The world is watching as Eurovision 2022 rehearsals continue in Turin today.
Nine acts from semi-final two will grace the PalaOlimpico stage for their first rehearsals. We’ll get our first glimpse at how the stars from Finland, Israel, Serbia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Malta, San Marino, Australia, and Cyprus decided to stage their entries. Are we in for any surprises? Stay tuned to find out!
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2 May: 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 Finland: The Rasmus “Jezebel”
- 10:40 – 11:10 Israel: Michael Ben David “I.M”
- 11:20 – 11:50 Serbia: Konstrakta “In corpore sano”
- 12:00 – 12:30 Azerbaijan: Nadir Rustamli “Fade to Black”
- Lunch break
- 13:40 – 14:10 Georgia: Circus Mircus “Lock Me In”
- 14:20 – 14:50 Malta: Emma Muscat “I Am What I Am”
- 15:00 – 15:30 San Marino: Achille Lauro “Stripper”
- 16:00 – 16:30 Australia: Sheldon Riley “Not The Same”
- 16:40 – 17:10 Cyprus: Andromache “Ela”
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
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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.
All press conferences will be available to watch on demand via Italian broadcaster RAI.
Here’s the list of times for each act’s Meet & Greet. All times are listed in CEST (BST + 1).
- 12:00 – 12:20 Finland: The Rasmus “Jezebel”
- 12:40 – 13:00 Israel: Michael Ben David “I.M”
- 13:20 – 13:40 Serbia: Konstrakta “In corpore sano”
- 14:00 – 14:20 Azerbaijan: Nadir Rustamli “Fade to Black”
- 15:40 – 16:00 Georgia: Circus Mircus “Lock Me In”
- 16:20 – 16:40 Malta: Emma Muscat “I Am What I Am”
- 17:00 – 17:20 San Marino: Achille Lauro “Stripper”
- 18:00 – 18:20 Australia: Sheldon Riley “Not The Same”
- 18:40 – 19:00 Cyprus: Andromache “Ela”
🇫🇮 Finland: The Rasmus “Jezebel”
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Finnish rock legends The Rasmus are first to take to the PalaOlimpico stage today. They’re bringing their unique brand of edgy punk music to the Eurovision stage, along with their signature bright yellow outfits first introduce at UMK 2022.
Our own Deban Aderemi is a big fan of “Jezebel”. In his Wiwi Jury review, Deban wrote: “The Rasmus are tried, tested and know what they’re doing. With sales in excess of five million records and a solid catalogue of nine hit albums, having them in the Eurovision landscape is a blessing. Their song “Jezebel” salutes the original biblical troublemaker. She’s a fierce rebel that’s set to take the continent by storm. With infectious hooks, a rock edge and the noughties nostalgia, this is destined to be one of 2022’s most memorable entries.”
🇮🇱 Israel: Michael Ben David “I.M”
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He’s stunning, and he knows it. After months of speculation surrounding his participation, Israel’s Michael Ben David has arrived in Torino for his first rehearsal of “I.M”. He’s wearing a sculpted white suit, and he’s joined on stage by four backing dancers — very similar to the revamped music video.
Penned for Michael Ben David, “I.M” on the face of it seems like a self-affirming power-pop song. The inspiration for the song, however, is driven from Ben David’s struggles in youth, having suffered being bullied for his high-pitched voice – which has ultimately become his trademark sound when singing.
🇷🇸 Serbia: Konstrakta “In corpore sano”
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The question on everybody’s lips… What’s the secret behind Meghan Markle’s healthy hair? Serbia’s Konstrakta has arrived in Turin to deliver a message about celebrity beauty standards. In her first rehearsal of “In corpore sano”, she’s brought her favourite washcloth and basin, along with five backing vocalists from the Serbian national final.
Wiwiblogger Luis is a huge fan of Konstrakta. In his Wiwi Jury review, he wrote: “Right when you thought Serbia was running out of ideas after exploring a wide variety of ballads and ethno-bops, they come with something completely out of the box. There are so many things to unpack in “In Corpore Sano” that you keep on noticing new stuff every time you watch Konstrakta perform. This artist is not only healthy, but has a mind that’s out of this universe. This is just too good to be true.”
