Buongiorno, Torino! After months of anticipation, Eurovision 2022 rehearsals start today in Italy. Over the course of the day, we’ll see nine countries form semi-final one take to the Turin PalaOlimpico stage for their first rehearsals ahead of the live show in May. Will the favourites deliver, or will we be left wanting more?

 

30 April: First rehearsals at Eurovision 2022

Listed below are the countries having their first rehearsals today. All times are listed in CEST (BST + 1). 

  • 10:00 – 10:30 Albania: Ronela Hajati “Sekret”
  • 10:40 – 11:10 Latvia: Citi Zeni “Eat Your Salad”
  • 11:20 – 11:50 Lithuania: Monika Liu “Sentimentai”
  • 12:00 – 12:30 Switzerland: Marius Bear “Boys Do Cry”
  • Lunch break
  • 13:40 – 14:10 Slovenia: LPS “Disko”
  • 14:20 – 14:50 Ukraine: Kalush Orchestra “Stefania”
  • 15:00 – 15:30 Bulgaria: Intelligent Music Project “Intention”
  • Break
  • 16:00 – 16:30 Netherlands: S10 “De diepte”
  • 16:40 – 17:10 Moldova: Zdob si Zdub and Advahov Brothers “Trenuletul”

First rehearsal footage will be exclusive to the official Eurovision TikTok account for 24 hours.

Each video will be a maximum of 90 seconds, and will include:

  • Artists getting ready backstage
  • First reaction to seeing the stage
  • Wide shots of the first rehearsal
  • A short interview about their first performance

As always, we’ll have individual posts for each rehearsal here on wiwibloggs. You’ll be able to read our thoughts on the rehearsal and find out how each country chose to stage their entries.

And, of course, we’re livestreaming direct from Turin, so make sure you subscribe to our YouTube channel and keep an eye on wiwi.tv to hear our first reactions!

Eurovision 2022: Press Meet & Greet times

Shortly after their rehearsals, each act will be available for their first press meet and greet. Things will look a little different today as no press is allowed inside the arena. We’ll be on hand to chat with the stars digitally to get their thoughts on the rehearsal.

Here’s the list of times for each act’s Meet & Greet:

  • 12:00 – 12:20 Albania: Ronela Hajati “Sekret”
  • 12:40 – 13:00 Latvia: Citi Zeni “Eat Your Salad”
  • 13:20 – 13:40 Lithuania: Monika Liu “Sentimentai”
  • 14:00 – 14:20 Switzerland: Marius Bear “Boys Do Cry”
  • 15:40 – 16:00 Slovenia: LPS “Disko”
  • 16:20 – 16:40 Ukraine: Kalush Orchestra “Stefania”
  • 17:00 – 17:20 Bulgaria: Intelligent Music Project “Intention”
  • Break
  • 18:00 – 18:20 Netherlands: S10 “De diepte”
  • 18:40 – 19:00 Moldova: Zdob si Zdub and Advahov Brothers “Trenuletul”

Which act are you most excited to see? Do you think we’re in for any surprises? Let us know what you think in the comments below! 

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CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
2 months ago

HEY! What’d I miss from 1991? I didn’t watch that contest. Did they have all kinds of visible problems on stage, which revealed themselves during the live broadcast?

Vincenzo
Vincenzo
2 months ago
Reply to  CookyMonzta

No, actually Toto Cutugno stripped naked on stage and had sex with Gigliola Cinquetti. You can just find it on:

http://www.raiplay.it website.
https://www.raiplay.it/video/2022/04/Eurovision-Song-Contest-1991-53e41473-919f-486f-9b72-05529b975b0d.html

Maa
Maa
2 months ago
Reply to  Vincenzo

What? At which part exactly? I can’t find any info on that

Vincenzo
Vincenzo
2 months ago
Reply to  CookyMonzta

There was a rotating sun who was broken by the Albanian delegation the first day and as this had a huge success among Eurofans (they have spoken over it for 30 years, especially the most toxic ones) RAI has decided to replicate it also in 2022. Other rumours said Toto Cutugno entered totally naked on the stage and tried to seduce Gigliola Cinquetti. Anyway, RAI has just loaded on their raiplay dot it streaming website the full original broadcast of 1991. I cannot write the full link here because my comment is canceled. So please go there and check by… Read more »

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
2 months ago

Alright, I will address the giant elephant in the room. If the giant structure doesn’t work, the best time for us to find out is on Day 1 of rehearsals. This is because it gives the crew plenty of time to sort it out in time for the broadcasted Semi Finals. Just imagine if the thing would have broken during one of the days next week instead. The early timing of the structure breaking down is a good thing. Now they just have to figure out if it can either be repaired, replaced, deconstructed or explained as a static callback… Read more »

