Today, second rehearsals for the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 continued. Countries rehearsing on Day 6 for the second time include Iceland, Norway, Armenia, Finland, Israel, Serbia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Malta and San Marino. First to rehearse today was Iceland’s Systur.
Systur’s second rehearsal
Today we got to watch Systur’s second rehearsal from the online Press Centre. We got an in-depth preview of how their performance will look on TV on Tuesday 10th May, when they performs in the first Eurovision semi-final. You can watch a small clip of their second rehearsal here!
What can we see from Iceland’s second rehearsal?
Iceland’s Systur have brought a very atmospheric performance to the Eurovision stage, full of warm colours surrounding them in the LEDs and through the on-stage waterfall. The performance retains the intimate feeling of the Söngvakeppnin performance, despite the increase in wide shots.
The performance begins with a pan out on the three band members, then shows them each individually, the three as a group, and them alongside their drummer. The LEDs on the floor and back wall are subtle, almost flrefly-like little moving patches of colour and light in warm white, gold and red.
As the bridge hits, we see a split-screen of the three singers singing towards each other, before an explosion of warm golden light in the final chorus, the camera panning away to show all members on stage. The end the performance with a “thank you Europe, we love you, Ukraine.”
What we thought of Iceland’s first rehearsal
After Systur’s first rehearsal, Tim gave his initial thoughts on the snippet that we saw. You can see how he felt about their first rehearsal by checking our TikTok here
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Systur is a band consisting of three sisters. Sigga, Beta and Elín. They have previously made music together under the band names “Tripolia” and “Sísý Ey”. Under the name Sísý Ey they performed at Glastonbury Festival 2016. The three sisters come from a musical family, with their dad, mother, and brother also being musicians. Their brother will be joining them on stage in Turin, playing the drums.
Iceland’s Eurovision Journey
Iceland debuted at Eurovision in 1986 with ICY and “Gleðibankinn”, which finished 16th with 19 points. Subsequently, Iceland has participated in Eurovision 33 times and earned 7 top-ten finishes. Iceland has yet to win the contest, but they have managed two runner-up results. The first came in 1999, with Selma Björnsdóttir’s “All of Out Luck”, and then in 2009 with Yohanna’s “Is It True?”. Daði og Gagnamagnið’s “Think About Things” was a favourite to win Eurovision before the EBU cancelled the 2020 contest.
Most recently, Daði og Gagnamagnið again represented Iceland at Eurovision 2021 with “10 Years”. They then finished in fourth place with 378 points. However, they could not perform in person due to a positive COVID-19 test. Instead, Iceland used footage from its second rehearsal as their entry.
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News Source: EBU
Photo Source: EBU/Nathan Reinds