Today second rehearsals for the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 continued. Countries rehearsing on Day 7 include Australia, Cyprus, Ireland, North Macedonia, Estonia, Romania, Poland, Montenegro, Belgium, Sweden and the Czech Republic. First to rehearse today was Australia’s Sheldon Riley.
Sheldon Riley’s second rehearsal
Today we got to watch Sheldon Riley’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 we saw in Australia’s second rehearsal
Sheldon looked comfortable delivering power vocals on the stage today. He’s manoeuvring his sumptuous white dress around the steps with apparent ease, which is no mean feat given all its voluminous layers. Sheldon’s fluid armography connects his body with the music nicely, and the the moment he removes his bejewelled veil is very affecting.
What happened in Sheldon’s first rehearsal?
After Sheldon’s first rehearsal, Jazzi 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:
About Sheldon Riley
Sheldon Riley has been participating in music competition shows across the world since 2016, when he auditioned for The X Factor Australia. While he was eliminated as a solo artist at the bootcamp stage of the contest, he was brought back by judge Iggy Azalea to join a group formed of three previously-eliminated soloists. The group, “Time And Place”, was eliminated in the first week of the live shows.
It’s been an upward trajectory for Sheldon since then. He was mentored by Boy George on The Voice Australia in 2018, and ultimately placed 3rd in the competition. He later went on to compete in The Voice All Stars, where he was mentored by Delta Goodrem and made it to the semi-final stage of the competition. Following this, he competed in America’s Got Talent in 2020, and made it to the quarter-finals. He has also released a number of singles, including “Fire”, “More Than I” and “Again.”
Australia’s Eurovision Journey
After being invited to compete in 2015, Guy Sebastian represented Australia with “Tonight Again”, which placed 5th overall. Their best result came a year later in 2016 when Dami Im came second with her song “Sound Of Silence“. “Sound of Silence“ scored 511 points in the Grand Final and was the jury winner of the contest.
Australia’s recent participation saw Australia being represented by Montaigne (who was due to represent them in 2020), with the song “Technicolour”, which unfortunately placed 14th in the Semi-Final.
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News Source: EBU
Photo Source: EBU/ Nathan Reinds