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. Next to rehearse today was Estonia’s Stefan.
Stefan’s second rehearsal
Today we got to watch Stefan’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 did we see in Estonia’s second rehearsal?
Stefan is alone on stage. However he has enough charisma to pull this off. The backdrops start off similar to the music video, there is a lot of yellow lighting it has a big country and western vibe, with the dimmed yellow lights in the slower verses.
In the more upbeat moments in the song blue lighting is introduced, which does signify the sense of happiness and hope. Despite Stefan being alone the stage does not feel empty as Stefan has the personality to pull this off.
The sun does cover some of the visuals on the backdrop so we don’t get a full picture. However Stefan still pulls off a fantastic performance, and we will be very likely to see this on the Saturday night.
What happened in Stefan’s first rehearsal?
After Stefan’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:
@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 third placer Sahlene with Runaway in 2002 and Ines with Once In A Lifetime in 2000, who placed fourth. 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 sixth 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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