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Eurovision 2022: Sweden’s Second Rehearsal!

Cornelia’s turn from Sweden with her song ‘Hold Me Closer’ to enter on the Eurovision stage. Cornelia’s staging has remained the same as it was in Melodifestivalen. The same circular projection screen prop was used, plus she wore the same outfit and was barefoot on stage. Her moves and the camerawork were intuitive, making it one hell of an intimate and intense performance. Will Sweden’s betting odds approach odds’ favourite Ukraine after the second rehearsal?

The Second Rehearsal

Cornelia has some technical issues during the start of her rehearsal.

The performance starts with a close shot on Cornelia and there isn’t much lighting, except from one yellow-orange in the back. In the first chorus we see the big green prop behind her. The rehearsal stops again halfway due to technical issues.

Cornelia tries for third time, but she complains again for technical issues while she sings, she keeps on performing.

The performance is the same as the Melodifestivalen with some boost. Cornelia struggles vocally at some parts towards the end.

At the end, the prop and the backround change into red colour.

In the next run-through, Cornelia seems very annoyed. She stops again.

In the last run-through, there is pyro and smoke added. Cornelia manages to sing the whole song without problems.

Overall, great performance, qualification isn’t in question here.

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Eurovision 2022: Belgium’s Second Rehearsal!

Belgium and Jeremie Makiese with his song ‘Miss You’ is the next country to rehearse for today. During his first rehearsal, Jérémie appeared on stage in a silver jacket and accompanied by four dancers. The staging featured cool dance moves and great vocals. The belgian delegation comes once again on stage, this time for their second rehearsal.

The Second Rehearsal

Jeremie’s rehearsal starts with shots on himself doing some moves. He wears a silver jacket, he looks great in the street-style clothes. In the chorus, he is accompanied by 4 dancer dressed in black. His dance moves are similar to the video clip ones. Vocally he could have been better. Not a sure qualification for Belgium.

In the third run-through he complains about sound problems.

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Eurovision 2022: Montenegro’s Second Rehearsal!

Next up is Montenegro with Vladana and her song ‘Breathe’. Vladana didn’t convince at the pre-parties being very weak vocally. in her first rehearsal, Vladana wears a blue dress with a particularly bright circular disc on the back. The lighting that has been chosen is really impressive, highlighting the overall appearance, while Vladana nails the song. She will try to convince with her second rehearsal that she owns a spot in the grand final.

The Second Rehearsal

Vladana’s second rehearsal starts with a rotating shot from above. She wears a blue dress and with a connected ‘satellite plate’ behind her. This plate, along with the upper part of her dress, starts to shine with lights from the second verse and on. Vladana is weak vocally, but better than the pre-parties. During the bridge, there are two silver figures in the backround. She sings the last pre chorus in Italian.

After the first run-through she complains that at some points her sound was off.

In the second run-through, the circular prop in her back and the upper part of her dress don’t turn on.

In the third run-through, the ‘satellite plate’ along with her dress turn on from the beginning of the performance.

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Eurovision 2022: Poland’s Second Rehearsal!

Coming up is Poland, one of the odds’ favourite to win Eurovision 2022. Poland didn’t seem to impress on the first rehearsal, as they start falling places at the odds. During his first rehearsal, Ochman appeared in a black suit and four dancers in black clothes and masks, while the fringing gives an ethereal feeling and movement on stage, as if ghosts are circling Ochman. This scene was combined with flashing lights. Will Ochman impress this time with his second rehearsal?

The Second Rehearsal

Poland’s rehearsal starts with a wide shot from above and with black-dark blue lighting, the sound of water adds on to the atmosphere. Ochman is vocally perfect. During the second verse, there are graphics with water drops displaying on screen. In the second chorus, the graphics shake and give an earthquake effect with lightnings. The dancers, who are shown at the beginning standing on the B stage, join Ochman on the main stage. The performance is atmospheric and powerful with excellent use of lights. His face expressions are quite clumsy, but it’s a sure qualification for Poland.

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Eurovision 2022: Romania’s Second Rehearsal!

The second section of the 7th day of rehearsals in Turin starts with Romania. WRS’ first rehearsal didn’t seem to have much difference from the national selection’s one. He wore sparkly trousers and a red frilly shirt that comes off at the end to reveal a silver sequinned vest. The staging featured great dancing, fabulous costumes and lots of different musical influences. WRS enters now on stage for his second rehearsal.

The Second Rehearsal

Romania’s second rehearsal starts with shots on dancers doing some moves. Then, WRS appears with the dancers doing choreography similar to the national selection’s one. Red is the main colour of the performance. There is good use of the LED floor screen with WRS and his dancers doing some cool rotating moves. Also the lyrics of the chorus are displayed on the backround and the LED floor. In the bridge, WRS changes outfit from red to a black with silver marks. Generallly, the choreography is very good, not much different to what we have seen from WRS so far. He is a performer, but the staging lacks some big moments.

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Eurovision 2022: Estonia’s Second Rehearsal!