🇦🇿 Azerbaijan: Nadir Rustamli “Fade to Black”
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Dark, mysterious and brooding, Azerbaijan’s Nadir Rustamli takes to the stage for his first rehearsal of “Fade to Black”. He’s joined by an interpretive dancer and two gigantic staircases, akin to high school gym bleachers.
In a recent chat with wiwibloggs, Nadir said: “We received 302 songs, and [of the shortlist] I connected immediately with ‘Fade To Black’. I know that you think that I am only 22 years of age, but when I sing this song, it fits with my personal story — and I hope that the Eurovision community connect with the meaning behind the song and my performance.”
🇬🇪 Georgia: Circus Mircus “Lock Me In”
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Circus Mircus definitely brought the entire circus to town with this one. The lead singer resembles Willy Wonka from the chocolate factory with his massive black glasses, brown hat and red velvet suit. The LED screen features some of the coolest graphics we’ve seen this year: psychedelic lips, funky stripes, and even large, funky eyes. Paired with the waterfall, which is illuminated pink, it sort of looks like a pretty lady. This may be a clever play on the emotional eyes that Georgia’s Nina Sublatti served back in 2015 in Vienna.
When speaking with our correspondent Katie Wilson, in a somewhat surreal interview from bed in Madrid, one member was hinting that the song actually doesn’t particularly have a meaning per se, and that its nature is purely spontaneous. The joy of the song is the complete randomness of it all.
However, when looking at the lyrics, it’s hard not to notice a theme of reaching for your ambitions. Lines like “step it up now, get it done now”, “shoot it to the stars, to the top now” and “make it, do it, break it” indicate they will keep pushing for their personal wins until they get there, even if they “break” something along the way.
The spacecraft mentioned throughout the bridge could be the metaphorical goal, and that’s why they’re asking to be taken there, with the aim of reaching the sky and beyond. There’s plenty of pep-talk style lyrics throughout to get you going on a Monday morning.
The line “lock me up, lock me down, lock me in, lock me out, lock me sideways” maybe goes with the more illusive definition behind the song. And hey, who knows, maybe the lyrics really don’t have a specific meaning to them, and Circus Mircus just wanted to make something really, really fun (which they’ve most certainly completed with ease).
Regardless of the meaning or non-meaning, the lines can quickly get stuck in the listener’s head and give them a perk to their day. “CIRCUS! MIRCUS!”
🇲🇹 Malta: Emma Muscat “I Am What I Am”
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She is what she is — and now Emma Muscat is a potential qualifier. She has really elevated her song with top-notch choreography that makes it feel more modern and current. This continues with the golden staging and costumes. Emma absolutely stuns with a deconstructed disco ball look. The ball may be broken, but she is definitely coming together as she glides from the piano, where she is always comfortable, to Stage B, where she dances with four other people in a V-shape. It really pops!
Speaking to our William in Amsterdam, she said that her song is all about encouraging self-love.
“The song does talk about self-love and I feel it’s something that lacks in the world. I know that I personally struggled with accepting myself when I was growing up and being accepted by others.”
“People tend to judge a book by it’s cover and say like, you know, ‘It can’t be that this person struggled with self-acceptance and self love.’ But I think that everyone has their story. As soon as I heard this song I felt it was so personal to me and I felt it could help others too. That’s the main reason I wanted to bring this song on such a big platform with so many millions of people watching.”
🇸🇲 San Marino: Achille Lauro “Stripper”
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Well this stripper sure knows how to ride! Achille Lauro rocked up to his staging, bulge first, wearing a black bikini brief, a sheer body suit and a furry black boa with to big balls. He then mounted a pink bull, grabbing its horn and not looking back. Blurring all notions of sexuality and gender, he rides for absolutely all of us and we are ready to hold on to him for every minute. This looks expensive. There are massive cages for the drummers and fire streaks shooting into the air. It adds heat to an already hot performance.
This is what Achille Lauro has said about “Stripper”: “I would define it as a punk-rock song, even though I prefer not to give a label to the things I do. It’s a track based on the duality of man and woman, I would call it a feminist anthem. It’s about feeling like a woman and not worrying about outside judgment.”
