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, Spain and Germany will have their first rehearsal later this afternoon.
The latest artist to rehearse is Emma Muscat from Malta who is performing the song “I Am What I Am”
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 stage is very tastefully lit with gold, with a white square highlighted with a grand piano-cum-stage which Emma stands on for the first chorus. Emma makes good use of the platform in front of the stage, where she walks down with her dancers before giving choreography for the final chorus.
Compared to Norway earlier today and Albania yesterday, the choreography needed a bit more tidying up, but it was still a very effective presentation for the song. However, she connects with the camera from the very start, and is a very seasoned performer.
Costumes and styling
The styling is excellent; Emma is waring a mini dress made completely out of small mirrored panels, which is accompanied by matching silver tennis shoes. The look is fresh and adds a sense of modernity to the performance. 10/10 for the styling for me.
As expected Emma sounded pretty much perfect for every run, and added a ‘jury note’ for the very end. Based on what we’ve seen so far, we are very much expecting the juries to put this in contention to qualify, and the appeal is very clear from that perspective.
Overall, neither the song nor the staging are spectacular or particularly unique, especially compared to the other entries from this half. However, this cannot be ruled out based on the very clear appeal that the song has to an international jury.
They absolutely need to work on the choreography and the camera cuts before the jury shows, though.
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!