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LIVE DAY 7 REVIEW: Cyprus bring one of the most impressive stage shows so far

Andromache channels her inner goddess on the Pala Olimpico stage

ESCXTRA.com are live for day 7 of rehearsals ahead of the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 taking place at the Pala Olimpico in Turin, Italy!

We continue with the final eleven countries rehearsing from the second semi final. The countries rehearsing today, in chronological order, are Australia, Cyprus, Ireland, North Macedonia, Estonia, Romania, Poland, Montenegro, Belgium, Sweden and Czech Republic.

The latest artist to rehearse is Andromache from Cyprus with the song “Ela”

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

The staging is one of the most intricate weโ€™ve seen. The shell prop is absolutely HUGE and comes on stage in two halves. The entire prop is covered with projections throughout, with flashing lights emanating from the back wall.

This performance also utilises the waterfall as part of the opening shot, which is incredibly impactful. My one major complaint is the overuse of wide shots, and the choice of camera cuts in general diminish some of the effects and don’t do justice to the choreography, but the camera work definitely improved as the rehearsals progressed.

Costumes and styling

Andromache is wearing a gorgeous sparkly camel body suit, which has a slit down the leg. Her hair is mermaid style, crimped with a slight wet look to it. Itโ€™s all very cohesive.

Vocal quality

There were mic issues for the first 2.5 runs, and Andromache was very low in the mix. Thankfully, she is a total professional and by the final run, the mixing and vocal were perfect.

Overall impression

This is incredibly impressive and impactful on the stage, in a year where some of the staging concepts have fallen flat. The best parts of this are the first 30 seconds and the last 30 seconds, which are the crucial to making an impression with viewers.

I just hope they are able to tidy up the camerawork by the time the dress rehearsals roll around.

Watch the rehearsal

Andromache - Ela - Exclusive Rehearsal Clip - Cyprus ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡พ - Eurovision 2022Andromache – Ela – Exclusive Rehearsal Clip – Cyprus ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡พ – Eurovision 2022

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!

Costa Christou

Ever since I saw Helena Paparizou's triumph at Eurovision in 2005 (at the tender age of 6), I have been crazy about Eurovision. From the regional native language bops and shrieky female-led balladry to the sophisticated avant garde pop songs and chart-friendly EDM, I love everything about this cultural phenomenon. I'm currently working as a Delivery Manager in a software development team.

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