🇦🇺 Australia: Sheldon Riley “Not The Same”
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Sheldon Riley won’t need to do squats in Turin — his 40kg outfit looks like a workout in itself! He brought the eleganza with a dramatic all-white outfit with silver embellishments. A long, furry train adds visual intrigue and a royal feeling fit for a king (or queen). His bejewelled mask looks stunning as stunning as it did in Australia. Changing his outfit from the black of the national selection to the white one on show here was a good idea. It adds some much-needed colour to the stage show.
At times we see a rugged landscape behind him along with a cloudy, mystical sky. He climbs a set of large white stairs and the lights go all white and purple and then white and blue. Plenty of smoke fills the stage and ads mystery when beams of light cut across it. The dead kinetic sun remains in place — at times it has white arches of light, creating a monochrome rainbow.
🇨🇾 Cyprus: Andromache “Ela”
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Birth of Venus. Birth of Andromache! Nodding to Botticelli but serving 100% Greek goddess, Andromache wowed us with her stage prop — a modern take on Lucy Jones’ glass shard from Kyiv. This seashell is the perfect backdrop for beautiful light projections, which come in a variety of patterns and colours, including yellow and blue. It seems like the non-moveable kinetic sun — aka the black hole or black rainbow behind all the acts — won’t interfere with Cyprus’ flow.
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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Now I understand why the israeli rehearsal seems so clean and “less is more”… Its because this is not gonna be a show.. its going to be presentation to the cameras like malta 2021 and switz 2019.. smart move..
Cyprus.. where is the SONG?
I just realised this, Cyprus really is reminding me of Winx Club transformations LOL
“I would call it a feminist anthem” get out of here Achille 😀
I like Cyprus’s staging.
And that’s what I call nastiness for the sake of nastiness. Don’t like the song, cool. No need to be insulting.
Achile Laura, There You Have The Future
His name is Achille Lauro
Sweden Is AWFUL. BELGIUM Is Best Act….
Are you crew menber honey ?
Bet on Sweden? But she hasnt perforned yet..
I thought that arena is closed for everybody during first rehearsals…even for bubblers.
The singer from Israel is the gayest man i have ever seen.
the gayest?? you clearly didn’t see the australian guy and san marino’s guy…
You meant to say campest person
Unfortunately Lauri’s vocals seem not too be on point yet…
Today’s rehearsals are the best so far! I love that almost everyone today brought their props and they look amazing. Now, only Malta and Israel look like sure NQs
Israel is a sure qualifier, you saw nothing yet
Sure winner better say….
Malta is definitely not a sure NQ. If they NQ they’ll be 11-12th at worst. The juries will likely place this 3rd-5th.
My feeling too. It looks it’s going to be more open than expected…
Whats the deal with the stage
I wasn’t mentally prepared for San Marino’s staging.
Eat something dear, you’ll feel better.
Cyprus’ song is not among my favourites, but I must admit that the staging looks great. It is incredible how important this is at ESC, I forgot each year hahaha. Seriously, Cyprus and San Marino will go up some positions just because of the staging + performer charisma. And still some people say it is just a SONG contest…
Ireland (10th to sing) really need to bring it after Cyprus today to have any hope. A huge uphill struggle for Ireland.
I think the staging will be super important! Brooke did say it will be more focused, so hopefully it all works out!
The staging I fear won’t be enough for Ireland regardless, I have a sense we’ll see a trashy pop vibe from Ireland definitely not what you want after Cyprus. Let’s hope I’m wrong.. as an Irish Eurovision fan from the 90s it’s painful to watch RTE just not try every year.
With all due respects, Brooke hasn’t got much going on upstairs.
Ireland is my guilty pleasure of esc 2022, irrelevant her live vocals. Still has some chances.
If North Macedonia’s is good too they all have chance to qualify.
