The Eurovision 2022 stage design, entitled “The Sun Within”, was meant to play on the movement and energy of the sun. The design, which you can watch in the animated rendering below, includes a series of moving arches. One side features an LED that should display stunning graphics, while the other side has countless lights that emit glorious hues across the spectrum.
Unfortunately the sun within ain’t moving. It now resembles a static black rainbow of death or an ominous space craft from Close Encounters of the Third Kind and has marred many of the rehearsals so far. Delegations — who spent months planning their stage shows around the large moving orb — have had to tweak their plans at the last minute. Let’s be real though: Not everyone is going to be able to put a Band-Aid over the out-of-place object that’s blocking the bigger LED graphics behind it.
Eurovision 2022 stage problems: Kinetic sun will remain in place
In a statement sent to Danish broadcaster DR, the European Broadcasting Union confirmed that the sun will remain in place even if it’s kaput.
“During the technical tests in Turin, the production team has experienced challenges with how long it takes to adjust the sun to different positions in the time between the different performances.”
“Together with the host broadcaster RAI (Italian TV), it was therefore decided that the sun will remain in the same position during all 40 songs, to ensure a fair competition for all participating countries.”
Is it fair though? Some countries seem to have suffered more from the large black expanse eating up TV space than others.
In the main photo above, Romania’s on-screen graphics of the lyrics “Hola mi bebébé” are completely obscured. You’ll recall that they played a key role in WRS’ national final performance, helping people follow along with the song.
As you can see in the photographs of Estonia’s performance below, the black arches are very visible on stage — blotting out what’s behind it.
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Birgitte Næss-Schmidt — Denmark’s stage director for Eurovision 2022 — spilled a lot of tea to Danish broadcaster DR.
“We were told that the stage did not work three days before our first rehearsal,” she said. “Fortunately, we had chosen not to use the turntable itself in advance, because we did not think it worked optimally, so it has been fairly simple for us to adapt our performance.”
Cyprus is among the countries that have managed to dodge a sun-shaped bullet by not incorporating the kinetic sun into their original stage plans.
By standing inside a glorious seashell, Andromache is able to serve non-stop colour and emotion without fear of those arches.
It’s a similar story for Portugal. By using Stage B — and tweaking camera angles — they will likely avoid the sunken star.
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