A number of this year’s competing Eurovision delegations have confirmed technical issues with the “kinetic sun” element of the stage in the PalaOlimpico in Turin, ahead of the first rehearsals beginning on Saturday morning.

The stage, designed and created by design studio Atelier Francesca Montinaro, has seen a number of teething problems in stand-in rehearsals ahead of the official rehearsal schedule kicking off. Lithuania’s delegation have advised a local morning news programme back home that they are “unable” to stage Monika Liu’s performance as anticipated, and it has been reported in Italian media La Stampa that the range of movement of the “kinetic sun” is not as first anticipated due to the motorising system being used.

EurovisionFun are also reporting dissatisfaction from the delegations of the Netherlands, Moldova, Latvia and Croatia with how the footage has come back to them from the stand-in rehearsals, citing issues with lighting and other technical problems.

As a result, it seems likely that the organisers will now limit the range of movement of this sun. Whether this will have major impacts on the staging of further delegations is unknown. But hey, what are rehearsals for if not to find problems?

Make sure to follow ESC United over the coming weeks as our team have our eyes and ears on the ground live in Turin!

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