The rehearsals of the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 are going on for almost a week. Today was no exception when it comes down to rehearsals. The press saw the full rehearsals of the following countries on-screen: Australia, Cyprus, Ireland, North Macedonia, Estonia, Romania, Poland, Montenegro, Belgium, Sweden, and Czech Republic.
Below you can find a pro and a con of what we saw of each song, so that you can get an idea of what we think will happen on the nights of the live shows.
Sheldon Riley – Not the Same
Pro: A beautiful strong voice. An unmistakably beautiful outfit. Great staging.
Con: Sheldon’s song is not really a ballad, and there is no real build-up like, and that makes for a whole lot of power that can come across as screaming.
Andromache – Ela, ela
Pro: European ear candy, because it is Mediterranean ethnic and it is also pop, sung by Aphrodite herself. The staging is magical.
Con: Might be compared to other singers of the past couple of years, i.e. Elena Tsagkrinou and Eleni Foureira.
Brooke – That’s Rich
Pro: Brooke has really amped up the Eurovision version of her song, and instead of a tween she is a vamp now.
Con: How do you stage the ultimate break-up song? Will non-English speaking countries get the lyrics, and if not, the act?
Andrea – Circles
Pro: Andrea has a strong voice, and her performance is slick without any gimmicks.
Con: There is nothing really happening in the song, it seems to be just there.
Stefan – Hope
Pro: Powerful voice, and it is good thing that he subsided from the western-cowboy atmosphere.
Con: Might sound like Sweden’s Måns Zelmerlöw “Heroes” to some.
WRS – Llamamé
Pro: WRS embraces his inner-Latin feels, and goes for it.
Con: Might be too out there and forward for some countries.
Ochman – River
Pro: Beautiful angelic male opera-like voice.
Con: The staging with Harry Potter’s Dementors is a little strange.
Vladana – Breathe
Pro: Vladana has a voice with an enormous reach, and her act is really magical.
Con: It is a ballad that does not seem to captivate or stick somehow.
Jérémie Makiese – Miss You
Pro: No doubt about Jérémie’s singing abilities, none. His act is very R&B, very slick.
Con: The song does not evoke a feeling other than “nice song”, it kind of fizzles out.
Cornelia Jacobs – Hold Me Closer
Pro: Great raw voice, and a rather cryptic kind of staging.
Con: Sweden? Again?
We Are Domi – Lights Off
Pro: A Summer dance hit that can be heard on festivals and be played on the radio right now.
Con: The vocals might not be all that. They improved, but some might make a thing of it still.
A couple of weeks ago, we thought that this contest would be of a lower quality than last year’s, but now we have to take that back. There are a couple of songs that we are sure that will not do very well, but it is not a whole lot of them this year. This year we can even say that “it is everyone’s game”, and that is always a good thing, because somehow we all want a nail-biting Grand Final which remains exciting until the very end. This might be the year that this is going to happen again, so stay tuned for more updates in the world of Eurovision. We most definitely are going to keep you posted!
What do you think?
Now we would like to read from you! What is your opinion about the rehearsals of today and maybe already about the outcome of the Semi-finals, since the acts need tweaks, but will not change a whole lot anymore.
Eurovision Song Contest 2022
This year’s Eurovision Song Contest will take place on the 10th, 12th, and 14th of May 2022 in Turin, Italy.