Today second rehearsals for the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 continue. Countries rehearsing on Day 6 for the second time include Iceland, Norway, Armenia, Finland, Israel, Serbia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Malta, and San Marino. Next to rehearse today was San Marino’s Achille Lauro
Achille Lauro’s second rehearsal
Today we got to watch Achille Lauro’s second rehearsal from the online Press Centre. We got an in-depth preview of how his performance will look on TV on Thursday 12th May, when he performs in the second Eurovision semi-final. You can watch a small clip of his second rehearsal here!
What can we see from San Marino’s second rehearsal
It’s an absolute moment from Achille Lauro – what we might expect from him if you’re familiar with his previous work! We don’t see him clearly for the first part of the song – we see LEDs in red with white hands clawing down the stage and just a glimpse of glitter from his outfit. He moves forward through smoke with flashing white lights as the first verse continues.
We see Achille Lauro with the cages on stage, containing the keyboardist and drummer. Two guitarists also join him on stage, and all look extremely glamorous, but none so much as Lauro, who is bedazzled in feathers, lace, glitter and a cowboy hat. The beam lights flash white at each “hey!” in the chorus.
There’s a brief moment of blue between the chorus and second verse, and then we see a red drawn eye on the LEDs. Lauro moves with the musicians, and there’s a beautiful moment where the back LED goes red and we see him silhouetted with one of the guitar players against it (“her beagle is my personal Jesus”). There’s also just a little bit of grinding, with Lauro and his musicians on their knees. There are eyes and lips on the floor, almost graphic style, as the second chorus hits. There’s pyro during the second chorus – flames coming up from the floor.
And so to the bull – Lauro mounts the bull as the guitar solo hits. It’s not just him who gets the attention here, as the guitarist also gets his moment in the spotlight at the front of the stage. Sparks emerge from the end of the guitar, as well as flames around the stage. Lauro stays on the bull as the song concludes. The back LEDs seem to sparkle in front of the red eye. He ends with his arm in the air (probably a bit relieved to have stayed on!)
What Happened in Achille Lauro’s first rehearsal?
After Achille Lauro’s first rehearsal, Rosie gave her initial thoughts on the snippet that we saw. You can see how she felt about his first rehearsal by checking our TikTok here:
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About Achille Lauro
Achille Lauro was one of the contestants at Italy’s Sanremo this year, finishing 14th overall with his song “Domenica” featuring Harlem Gospel Choir. He also competed in Sanremo 2019 and 2020. Achille Lauro also has had a long career in Italy, spanning the last ten years. This year wasn’t the first time Achille Lauro took part in Sanremo – he debuted in the contest in 2019 with the song “Rolls Royce”. His best finish at Sanremo however was his 2020 entry “Me ne frego”.
San Marino’s Eurovision Journey
As one of the smallest countries in Europe, San Marino made its debut in the competition in 2008 with Miodio and the song “Complice”. Since then they have participated in the competition 11 times (3 of which where they qualified for the Grand Final), and their best result was in 2019, with Serhat and “Say Na Na Na”.
Their recent participation saw them being represented by Senhit (who represented them in 2011, and was set to represent them in 2020), with the song “Adrenalina”. On her performance in Rotterdam, she was joined by American rapper Flo-Rida, where San Marino qualified consecutively qualified for the Grand Final, for a second time. Overall, San Marino placed 22nd Overall, receiving 50 points from the Jury and Televoters.
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News Source: EBU
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