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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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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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Germany: Mahmood & Blanco were the winners of the second episode of Songcheck!

In the second episode of Songcheck, the songs of the second half of the First Semifinal were evaluated, as well as Spain and Italy from the Big5. The winners of the second episode were Mahmood & Blanco.

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

Italy – Mahmood & Blanco – 9.4 + 9.2 – 9.3 points
Austria- LUM! X & Pia – 8.2 + 8.8 – 8.5 points
Norway – Subwolfer – 8.1 + 8 – 8.05 points
Spain – Chanel – 6.9 + 7 – 6.95 points
Portugal – Maro – 6.9 + 7 – 6.95 points
Armenia – Rosa – 6.4 + 6.3 – 6.35 points
Greece – Amanda Tenfjord – 6.4 + 6 – 6.2 points
Iceland – Systur – 5.4 + 6.6 – 6 points
Croatia – Mia Dimsic – 5.2 + 5.3 – 5.25 points
Denmark – Reddit – 4.3 + 4.4 – 4.35 points

After the completion of the second episode we have the overall ranking for the First Semifinal:

Netherlands – S10 – 9.05
Austria – LUM! X feat. Pia Maria – 8.5
Ukraine – Kalush Orchestra – 8.4
Norway – Subwoolfer – 8.05
Portugal – MARO – 6.95
Albania – Ronela Hajati – 6.7
Armenia – Rosa Linn – 6.35
Greece – Amanda Georgiadi Tenfjord – 6.2
Lithuania – Monika Liu – 6.1
Iceland – Systur – 6
Moldova – Zdob Zi Zdub & Fraţii Advahov – 5.85
Croatia – Mia Dimšić – 5.25
Slovenia – LPS – 5.1
Latvia – Citi Zēni – 4.65
Denmark – Reddi – 4.35
Switzerland – Marius Bear – 4
Bulgaria – Intelligent Music Project – 2.4

Songcheck continues with the songs of the first half of the Second Semifinal and with France.

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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: 13.3 Million Viewers for the Final Night of Sanremo 2022!

The 72nd edition of Sanremo came to an end yesterday with more than 13 million viewers tuned in to RAI. It was the highest viewership for the Festival since 2005!

13,38 million viewers for the final night of Sanremo 2022

Sanremo, 6 February 2022 – And it is boom for final of the Sanremo Festival 2022, who crowned winners Mahmood & Blanco with “Brividi”. Last night Rai1 got  13 million 380 thousand viewers equal to 64.9%. Last year the last evening of the Festival had scored an average of 9 million 970 thousand viewers with a 54.4% share.

The viewing figures for the past 4 nights of this year show are as followed:

  • Night One – 10.9 million
  • Night two – 11.3 million
  • Night three – 9.3 million
  • Night four – 11.37 million
  • Final – 13.3 million

All nights saw an increase in viewers compared with last year’s show in 2020. The final in 2020 just 9.9 million viewers and a share of 54.4% and nights two and four had their best viewing figures since 1995 this year. The audience peaked with 16,984,000 viewers at 22:38 CET during the performance of Farfalle Azzurre.

As winners of the 72nd Sanremo Festival, Mahmood and Blanco had first refusal on whether or not they participate in Eurovision 2022. They accepted the offer during the winners’ press conference and will now represent Italy on home ground in Turin. “Brividi” will have to undergo adjustments before it can compete in Eurovision, as it is currently over three minutes long, which is against Eurovision rules.

Source: La Stampa , RAI

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Mahmood & Blanco will represent Italy at Eurovision 2022!

After the end of the Sanremo 2022 in which were crowned winners, Mahmood & Blanco officially said yes to the representation of Italy at Eurovision 2022 in Turin!

During the press conference after the victory of the duo, the official announcement was made by Mahmood:

I am happy that Eurovision will take place in Turin, we will see you in Turin!

Asked if the song would remain in Italian or if it would be sung in English, Blanco initially said it would remain in Italian, but later said:

We want to bring Italian music abroad, we still do not know, we will see…

Mahmood said he did not dedicate much of the song to somewhere, while Blanco said they worked hard to get this track out, as it should be for all beautiful things.

Italy as the host country and member of the Big 5 competes directly in the final of Eurovision 2022. We will have the opportunity to see the song live for the first time during the first semifinal of Eurovision on May 10!

Listen to the song that will represent Italy at Eurovision 2022:

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Italy: Mahmood & Blanco are the winners of Sanremo 2022!

The 72nd Sanremo Festival has just come to an end. After five very successful nights in terms of viewership and more, the Festival concluded tonight with its grand final, crowning Mahmood & Blanco winners with the song “Brividi”.

The show

On the Ariston scene, Amadeus wasn’t alone. Each night, as we know, he had different co-hosts by his side. Sabrina Ferilli, one of the most famous actresses of Italian television and Italian cinema, was next to him on the night of the final.

The Campioni

We remind you that the 25 artists competing in this year’s Sanremo were the following (in order in which they performed tonight):

The voting

There were two rounds of voting tonight. In the first round, only the television audience had the right to vote. The ranking of the audience was taken into account and was combined with the scores of the previous nights.

