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LIVE DAY 5 REVIEW: Albania’s Ronela Hajati unleashes dance moves and ethnic flair

ESCXTRA.com are live for day 5 of rehearsals ahead of the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 taking place at the Pala Olimpico in Turin, Italy!

It’s time for the second rehearsals for the majority of the artists in the first semi-final! The countries rehearsing today, in chronological order, are Albania, Latvia, Lithuania, Switzerland, Slovenia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Netherlands, Moldova, Portugal, Croatia, Denmark, Austria and Greece.

The latest artist to rehearse is Ronela Hajati from Albania who is performing the song ”Sekret”.

Follow every rehearsal live

Below, you’ll see our written review of each rehearsal. If you want more, you can follow our live stream where our team will be reacting live to every single rehearsal as it happens! Furthermore, read our handy guide for a more detailed look at this contest’s rehearsal schedule.

Rehearsal review

Stage presentation

There are some strong choreography moments with the group of backing dancers throughout Sekret, but there is also a female contemporary dancer that works with Ronela through the second verse. It’s certainly a very sexy performance – this makes sense considering the lyrics. Lots of hairography towards the end too, and the LEDs are pink and blue throughout with touches of red. The final run-through saw pyro added throughout with smoke cannons used.

Costumes and styling

Ronela has changed her costume up for this rehearsal, as we expected.

She’s wearing a light pink pastel flowy gown with a diamante bodysuit similar to Anxhela last year, and she’s also wearing rainbow unicorn Dr. Martens today – we aren’t sure if those are going to be her stage outfit shoes!

Vocal quality

As throughout the entire pre-party season, Ronela sounds absolutely perfect for today’s rehearsal and the pre-recorded backing vocals support her through the bridge and chorus. Every single run-through was on point.

To help balance vocals and choreography, Ronela has got a wireless mic, ensuring she has full flexibility to perform the song but also sing comfortably without a hand-held microphone.

Overall impression

This is a high-energy start to this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. There is a really nice engagement from Ronela with the audience – she ad-libs to get the audience hyped up in the hall at the start – and the pyros really give this a strong impact.

Watch the rehearsal

Stay tuned for our reviews for the rest of today’s rehearsals at the Pala Olimpico. If you want to know what to expect from the rest of the day, check out our rehearsal schedule. Meanwhile, remember to tune in to our live stream for instant reactions to every rehearsal!

Nathan Waddell

I am the Editor in Chief of ESCXTRA, a huge Melodifestivalen fan and love sports. You can find me singing along to Scandinavian Eurovision entries, listening to the latest chart music on Spotify or watching the football and tennis on two different screens at once.

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