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LIVE DAY 8 REVIEW: Spain ELECTRIFY the Pala Olimpico stage

Chanel moves into the winners circle with a spectacular performance

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 Chanel from Spain who is performing the song ”SloMo”.

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

If you thought the Benidorm Fest performance was good…just you wait. They’ve taken what was a Eurovision-ready package and turned it into a VMAs performance.

The changes from Benidorm Fest are a new intro (instrumental, dark lit with the shadows of the dancers circling Chanel). The other new addition is a diamond encrusted fan, which Chanel pops for the final chorus.

Spain are not using LEDs at all, and are instead joining Israel in using the pull-down lighting rig that acts as a background throughout. The lighting is absolutely spectacular, framing Chanel and her dancers perfectly.

Perhaps most thrillingly, is that Chanel is the only artist to use a pyro curtain for the staging so far, which takes it over the edge into ‘this could really win’ territory.

Costumes and styling

As we’ve seen from RTVE’s twitter, Chanel is wearing an intricate set of chaps with a jacket, hand-stitched with 50,000 crystals. The red and white colours are complemented by the hues of red in the lighting.

Her hair is in a side bun, with her hair pin removal being a moment for the second verse. Expect plenty of hair-ography.

Vocal quality

Chanel is joined by FIVE dancers, meaning Chanel is relying solely on pre-recorded backing vocals. However, rest assured that she sounded incredible in every run, and speaking of runs, she added some new vocalisations to the last chorus for extra effect. I’m seeing this scoring a strong jury vote as well based on pure athleticism.

Overall impression

Easily one of the most visually stunning and thrilling performances of the year, if not ever. There is something to watch every second, and you cannot look away. I cannot see how this misses the top 5.

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!

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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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