On the eighth day of rehearsals for Eurovision 2022, we experienced the second rehearsals of the Big Five countries: France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom. The first of these to rehearse today was France, represented by Alvan & Ahez.
Alvan & Ahez’s second rehearsal
Today we got to watch Alvan & Ahez’s second rehearsal from the online press centre. We got an in-depth preview of how their performance will look on TV on Saturday 14th May, when they perform in the Eurovision Grand Final. You can watch an excerpt of their second rehearsal here!
What did we see in France’s second rehearsal?
Overhead shot of the group, before a close-up shot of Alvan who speaks into the mic, the song then starts. As the first verse goes on we get wide shots of the group. so we can see them all. The lighting is very green and blue, very similar to the National final in that respect. The girls are much more in sync when singing together than they have been at pre-parties.
Throughout the performance, there is a lot of fire on stage, this and the colours on the backdrop add to the mystery of the song. This is sure to both intrigue Europe, but also bring the party to the stage and to people’s living rooms. This would make a good final opener or closer.
There are traditional patterns on the LED’s , both on the walls and on the floor. Alvan really puts his energy into his performance. At the end of the performance Alvan says something in Breton, he then goes on to wink at the camera.
What happened in Alvan & Ahez’s first rehearsal?
After the French delegation’s first rehearsal, Rosie gave her initial thoughts on the snippet that we saw. You can hear how she felt about their first rehearsal by checking our TikTok here:
@thateurosite #stitch with @eurovision @ALVAN and @ahezmusic have just had their first rehearsal for #Eurovision 2022! Here’s @tiktokwithrosie’s thoughts! #eurovisiontiktok #esc #fulenn #alvanandahez #france ♬ original sound – thateurosite
About Alvan & Ahez
Alvan and Ahez are this year’s French representatives at Eurovision after winning ‘Eurovision France: C’est Vous Qui Décidez!’ in March with their song “Fulenn”. The act is a collaboration between two Breton musical acts – electronic artist Alvan and vocal group Ahez (Marine Lavigne, Sterenn Diridollou and Sterenn Le Guillou). Alvan comes from the Rennes electro-rock scene and is a musical experimentalist. Ahez are regulars on the Fest-Noz (traditional Breton festival) circuit and have been immersed in Breton culture since childhood. They are proud to represent the living legacies of their heritage, mythology and history.
“Fulenn” is the second song in the Breton language to compete at Eurovision. France previously sent Breton song “Diwanit bugale” in 1996. Alvan and Ahez recently spoke to That Eurovision Site’s Rosie in London.
France’s Eurovision journey
France is a powerhouse in Eurovision, debuting at the first contest in 1956. Its first entries finished in second place, but no scores were ever published. Since then, France has gone on to win the contest five times. The most recent win came in 1977, with Marie Myriam’s “L’oiseau et l’enfant,” which scored 136 points.
Recent years have seen France slump in the results, but a change in direction in 2016 boosted the nation’s performance. Amir finished in sixth position for France that year with “J’ai cherché,” and France placed 12th, 13th and 16th in the following years respectively. In 2021, Barbara Pravi was able to wow audiences across Europe and Australia with her song “Voilà.” At the close of voting, France finished in second place, earning a mammoth 499 points.
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News Source: EBU
Photo Source: EBU/Andres Putting