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LIVE DAY 5 REVIEW: Lithuania’s Monika Liu exudes class 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 Monika Liu from Lithuania who is performing the song โ€Sentimentaiโ€.

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

Monika is alone on stage for her performance of Sentimentai. There are some really smart cinematographic camera cuts that are being used to show her personality, and truly Monika exudes class. Using a mirror camera effect, they duplicate Monika performing during the chorus which helps fill the large stage.

The dark, immobile kinetic sun in the background is noticeable throughout, however.

Costumes and styling

Monika Liu wears a truly gorgeous sparkly dress, extremely similar to the one from Pabandom iลก naujo but with added diamantes! The diamonds catch the camera and sparkle at the same time as the lights in the background, it’s a very effective glow-up for this outfit.

The whole styling of this entry is classy, there’s no denying this.

Vocal quality

Every single run-through has had a very controlled, pitch-perfect vocal. There are absolutely no concerns about Monika’s ability to sing this entry.

Overall impression

We’re really impressed by how classy this entry comes across on screen but at times it does feel a little empty due to the static kinetic sun element of the stage. We would have loved to see how Lithuania planned to use this.

All that being said, Monika is a superb performer and she has coped incredibly well with the changes that have needed to be made to this performance.

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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