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LIVE DAY 5 REVIEW: Intelligent Music Project from Bulgaria rock out on stage

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!

Itโ€™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 Intelligent Music Project from Bulgaria who are performing the song โ€Intentionโ€.

Follow every rehearsal live

Below, youโ€™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 contestโ€™s rehearsal schedule.

Rehearsal review

Stage presentation

Considering how well-staged we’ve seen rock entries in the last few years, this feels quite flat. There’s so much darkness here, and the attempts to brighten it up or lighten the performers to stand out come a little too late. Intelligent Music Project have brought a spherical light prop with them and it adds something to the back of the stage.

The band are all very spread apart on stage and at times it feels like each of them are performing as soloists instead of as a cohesive group – with two podiums used left and right of stage. Split-screen camera effects are used to highlight these.

Costumes and styling

This is standard rock song staging: leather jackets, black trousers and the lead singer also has a hat which is discarded after about 30 seconds.

Vocal quality

As expected, the vocals sound exactly like they do on the track itself and they do carry the lyrics across well.

Overall impression

The most effective part of this entry is the colour change to red through the chorus to highlight not ‘being in the safety zone’. Fire pyros have been added to the guitar solo before the last chorus and the yellow lighting to support this is the first time it feels light and bright.

This song is performed as well as the experienced artists possibly can!

Watch the rehearsal

Stay tuned for our reviews for the rest of todayโ€™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!

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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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