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 Ochman from Poland with the song “River”
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.
First thing that needs to be said is that this is easily the heaviest use of AR effects to date; the performance opens with fake rain effects, and in the bridge, the camera shakes with a flash of AR lightening, paired with the shaking of a camera.
Ochman is joined by four dancers, who are dressed – essentially – like the dementors from Harry Potter. They thrash around him throughout the second 2/3 of the performance, and add a sense of dynamism.
Costumes and styling
Ochman is dressed in a very standard black suit; with the darkness of the stage, I would have preferred to see him in white to create a sense of contrast.
He was perfect, an absolute powerhouse.
I cannot deny that this is a very impactful performance, and feels like a total ‘moment’. However, I can deny that the effects used look expensive and purposeful, because they don’t. The AR rain effects on the second verse in particular look very cheap.
That said, the camera shake with blue lightening used for the bridge make for a very gripping moment, which I believe will go down well with televoters. This is looking like a top 10 performance, even if it isn’t to my taste.
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!