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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: Latvia’s Second Rehearsal!

The fifth day of rehearsals continues with the Latvian group Citi Zēni entering the stage of PalaOlimpico for their second technical rehearsal with the song “Eat Your Salad“.

Everything about Citi Zēni:

Citi Zēni are an award-winning, 6-piece band from Riga, who were formed at the beginning of 2020. The self-proclaimed ‘Princes of Rap’ and ‘Divas of 21st Century Pop’ are just as well known for their energetic performances and eccentric style as they are for their cheeky lyrics. The band released their debut album, Suņi Iziet Ielās, to much critical acclaim and have already started work on the follow-up album, planning to release a second single from it shortly after the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest has taken place.

The eco-friendly sextet is made up of Jānis on vocals, Dagnis who contributes vocals and saxophone, Reinis on keyboards, Krišjānis playing guitar, Roberts giving us bass, and Toms on drums.

The Rehearsal

Citi Zeni enter the stage with a very energetic performance. They make great use of the floor led. Their performance is really upbeat and makes everyone dance. Vocally, the band was really good and they also use the background lights for their performance and have spectacular closing move.

Below you can watch an exclusive preview clip of Citi Zeni’s rehearsal:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4LFwvco99xw

EBU / CORINNE CUMMING

EBU / CORINNE CUMMING

Latvia will perform on the Eurovision stage again on May 10, appearing second in the first semi-final.

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Eurovision 2022: Latvia’s First Rehearsal!

The first day of rehearsals continues with the Latvian group Citi Zēni entering the stage of PalaOlimpico for their first technical rehearsal with the song “Eat Your Salad“.

Everything about Citi Zēni:

Citi Zēni are an award-winning, 6-piece band from Riga, who were formed at the beginning of 2020. The self-proclaimed ‘Princes of Rap’ and ‘Divas of 21st Century Pop’ are just as well known for their energetic performances and eccentric style as they are for their cheeky lyrics. The band released their debut album, Suņi Iziet Ielās, to much critical acclaim and have already started work on the follow-up album, planning to release a second single from it shortly after the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest has taken place.

The eco-friendly sextet is made up of Jānis on vocals, Dagnis who contributes vocals and saxophone, Reinis on keyboards, Krišjānis playing guitar, Roberts giving us bass, and Toms on drums.

The Rehearsal

Citi Zēni are on stage in their brightly coloured suits – like kids TV presenters, but make it fashion. Even the guy in yellow on drums looks stylish, and that’s a tough look to carry off. It’s also our first on-stage band of the competition (but definitely not the last) – it served Måneskin well last year, but that was a slightly different vibe.They graphic backdrop is heavily fruit-based with a lot of colours, and we are in no doubt that being green is both hot and cool!

A few sound issues for Latvia too on their second run, but that’s what first rehearsals are for. Sound aside, as a visual spectacle this performance looks amazing on a big stage.

Below you can watch a small clip from Latvia’s first rehearsal from Tik Tok:

@eurovision They’re hot, they’re cool, they’re @Citi Zēni! 🇱🇻🥗 #eurovision2022 #eurovisiontiktok #eurovision ♬ original sound – Eurovision

EBU / NATHAN REINDS

 

EBU / NATHAN REINDS

The second rehearsal of Latvia will take place on Wednesday 4/5 so we will have a better picture of what we will see from Citi Zēni on the stage of the competition.


 

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Eurovision: Listen to the second episode of the official podcast of the contest!

The second episode of the EBU’s podcast on the Eurovision Song Contest was released today.

Music presenter and reporter Steve Holden is the presenter of the show! The Eurovision Song Contest Podcast features news and interviews with this year’s artists, iconic Eurovision legends and the people responsible for making the contest happen, those behind the lights and on whom the whole institution relies. At the same time, it offers fans a behind-the-scenes look at Turin and features different voices from all over Europe and beyond.

This week, Steve Holden met up with S10, Brooke, The RasmusCiti ZēniMonika LiuWe Are Domi and Ochman in Amsterdam.

You can listen to and subscribe to the podcast HERE.

Stay tuned on Eurovisionfun for all the news regarding Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Turin, Italy!

Spain: Watch all the live performances of the artists at the Barcelona Eurovision Party 2022!

