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LIVE DAY 8 REVIEW: Malik Harris is a true rockstar on stage for Germany

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 artist to rehearse is Malik Harris from Germany who is performing the song ”Rockstars”.

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

As we’ve said a number of times this year, this is an elevated version of the national final performance. Malik is surrounded by a lot of instruments on stage but begins his performance at the piano with a looper on top of it. He hits the loop button and moves over to his drum pad, and he hits it in time with the beat through the first verse. The looping live illusion is broken when he steps forward to the mic stand with the acoustic guitar from his back and he sings from the mic stand for the first chorus.

There is a really very effective use of the steady cam throughout this performance and very, very few camera cuts. It took until the final minute for there to be a set of cross-fades and static camera shots. Whilst the lighting is golden and white for the majority of the performance, the rap section adds a really strong strobing effect to back the increased aggression and energy from Malik.

Costumes and styling

Malik is dressed casually in a beige t-shirt with dark trousers and trainers. It really suits him as a performer who ‘appears’ to be recording the song at home with the staging.

Vocal quality

This is an incredibly consistent and undeniably strong performance from Malik through each run-through of the rehearsal today.

Overall impression

This is a nice entry from Germany, beautifully staged and Malik gives it his all. The question remains though about how this can perform with voters alongside the other 24 finalists. We’ve seen more impressive staging concepts, we’ve heard more radio-friendly songs. All of that being said, this is going to be a lovely three minutes.

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!

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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