Jake
Jake
2 months ago

I love all the people who were outaged Lisbon has no LED and now they have an LED stage with a giant immovable half-moon light structure blocking the LED

Jo.
Jo.
2 months ago
Reply to  Jake

As far as I know, the “sun” also has LED screens

Tom
Tom
2 months ago

I hope Poland, Sweden and UK will land in top 3

eurovisionfun
eurovisionfun
2 months ago

I hope Italy reaches the top 3 (alongside Spain and Greece), just because of the hate received by the public who try to dismiss the Country’s hard effort in this year’s stage structure. Construction issues may occur EVERYWHERE!. take it calm guys and enjoy the show. Vamos ITALY! Love from Cyprus <3

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
2 months ago
Reply to  eurovisionfun

It’s nighttime over there right now. Let’s hope they have a crew working throughout the night (the whole night if necessary) to fix the problems they have before the next rehearsals…

[If not, and they sent everybody home for the night, we’re definitely looking at a possible $#!+show by May 10. That would be unacceptable.]

Vincenzo
Vincenzo
2 months ago
Reply to  eurovisionfun

Thank you! The wisest comment!

ete sech
ete sech
2 months ago

For all I’ve gathered, the stage is a hot mess, it’s a shame but I won’t hold it against Italy bc they dared to bring something different and exceptional to the table. I just hope they’re able to address its issues before the show <3

Emi
Emi
2 months ago

too many haters … shame on you

Sucof
Sucof
2 months ago

The Italian scenography is truly something exceptional, never seen before in the history of Eurovision, The motorized sun was a plus, the scenographies of the past years were all static, at most of the simple LED panels that rose or fell, in Portugal the scenography was even completely without LEDs. Let’s avoid making unnecessary dramas so as to have an excuse to attack Italy, even if the sun does not work completely (I’m sure they will repair it in record time) this scenography is still beautiful and original, the photos prove it.

Sucof
Sucof
2 months ago
Reply to  Sucof

PS if I remember correctly also in the 2018 scenography there were some problems with motorized arches, and it was decided not to use them.

Vincenzo
Vincenzo
2 months ago
Reply to  Sucof

Caro Sucof, inutile spiegare le cose a molte scimmie che albergano su questi sito. L’unica risposta è mandarli all’inferno. Mai vista così tanta invidia manifesta. Sono dei luridi schifosi. E sono gentile. Questo sito è diventato una fogna popolato da gente gretta e cattiva. Io mi godrò le mie due semifinali live dal Pala Alpitour microscopico (secondo alcuni debosciati che scrivono qui) e il family show della finale. Impossibile trovare due biglietti per la finale live show. E che il sole giri, non giri, non me ne frega niente. Non lascerò a questi bifolchi rovinare lo spettacolo.

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
2 months ago
Reply to  Sucof

But if the motorized arche hides the most of LEDs that’s a huge deal. I hope that it is false that it will not be fixed until live shows.

Sucof
Sucof
2 months ago
Reply to  Eurovision fan

then we completely remove the arc and use the giant led behind it. so it will be a simple Eurovision scenography, boring and banal, like that of last year and past years! If you build simple and banal stages like the Dutch one, for sure you won’t have any problems, they are just a wall of LEDs and an empty stage!

Vincenzo
Vincenzo
2 months ago
Reply to  Sucof

Eh, ma secondo te la capiscono? Do we have to explain to these idiots that Mrs. Montinaro explained in an interview the challenge of designing such complex stage, find the components, with a lockdown etc, some companies closed, difficulty to find some parts, due to limitations, chip shortage, supply chain disruptions etc? Do you think these idiots will understand? Probably not.

schlageresque
schlageresque
2 months ago
Reply to  Sucof

Yeah. I hate these lazy stages that have become the trend. LED visuals all look alike at some point, no creativity whatsoever. I dont want to sound passéist but in the 90’s we had GREAT stages with actual elements of decor that would be moved around in a different way for each song to create a distinct atmosphere. Dublin ’95, Oslo ’96 and Kiev were absolutely brilliant. And the technical possibilities were so prehistoric compared to today. Nowadays it’s all about flashy, in your face crappy stuff and I’m afraid that without their ‘Sun’, the Italians will present something if… Read more »

Vincenzo
Vincenzo
2 months ago
Reply to  schlageresque

I appreciate your comment. Here all are ready to spit on RAI and the architect Montinaro because they had the guts to present something innovative, but complex and risky. Of course, we could have another flat stage from the German guy with a full flat ledwall and some nice but anonymous props at the sides of the stage. With the delegations bringing big props on the stage to populate it each time. The last stage design I liked was the Austria’s 2015 one. Very innovative. With the suspended 3D balls creating visuals and the pipe stage at the side. Here… Read more »

Vincenzo
Vincenzo
2 months ago
Reply to  Sucof

Sucof, è possibile beccarti su qualche social? Mi dai qualche indizio?

