Today’s the day! Eurovision 2022 second rehearsals kick off in Turin, and after days of short TikTok clips, we finally get our first proper look at how this year’s acts decided to stage their entries.
Artists from 14 countries — Albania, Latvia, Lithuania, Switzerland, Slovenia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Netherlands, Moldova, Portugal, Croatia, Denmark, Austria and Greece — will take to the PalaOlimpico stage for their 20-minute run-throughs ahead of next week’s live shows.
We’ll have individual posts for each country on our website, updated live throughout the day. Stay tuned to wiwibloggs to see our first reactions!
4 May: Second rehearsals at Eurovision 2022
Listed below are the countries having their first rehearsals today. All times are listed in CEST (BST + 1).
- 10:00 – 10:20 Albania: Ronela Hajati “Sekret”
- 10:25 – 10:45 Latvia: Citi Zeni “Eat Your Salad”
- 10:50 – 11:10 Lithuania: Monika Liu “Sentimentai”
- 11:15 – 11:35 Switzerland: Marius Bear “Boys Do Cry”
- 11:40 – 12:00 Slovenia: LPS “Disko”
- Lunch break
- 13:05 – 13:25 Ukraine: Kalush Orchestra “Stefania”
- 13:30 – 13:50 Bulgaria: Intelligent Music Project “Intention”
- 13:55 – 14:15 Netherlands: S10 “De diepte”
- 14:20 – 14:40 Moldova: Zdob si Zdub & Advahov Brothers “Trenuletul”
- 14:45 – 15:05 Portugal: MARO “saudade, saudade”
- 15:35 – 15:55 Croatia: Mia Dimsic “Guilty Pleasure”
- 16:00 – 16:20 Denmark: REDDI “The Show”
- 16:25 – 16:45 Austria: LUM!X feat. Pia Maria “Halo”
- 16:50 – 17:10 Greece: Amanda Tenfjord “Die Together”
Unlike first rehearsals — which were exclusive to TikTok — press will have access to the second rehearsal livestream direct from the PalaOlimpico arena.
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 from Turin all day, so make sure you subscribe to our YouTube channel and keep an eye on wiwi.tv to hear our first reactions!
Eurovision 2022: Press Conference schedule
Shortly after their rehearsals, each act will be available for a 20 minute press conference.
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).
- 11:10 – 11:30 Albania: Ronela Hajati “Sekret”
- 11:35 – 11:55 Latvia: Citi Zeni “Eat Your Salad”
- 12:00 – 12:20 Lithuania: Monika Liu “Sentimentai”
- 12:25 – 12:45 Switzerland: Marius Bear “Boys Do Cry”
- 12:50 – 13:10 Slovenia: LPS “Disko”
- 14:15 – 14:35 Ukraine: Kalush Orchestra “Stefania”
- 14:40 – 15:00 Bulgaria: Intelligent Music Project “Intention”
- 15:05 – 15:25 Netherlands: S10 “De diepte”
- 15:30 – 15:50 Moldova: Zdob si Zdub & Advahov Brothers “Trenuletul”
- 15:55 – 16:15 Portugal: MARO “saudade, saudade”
- 16:45 – 17:05 Croatia: Mia Dimsic “Guilty Pleasure”
- 17:10 – 17:30 Denmark: REDDI “The Show”
- 17:35 – 17:55 Austria: LUM!X feat. Pia Maria “Halo”
- 18:00 – 18:20 Greece: Amanda Tenfjord “Die Together”
Which act are you most excited for? What changes will we see from first rehearsals? Share your thoughts in the comments down below.
The camera angles are really awkward for almost every act and the stage looks like a big void because of it. As well as lightning, which sucks as well, in some frames you can’t even see performers faces because of how bright the lightning is. And, to be honest, until now I didn’t realise how big of an issue the dead sun is but it really is a problem. It covers the LED screens, it’s completely kills the staging for some acts that don’t use the lights from it. I have a vibe that nothing is really tv ready yet… Read more »
Why Blanco not showing up to the first rehearsal tomorrow is allowed? I hate artists that just do Eurovision as a side gig and only want the publicity from it *cough Mika*
All his concert went sold-out weeks before Sanremo; that’s nothing about doing Eurovision as a side gig, he cares of his fans that had put money to watch him. Same thing for Mahmood
he could reschedule, other artists had planned gigs as well. Rules apply for everyone, Salvador Sobral didnt attend rehearsals for medical reasons and thats the only acceptable excuse.