Stefan is at the Pala Olimpico in Turin for his second rehearsal, where he will represent Estonia with ‘Hope‘.

Who is Stefan?

Stefan Airapetjan was born on December 24, 1997 in Viljandi, northern Estonia to Armenian parents. He started singing at a young age. In 2010, she reached the final of Laulukarussell, a children’s song contest hosted by ETV.

Stefan has played in the Estonian national final, Eesti Laul four times. His first participation was in 2018 as a member of the Vajé duo with the song “Laura (Walk with Me)”, finishing third in the final. His first solo participation was in 2019 with the song “Without You”, which won the jury vote in the grand final while coming out, again, third. He then participated in 2020 with the song “By My Side”, which finished seventh in the grand final.

Stefan was chosen to represent Estonia at Eurovision 2022 after his victory at Eesti Laul 2022 with “Hope”. Won the final with 68% of the vote.

The rehearsal

The performance starts with the retro-vintage filter, just like in Eesti Laul. He’s accompanied by guitar and is dressed in white. Many close-ups that catch your attention. Vocally on point, no cowboys as expected. Stefan makes an amazing connection with the audience.

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Eurovision 2022: North Macedonia’s Second Rehearsal!

It was Andrea’s turn, representing North Macedonia with the ‘Circles‘, to hold her second rehearsal.

Who is Andrea?

Andrea Koevska was born on February 14, 2000 in Skopje. At the age of five she moved with her family to Haarlem, New York, where they lived for a year. It was in Haarlem that Andrea was first exposed to a variety of music. Her passion for music was encouraged by her grandfather, who passed away when he was nine years old.

Andrea’s music career began in 2020, after her adaptations on social media were spotted by producer Aleksandar Masevski, who began working with her on music. Her first single “I Know” was released in October 2020. This was followed by several other singles, including “Talk to Me”. Andrea has received airplay in countries across Europe and in parts of Africa and Asia.

In February 2022, Andrea won the national final of Northern Macedonia, Za Evrosong 2022

The rehearsal

Andrea is alone on stage, dressed in black, supported only by pulsating graphics and dramatic lighting. It also uses the two elevator bridges over the water element as graphic displays. She has small vocal problems but her appearance does not achieve much in a difficult semifinal like this. Overall it’s okay.

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Eurovision 2022: Cyprus’ Second Rehearsal!

Then on the stage of Pala Olimpico, we have Andromache from Cyprus goes up with Ela.

Who is Andromache?

Enthusiastic pop fans will know that Andromache is on the rise throughout Europe in recent years.

Born in Germany and raised in Greece, music has always been a huge part of her upbringing. Her whole family was involved in singing and dancing.

Andromachi became widely known when she competed in The Voice of Greece and later signed a record deal with Panik Records.

Her single, Na Sun Lie, became her biggest hit, both on the radio and on music platforms, consolidating her status as the pop star that everyone should follow.

The rehearsal

Cyprus definitely has one of the biggest props of today rehearsal day. On stage, there is a huge shell-shaped structure that houses Andromachi, the two dancers, but also the graphics. Andromache appears as the goddess Aphrodite, emerging from the waves, bringing elegance and energy. She is barefoot and dressed in a beige ensemble, while low lighting prevails on Andromache, in pink and purple colours. The scenery is beautiful!

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Eurovision 2022: Australia’s Second Rehearsal!

Seventh day of rehearsals in Turin and the last countries of the Second Semifinal are ready for their rehearsals. Australia is first on the scene. She is represented by Sheldon Riley with ‘Not The Same’.

Who is Sheldon Riley?

Sheldon is known both for the strong visuals in his performances and for his fascinating music. Performing, singing, writing and playing the piano is inherent in what it is, considering music as the purest way of expressing one’s emotions and allowing oneself to heal.

In February 2022, Sheldon won the Eurovision – Australia Decides with his song Not The Same, but this was not his first time on television, having previously competed in The X Factor Australia, The Voice Australia, and even America’s Got Talent.

The rehearsal

Sheldon is at the bottom of two giant stairs, to his left and right. She is wearing a huge white wedding dress with fur, covering the floor.

He also wears silver shiny jewelry on his face and hands, as in the national final.

The lighting is quite dark, while the shots are close and from above.

A strong vocal performance by Sheldon, with his great notes ready to break up the stage.

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Eurovision 2022: Israel’s Second Rehearsal!

Right before the break we have Israel rehearsing! This is how the first rehearsal was described: ‘Great vocal? Tick. Super-polished dance routine? Tick. Hot dancers in white outfits? Tick. Fully fabulous pop banger? Tick tick tick. Eurovision level complete.’

About The Second Rehearsal

Michael is one of the most charismatic artists this year! This is a… PERFORMANCE. So much energy and so much effort were put into it. I think it was missing some fireworks and some colours other than white (the primary one) and red. Vocally perfect. Everything was on point. The camerawork is nice. A very energetic performance to look forward to! They managed to create a fun performance!

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