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LIVE DAY 5 REVIEW: Maro from Portugal brings an intimate show 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 Maro from Portugal who is performing the song ”saudade, saudade”.

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

Maro is located on the B-stage, not the big one in the middle. It gives the performance a more intimate feeling, though it might even seem a bit small with the number of people on stage. Just like in the national final, her backup singers are a big part of the performance, standing next to her. Instead of the chairs, they are standing up, to show off Maro’s lovely outfit.

The opening shot turns during the instrumental until it settles on Maro when she starts singing. When the chorus starts, the backdrop shows ‘saudade, saudade’ and the lights turn blue/green. This stays throughout the performance as the camera switches between closer shots of Maro and wider shots that show her backup singers.

Costumes and styling

We are big fans of her outfit! The purple looks lovely and fits the theme of the song really well.

Vocal quality

Very impressive, she can create the feeling that you are really part of the performance. It pulls you in and makes you feel happy. As in the studio version, it’s sweet and kind, as well as a little mysterious.

Overall impression

It feels like being at an intimate performance despite being in a big arena. Performing on the B-stage is an interesting choice, we are not sure if it works in their favour yet. It doesn’t bring many surprises, which might disadvantage Portugal, but the feeling it creates compensates for that. From the outfits to the vocals to the light, it leaves a nice feeling once it ends, and you kind of want to hear it again. Juries will definitely go for this, but there’s the question of whether it captures the viewers at home too.

Watch the rehearsal

MARO - Saudade Saudade - Exclusive Rehearsal Clip - Portugal 🇵🇹 - Eurovision 2022MARO – Saudade Saudade – Exclusive Rehearsal Clip – Portugal 🇵🇹 – Eurovision 2022

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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