Sucof
Sucof
2 months ago
Reply to  Vincenzo

Non li uso

Vincenzo
Vincenzo
2 months ago
Reply to  Sucof

Fai bene.

Benjamin K
2 months ago

small stage, narrow performance hall, technical problems, big black sun that doesn’t work (they had one thing to do) in the middle of the small JESC stage, this is going to be the worst ESC of the modern ear. But bc it is Italy it is over hyped since 2011 and it is annoying

Vincenzo
Vincenzo
2 months ago
Reply to  Benjamin K

Go to hell

Essie
Essie
2 months ago

Now that we’ve seen Ronela and Monica’s snippets, I’m most curious about Moldova and their rumored train on stage.

Mr. Abbott
Mr. Abbott
2 months ago

Hope they can move manually the arcs before the performances and let decide each country if they want static LEDs or light arcs.
That stage issue can ruin a lot of performances.

Cookie Nation
Cookie Nation
2 months ago

With the little information leaking from the rehearsals I don’t see odds moving much until the second round.

Aaa
Aaa
2 months ago

ronelas impact

Efthymios
Efthymios
2 months ago

I PERSONALLY BELIEVE THAT SLOVENIA’S STAGING IMPROVED THE SONG!

Jesse O'Rourke
Jesse O'Rourke
2 months ago

Drama queens everywhere

Jo.
Jo.
2 months ago

people are having a meltdown here

Zulal
Zulal
2 months ago

I have 2 questions. I would be very thankful if anyone could answer them. If the archs are designed to create light effects (from what I’ve seen) and they’re in front of the LED screen, doesn’t that make it impossible to watch the background in its entirety? (Or am I missing something?) And how do they work? I saw a little video before the rehearsals started, some days ago, in which it seemed like each arch was carried by a rounded section of the stage (so they could move) resulting in many divisions. Are these ‘divisions’ under the stage floor?… Read more »

Grftn
Grftn
2 months ago
Reply to  Zulal

Yes its impossible to have a full screen background due to the kinetic sun. The kinetic sun is hiding 50% of the screen. I find it kinda odd tbh :/

Vincenzo
Vincenzo
2 months ago
Reply to  Grftn

As the kinetic sun as two sides, one with the ledscreen and another with light effects, that can also be intermixed as the sun is made of concentric coronas. So one can decide if they want to have an uniform ledwall, or special light effects.

Zulal
Zulal
2 months ago
Reply to  Vincenzo

Oh, wow. That sounds a bit complex. But if it’s like you’ve described, it doesn’t sound that bad

Grftn
Grftn
2 months ago
Reply to  Vincenzo

To be honest the led screen on the backside of the kinetic sun is VERY limited. There are not a lot of pixels on it and the pixels are huge – we can see it used in Albania or Ukraine’s performances on the smaller arch. It doesnt look that good, it’s more like a prop … so it seems impossible to have a proper full LED screen as background for a performance 🙁

Vincenzo
Vincenzo
2 months ago
Reply to  Grftn

If you watch it by cameras close shots, LED may seems big and distanced one from the other. If you look it by far from long shots cameras (the ones at the opposite side of the arena) or by the audience in the arena, you will not spot any difference with the giant LED screeb at the back of the stage.

Zulal
Zulal
2 months ago
Reply to  Grftn

Thanks for your reply. Yeah, if it’s like that, it kinda sucks 🙁

Helena
2 months ago

It’s not the first day people, they start constructed the stage since one month ago.
They had plenty of time to do tests and tests and more test, which they obviously didnt do.
Shame RAI

Vincenzo
Vincenzo
2 months ago
Reply to  Helena

My dear. You start the accusations without even knowing. Are you a mechanical engineer? The kinetic sun was working 100% until middle or end of the stand in rehersals. Then, probably, one of the engines or any other mechanical part broke so this limits the span of the arches. Maybe to replace that engine takes a lot of time. Or maybe thay engine has been custom build and cannot, be replaced easily in 10 days before the first semifinal. Here the same stupid fans are knowledgeable on everything and, even without having a degree on cinematics or mechanical enginneer they… Read more »

Helena
2 months ago
Reply to  Vincenzo

My dear Italians tou gad only one thing to do, to make that thing work, and you didn’t deliver.