Last night the first Eurovision Party took place successfully at the Sala Apolo in Barcelona. More than 18 eurostars attended the Barcelona Eurovision Party 2022. It was the first Eurovision event on Spanish soil, not forgetting that in a few days the PrePartyES will also take place in Madrid.

The hosts of the event were Sharone and Giuseppe di Bella!

Below you can watch their performances:

What do you think of the Eurovision Party in Barcelona?
Which performance is your favourite? Feel free to tell us in the comments below!
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Don’t forget to Vote in our poll! For the First Semi-final you vote HERE and for the Second Semi-final you vote HERE.

 

Eurovision 2022: After Sweden, four more countries take a stance against Russia’s participation in Turin!

The EBU‘s response about Russia’s participation in Eurovision 2022 did not satisfy Norway, Denmark, Lithuania and the Netherlands which, after Sweden, ask the EBU to reconsider its decision and not allow Russia to participate in the competition.

Following the request of the Ukrainian public television for expulsion of the corresponding Russian from the EBU, the latter in a statement underlined the apolitical nature of the competition and that it has no authority to punish its members (public radio and television), for acts committed by governments of their countries.

The Eurovision Song Contest is a non-political – cultural event that unites countries and celebrates differences through music. EBU members in both Russia and Ukraine have pledged to attend this year’s event in Turin and we intend to welcome them and let artists from both countries participate in May. Of course, we continue to monitor developments closely.

EBU

However, this response did not satisfy Sweden, which, through SVT CEO Hanna Stjärne, asked the EBU to reconsider its decision on Russia. Today, four more broadcasters have been added to the list, those of Lithuania, Denmark, Norway and the Netherlands.

Lithuania‘s general director of public television, Monika Garbaciauskaite, said in a statement today that she would soon raise the issue of Russia’s participation with the EBU. Norwegian public broadcaster has also just released a statement taking a clear stance. In a similar climate, the Danish public television informed the EBU that it is opposed to Russia’s participation in Eurovision 2022 and so did the dutch one AVROTROS a few minutes ago.

However, we have also had statements from the television of Finland, which, although they state that it is the responsibility of the EBU to make any decision regarding Russia’s participation, emphasize that they are closely monitoring the issue and will take a position on it soon.

Eurovision 2022 artists have also started taking a stance against Russia’s participation in Eurovision 2022, as this year’s representatives of Latvia, Citi Zēni, have also personally asked the EBU not to allow the country that started a war in Europe to take part in the competition.

We are awaiting with interest the reactions from the other members of the EBU, but also for the final decision regarding Russia’s participation in Eurovision 2022.

Stay tuned to Eurovisionfun for all developments!

Latvia: Citi Zēni is representing the country in Eurovision 2022!

The grand final of Supernova 2022, the national final of Latvia, has just been completed, with the country choosing Citi Zēni as the final’s winners and therefore their representatives for Eurovision 2022 in Turin. This is the first time the country organized a national final after a one-year break were Latvia picked internally Samanta Tīna to represent the country in 2021 after winning the in 2020.

A total of eleven finalists, that were picked among 130 submitted songs, competed in the national final, claiming the ticket to Turin.

The eleven artists

The eleven candidates of the night were:

  1. Raum – “Plans
  2. Linda Rušeniece – “Pay My Own Bills
  3. Bermudu Divstūris – “Bad
  4. Miks Galvanovskis – “I’m Just a Sinner
  5. Bujāns – “He, She, You & Me
  6. Elīna Gluzunova – “Es pabiju tur
  7. Citi Zēni – “Eat Your Salad
  8. Inspo – “A Happy Place
  9. Mēs Jūs Mīlam – “Rich Itch
  10. Aminata – “I’m Letting You Go“
  11. Miks Dukurs –“First Love“

Regarding Miks Dukurs, he has qualified as a wildcard and will compete in the final, following an evaluation by the organization which found out that the artist’s performance in the semifinal was affected by technical issues

50% of the results in the show comes from the jury, while the other 50% from the audience.

The Results

After the public and the international juries voted the top three of the national final is:

  1. Citi Zēni
  2. Aminata
  3. Bujāns

The big winner of Supernova 2022 were Citi Zēni with the song “Eat your salad“.

You can watch Citi Zēni’s performance in the national final here:

Do you agree with Latvia’s choice of representative for Turin? Tell us in the comments!