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Eurovision 2022: The Dress Rehearsal of the First Semi Final! (Live)

Today is the first day of the Eurovision week! We can already hear the “Sound of Music” echoing from Pala Olimpico in Turin and it’s just a few days before we finally know who is actually going to win the 66th Eurovision Song Contest!

The dress rehearsal of the Eurovision 2022 First Semi Final has just started. EurovisionFun will be watching all the shows live at both the on-site press centre in Turin and at the online press centre and we will be covering this rehearsal, commenting on all the performances and describing in detail what is happening during the show.

You will be able to to follow the entire process and get the feeling that you are right at the heart of the contest! This article gets updated in nearly real-time, all you need to do is hit the refresh button on your browser and all the rest is on us!

We will keep you up to date with all the latest details about this dress rehearsal for the First Semi Final show, allowing you to get a glimpse of what you will get to see tomorrow May 10th, at 21:00 CEST when the actual semi-final show takes place.

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Eurovision 2022: Italy’s second rehearsal

Today is the final day of rehearsals in Turin, with the second rehearsals of the BIG 5 countries!

Next up on stage for their second rehearsal is Italy and Mahmood & BLANCO with the song “Brividi”.

Who are Mahmood & BLANCO?

As with reigning Contest champs Måneskin, Mahmood shot to fame on The X Factor Italia. The Milanese musician released a succession of singles thereafter, and has also put out two full-length albums. The artist’s biggest hit to date has been Soldi, which finished second at Eurovision in 2019 and became the most-streamed Eurovision song of all time on Spotify.

BLANCO is a singer/rapper from Brescia with big aspirations. His 2021 single, Mi Fai Impazzire, spent 8 weeks at the top of the Italian charts, and was followed by the release of debut album, Blu Celeste, which also shot to number one.

The Rehearsal

Mahmood got rid of the sunglasses and Blanco is on stage this time! Mahmood is dressed in black and Blanco in white. Michelangelo, the song’s composer is also on stage playing the piano.

During the second verse Blanco sits on the piano. The staging is similar to their Sanremo performance, dark with white lights. Vocally they weren’t spot on during the first run, but they got an applause.

The second run was better. In the third run they were more comortable, but the vocal issues persisted. Blanco kisses Mahmood on the cheek when the performance ends.

EBU / CORINNE CUMMING

EBU / CORINNE CUMMING

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Eurovision 2022: First Rehearsal of Italy!

Today is the sixth day of rehearsals in Turin and the first rehearsals of the BIG 5 countries are going to be held today!

Next up on stage for their first rehearsal is Italy and Mahmood & BLANCO with the song “Brividi“.

Who are Mahmood & BLANCO?

As with reigning Contest champs Måneskin, Mahmood shot to fame on The X Factor Italia. The Milanese musician released a succession of singles thereafter, and has also put out two full-length albums. The artist’s biggest hit to date has been Soldi, which finished second at Eurovision in 2019 and became the most-streamed Eurovision song of all time on Spotify.

BLANCO is a singer/rapper from Brescia with big aspirations. His 2021 single, Mi Fai Impazzire, spent 8 weeks at the top of the Italian charts, and was followed by the release of debut album, Blu Celeste, which also shot to number one.

The Rehearsal

Sadly BLANCO will not attend today’s rehearsals, as he’s arriving in Turin later in the week. The grand piano is back, and orchestral arrangement in this song absolutely soars in this arena, with Mahmood and BLANCO (not yet though) lit by every spotlight available. Mahmood’s in a long black leather coat and white wraparound sunglasses.

EBU / ANDRES PUTTING

The changes of pace and the harmonies of this song make it feel like a real goosebumps moment, and Mahmood’s vocal is effortless and on point. It’s not really a pyro kind of song, to be fair. But lots of atmospheric smoke instead, which adds up to Mahmood’s sunglass vibes. Either way, it’s a performance each host nation would be very happy with.

EBU / ANDRES PUTTING

Below you can watch a small clip from the Italian first rehearsal on TikTok:

@eurovision Goosebumps here in Turin as @Mahmood returns to the #Eurovision stage! 🇮🇹 #Eurovision2022 #EurovisionTikTok ♬ original sound – Eurovision

The second Italian rehearsal will be held on the 7th of May, when we will know how things will appear on screen for the Italian entry.

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Italy : Blanco will not be present in the First Rehearsal of Eurovision 2022!

According to the Italian newspaper “La Stampa“, Blanco will not attend Italy’s first rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest 2022!

It is reported that the singer Blanco, who is going to represent Italy with Mahmood and the song Brividi, will not take part in the first rehearsal of Italy and the press conference that will follow, due to his Blu Celeste Tour which is due to have a show on May 5 at the TuscanyHall in Florence.