There are no rules that forced you to be at the preparties or even at the rehearsal – and that’s why Mahmood can perform tomorrow on his own or with someone else (like Senith did last year).
Of course, artist can reschedule, but it’s not a shame if they don’t
rehearsals are part of the event and yes, rules say that artists need to be present throughout the rehearsal period.
The rules say artists only need to be a t the dress rehearsals.
He will have thousands of concerts after Eurovision, but he might do Eurovision once in his lifetime.
Apparently because Italy send successful artists to Eurovision and they have actually a career. I know it is quite rare among Eurovision contestants!
Yeah its also rare to build a stage that doesnt work, Italy is the first to do so in 67 years, well done!
Yes, in fact Italy focuses mainly on the quality of the songs and not the stages. Weak songs need to rely on staging!
Lol songs need lighting at least and that doesnt even work, well done
Yes, of course.
Can someone tell me how come Deban isn’t in Turin?
Many performances are ruined by that black hole. I need to see the staging and shooting for Serbia. If they manage to shoot it close and well I will be confident that Serbia is heading to TOP 5 this year.
I am so anxious waiting for Serbia’s 2nd rehearsal. Hope they found the way to work with the rainbow of death.
I would like to say it clearly only one time, then people can have their opinion. The “Sun” shows this side because EBU forced Rai to do that; when they realised that the structure needs more time to move itself, than the 40 seconds of the postcards, Rai decided to go back after every perfomance live in the arena and then – thanks to Leo the drone – launch the next artist. That would have assure an extra time that the sun needs – only 40 seconds more. EBU didn’t allowed this fact, so the production decided to choose the… Read more »
Good to know, but still not fair at all to those who planned on using the other side of the sun.
Rai planned to present every artist in “Sanremo style” and EBU liked the idea so they gave the permission. Three day before the rehearsal EBU changed idea so there was no time enough to fix the Sun to be faster.
So, please guy, it’s all EBU matter; Rai is only trying to figure out how to do it’s very best with all of these problems.
With all the mess that these last days have been, I don’t doubt it’s EBU’s fault after all
Guys we all need your support, we want you to be proud of us and happy about the show. We have been waiting for so long, and we don’t want to ruin it all – that’s why Rai planned such a big event with the Italian style. Please, try to be kind and supportive; we are facing such difficult time.
are you actually? I havent seen an official apology or explanation by RAI.
Hey WiWiBloggs team! I don’t know if you’ve realised that you’re facing what might be one of your most important moments in your history, since you’re one of the most well-known voices in the Eurovision fandom community. Reviewing songs, entries and votes would be more than enough in normal years. But this ain’t turning out to be a normal year for Eurovision. I know it’s scary. This falls clearly out of your comfort zone. But you have a voice. You must use it. Wisely. But use it you must. You need to start making a journalistic style coverage and investigation… Read more »
Pathetic on so many levels!
I’m totally open to the idea that my comment might be pathetic. But since you did spend energy to say something, why didn’t you try to make it at least more useful and explanatory? Or why not just say nothing at all if you couldn’t be bothered to explain?
Definitely. Guessing then, Italy should be banned or maybe they just withdraw for 2 decades like they did in the past. After all, Italian fandom is almost inexistent. They won’t miss it much!
Italy should not be banned. Nor should they withdraw. And doing so well at Eurovision over the last few years must’ve created a fandom.
It’s the stage that needs fixing right now. And someone should find out and tell us what has happened exactly and why we cannot find before the final a better solution than the one proposed by the EBU.
Despite my name I’m not Italian. Blame my parents for it I suppose! ?
That’s why I hate the Big 5 concept, it gives those 5 countries an unfair advantage over the rest of contestants
Ngl I was expecting something better from the Netherlands, the staging’s too opaque.
Also, Greece has a peculiar staging but it doesn’t look as magical as one could’ve thought from the first rehearsal
Yeah, looks like it. It wouldn’t be the first time staging kills a contender’s chances though. But I love De Diepte so much that it feels very off putting
Greece also ruined. What a mess this year. Its gonna be a surprise winner I guess…
Yes Greece is so ruined thats why it got votes best rehearsal of the day from all the journalists in the arena and is looking for top 5 if no winning.. Totally ruined for sure.. come on guys plsss
absolutely. destroyed. one of the favorites is out.
