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LIVE DAY 8 REVIEW: Fire and Celtic imagery fill the stage for France

ESCXTRA.com are live for day 8 of rehearsals ahead of the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 taking place at the Pala Olimpico in Turin, Italy!

Itโ€™s time for the second rehearsals for the Big Five, the countries already qualified for the Grand Final! The countries rehearsing today, in chronological order, are France, Italy, United Kingdom, Spain and Germany. Remember: The Big Five will also draw their halves today!

The latest artists to rehearse are Alvan & Ahez from France who are performing the song โ€Fulennโ€.

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

Alvan & Ahez have elevated their staging from the national final to the Eurovision stage. The podium is made of Stonehenge-esque rock formation stones and feels authentic. The four performers are joined by an interpretative dancer who helps bring more life to the stage while Alvan & Ahez concentrate on their vocals.

The screens contain a lot of Celtic imagery and the performance has boundless amounts of fire pyro as part of the chorus, as well as cauldrons lit on stage too. There are projects onto the sun and the whole stage is consistently flooded with green. The last shot has Alvan winking to camera.

Costumes and styling

The group are dressed in a more embellished version of their national final outfits. Black with green Celtic embroidery.

Vocal quality

The vocals from both Alvan and the ladies of Ahez are incredibly consistent and strong throughout. The trills are loud, tonally excellent and enjoyable. It’s ambitious but effectively pulled off.

Overall impression

Visually spectacular and sonically confident, France has really made a statement with this performance of “Fulenn”. The pacing of this performance is very full-on and intense, but it’s clear that France has spent big on making sure this stands out as best as possible in the Grand Final.

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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Nathan Waddell

I am the Editor in Chief of ESCXTRA, a huge Melodifestivalen fan and love sports. You can find me singing along to Scandinavian Eurovision entries, listening to the latest chart music on Spotify or watching the football and tennis on two different screens at once.

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