From the moment they won Sanremo, Mahmood and Blanco have been firm favourites to take home the Eurovision 2022 trophy. But for now, Mahmood will be flying solo as he gets his on-stage bearings. According to local media, Blanco will not attend Italy’s first rehearsal on Thursday.
Italian news outlet La Stampa reported Blanco will miss his first rehearsal in Turin while he finishes up tour commitments elsewhere in Italy.
Blanco will not attend Italy’s first rehearsal at Eurovision 2022
Mahmood and Blanco were set to rehearse “Brividi” on the PalaOlimpico stage for the first time on Thursday 5 May, ahead of the live Eurovision shows next week.
While Blanco is still on tour, Mahmood will take to the stage without his singing partner. Although, it is unlikely Mahmood will have to sing alone.
Further details about a temporary replacement act are yet to be confirmed. However, it is likely the Italian delegation will use a stand-in performer to rehearse in place of Blanco, for the sake of confirming camera movements and stage spots.
Stand-in performers are a vital part of the Eurovision rehearsal package, and are frequently used in scenarios such as these. In 2017, “Amar Pelos Dois” songwriter Luisa Sobral stood in for Salvador Sobral due to health issues.
Additionally, in 2021, San Marino’s Senhit performed alongside rapper Don Jiggy while awaiting Flo Rida’s arrival. Meanwhile, a stand-in singer performed with Ukraine’s Go_A while lead singer Kateryna Pavlenko remained in isolation over a COVID-19 scare.
Mahmood and Blanco will reunite in time for their second rehearsal on Saturday 7 May, where they’ll perform “Brividi” together once again.
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