Cant understand people who say that Netherlands is fantastic on stage. Its horrendous. They have destroyed one of the contenders. Its bland, she is frightened, looks bored. This is Denmark 2002 all over again. Even Croatia looks better.
Horrendous year, horrendous organization. Shame on RAI, and even more SHAME ON EBU!
I don’t understand in this specific case the blame on RAI and EBU. They’re not staging the Dutch performance. Each country creates the style by itself. It is what the Netherlands chose. Unfortunately by the way. I also expected much more from the Netherlands. I love the song so much. But staging is really nothing.
The rain of death within>The sun within
I think it is more appropriate ‘solar eclipse’. The name of rain of death was more suitable for the one in Israel where a worker died.
I did not like her staging, the wrong colors and it gives you nothing.
From the clips today. I most like Switzerland. A very good staging. It really elevate the song and artist. Well done! Everyone here hating Sasha Baptiste are wrong. You can tell it is a pro doing the staging and it might help Switzerland to reach the final. The rest today are looking poor in comparison.
Stage isn’t as bad as I’ve been afraid of for a couple of days. the less expectation the more good impression.
That stage thing taught me a couple of things. 1) Florian Weider designs might not be as flashy or adventurous but they are reliable as f^ck 2) The Eurofans often find reasons to be toxic even when everything works fine, so why bother to even pay attention to that bitter bunch. 3) The Italian organizers probably are much more devastated by this situation than the bored couch experts at home. They actually worked hard to plan and build this thing and had huge plans that now won’t happen plus everybody is mad at them as if they didn’t make an… Read more »
The stage looks fine, there is no need for drama. Yes, it would have been better with that sun: but today performances look fine on screens.
I can’t agree. If you hadn’t heard all the hype beforehand maybe you’d think it looked OK but they really talked it up, the “sun within” was meant to be THE feature of the stage, now we have what looks like half a vinyl record which in one way is not inappropriate but the problem is that it’s there for all 40 songs, a few spotlights shining out of the blackness which blind and obscure what’s going on and doesn’t disguise the fact that someone really messed up here and no one seems to be able to do anything about… Read more »
Listen, I get it, but this is what we have. The amount of negativity is now too much, I think we should do our best to enjoy the contest. Otherwise what kind of fans are we?
Honest and true fans, who say that the stage is crap. Even Jerusalem 1999 had a MOVING sun.
Wait, the eurovision.tv says that Greece will rehearse tomorrow, is there a change in schedule? WHAT IS GOING ON THIS YEAR?
Based on Amanda’s insta story she will rehearse today.
No, i’ll bet it will be beautiful. Yes, it will be dark and classy, but not black for the whole three minutes. Let’s wait and see, but i’ll bet S10 still will be my number one.
Yes, but the snippet is from the most important part and it doesn’t look impressive. Don’t think the other parts will be better.
amazing stage, love every detail about it
Rai is doing such a fabulous job at hosting eurovision <3
And I’m the duchess of Essex, and I’m a man.
*Sussex, my apologies
Maybe you’re both.
yeah the earth if flat as well
Good morning everyone 🙂
Good luck to all participating countries
Mark my words. This will be the day that Portugal’ odds will move up. Easy top 10.
I mean, they don’t even rely on the staging that much so I don’t see why not. It will possibly look similar to the one of Festival Da Cançao (hopefully I didn’t butcher the name), with only the girls forming a circle with their positions. Simple but effective.
well, they got tested positive with covid.
Tricky, their entry is strong.
well, they got tested positive with covid. so it seems more likely that they will move out.
Oh, you strongly wished that would happen, don’t you, luso-hater? Well, I have bad news for you: Portugal’s second rehearsal will happen today as planned. Portugal is moving IN.
Good morning to everyone, once again! 🙂 If I’m not mistaken, today we’re going to be shown Youtube clips from the rehearsals? No more TikTok? HOORAY, I say, haha.
Good morning to you, too! And have a nice day everyone!
Does anyone know why Greece is today and Iceland tomorrow?
Maybe another instance where they switched them by mistake?
I mean if they were going by the incorrect schedule for the first rehearsals where they switched them by mistake…