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LIVE DAY 7 REVIEW: North Macedonia bring a storm to the Pala Olimpico stage

Andrea brings out the trusted spiral floor effect for "Circles"

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 Andrea from North Macedonia with the song “Circles”

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 very simple, especially compared to the staging concepts that we have seen in the first half of the semi from the likes of Azerbaijan, Australia, Cyprus and San Marino. They utilise the LED floors for a spiral floor effect (a classic), and are also one of very few performances so far to utilise the fold up LED panels at the front of the stage.

Costumes and styling

Andrea is in a sparkly black silk-lined coat, with a crop top and black leather boots. The styling is very appropriate for the song, and adds to the drama.

Vocal quality

Vocally, Andrea was very strong in all of the runs we saw, but this hadn’t really been in question to date. She emotes the song very convincingly down the camera.

Overall impression

With over half of the semi’s staging now revealed, I don’t think there is enough here to elevate this into qualification. It’s a tasteful performance, but it doesn’t feel as gripping nor as competitive as it needs to be to stand out in what is shaping up to be a blood bath.

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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