Eurovision 2022 second rehearsals for Wednesday concluded with Portugal’s Maro. The Festival da Canção winner was originally due to rehearse “Saudade, Saudade” earlier in the afternoon, but the run through was delayed due to a COVID-19 case in the delegation. What did we think? Scroll down to find out…

Portugal’s Maro “Saudade, Saudade” — Eurovision 2022 second rehearsal

Padraig: It’s been a long day of rehearsals, so it’s fitting that Maro’s gentle lullaby brings proceedings to a close, even if that’s not how organisers initially intended things to go. And I mean lullaby in the best way possible. This isn’t a sleepy, dull number but rather a musical hug that embraces you with the warmth of a cosy blanket. Like in Portugal’s national final, the staging is minimalistic. Maro and her singers stand in a circle, facing inwards, singing to each other. The camera is mostly focused in on them, neatly avoiding the rainbow shaped elephant in the room. However, a few wide-angle shots do suggest that the Portuguse may have had something extra planned for the LED.

 
 
 
 
 
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What do you think? Did Maro live up to your expectations? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Maldric
Maldric
1 year ago

I barely voted for Portugal until 2017….Then I voted in 2017, 2018 and 2021
And guess what? Im gonna vote for them again in 2022!
Top10 (at least) material! Im waiting for a top5 for Portugal this year
Go Maro your song is gorgeous!! 🙂

The truth
1 year ago

A coffin would have been great as part of the act. Maybe they were concerned that the song would actually be viewed as really “dead” boring.

L’oiseau
L’oiseau
1 year ago
Reply to  The truth

Dark humor! Love it!!!

The truth
1 year ago
Reply to  L’oiseau

Thanks. At least someone got it unlike the majority who seem to get so butt hurt and so childishly touchy

Ana
Ana
1 year ago

So funny how people declare Portugal “the dark horse” every single year and they end up not even getting to the final or getting like 3 points from the televote. Just stop, it’s not a dark horse it’s a typical entry from them that will struggle to get a decent result, as usual.

L’oiseau
L’oiseau
1 year ago
Reply to  Ana

Except for the year they actually won, in case you forgot, or last year when they came 12th and 7th in the jury vote… When have your country won lately or even qualified?

Kosey
Kosey
1 year ago

It’s a bit too dark for me. This is a beautiful song, it needs to shine bright.

MartyMcCu
MartyMcCu
1 year ago

This might be this years big suprise. Beautiful !

Miquel
1 year ago

Dark Horse? Of corse!

Elfi
Elfi
1 year ago

The backing vocalist with COVID will be able to perform on semi-final day?

Thanos
Thanos
1 year ago

This song keeps growing and growing on me and it certainly has a very nice and atmospheric staging.

Maybush
1 year ago

I love the song and the staging. I really hope they get through to the final.

Joe
Joe
1 year ago

It looks and sounds GORGEOUS. This absolutely MUST qualify. Would be disgraceful if it didn’t.

Midnight Gold
Midnight Gold
1 year ago
Reply to  Joe

Will almost stop following the season entirely next year if Portugal somehow failed to qualify, I would probably only tune in for the live shows in May and that would be enough for me, why is MARO being a possible NQ even a discussion?

Joshua
1 year ago

Personally I find this song utterly boring and derived of charm. My last place song but, of course, that’s a personal opinion and I wish Portugal and all the contestants well in this exciting chapter for them.

Dane
Dane
1 year ago
Reply to  Joshua

I agree, but then we have a toilet break.

Miquel
1 year ago
Reply to  Dane

Si tienes problemas de próstata.,..te ayudará el abrazo melódico a relajarla

L'oiseau
L'oiseau
1 year ago
Reply to  Miquel

Espectacular!!! LOL

Catherine
Catherine
1 year ago
Reply to  Joshua

It’s ok, good taste is not something everyone can have.

Joe
Joe
1 year ago
Reply to  Catherine

Thoughts and prayers to them both

Ellie
Ellie
1 year ago

My favorite “simple staging” rehearsal so far. If you’re going minimalistic, the performers and vocals need to be strong enough to carry it. Gorgeous to listen to. The camera shots need tweaking, but this should do well.

Rafs
Rafs
1 year ago

I love the song and I’m glad that they keep it simple. But I guess the lighting might be better, too dark around the backing singers.

Dane
Dane
1 year ago

Nice staging. Boring song

Catherine
Catherine
1 year ago
Reply to  Dane

It’s only boring for people who are easily bored.

Miquel
1 year ago
Reply to  Dane

No hay canciones aburridas , el arte no aburre , si hay oídos que se aburren, que es diferente

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
1 year ago

REALLY good staging. Probably my favourite of the season. My personal winner! Please vote for her!

Alaska
Alaska
1 year ago

It already looks (and obviously sounds) amazing. But I guess the full potential of this staging will be reached in the live shows, with the audience surrounding the singers. Goosebumping already! <3

Joe
Joe
1 year ago
Reply to  Alaska

Isn’t that how it always is? And Portugal doing isolated staging has worked out pretty well in the past. That was a big element of why Salvador’s performance was so affecting.

ete sech
ete sech
1 year ago

Saudade, Saudade is just beautiful and sublime and the simplistic staging fits the song like a glove. I wish all the best to Portugal and I wish the member that got covid a speedy recovery 🙂

Jghtl
1 year ago

These harmonies, omg, sooo beautiful

Xxx
Xxx
1 year ago

Beautifully sung.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 year ago

My best wishes go to the Portuguese delegation; I hope they are okay for the Semi Final.
“Saudade” was such a lovely way to finish the day today. Bravo to Maro and the group.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
1 year ago

I hope that delegation member gets better. I wonder how long it takes to create a rehearsal clip because Portugal is the only one not up on the Eurovision Youtube channel yet.

zsó
zsó
1 year ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

It’s on now! Sadly, one of Maro’s backing singer that got Covid.

zsó
zsó
1 year ago
Reply to  zsó

*who got Covid

Jake
Jake
1 year ago
Reply to  zsó

Im surprised they didn’t plug in one of the Italian women from the stand-in rehearsals in case more of them get sick and this becomes the default performance that gets shown

Thatsreal
Thatsreal
1 year ago

Winner ??

Rick
Rick
1 year ago

If one of the backing vocalists is positive than this will be for sure the performance shown in the semi-final. What a pity.