Today rehearsals for the 2022 Junior Eurovision Song Contest kicked off. Countries rehearsing on Day 2 include The Netherlands, Italy, Kazakhstan, United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Spain, Georgia, and Armenia. Sixth to rehearse today was France’s Lissandro.
What did we learn about Lissandro’s staging?
Disclaimer: Please note that the EBU has not released footage from the first rehearsals, and that the description detailed in this article is mainly based from the pictures and if available footage from the delegations themselves.
Lissandro’s staging seems a lot of fun, there seems to be a lot of playing around with contrasting black and white lighting. The dancers seem to be doing some sort of jazz-style dance on stage. At times it looks like Lissandro will join in with the moves. The routine and staging suit this song really well. The song title and Lissandro’s name are projected onto the LED’s in a New York Broadway style at points in the performance which again compliment the song well.
If you are interested in seeing more pictures from Lissandro’s first rehearsal today, you can look through them right here.
13 year old Lissandro is no stranger to competition, having already competed in The Voice Kids France, where he finished as a runner-up. Lissandro competed alongside last year’s Junior Eurovision entrant Enzo. Following on from The Voice Kids Lissandro who is from Théding in Eastern France, was internally selected to represent France at this year’a Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Alongside singing, Lissandro also dubs cartoons in French professionally. While “Oh Maman!” is in French, it isn’t the only language Lissandro has mastered, he can speak 5 different languages at only 13 years old
France’s Junior Eurovision Journey
France took part in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2004. Represented by Thomas Pontier singing “Si on voulait bien”, France finished in 6th place earning 78 points. However, the country withdrew from the Contest, citing a ‘Eurovision overkill’. France would not rejoin the Contest until 2018. Since then, France has become a Junior Eurovision powerhouse, finishing in the top 5 in each of their four subsequent participations. France won the 2020 edition of the Contest, with Valentina singing “J’imagine”.
France’s most recent participation was on home soil, as Paris hosted the 2021 Junior Eurovision Song Contest. The country was represented by Enzo, singing his song “Tic Tac”. At the close of voting, France finished in third place with 187 points. Of these, 67 points came from the online vote, whilst the remaining 120 were given by professional juries across Europe.
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News Source: EBU
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