It is unknown at this time if Blanco will be replaced by a “stand-in” singer who will sing with Mahmood in the first rehearsal, as was the case when Flo Rida couldn’t attend the first rehearsal of San Marino in Eurovision 2021.

Listen to the Italian entry in Eurovision 2022:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4MgMhzfUmiA

Source: Eurovoix


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Germany: Songcheck’s final results!

In the fourth episode of Songcheck, the songs of the second half of the Second Semifinal were evaluated. The winner of the fourth episode was  Sweden with Cornelia Jakobs.

In Songcheck, the entries are rated in addition to the panel judges and the television audience, who vote through a special application.

With an excellent 10 the score was as follows:

First is the audience rating and then the panel rating

Sweden – Cornelia Jakobs – 7.8 + 8.0 – 7.9 points
Czech Republic – We Are Domi – 7.5 + 8.0 – 7.75 points
Poland – Ochman – 7.6 + 6.8 – 7.2 points
Estonia – Stefan – 7.3 + 6.7 – 7 points
Belgium – Jeremie Makiese – 5.5 + 5.7 – 5.6 points
Ireland – Brooke – 5.5 + 5.4 – 5.45 points
Romania – WRS – 5.1 + 5.7 – 5.4 points
Montenegro – Vladana – 4.8 + 4.1 – 4.45 points
Northern Macedonia – Andrea – 5.1 + 3.0 – 4.05 points

After the completion of the fourth episode we have the overall ranking:

Italy – Mahmood & Blanco – 9.4 + 9.2 – 9.3 points
Netherlands – S10 – 9.0 + 9.1 – 9.05 points
United Kingdom – Sam Ryder – 8.2 + 9.9 – 9.05 points
Austria – LUM! X ft Pia Maria – 8.2 + 8.8 – 8.5 points
Ukraine – Kalush Orchestra – 7.9 + 8.9 – 8.4 points
Norway – Subwoolfer – 8.1 + 8.0 – 8.05 points
Sweden – Cornelia Jakobs – 7.8 + 8.0 – 7.9 points
Czech Republic – We Are Domi – 7.5 + 8.0 – 7.75 points
Spain – Chanel – 7.4 + 7.6 – 7.5 points
Poland – Ochman – 7.6 + 6.8 – 7.2 points
Serbia – Konstrakta – 6.4 + 7.6 – 7 points
Finland – The Rasmus – 6.4 + 7.6 – 7 points
Estonia – Stefan – 7.3 + 6.7 – 7 points
Portugal – MARO – 6.9 + 7.0 – 6.95 points
Albania – Ronela Hajati – 7.1 + 6.3 – 6.7 points
Armenia – Rosa Linn – 6.4 + 6.3 – 6.35 points
Greece – Amanda Georgiadi Tenfjord – 6.4 + 6.0 – 6.2 points
Lithuania – Monika Liu – 5.9 + 6.3 – 6.1 points
Iceland – Systur – 5.4 + 6.0 – 6 points
Moldova – Zdob Zi Zdub & Fraţii Advahov – 5,7 + 6,0 – 5,85 points
Cyprus – Andromache – 6.1 + 5.4 – 5.75 points
Belgium – Jeremie Makiese – 5.5 + 5.7 – 5.6 points
Ireland – Brooke – 5.5 + 5.4 – 5.45 points
Romania – WRS – 5.1 + 5.7 – 5.4 points
Israel – 4.8 + 5.9 – 5.35 points
Croatia – Mia Dimšić – 5.2 + 5.3 – 5.25 points
Australia – Sheldon Riley – 6.4 + 3.8 – 5.1 points
Slovenia – LPS – 5.4 + 4.8 – 5.1 points
San Marino – Achille Lauro – 5 + 5 – 5 points
Georgia – Circus Mircus – 4.9 + 4.7 – 4.8 points
Latvia – Citi Zēni – 5.0 + 4.3 – 4.65 points
Montenegro – Vladana – 4.8 + 4.1 – 4.45 points
Denmark – Reddi – 4.3 + 4.4 – 4.35 points
Azerbaijan – Nadir Rustamli – 4.3 + 3.8 – 4.05 points
Northern Macedonia – Andrea – 5.1 + 3.0 – 4.05 points
Switzerland – Marius Bear – 3.9 + 4.1 – 4 points
Malta – Emma Muscat – 3.9 + 2.7 – 3.3 points
Bulgaria – Intelligent Music Project – 2.6 +2.2 – 2.4 points

Italy was the winner in this year’s Songcheck!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Beqe14HYY5o

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Italy: “Brividi” goes 4x platinum in Italy!

Mahmood’s and Blanco’s song “Brividi” has been certified 4 times platinum in Italy.