Helena
2 months ago
Reply to  Helena

*you had

Vincenzo
Vincenzo
2 months ago
Reply to  Helena

Things can break. But you are too stupid to understand. Please don’t reply or I will become very offensive.

schlageresque
schlageresque
2 months ago
Reply to  Vincenzo

Don’t bother man, you already are very offensive and insulting.
We all want this thing to fully work but the facts are here and you can’t deny it.

2021 was much more worse in terms of organization with a pandemic around and the Dutch NAILED IT. So take a deep breath and chill my friend.

Peace!

Vincenzo
Vincenzo
2 months ago
Reply to  schlageresque

2021 was not a stage involving complex mechanic parts, motors, rolls and rotating cylinders, etc. It was a flat stage with a giant ledwall and some additional props. And they had 2 years to prepare it. Here RAI and Mrs. Montinaro dared to bring something new, complex and revolutionary (with the double sided kinetik sun, 2800 light spots (more than Rotterdam), the waterfall, water fountains, arboreal green room) and lots of idiots (sorry, cannot find a better and more adapted word) are here the minute after a failure or a damage pops out starting to pour shame on RAI, on… Read more »

Vincenzo
Vincenzo
2 months ago
Reply to  schlageresque

2021 was not a stage involving complex mechanic parts, motors, rolls and rotating cylinders, etc. It was a flat stage with a giant ledwall and some additional props. And they had 2 years to prepare it. Here RAI and Mrs. Montinaro dared to bring something new, complex and revolutionary with the double sided kinetik sun, 2800 light spots (more than Rotterdam), the waterfall, water fountains, arboreal green room and lots of critics here are here the minute after a failure, or a damage to an motor of the stage machinery, starting to pour shame on RAI, on the stage designer… Read more »

Helena
2 months ago
Reply to  Vincenzo

If you dont have arguments its easy to be offensive.
Porca miseria!

Vincenzo
Vincenzo
2 months ago
Reply to  Helena

I wrote the arguments but your stupidity is so huge to make you blind and totally dumb.

ffgsg
ffgsg
2 months ago

after reading some articles I’m sadly announcing that the sun’s movements are not limited. IT CANNOT MOVE AT ALL

Efthymios
Efthymios
2 months ago
Reply to  ffgsg

As long as Latvia and Slovenia are fine, I doesn’t matter for me. But, ffs, Italy never learns from past mistakes it seems.

Alex
Alex
2 months ago
Reply to  Efthymios

what do u mean they never learn from the past? There were no staging issues in 1991. Also, this year it’s EBU co-organising the event with RAI, in 1991 it was just RAI, hence they did whatever they wanted. The stage is complex and rehearsals take place to check issues and fix them before the live shows. The team is working non-stop, you guys have no idea how much effort there is behind the scenes so have some respect for the people working for the event and wait before you judge. Feel free to complain if everything goes wrong in… Read more »

Helena
2 months ago
Reply to  Alex

The rehearsals take place to work with the delegations and fix their problems, not to find out that the stage can’t move.

ffgsg
ffgsg
2 months ago
Reply to  Efthymios

are u greek?

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
2 months ago
Reply to  ffgsg

Then we’ll party like it’s 1999.
(Some of you will get that reference, I hope.) 🙂

Cookie Nation
Cookie Nation
2 months ago

I just read that Måneskin won’t be in Italy and will perform on tape from Los Angeles. OMG who’s gonna hand the trophy to the winner then???

Andy
Andy
2 months ago
Reply to  Cookie Nation

one of the presenters would do that but winner giving trophy to winner is one of the iconic parts of the show so it’s sad that we don’t have that last two years. Last year Duncan was covid

Helena
2 months ago
Reply to  Cookie Nation

Maneskin knew for months the date of Eurovision and should have made their plans according to that.
If it wasn’t Eurovision, no one would knew them.

Cookie Nation
Cookie Nation
2 months ago
Reply to  Helena

I agree. Come on, it’s just one night.

Tadhg
Tadhg
2 months ago
Reply to  Helena

Exactly! Outside the Eurovision they’re not exactly a household name in spite of what some people here like to think.

Kredential
Kredential
2 months ago
Reply to  Helena

Apparently they’re scheduled to perform at the billboard music awards that same day. It would be very disrespectful if they didn’t show up just to perform at an award show that isn’t that important instead. Eurovision gave them an international platform

Vincenzo
Vincenzo
2 months ago
Reply to  Kredential

hose of you writing nonsenses don’t even have the guts to go on google and find out the date of the BMS. Come on, be serious.