I hope you are right, but North Macedonia is really underrated this year 🙁
there’s major props coming in semi 2 that were lacking in simplified semi 1…quite interesting the contrast
Songs are weaker so they need all the help they can get ( and I know this is not a popular opinion, but it is what it is…)
You see for me with semi 1 ( as with the past 2 yrs) all the songs tend to blend together for me. Nothing stands out and grabs me. Now semi 2 always seems to have a diverse group of acts that stand out and get me excited. Nothing blends there. I tend to think semi 2 is the better stronger show than semi 1 because of this. Just a personal thing though. At the end of the day, whether you think one semi is stronger than the other in terms of songs is largely based on personal taste and… Read more »
I’m so pleased to see San Marino getting some love. The clip was everything I hoped it would be. Achille is a beautiful man with a suitably beautiful staging. He has a message, he has a purpose, there are layers here if you want to open your eyes and heart to it – I can only wish him the very best in the contest.
I must also say Cyprus looks absolutely gorgeous as well. Two of my top 10 really bringing it today, I’m so pleased for them!
Based on today, I absolutely LOVE Australia, Azerbaijan, Malta, Israel and Cyprus! All have such great staging, and AMAZING vocals!
Azerbaijan and Israel seemed pretty weak from those clips…
We don’t know if UK depends on stage or not.
YEEEES, THAT’S THE BEST NEWS I’VE GOTTEN ALL AFTERNOON!
Its a very tough song to sing and it exhausts vocal cords. He is just straight forward honest, nothing wrong with that
WOW! Cypriot ART ???? Rich history, culture and Heritage… Andromache the new Aphrodite!
I am sorry but it seems like Cyprus SLAYED today’s rehearsals. Can’t wait to see this live! So in love with Cypriot entries the past few years.
What are you sorry for, she slayed it in fact
Well, it wouldn’t be fair to just leave it like that. Maybe they can turn it around so that LED side can be used.
That’s a good idea! Hopefully they can figure it out after first rehearsals!
Cyprus serving The Birth of Venus realness, which is 100% what I wanted from this entry! Brilliant!
I don’t feel the winning vibes but I wouldn’t mind if Cyprus won
I don’t think they’ll win (who knows, though), but a qualification feels closer than ever. This staging delivers!
Looks more like spa promo….
The visuals from Cyprus’ staging are a serve!
Staging elevated all songs. I am really delighted. San Marino stood up with this staging and I think that together with Serbia and Australia is sure qualifier from this part. Georgia’s costumes are extraordinary too. I think that only Israel and Malta are sure non-qualifiers here, but anything can happen. Lets enjoy and good luck to everyone! Greetings from Serbia. Love to all of you!
YOUR COMMENT SUMS UP THE ENTIRE DAY PERFECTLY! And I also believe thst staging also probably saved Cyprus from NQ too. 😀
Cyprus also. I miss to note that. She looks gorgeous!
I actually rlly like Cyprus and Malta’s staging, they both look and sound SO GOOD! I think the jury will push Malta and Cyprus through! I think Georgia might have some trouble qualifying. Israel is a hit or miss, I can’t rlly figure out the staging by like 10 seconds, they seems to have a boxy thing!?
Emma has powerful vocals though, do think she has qualifying chances, juries could rank this high and cheesy entries when staged right like this have its audience (not for everyone ok) but also good on her for also at least trying her best to appeal more towards the public with more of a show act with some dancers
SM, Malta and Australia are not sure of anything, that’s only your opinion… Agree on Israel though.
For now there are no significant changes in the odds, maybe after 2nd rehearsals
This first half of Semi Final 2 is VERY MUCH the freak show isn’t it?!
Lmao i dont want to laugh but im laughing
– an edgy undead famous rock band of the past,
-a “yassified” and very confident homo guy (just mentioning it as a characteristic, don’t attack me)
-a minister of healthcare with a witch’s degree
-an entire circus crew
-a time traveller pop-star from the 2000’s
-a howling half-wolf, half-human
-a modern sea goddess
-a singer that could be an expert in a haunted opera
-and a random guy with a huge discography that stole a mechanical bull from a night club
We’re going to have fun for sure! XD
By the way, you don’t have a problem if I mention your comment at Wiwis poll about today’s rehearsals, by infusing it with mine, right? ^^ 😀
Almost anyone from semi 2 can qualify…The staging really changes lots of things.
I knew I could trust Achille. His vision is always ON POINT.
Sooo Australia, he sounds great on sound check. Hasn’t been one of my favourites this year, but will probably qualifying without to much hassle. I hope he doesn’t do the mask removal and crying again though. Something about the whole performance and song I find disingenuous.