Then, positions 25 -4 were unveiled. Positions 25-4 were as follows:

4. Irama

5. Sangiovanni

6. Emma

7. La rappresentante di Lista

8. Massimo Ranieri

9. Dargen D’Amico

10. Michele Bravi

11. Matteo Romano

12. Fabrizio Moro

13. Aka 7even

14. Achille Lauro feat. Harlem Gospel Choir

15. Noemi

16. Ditonellapiaga & Rettore

17. Rkomi

18. Iva Zanicchi

19. Giovanni Truppi

20. Highsnob & Hu

21. Yuman

22. Le Vibrazioni

23. Giusy Ferreri

24. Ana Mena

25. Tananai

The top three in the ranking, without their exact placing being revealed, advanced to the second round of voting. The artists that made it into the top 3, in no particular order, were the following:

  • Mahmood & Blanco
  • Gianni Morandi
  • Elisa

In the second round, all previous voting for the top 3 artists from the previous nights and rankings were canceled. The televote (34%), the journalists (33%) and the demoscopic jury (33%) voted among the top 3 from scratch, in order to determine the winner. The results after the second round, the final ones, were the following:

  1. Mahmood & Blanco – WINNERS
  2. Elisa
  3. Gianni Morandi

Mahmood & Blanco were, therefore, crowned winners of the 72nd Sanremo edition! In the winner’s press conference that followed, they confirmed they’ve accepted to represent Italy in Eurovision on home soil in Turin this May!

The awards

In addition to the grand prize of the winner of Sanremo, additional awards are given every year. This year’s winners are the following:

Mia Martini Award (jury): Massimo Ranieri
Sergio Bardotti Award (best lyrics): Fabrizio Moro
Lucio Dalla Award (journalist jury): Gianni Morandi
Giancarlo Bigazzi Award (best composition, voted by the orchestra): Elisa

What do you think of the results? Do you agree with the final ranking? Tell us in the comments!

Italy: Grand Final of Sanremo 2022 tonight | Who will represent Italy in Turin?

The 72nd Sanremo Festival is about to come to an end. After four very successful nights in terms of viewership and more, the Festival concludes tonight with its grand final. The winner will have the right to represent Italy in May in Turin. If they don’t want to, RAI has the right to choose any of the other participants, according to its own criteria.

For the results of Quatra Serata check out our article from last night!

The show

On the Ariston scene, Amadeus will not be alone. Each night, as we know, he has different co-hosts by his side. Sabrina Ferilli, one of the most famous actresses of Italian television and Italian cinema, will be next to him on the night of the final. Farilli has been on the stage of Teatro Ariston two more times, in 1996 and 2002.

Fabio Rovazzi and Orietta Berti will also be co-hosting on the fifth night of the 72nd Sanremo Festival, on the special Sanremo cruise outside the stadium.

Tonight’s program

During the final of Sanremo 2022, we will have the opportunity to listen to the songs of all 25 candidates of the Festival for the third time. These artists are:

  1. Achille Lauro & Harlem Gospel Choir “Domenica”
  2. Yuman “Ora e qui”
  3. Noemi “Ti amo non lo so dire”
  4. Gianni Morandi “Apri tutte le porte”
  5. La Rappresentante di Lista “Ciao Ciao”
  6. Michele Bravi “Inverno dei fiori”
  7. Massimo Ranieri “Lettera al di là del Mare”
  8. Mahmood & Blanco “Brividi”
  9. Ana Mena “Duecentomile Ore” 
  10. Rkomi Insuperabile”
  11. Dargen D’Amico “Dove si balla”
  12. Giusy Ferreri “Miele”
  13. Sangiovanni Farfalle
  14. Giovanni Truppi Tuo padre, mia madre, Lucia
  15. Le Vibrazioni Tantissimo
  16. Emma Ogni volta e cosi
  17. Matteo Romano Virale
  18. Iva Zanicchi Voglio amarti
  19. Dittonellapiaga feat Donatella Rettore Chimica
  20. Elisa O forse sei tu
  21. Fabrizio Moro Sei tu
  22. Tananai Sesso occasionale
  23. Irama Ovunque sarai
  24. Aka 7even Perfetta cosi
  25. Highsnob & Hu Abbi cura di te

The ranking so far

After the first four nights, the Mahmood & Blanco duo continues to be in the lead, being the big favorite to win the 72nd Sanremo Festival and represent Italy in Eurovision 2022 in May. In second place is Gianni Morandi, legend of Italian music yet probably this year’s Sanremo surprise so far. The top 3 is completed by Elisa, who from the first place after the second night has now dropped to the third. In any case, this trio is expected to reach the final round that will determine the winner. Nevertheless, as Sanremo’s long history has taught us, no one can rule out the possible entrance of Irama, Sangiovanni, Emma, La Rappresentante di Lista or another surprise entry into the top three after the audience votes.

The voting

There are two rounds of voting tonight. In the first round, only the television audience has the right to vote. The ranking of the audience will be taken into account and will be combined with the scores of the previous nights.

Then, positions 23 -4 will be unveiled. The top three in the ranking, without their exact placing being revealed, will advance to the second round of voting.

In the second round, all previous voting for the top 3 artists from the previous nights and rankings will be canceled. The televote (34%), the journalists (33%) and the demoscopic jury (33%) will vote among the top 3 from scratch, in order to determine the winner.

The winning song of Sanremo 2022 is automatically considered to be Italy’s participation in Eurovision 2022. However, the winner still has the right to refuse and in that case, the Sanremo 2022 organizing committee and RAI will select one of the other artists to represent the country, according to their own criteria.

How to watch Sanremo 2022

You can watch the Sanremo Festival 2022 live on TV, from Rai1, but also from the RaiPlay website at 20:40 CET.

So, those of you who are fans of Italian music and have patience in the Italian shows with many guests, endless sometimes dialogues and any other kind of interference that can make the show end even after 2 in the morning, tune in with us to the great celebration of Italian music, from which great international stars started their careers!

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