and their respective voting numbers appear on screen!
Last year’s winners, Måneskin, get on stage to perform their song “Supermodel”
In the second interval act, the very first Italian winner in Eurovision 1964, Gigliola Cinquetti gets on stage to perform her winning entry “Non ho l’età”
Another break after the first two interval acts
The last interval act of the show is a medley performed by Mika.
After the jury results have been announced, Martin Österdahl, the executive producer of Eurovision Song Contest 2022, declares that we now have a valid result!
The winner in the simulating scoreboard was the United Kingdom.
Later today, the Jury Rehearsal is going to take place, in which half of the results are going to be determined.
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