Vincenzo
Vincenzo
2 months ago
Reply to  Vincenzo

Billboard music awards will be the 16th of may. We have planes, you know, that can bring Måneskin from Turin to LA in 13 hours flighr. Those of you writing nonsenses don’t even have the guts to go on google and find out the date of the BMS to stop spreading false news. You are so pathetic.

Alex
Alex
2 months ago
Reply to  Cookie Nation

half of the reports say that they will be in Italy and the other half they will be in LA. Maneskin need to clarify

Tadhg
Tadhg
2 months ago
Reply to  Cookie Nation

If that’s true, it’s pretty poor, the dates have been planned for 9 or 10 months.From what I’m reading this morning (and it’s only day one) confidence isn’t high that Italy can pull this off.

Vincenzo
Vincenzo
2 months ago
Reply to  Cookie Nation

Maneskin WILL BE on Eurovision stage on saturday with Gigliola Cinquetti. Please stop to spread false news. Read ALL italian newspapers who say Måneskin will be on stage. I know spilling poison over Italy is the national sport from some people and countries, but please stop to spread false news.

Zulal
Zulal
2 months ago

Since the archs are not properly working, I am really worried about the artists’ security (I haven’t seen many people talking about it). They are designed to move, so I hope they don’t move when they shouldn’t (this brings up memories about Gjon Tears’ and Senhit’ rehearsals last year; and in that case it was only a prop they brought on stage, and not a stage structure itself)

Alex
Alex
2 months ago
Reply to  Zulal

oh god you’re so dramatic (worried about the artists’ security)

Zulal
Zulal
2 months ago
Reply to  Alex

I think I have a valid concern. I’m aware of the fact that producers will do everything possible to provide security to each of the artists.
But in past years, we’ve seen some things not going well in rehearsals (like the examples I put, which leaded to some kind of risk and danger) and this year, the archs are apparently not working well (and they create a massive structure).
So I’m not saying at all that an accident is likely to happen. However, organizers should keep a close eye on those archs

ffgsg
ffgsg
2 months ago
Reply to  Alex

I think Ronela was actually injured

Vale
Vale
2 months ago
Reply to  ffgsg

Ok, one thing is to criticise rightfully and have an opinion. Another thing is to slander with false allegations. Screenshots of all false allegation will be send to RAI press office and legal team.

Vincenzo
Vincenzo
2 months ago
Reply to  ffgsg

Can you send us the reference and link to this news? Was she cut in two pieces? Was there liters of blood spilled on the stage? Just to know. Maybe you are just matherializing your deepest splatter desires.

Ga89
Ga89
2 months ago

Please guys, can you relax a bit, it’s only first day. It seems not only Italy has technical problems, but also many of you want Italy to have problems. Chill, everything will be ok.

willchrisiam
willchrisiam
2 months ago
Reply to  Ga89

First day of artists’ rehearsals, not first rehearsals period. They had stand in rehearsals and even more technical ones before that. Do not downplay the severity of the situation. The main part of the stage everything was planned around isn’t working. I don’t understand why are they continuing with rehearsals on a broken set. At best they don’t get to see how the thing looks on the screen, at worst they’ll have to scrap huge chunks of performances, redo camera angles and maybe even make new graphics. It’s a disaster

Vincenzo
Vincenzo
2 months ago
Reply to  willchrisiam

The kinetic sun was working during the stand in rehersals. So it broke today or yesterday.

Vincenzo
Vincenzo
2 months ago
Reply to  willchrisiam

It seems the prop broke today during the rehersals of Albanian delegation! It was working for all the stand-in rehersals.

Vincenzo
Vincenzo
2 months ago
Reply to  Ga89

Finally a wise comment!

ffgsg
ffgsg
2 months ago

I REFUSE TO BELIEVE WE ARE HAVING A 1991

Samo
Samo
2 months ago
Reply to  ffgsg

Italy’s gonna be Italy.

Vincenzo
Vincenzo
2 months ago
Reply to  ffgsg

I refuse to believe you have a brain and not an inflatable chicken in your skull.

Efthymios
Efthymios
2 months ago

I seriously don’t know what to believe with all of these rymours about the staging malfunctioning but honestly, it would feel like a total dark comedy if RAI manages to repeat Italy’s staging failures of 1991. 30 years forward and they seriously haven’t learned from their mistakes?

Zulal
Zulal
2 months ago
Reply to  Efthymios

Luckily we don’t have an orchestra anymore (remember the Greek entry, which got destroyed because the saxophonist was drunk?)

Illi
Illi
2 months ago
Reply to  Zulal

Oh yeah, the epic saxo fail!!!

Efthymios
Efthymios
2 months ago
Reply to  Zulal

“I ANOIXI” THAT COULD HAVE BEEN OUR FIRST TOP-3 RESULT, HADN’T BEEN FOR THAT GUY, HAHAHA!

