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LIVE DAY 5 REVIEW: Citi Zēni from Latvia bring colour, chaos… and salad to Turin

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 Citi Zēni from Latvia who are performing the song ”Eat Your Salad”.

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

They show a very colourful stage, with images of fruit and veggies in the background, of course! The song is called Eat Your Salad, after all. They show lyrics on the floor, the main words ‘Cool’ and ‘Hot’. It’s a quirky staging that perfectly fits the song and the band who is performing it. The colours of the lights are mainly green (not surprisingly), and lots of camera angles which switch between closer shots of the band, and the whole group together. The lights turn white when the saxophone comes into play, to fully focus on the ‘new epic sax guy’.

Costumes and styling

Remember Iceland 2014? This is them now. Colourful outfits, all in a different colour. Janis is wearing a bright green suit, matching the lights. It is very lovely to watch, and will probably make an impact on viewers.

Vocal quality

Vocally as expected, meaning great. Both singers sing as well as they did in the national final, in which they won the jury vote as well. This could translate to the stage in Turin as well. The opening line feels a little weird at first, missing a certain word, but it’s clear that it’s up to the audience to fill in the blinks. Instead, Janis stays silent and gives an opportunity for the audience to go ‘…wait. Did they just’? Yes, they did.

Overall impression

Colourful, chaotic, super fun! As expected from the song and the band, they bring high energy and good vibes. It’s enjoyable to watch, but a questionable choice to have it following Albania, which is also a high energy song with similar light colours. However, they bring their absolute A-game and look very stylish while doing so.

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!

Bente van Leijden

I have watched Eurovision every year since 2009, and have become actively involved in the fan culture since 2016! My favourite genre in Eurovision tends to be rock, but I am not opposed to pop songs or ballads at all. If the song is good, I will like it :) As an Amsterdam native, I am very lucky to visit Eurovision in Concert each year. In 2021, I was even lucky enough to attend 5 Eurovision shows in Rotterdam!

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