Today rehearsals for the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 are continuing. Countries rehearsing on Day 4 include Ireland, North Macedonia, Estonia, Romania, Poland , Montenegro, Belgium, Sweden and Czech Republic. Next to rehearse today was Estonia’s Stefan.
Stefan’s first rehearsal
The next act to take to the Eurovision 2022 stage at the Pala Alpitour in Turin was Estonia’s Stefan. He will sing the song “Hope” at Eurovision 2022 after he was selected to represent Estonia earlier this year.
Following Stefan’s first rehearsal a clip of his rehearsal was posted on TikTok. The clip showed him before and after he took to the Eurovision stage for the first time. The clip also gave us some insight into how well his rehearsal went.
@eurovision @stefanairapetjan using the WHOLE STAGE 🏃♂️ during is first rehearsal for Estonia 🇪🇪 #EurovisionTikTok #Eurovision2022 #Eurovision ♬ original sound – Eurovision
What did we learn about Stefan’s staging?
Stefan has retained some elements from his performance at Eesti Laul – he still has his guitar, and the vintage filter on the visuals. There’s also a lot of movement in his performance, starting on the B stage but covering the entire floor as the song progresses.
However, he’s left the two other cowboys behind! It’s just him and the audience. The rehearsal liveblog notes that he makes a great connection with the crowd – just as you might expect from him.
@thateurosite #stitch with @eurovision @stefanairapetjan has just had his first rehearsal on the Eurovision stage! Here’s what @tiktokwithrosie had to say about what we’ve seen so far. #eurovision #esc #estonia #hope #stefan ♬ original sound – thateurosite
Stefan has been a familiar face on Estonian TV for many years, but his big break came as part of duo VAJÉ, when they entered Eesti Laul 2018 with “Laura (Walk With Me)”. Since then, he has become one of Estonia’s most prominent singers, having reached the Eesti Laul final as a soloist twice before winning the ticket to Eurovision this year, alongside releasing a number of singles. He also won the 2020 version of The Masked Singer Estonia, where he performed as Aires.
Stefan was named Estonia’s Sexiest Man by Kroonika magazine in 2020.
Estonia‘s Eurovision Journey
Estonia has appeared at almost every Eurovision since their debut in 1994. They have won the contest once with Tanel Padar, Dave Benton and 2XL in 2001, singing Everybody. Other notable Estonian entrants include 3rd placer Sahlene with Runaway in 2002 and Ines with Once In A Lifetime in 2000, who placed 4th. More recently, their highest-placing entries have been Urban Symphony with Randajad in 2009 and Ott Lepland with Kuula in 2012, both of whom finished in 6th place. In 2021, they elected to resend 2020 representative Uku Suviste through Eesti Laul to the contest with The Lucky One. He failed to qualify for the final.
Estonia has used Eesti Laul to decide their competing entry every year since 2009. Before then, they used another national final format, Eurolaul, dating back to their first attempt at participation in 1993, where they failed to make it through the pre-qualifying round.
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News Source: EBU
Photo Source: Ako Lehemets