Stefan Hope Estonia Eurovision 2022 rehearsal
Photo: EBU / ANDRES PUTTING

We’ve reached the midpoint on day three of Eurovision 2022 second rehearsals. But before heading to lunch, we had Estonia’s Stefan take to the stage for his second rehearsal. How is “Hope” coming along? Let’s find out…

Estonia’s Stefan “Hope” — Eurovision 2022 second rehearsal

Padraig: Stefan has had a costume change for his second round of run-throughs. The black jacket, shirt and jeans have been swapped for white and beige. This is potentially to offer more contrast against the dead kinetic sun that looms menacingly over his entire performance. Stefan begins on the satellite stage with a sepia filter that harks back to the cowboy films of old. He strums his guitar as the filter fades away, before putting the instrument on his back as he makes his way to the main stage. It’s clear that the delegation envisions a lot of audience interaction, as much of Stefan’s time is spent singing to the arena while we are treated to multiple shots of currently empty seats. As we build towards the climax, Stefan runs back towards the satellite stage with a hop, skip and a jump. It ends with a return to the sepia before fading to black in the style of an old movie reel.

Reaction to Estonia’s second rehearsal at Eurovision 2022

@wiwibloggs_official #Estonia’s @stefanairapetjan provides some yeehaw energy at his 2nd #Eurovision rehearsal. @jonathanvautrey watches and reacts 🇪🇪 #Eurovision2022 #ESC2022 #TheSoundOfBeauty #Hope ♬ original sound – wiwibloggs

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

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omri
omri
1 month ago

This aint qualifying.. the staging is so boring the forgettable.. many of the strong songs in this semi have gone too safe with their staging underrated songs or controversial songs might qualify instead like Israel and Ireland

Sometimes
Sometimes
1 month ago
Reply to  omri

Duncan Lawrence staging was also simple, yet personal.
It won.
If song is good, then simple staging won’t make a difference, unless its absolutely horrible and clashing with the song.

Leo M
Leo M
1 month ago

Good enough to qualify but not a top 10 contender that I was expecting. Low right side more realistic now

Im so fab
Im so fab
1 month ago

What happened to Estonia of 2009-2018? They used to be my favourite ESC country. Now they have lost their glamour, they only send basic boring songs with “hot” singers.

Hope is of course a little better than the years 2019-2021 but it can’t be compared to their previous era. He will be placed 10-12, probably a non qualifier with this increasing quality.

zeke
zeke
1 month ago

He should sing part of the song in Ukrainian / Armenian as this song is about freedom fighting, the battle of armenians against oppression and also dedicated to Ukraine.

zeke
zeke
1 month ago
Reply to  zeke

oh and naturally, also our own battle towards the constant threat of Russia. They fcking even steal our fish from lake Peipsi! Here is a toast to everyone who has a good neighbor, you are lucky.

rich
rich
1 month ago

all is nice, boy, clothing, positive message. But damn he suffers from this Italian rainbow. And why is he sweating so much? Give the boy a tissue please

Jake
Jake
1 month ago

Oh boy. I been mostly ignoring the drama of the black hole in the middle of the stage but this one is hard to avoid. I think it’s smart to lean in on the sepia like The Black Mamba did with the black and white filter. It places you quickly into the space when the LED can’t now in full since it’s now blocked. Props for him ditching the cowboys. He looks good on camera and he wouldn’t be the first first good looking chap from Estonia to qualify with an Avicci/Guetta-esque song.

Xxx
Xxx
1 month ago

That sun has ruined his performance. The things i would do to him though… Let me not.

Nikki
Nikki
1 month ago

Handsome man 🙂

Shift_key
Shift_key
1 month ago

It’s a typical but good Eurovision song that will do fine

Thanos
Thanos
1 month ago

Ah we would have had an amazing LED backdrop for this song had it not been for the sun malfunction. Nevertheless Stefan’s performance is amazing! I am sure he will qualify!

Una
Una
1 month ago

A sure qualifier IMO and Stefan look amazing!!

I resonate with the sentiment re: the dead black sun. This is *awful*, EBU and RAI and whoever. You’ve officially let us all down.

Kosey
Kosey
1 month ago

Stefan suffers more than most from the black asteroid of death blotting out his expansive western backdrop. I mean, come on, is there anyone in the world that thinks presenting something like that is acceptable? Oh well, Stefan does his thing with pride and gusto and he has just got to hope that no-one cares about what is behind him.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
1 month ago

Looks and sounds amazing. Great sepia camera effect, absolutely perfect for the song. But yeah, that black half LP at the back of the stage is REALLY noticeable here.
Hope it doesn’t impact it because I seriously believe this song is going to get a huge amount of points.

pmsbm
pmsbm
1 month ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

It will. As much as I’m indifferent to the song he can really sing and is quite handsome, so he’ll qualify easy and deservedly.

Polegend Godnova
1 month ago

televote smash incoming

Jo.
Jo.
1 month ago

watch them saying “nobody saw that coming” 😡

Jo.
Jo.
1 month ago
Reply to  Jo.

wrong emoji lol

Efthymios
Efthymios
1 month ago
Reply to  Jo.

PLEASE TELL ME HOW TO USE EMOJIS IN THIS DAMNED CHAT.

Polegend Godnova
1 month ago
Reply to  Efthymios

why not just use 00s style emoticons, they can be shady ^_^

Jo.
Jo.
1 month ago

he looks amazing, the new outfit is way better and this will work wonderfully with the audience. much success ahead for my boi

that empty seats shot tho LOL

myopinion
myopinion
1 month ago

It’s a nice song ( as much as we’ve heard many “Avichii” type songs but not commenting on that) his major issue is the pronunciation – for most of the song I cannot understand a word he is saying. Maybe it would have been smarter for him to sing in Estonian so at least he would be understood back home

Efthymios
Efthymios
1 month ago

And the award for the most ruined staging, thanks to the black hole, goes to…

Kalla
Kalla
1 month ago
Reply to  Efthymios

Yeh it totally ruins the feel they were going for. Hate to go on about the stage, but when you see a clip like that, it reminds you just how bad that eye sore in the middle is.

Jo.
Jo.
1 month ago

waiting here patiently for that clip

Pete
Pete
1 month ago

Song is bland, but I’d do him

Kalla
Kalla
1 month ago
Reply to  Pete

Lol

Colin
Colin
1 month ago

It has a powerful message, and an extremely charismatic singer to deliver it. Most of the other big favorites in the semi – Poland, Sweden, Australia – have a strong somber side to them. This might be the *go to* uplifting entry of the semi! Of course, we also have Serbia and Finland, but what they offering comes much earlier, and in a completely different package.

pmsbm
pmsbm
1 month ago
Reply to  Colin

Australia and Poland being favorites with those dire songs! Big sigh!

Nicky
Nicky
1 month ago
Reply to  Colin

Agree, this and Malta’s are standing out so much for being most updating entries in this semi actually