Matrix 12
2 months ago

Looking at the photo’s of the first rehearsals I have to say that I’m not convinced about this years stage…

ffgsg
ffgsg
2 months ago
Reply to  Matrix 12

there is a terrible amount of technical problems this year

ffgsg
ffgsg
2 months ago

Guys I am really starting to get worried

Im so fab
Im so fab
2 months ago

Lithuania’s staging as planned initially is now considered impossible due to the technical problems.
The most elegant entry of 2022 might not qualify because RAI didn’t learn from their 1991 Waterloo…. I’m angry and disappointed.

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
2 months ago
Reply to  Im so fab

Quite probable; and if it remains, it’s unforgivable, even if I have her on the razor’s edge of qualifying on my evaluation.

ete sech
ete sech
2 months ago
Reply to  Im so fab

I wanna believe that they had a B Plan, so this doesn’t become a hot mess at least

zsó
zsó
2 months ago

Albania’s rehearsal is on tiktok now. Sadly, so short, not even a minute.

willchrisiam
willchrisiam
2 months ago
Reply to  zsó

Didn’t they announce that they were gonna be 60 seconds long?

willchrisiam
willchrisiam
2 months ago
Reply to  willchrisiam

Just saw it. There’s no post rehearsal interview part. Guess they were too p*ssed off

willchrisiam
willchrisiam
2 months ago
Reply to  willchrisiam

Even worse. They promised 90 seconds.

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
2 months ago

Generally speaking this is one of worst organisations of Eurovision in last couple of years. From everything being delayed over closed press centre to stage whose main part broke down.

ffgsg
ffgsg
2 months ago
Reply to  Eurovision fan

there are technical problems with the stage that may be unfixable

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
2 months ago
Reply to  ffgsg

That’s very encouraging lol

Alex
Alex
2 months ago
Reply to  Eurovision fan

people were sayin the same for Portugal, Ukraine and Israel. Just calm down everyone. Rehearsals take place for technical issues which are fixed for the live shows. It happens every year. Let’s start complaining if things are not fixed until the Eurovision week.

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
2 months ago
Reply to  Alex

Yes, but they had weeks to test the stage and everything. Even before this delegations complained about stand-in rehearsals.

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
2 months ago
Reply to  Eurovision fan

I mean they did test the stage in that time but it simply broke today instead.

Tadhg
Tadhg
2 months ago
Reply to  Eurovision fan

I love Italy, I’ve been holidaying there (all over) for over 30 years, I also worked there for a while, as a country it’s got a lot going for it BUT one of it’s biggest weakness are it’s poor organisational skills, they have a tendency to over complicate the simplest procedure and in the process make a mess of it. Over the last 6 weeks I’ve been hearing more and more about the stage, every week a new feature, it’s way too complicated, it sound’s like a mess.

ete sech
ete sech
2 months ago
Reply to  Tadhg

Lack of organizational skills is a predominant flaw in all Latin countries, unfortunately 🙁

Vincenzo
Vincenzo
2 months ago
Reply to  Eurovision fan

Everything delayed. If you mean the sales of tickets, that was due to the covid situation. Having a covid law prohibiting to fill up an arena more than 50%. Additionally there is a war, probably a third world war on the continent. I know you don’t care to all this “exceptional” conditions and you only care everything works 150% beyond your expectations. Get a life outside Eurovision, please. You desperately need it. It’s a show, not a cause of life and death as in another close part of Europe. To pay respect to the deaths on our European soil, all… Read more »

Mike
Mike
2 months ago

Everything was going to smoothly until now. Finally the italian mess is out and about, are we going to get another 1991? There is a reason why Italy has won only 3 times, saving ebu from a lot of headaches. Even Ukraine did a better job in 2017. Also the nail on the coffin, ebu releasing content only on tik tok. Buckle up everyone, we are in for A RIDE.

Mariia
2 months ago
Reply to  Mike

What do you mean by even? We did a good job

Alex
Alex
2 months ago
Reply to  Mike

Ukraine did a better job? lol. You haven’t even seen the live shows in Turin yet. You guys are so dramatic.

Releasing content on TikTok was EBU’s decision, not RAI’s. EBU is handling the content.

West
West
2 months ago

I just wonder when will they finally post some videos.

Ethan1994
2 months ago
Reply to  West

They just posted (3 minutes ago) rehearsal footage for Albania on TikTok.

Ethan1994
2 months ago
Reply to  Ethan1994

If you don’t want to download TikTok, you can just go to the TikTok website on your web browser and search for the Eurovision account there.
I would post a link, but I’m afraid my comment will get flagged for moderator approval.

