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LIVE DAY 5 REVIEW: Marius Bear from Switzerland brings vocals and intimacy

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 Marius Bear from Switzerland who is performing the song ”Boys Do Cry”.

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

We open with a shot of Marius Bear with dark purple lights behind him. The stage remains dark throughout the song, with a spotlight illuminating Marius from the back. It’s a very promising start, but falls a little flat towards the 2-minute mark. You know what’s happening and there’s no surprises left, asides from a few projections. However, it fits the style and theme of the song, and Marius seems comfortable on the stage.

Costumes and styling

He is wearing a leather jacket that is as dark as the backdrop itself. The focus is definitely on Marius, and he pulls off the look, though it does make me wonder if this is the best look for him, comfort-wise. He’s wearing eye-liner, which is a really nice touch to the performance.

Vocal quality

As expected, the vocals are as good as they are in the studio version. He knows what he’s doing and he’s doing a great job at it, which is why this could definitely be a favourite among the juries. It could also be a breath of fresh air for the viewers who enjoyed laid-back songs like this, especially delivered like this.

Overall impression

A little too dark, perhaps. However, it fits the theme of the song, but I expected more from a Sacha Jean-Baptiste staging. It’s very intimate and touching, but it becomes a little boring. The jacket is a fashion choice, but Marius does pull it off with his naturally charming stage presence. It gives me a lot of hope towards the beginning, but the end falls a little flat. It needs the vocals to make it stand out.

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!

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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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