“Brividi”, Italy’s entry for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, has received four times platinum certification. This award comes just two months after the song won the 72nd Sanremo Festival and it has been streamed and downloaded over 400,000 times since then. Upon its release, the song broke the record with the most streams in 24 hours on the Italian Spotify.

Mahmood-Blanco

On Spotify it has over 73,000,000 streams, while on TikTok it is the song that has been used in most videos compared to the rest of this year’s competition. Click here so you can see the complete ranking of the songs that had the most videos on TikTok.

This is not the first time that an Italian Eurovision entry has had a large number of pre-competition sales and streams, with “Zitti e buoni”, “Occidentali’s Karma”, “Non mi avete fatto niente” and Mahmoud’s “Soldi”, all reaching at least platinum status in Italy before their respective contests.

Italy will appear in 9th place on Saturday in the Grand Final on May 14th.

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Source: eurovoix

 

Italy: Listen to the new version of “Brividi”!

We have already informed you that Brividi will undergo changes in order to meet the 3-minute regulation of the EBU. This tactic has been done many times in the past for Sanremo’s winning songs!

The Italian delegation chose to shorten the final chorus of the song by four verses, to ensure that the song now meets the rules of the competition.

It now appears that the three-minute version of the song has been uploaded on the YouTube platform.

You can listen to “Brividi” below:

Now the last refrain has been formed as it follows:

Nudo con i brividi
a volte non so esprimermi
e ti vorrei amare, ma sbaglio semper
e mi vengeno i brividi, brividi, brividi.

 

We remind you that Mahmood & Blanco will perform”Brividi” 9th, in the Grand Final on May 14th.

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Italy: Here is the shortened final chorus of “Brividi”

With the revelation of the lyrics of “Brividi” on Eurovision.tv, the part of the song that has been cut was revealed too, so that the song meets the rule of 3 minutes.

Eurovision.tv revealed the lyrics of the 3-minute version of “Brividi” performed by Mahmood and Blanco. The Italian delegation chose to shorten the final chorus of the song by four verses, to ensure that the song now meets the rules of the competition.

The lyrics of the last refrain were as follows:

Nudo con i brividi
a volte non so esprimermi
e ti vorrei amare, ma sbaglio semper
e ti vorrei rubare un cielo di perle
e pagherei per andar via,
Accetterei anche una bugia
e ti vorrei amare ma sbaglio semper
e mi vengono ivid, brividi.

While the final chorus now is this:

Nudo con i brividi
a volte non so esprimermi
e ti vorrei amare, ma sbaglio semper
e mi vengeno i brividi, brividi, brividi.

https://youtu.be/4MgMhzfUmiA

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Italy: Mahmood & Blanco will perform 9th in the Grand Final!

As it has been announced via the social media of Eurovision Song Contest, Italy has been drawn to perform 9th in the Grand Final of Eurovision 2022.

The running order of both final and semifinals is decided by the host country and EBU with a draw to take part only to see in which half the coutnries will perform at.

The only country that is excluded is the host country, in this year Italy, that can be drawn to perform at any spot, from 1 to 26.

This year, “Brividi“, song of Mahmood and Blanco, will be performed 9th in the Grand Final in the 14th of May.

You can listen to “Brividi” below:

Do you thing this is a good spot for Italy? Can “Brividi” bring another victory for the country for the second year in a row? Write in the comments below!

Italy: Record-breaking Spotify streams for Mahmood and Blanco!

A short while ago, Spotify‘s daily streams ranking for Italy was released. As expected, all 12 songs from the first night of Sanremo were at the top of the ranking. One song, however, set an incredible record.

More specifically, Brividi by Mahmood and Blanco, not only topped the chart, but also scored the highest number of streams ever for a song on the Italian Spotify with 3,384,192 streams!

In detail, the ranking is as follows:

  1. Mahmood & Blanco – Brividi – 3,384,192
  2. RKomi – Insuperabile – 954,842
  3. La rappresentante di lista – Ciao Ciao – 922,011
  4. Dargen D’Amico – Dove Si Balla – 714,766
  5. Achille Lauro – Domenica – 672,812
  6. Noemi – Ti amo non lo so dire – 568,019
  7. Michele Bravi – Inverno dei fiori – 520,547
  8. Ana Mena – Duecentomila ore – 417,176
  9. Gianni Morandi – Apri tutte le porte – 399,737
  10. Giusy Ferreri – Miele – 358,251

Yuman was in the14th place and Massimo Ranieri in the 16th one.

Mahmood & Blanco, however, with this record also managed to reach the 5th position on Spotify’s global chart.

Tomorrow we will see how the songs of the second night of Sanremo will do on Spotify. Certainly the festival is subversive as we have seen in other years, but this record is unlikely to be overturned, at least as far as televoting is concerned.

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