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 Romania’s WRS.
WRS’s second rehearsal
Today we got to watch WRS’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 Romania’s second rehearsal?
The first verse is dark, and the shots of WRS’s backing dancers doing some contemporary dance moves are really nice and effective. At the start WRS is wearing a red frilly shirt. You can tell that the costume design is inspired by Spanish culture. Vocally WRS is the best he has sounded. During the choruses, the lyrics are projected onto the floor. There are some issues with the LED on the screen due to the sun.
There is a lot of red and orange lighting in this, which works for the whole vibe of the song. They clearly want to show off the flamenco styling of the song with the choreography. The costume change towards the end is really effective, and the camera angles when that happens are really tight. WRS has the perfect personality to pull off this type of performance – it is extremely confident.
It must be noted that this would be a very good opener for the Saturday night if this were to make the final.
What did we think about WRS’s first rehearsal?
After WRS’s first rehearsal, Rory gave his initial thoughts on the snippet we saw. You can see how he felt about his first rehearsal by checking out our TikTok here:
@thateurosite #stitch with @eurovision Next up in today’s rehearsals is WRS from #Romania. There’s some changes in the staging but will it be enough to get them to the final? #eurovision #eurovisiontiktok #esc2022 #wrs #llamame ♬ original sound – thateurosite
WRS is the stage name of Romanian singer Andrei Ionuț Ursu. Before starting his music career, he performed as a dancer at concerts and on TV. His songs have charted in Romania and Bulgaria, and he has been nominated for two Artist Awards. His Eurovision entry “Llámame” is one of the singles of his recently released debut album called “Mandala”.
Romania‘s Eurovision Journey
Romania joined the Eurovision family in the Eastern wave of enlargement, making their debut in 1994. Their entry – Dan Bittman’s “Dincolo de nori” – finished in 21st place with a total of 14 points. At the introduction of semi-finals, Romania found their stride and were present in every Eurovision final until 2018. Romania’s best result is third place, scored twice in 2005 and 2010 respectively.
In 2021, Romania was represented by Roxen, who had been internally selected in 2020 prior to the Contest’s cancellation. Roxen performed her song – “Amnesia” – at the first semi-final in Rotterdam. However, unfortunately, Romania failed to qualify for the final. At the close of voting, Romania finished 12th in a field of 16, scoring 85 points.
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News Source: EBU
Photo Source: EBU/Andres Putting