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!
It’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 Mahmood & Blanco from Italy who are performing the song ”Brividi”.
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.
This is one of the most refined performances that we’ve seen so far. The performance features minimal LEDs, and is lit by white spotlights which shoot outwards from behind the duo. The camerawork is strong and captures a sense of intimacy and wistfulness.
Before you think it might be too simple, Italy reveals itself as one of very few countries (along with Belgium and Israel) to use the large lighting rig that lowers from the ceiling.
With home advantage, the atmosphere in the hall will further elevate.
Costumes and styling
The styling is simple but very effective; Mahmood is in a black/navy blue suit (cannot tell), and Blanco is wearing a loose-fitting matching white open-buttoned (cotton?) shirt and trouser combo. The contrast is very visually pleasing.
Blanco had in-ear problems in his first run, and missed a cue, but once this was fixed, the vocal was much improved for the second run. Mahmood’s falsetto is sounding a little thin in the chorus, so I would have preferred some support from him.
Even with this being their first actual rehearsal in mind, I don’t see this winning at this stage. However, with the MASSIVE improvement between their first run and their third, I still firmly see this as another potential top 5 finish for Italy.
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!