Alex
Alex
2 months ago
Reply to  West

Check their official website, they post the links for the TikTok rehearsals video, plus they are all over twitter and ESC fansites.

Devito
Devito
2 months ago

This only proves that even if it took Italy 31 years to win the competition once again, they failed to deliver it back in the 20th century, just as much as they’re failed to do so in the 21st century. I’m furious. They were literally asking the delegations to send their staging plans based on the possible parameters. And these plans were literally a major reason to draw a running order. And now this nonsense of yet another drama. I hope it won’t hurt Monika’s and the other artists performances too much, but god dammit if Italy is going to… Read more »

Sebas
Sebas
2 months ago

So imma just start reminiscing on how great last year was (not only songs but also production etc.) … however it is only first rehearsals so lets just see.

Vale
Vale
2 months ago
Reply to  Sebas

You are talking when Sehnit was almost killed during reharsal?

Morwen
Morwen
2 months ago
Reply to  Sebas

Lets not forget how complex the stage is this year. Moreover last year the Netherlands had 2 years time to prepare the event (cos of Coronavirus) while Italy only had a few months. Anyway these are just rehearsals, there’s plenty of time before the big event and technical issues can be solved in time

Andy
Andy
2 months ago

Just came from Wiwibloggs live , the information says the sun is not rotating , not moving. the camera directors from many delegations are very angry.
And RAI please make Maneskin join to the live show in Turin , we don’t see the previous winner giving trophy to the new winner last 2 years

Im so fab
Im so fab
2 months ago
Reply to  Andy

It has been confirmed they will appear in the Final.

Alex
Alex
2 months ago
Reply to  Im so fab

but they said they will be in LA, this is so confusing

Vincenzo
Vincenzo
2 months ago
Reply to  Alex

The Billboard Music Awards will be the 16th of may. Eurovision Final is the 14th of may. Is that clear? All this mess and nonsenses came out because it was written that Måneskin were in LA for the last 2 months to record their new LP. Måneskin will perform on stage and there will be also Gigliola Cinquetti performing at the final. Stop spreading false rumors.

Ffgsg
Ffgsg
2 months ago

I think I should start worrying
We haven’t even started yet but there are so many technical problems especially with the stage
The Netherlands and many other delegations were dissatisfied with their stand in rehearsals and Lithuania’s staging is impossible to be excecuted anymore
I’m really nervous about the production this year

Alex
Alex
2 months ago
Reply to  Ffgsg

don’t be so dramatic. we had plenty of issues in Israel, Portugal and Ukraine.

Opus1612
Opus1612
2 months ago
Reply to  Alex

Thats not true, as far as i remember in portugal, only greece and denmark (about the detail of the quantity of “snow”) were the only delegations that complain

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
2 months ago

As has been the case in the past, these rehearsals can make or break a contender. A decent stage setup (CGI included) that goes well with the song and performance, and the artist will hold his or her standing. A setup that doesn’t go well with the performance, and the artist could very well take a nosedive on the bookies’ boards. A setup that stands out unexpectedly (like Cyprus 2018), and that artist will go from the middle of the pack to a top contender before the competition begins.

esc1234
esc1234
2 months ago

They started building the stage earlier than normal and they realized that they sun can’t move today? Can you guys imagine how stressful this is for delegations that were planning to use this? They literally have to change everything last minute. People need to be accountable for this

Tadhg
Tadhg
2 months ago
Reply to  esc1234

TBH, there is far too much going on with the stage, too many bells and whistles and too many things to go wrong.

PP77
PP77
2 months ago

Thanks to RAI another dissaster like ESC 1991.

Hello hi
Hello hi
2 months ago

Already some technical difficulties with the stage . Italian cliches in terms of reliability. Let’s hope this hosting doesn’t end up like 1991

Licko
Licko
2 months ago

So here’s what happened today at the rehearsals:
• The sun broke
• Ronela was injured by one of the sun’s arches
• Other rehearsals are delayed
Let’s see what happens next. Hopefully everything goes as planned and we get to see the other acts.

zsó
zsó
2 months ago
Reply to  Licko

I don’t know what is happening, because according to the official eurovision blog Switzerland is rehearsing right know and nothing said about the broken staging.

Licko
Licko
2 months ago
Reply to  zsó

I hope it’s fake news but total silence scares me

Sos
Sos
2 months ago
Reply to  zsó

Yes, they had some problems with the sun but I think they will fix them as soon as possible. The rehearsals are also made for this!