Cyprus have gone for a very different feel than what I expected, and it looks great! You can see the prop and lighting really work well with the cascades from the stage. She also looks beautiful. Having bought their own stage background will be a huge benefit this year.
Australia has pretty good staging tho! And OMG, Cyprus has staging that is just BEYOND AMAZING! It looks amazing with the water!
This thing about TicToc having the exclusive right to footage is bad to begin with. Only worse than that is how TicToc is managing it. Big fail! Not even having the thrill the rehearsals have begun, plus we got to see nearly nothing…? Last year rehearsal reporting was a million times better.
Biggest props are in the 2nd SF
i really like the ethereal/mermaid fantasy they are going with. it looks like a painting to me. well done Cyprus!
OMG Cyprus was so cool, I LOVE THEIR STAGING!
Malta is not the jury’s puppet. Emma has one of the strongest vocals in this year’s competition.
absolutely agree, and Emma’s staging very much compliments and elevates the song so well
I actually think Malta did a good job! Great vocals, STUNNING outfits and excellent staging, maybe an average song, but I think it will pull through!
I really want Serbia to win. I highly doubt that they will allow that black hole in the middle just destroy the camera shots. In one of the photos they were closely focused and the small LED was used instead when they were holding flowers. We need to see how it would look on TV screen.
The only thing I disagree (dangerous things she did).
Did Emma get Nicole Azzopardi’s costume designer from the NF? These big sequins are not too far from the dragon scales outfit.
It’s a great dress but doesn’t match the tone of the song. The dancers look much more comfortable being who they are.
Nicole Azzopardi is my fave! INTO THE FIRE!!!! Also, it’s lovely seeing Emma actually move and DANCE OMG LOL!
Aside from Israel, everyone is ahead of Malta on my list, songwise. Georgia is currently my 8th in the semi, so I’d love to see them make it through. 🙂
I still don’t get why people don’t like the song. I think it’s great regardless of the staging, but clearly I’m in the minority here.
What minority, I. LOVE. IT.
You count for 10.000 I suppose….
I still find it hilarious that I.M. and I Am What I Am are on the same day and pretty close together in the running order. Graham Norton’s jokes are writing themselves.
Graham doesn’t commentate on the semi-finals
Both were pretty good vocally tho! and OMG, I love the outfits (Malta and Israel both looked STUNNING!) Malta staging was also great! For Israel, it seems they are using a box thing LOL!
Yeah, just judging on the pictures, they all look pretty great today.
Konstrakta unbothered in her lane, flourishing and hydrated, she’s not the moment, she’s the future.
Deeply hydrated may I add
Past will never be the same…
Loving her footwear, so iconic! ???
San Marino is musically terrible and I’ll be pissed if it qualifies. Having interesting staging does not justify a spot in the grand final. It’s the Eurovision SONG Contest not the Eurovision Staging Contest.
It also a TV programme to though not just a song contest.
Well it’s also the EuroVISION Song Contest, not the radio contest. If you have a song that might not be the most pleasant radio listen but absolutely comes alive on stage, that’s worth recognition in my opinion.
Stay pressed, amigo. San Marino’s going for the threepeat!
Sure, but that’s meant to be the reasoning behind having separate voting between juries and televoters. Theoretically, juries shouldn’t be rewarding weak songs or vocal performances (theoretically, mind you). But viewers at home tend to love a spectacle and it makes perfect sense for delegations to lean into whatever is their strength.
San Marino has always been a contender to qualify, not sure why people were ruling them out. Achille has BUDGET
Well a song on it’s own is not pretty strong, maybe that’s why, but with this performance, it really is a strong contender to qualify
The song’s great, the staging looks great, Achille is a proven live performer. We already knew the budget of UVpSM wasn’t going to show the full extent of what he can do, but with his resources and the Eurovision stage at his disposal, it bodes well for him. I think San Marino has a very good shot at the final.
Seems to me that the acts with staging concepts not dependent on that sun, particularly with their own props/set, are standing out the most. Just first impressions from photos since vocals, delivery, camera angles, stage presence, and storytelling will be the real difference maker.