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LIVE DAY 7 REVIEW: Czech Republic close semi-final two with an epic light show

Yes, they turned the lights off...

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 We Are Domi from Czech Republic with the song “Lights Off”

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

EDM songs have been notoriously difficult stage at Eurovision, and even more so in national finals, meaning that the contest has struggled to capitalise fully on the EDM trends of the 00s and 10s. Any concerns that this would not buck the trend have been alleviated by what is one of the best stage shows of the year so far.

Dominika is at the fore of the performance, with Casper and Benjamin on each side of her in full DJ set ups. There are LEDs of Roman/Grecian statues throughout, emerging from the floor during the bridge.

The highlight of the performance is the ‘so turn the lights off’ refrain – which, as expected, saw the stage plunged into complete darkness, before an epic finish. The silver shards of light that pulsate around the Pala Olimpico are magical, and create a frenetic night club energy in the hall. If you have tickets, you’re in for a treat.

Costumes and styling

Dominika has slicked back hair, and is wearing a strapless purple jumpsuit with accents of yellow/cream. Both Casper and Benjamin are wearing dystopian overalls, similar to the aesthetic of the music video.

Vocal quality

Despite some accusations following her pre-party performances, Dominika absolutely nailed each of the three runs. She is being backed up by a live off-stage vocalist, which is perfectly blended with the main vocal. Any concerns around how this sounds are now gone.

Overall impression

This easily got one of the biggest reactions of today; “Lights Off” was selected almost 6 months ago now, and so has fallen somewhat under the radar, but now, it is rising once again in people’s estimations. It’s the perfect closer for the semi, and feels like a certain qualifier at this point. In the final, I wonder if it can be carried to a left-hand side finish…

Watch the rehearsal

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!

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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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