On Saturday May 14th, the grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 will take place. Read the article below for a sneak preview of how all the performances in that show are going to look like!
ESCDaily is live in Turin. With a team of journalists we follow all the rehearsals to analyze how every country will stage their song. When even the slightest detail changes, we will update this article for you, so keep refreshing this throughout the upcoming weeks to get the latest information!
First half – Germany – Malik Harris – Rockstars
The concept of the lyrics is nicely translated to the stage. That shows an empty rehearsal room with various instruments displayed and the inevitable carpet on the floor you always see in those kind of rooms for acoustic reasons. Malik stands behind his keyboard with his blond dyed hair and simple army green T-shirt. He starts walking around and pretends to play some of those other instruments.
There are several good close ups especially when he is delivering his spoken word ending in anger. When he sings ‘Can we have a restart’ all the lights are switched off… and on again. When returning to the melody Malik will stand behind a microphone while playing his guitar. Some subtle yellow spotlights are on the stage at the back of the scene.
First half – Spain – Chanel – SloMo
Spain starts off with a close up of one dancer, then we get to see some difficult dance positions whereas Chanel’s dancers hold her and lift one of her legs up high and busy dance routine follows and for three minutes Chanel sways her hips, her hair and body trying to seduce the camera.
Halfway she is lifted above the male dancers heads while singing. She wears a black hot pants with silver patchwork and suspenders connected to her boots to prevent her high cut outfit at the hips to crawl up to her armpits. During the choruses we get to see some nice stroboscope effects where because of the freeze position the dancers have some rest. Near the end a golden pyro waterfall adds to the yellow and right lights and fires. In the music there is some extra bass added. A very slick performance the viewers will love or hate.
First half France – Alvan & Ahez – Fulenn
A green floor and orange lit faces during the performance of France. Fire pits are placed on the stage and there are some low steps which the female singers walk while singing. The male singer mainly jumps around playing drums or guitar on a stand. In the backdrop green lights and pagan patterns are shown. All performers wear black outfits loads of golden decorations are stitched to them. Overall the act looks a bit messy.
09 – Italy – Mahmood & Blanco – Brividi
The opening shot shows Mahmood alone stage dressed in a long black coat singing his first words standing in a white spotlight a cappella. The piano intro (which is in the studio recording) is cut off. Blanco dressed in white comes walking the stage from behind and lays his hand on Mahmood’s shoulder. Both performers sing the first chorus then Blanco walks towards a very modern white piano and while sitting on it he is singing his vocals.
The wide zoom with soft lilac spotlights facing down make it look as if they are performing in a cathedral. During choruses both singers always stand close to each other facing each other. Blanco’s spoken word is shortened in time because of the three minute limit. The act is very minimalistic yet effective with a lot of soft lilac and white spotlights. During the last chorus there is a wideshot where a pattern of on/off lights show a flying dove.
Second half – United Kingdom – Sam Ryder – Space man
The opening shot from above zooming into a close face up while Sam sings his a cappella intro is really nice. The singer stands on a white small podium. The UK brings three huge steal futuristic frameworks on stage which make him look like he is in a capsule. Small LEDs attached to its beams. Sam wears a long black suit with busy printing of planets, stars and moons on it.
The camera turns around Sam singing focusing on the camera, while delivering his song with confidence. At the bridge the frameworks open up like a tulip and the colour scheme switches to yellow and red. Sam plays the guitar in the intermezzo. In the final stage of the song the colours switch back to black and white and camera’s to more intimacy. Again a close up upfront and now zooming out to from above with Sam standing on the small white lit podium. Vocals each run through were pitch perfect, ad libs included.