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!
We continue with the second rehearsals for the majority of the artists in the first semi-final! The countries rehearsing today, in chronological order, are Iceland, Norway, Armenia, Finland, Israel, Serbia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Malta. Also taking to the stage today for the first time are the big 5 – France, Italy, United Kingdom, Malta and San Marino will have their first rehearsal later this afternoon.
The latest artist to rehearse is Michael Ben David from Israel who is performing his song “I.M”
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.
The performance starts with Michael looking in the mirror, after which we switch to him dancing with the backup dancers. It’s a very slick, put together performance. During the chorus, there are LEDs on the floor, which switch between white and red and show the words “I.M”.
There is lots of choreography involved, which looks really good as well. It’s all very professional, and elevates the performance. It is even synced with the floor leds. There is a cool shot during the pre-chorus where the leds on the floor turn white and show the dancers’ silhouette.
Costumes and styling
Nothing much that wasn’t expected, Michael is wearing a white outfit, as do his dancers.
As we have seen during each performance by Israel, this is vocally flawless. The high notes are no problem for Michael, and despite the choreography, he is not out of breath.
This is an extremely professional performance that must have taken a lot of effort to perfect. The LEDs staging is really good, and the choreography is just as impressive. They did everything they could to elevate the song, and it works in their favour. We particularly like the LEDs on the floor, which are the best visuals we’ve seen asides from Ukraine. Overall, a very polished performance!
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!