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LIVE DAY 7 REVIEW: Poland make a splash with augmented reality effects

Ochman's performance is full of AR tricks and gags to keep viewers hooked.

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.

Rehearsal review

Stage presentation

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.

Vocal quality

He was perfect, an absolute powerhouse.

Overall impression

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

Ochman - River - Exclusive Rehearsal Clip - Poland 🇵🇱 - Eurovision 2022Ochman – River – Exclusive Rehearsal Clip – Poland 🇵🇱 – Eurovision 2022

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!

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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