San Marino Achille Lauro Stripper Eurovision 2022 rehearsal
Photo: EBU / NATHAN REINDS

There’s still a long evening ahead for those in Turin as the Big Five prepare for their first rehearsals. But for those following second run-throughs, the day is over. However, not before San Marino’s Achille Lauro took to the stage for “Stripper”. How did the Italian rockstar perform on home soil? Let’s find out…

San Marino’s Achille Lauro “Stripper” — Eurovision 2022 second rehearsal

Padraig: For a brief moment angels sang hallelujah from on high as it looks like Achille has pulled a Germany 2018 and brought his own LED. However, the moment is fleeting as the red LED prop quickly pulls away to show the regular stage. And the angels don’t hang around for long either, as Achille unleashes a performance that oozes sexual decadence. Lauro is dressed like a glam rocker that dabbles as a pimp in his spare time, he dons a cowboy hat, a fur boa and a sheer bodysuit. Two of his band members are trapped inside cages – think Cyprus 2016. Another plays out front, giving Achille the opportunity to suggestively grind against him and tease some man on man action that never comes to fruition. The moment that everyone has been waiting for comes after what feels like an age when he mounts the mechanical bull. It looks better in the pictures, as once he’s on top of it there’s nowhere else for the performance to go.

Reaction to San Marino’s second rehearsal at Eurovision 2022

@wiwibloggs_official #SanMarino’s @AchilleLauroOfficial goes all out at his 2nd #Eurovision rehearsal. @jonathanvautrey watches and reacts 🇸🇲 #ESC2022 #Eurovision2022 #TheSoundOfBeauty #Stripper ♬ original sound – wiwibloggs

What do you think? How will Achille do in the semi-final? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Dawid
Dawid
14 days ago

So that’s where “another Flo Rida cash” went into

morlajko
morlajko
14 days ago

He seems really tired and is putting no energy into this performance. The song is starting to sound like an end-of-night-I’ve-had-too-many-drinks-at-the-pub ballad.

schlageresque
schlageresque
14 days ago

I really wanted not to like him at first but he has an unstoppable and fiery energy that also makes up for all the dull entries this year. Fingers crossed we’ll see him in the running order on Saturday

ete sech
ete sech
14 days ago

The song might not be my cup of tea but Achille deserves to go to the final anyways, that performance (or at least what’s available of it) is pretty fun to watch! 😀
I think it’ll probably be one of the most iconic moments of this season.

WannaEatMySpaghetti
WannaEatMySpaghetti
14 days ago

Too much…

Jamie
Jamie
14 days ago

This is the only rehearsal from today that I keep rewatching haha. I want to see more!

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
14 days ago

Go big or go home, that’s the motto for San Marino this year.

Leo M
Leo M
14 days ago

I need San Marino in the final

vetrina
vetrina
14 days ago

He has my vote!

Stian F
Stian F
14 days ago

This is getting better by every minute!!! Everyone, initially doubting it based on a poor San Marino live stage… Not even considering how different it would look on a massive stage like the actual Eurovision. Song was always great ( and better than Dominica for sure) and the new staging elevates it even more! Hooray!!! Best rock entry of the year!

Jghtl
14 days ago

Some weird hand movements, but I like it haha. I hope it qualifies

Joe
Joe
14 days ago

This looks great!

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
14 days ago

Finally a song for a certain kind of man. (Obviously I cannot elaborate, for the sake of the actual children.) Thank you Achille. 🙂

Nikki
Nikki
14 days ago

Sexy time ?

Jake
Jake
14 days ago

I always though San Marino had a chance to qualify given Achille is a star in Italy with the backing of a major label and knows how to perform. Part of me feels like this is like that accessories cliche line—he probably should’ve taken one thing off before it got on stage. There’s just so much going on—cages, outfit, fire, hat, bull, fog, fire, graphics.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
14 days ago

This is what you get with Achille. San Marino have given themselves a chance with this presentation.

jot
jot
14 days ago

The best thing about being German this year is the ability to vote for this in semi #2

Jimmy
Jimmy
14 days ago
Reply to  jot

Something to make us feel great about ourselves while powering the country with Putin’s blood-soaked fossil fuels.

Lily
Lily
14 days ago
Reply to  Jimmy

No politics here pls

Jghtl
14 days ago
Reply to  Jimmy

Just stop with politics, please, this is Eurovision

Jimmy
Jimmy
14 days ago
Reply to  Jghtl

It was sarcasm. Get a grip.

Joe
Joe
14 days ago
Reply to  jot

Gonna try and get a burner phone while I’m laid over in Munich but if I don’t I don’t

Paul
Paul
14 days ago

if this doesnt qualify it’ll be a travesty!! gutted we didnt get to see the mechanicalbull in the video

Jo.
Jo.
14 days ago

video’s finally out now, it doesn’t show much tho, but it’s achille at his extreme

Chingiz
Chingiz
14 days ago

Yes, Achille! It looks very promising for San Marino, and I think he’s a sure qualifier now

Efthymios
Efthymios
14 days ago

I dug this song 6ft under the ground before the first rehearsals and now I’m digging it up again and putting it to my considered qualifiers, lmao. Thank you, Achille, for changing my life for 3 minutes. XD

Im so fab
Im so fab
14 days ago

Don’t forget to vote song #7 in Semi Final 2. 🙂

Zheng
Zheng
14 days ago

He must be in the final!

Lily
Lily
14 days ago

Suzanne and Katie are so loving this on the livestream, and Achille is climbing with the bookies.
Straight into the final!