Ffgsg
Ffgsg
2 months ago
Reply to  Sos

They said they are unfixable and that the sun’s movements will now be very limited
For example Lithuania’s staging is now impossible to be excecuted as planned

now that i see the light
now that i see the light
2 months ago
Reply to  Licko

+ Press is not allowed in rehearsals and we’re waiting for rehearsals in tiktok for hours
+ Maneskin will not perform in Turin on Saturday’s grand final

zsó
zsó
2 months ago

Maneskin will preform in the Grand final, Gigliola Cinquetti too!

zsó
zsó
2 months ago
Reply to  zsó

Maneskin joining from L.A, they recording a new album!

Vincenzo
Vincenzo
2 months ago
Reply to  zsó

Maneskin have been in LA recording the new album in the last two months. They are in Italy now. They had a concert in Verona yesterday. Additionally the Billboard Music Awards ceremony will be the 16th of may, two days after the grand final. Is that clear now?

Vincenzo
Vincenzo
2 months ago

Måneskin will definutely be in Torino. And also Gigliola Cinquetti will be in Torino for the grand final.

Alex
Alex
2 months ago
Reply to  Licko

fake news, no one was injured. You love drama, don’t you?

Vincenzo
Vincenzo
2 months ago
Reply to  Licko

Strange, Ronela didn’t seem too much injured when she did the meet and greet interview with Mario Acampa in the conference room. And she also tried to teach him how to dance. By reading your comment I would have guessed she would have done the meet and greet with a broken leg or ankle, in a wheelchair, or dead in a coffin. With people like you, spreading fake news, not even being skilled to cross check the info, I understand why the russian propaganda is spreading in western europe so much.

Licko
Licko
2 months ago

So Ronela LITERALLY broke the stage? Hahaha love her.

Filip
Filip
2 months ago

Are they not going to upload the rehearsals on their youtube channel?!

zsó
zsó
2 months ago
Reply to  Filip

Sadly not, just on tiktok! On the official eurovision channel a live blog is happening, they’re drop the rehearsals tiktok links there too when they are available.

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
2 months ago

Crap. 🙁 Watching Wiwi livestream right now (5:10 A.M. NYC time). Stage broke (reportedly the rotating sun) while Ronela (Albania) was rehearsing. Undoubtedly a delay while they fix it.

Whisker
Whisker
2 months ago
Reply to  CookyMonzta

They said it’s only a rumour?

I’m loving the livestream so far!

Bombalurina
Bombalurina
2 months ago
Reply to  CookyMonzta

Yes , she cracked the stage floor during rehearsals but it was fixed by TRT easily. After her victory , local newspapers captioned ”she broke the floor first , then her rivals”

willchrisiam
willchrisiam
2 months ago
Reply to  CookyMonzta

I just saw a tweet about it. It says that the sun won’t be able to rotate fully and that there’s likely not enough time to fix it.
I really hope that’s not true because that would be one of the biggest failures you could have – a broken main feature. Fingers crossed that’s just another ‘Israel won’t be able to travel this year’ type of clickbait…

Sos
Sos
2 months ago
Reply to  willchrisiam

I think they will fix it. They probably said that there’s not enough time in order to giving too much hope in case of failure

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
2 months ago
Reply to  willchrisiam

If not today, they’ll have all night (the graveyard shift) to fix it before sunrise and the next set of rehearsals.

willchrisiam
willchrisiam
2 months ago
Reply to  CookyMonzta

Of course. But I hope it gets fixed sooner if it is broken. No point in rehearsing on a broken set. Too many graphics and stage positioning rely on the arches.

willchrisiam
willchrisiam
2 months ago
Reply to  willchrisiam

The same account recently posted this:
On social media someone reports that a member of the Albanian delegation did not hear of any technical problems with the staging. It could be a controversy invented by journalists against Italy.
We await official communications.
https://twitter.com/Cinguetterai_/status/1520347643154776066?s=20&t=zCu4CiBTNygJA9q7lXYuPw

Amigo
Amigo
2 months ago

Hi, hi. Does anyone have any links to the actual video of Albania’a first rehearsal? Photos, anything? 😀

Kobe
Kobe
2 months ago
Reply to  Amigo

Eurovision.tv has a live blog (with some photos)

Ffgsg
Ffgsg
2 months ago
Reply to  Amigo

There is a photo gallery on eurovision.tv
Sadly this year the videos for first reh will only be posted on tiktok and after quite sometime
Hope this helps!

Efthymios
Efthymios
2 months ago

EXACTLY THE SAME! But I’m also looking forward to Latvia and Slovenia too! 😀

Nicky
Nicky
2 months ago

slightly offtopic but are you guys also going to follow tonights Adriatic Pre-Party, with some live and some pre-recorded performances