It’s crazy to imagine that we are already preparing for rehearsals in Turin, but it’s here Eurovision fans! Earlier last month crews from all over began construction on the stage in the PalaOlimpico arena, setting up the rigging for lights, the stage floor, the green room, and more. However, in the last few days more information about the festivities across Turin have been revealed from postcard locations, rehearsal schedules, EuroClub information, and more.
We’ve compiled all the information you need to know below – but let us know if we missed anything!
Rehearsal schedule for Eurovision 2022
As is customary for Eurovision, the artists will have five rehearsals before the live shows begin on May 10th and 12th. For those who are tuning into rehearsals for the first time, each artist will have one 30 minute rehearsal from April 30th to May 4th, and will be allowed to run their performance as many times as desired during that set. If an artist were to run everything with very little stops or pauses, there would be time for 8 to 9 full runs, but most artists average 3 to 4. These runs will not be shown to press.
Second rehearsals start from May 4th to May 7th and will feature a 20 minute rehearsal block for artists. Traditionally we will see anywhere from 2 to 3 full runs during the second rehearsals. These second rehearsals will be streamed through the online press room, and in the press center in Turin as well. ESCUnited will be livestreaming during this time but we will not be able to show you what is happening on the screens.
The final three rehearsals are dress rehearsals of the show, one full technical run mid-afternoon, the jury show/dress rehearsal two (this is the show that the jury members will base their votes on), and the third dress rehearsal the afternoon of the live show (also called the family show). All shows will start at 21:00 on MAy 10th, 12th, and 14th. Matt and the team will be hosting livestreams during the rehearsal process, while additional team members in Turin will show you what’s happening outside of the arena during the day.
For the full rehearsal schedule you can look at the full chart on the official Eurovision website here.
Starting on February 8th, postcard filming began in a variety of places across Italy. Because of COVID concerns related to Omicron, RAI and the EBU opted to use the same method as the Netherlands used in 2021 – which means that each of the artists will be chroma keyed into the postcard location in post-production. The postcards were shot across the regions of Italy (read here for more on the regions) and will feature a large variety of locations such as the waterfalls of Marmore Falls, the Mausoleum of Theodoric, the Castel del Monte, and more.
The list of postcard locations as of April 2022 are as follows:
- Burano, Venice (Veneto region)
- Castel del Monte, Andria (Apulia region)
- Civita di Bagnoregio, Viterbo (Lazio region)
- Castello Svevo, Termoli (Molise region)
- Conero Regional Park, Ancona (March region)
- Cortina d’Ampezzo, Belluno (Veneto region)
- Mausoleum of Theodoric, Ravenna (Emilia-Romagna region)
- Merano (Trentino-South Tyrol region)
- Museum of Modern and Contemportary Art of Trento and Rovereto (Trentino-South Tyrol region)
- Old town of Perugia, Perugia (Umbria region)
- Piazza del Popolo, Ravenna (Emilia-Romagna region)
- Procida, Naples (Campania region)
- Royal Palace of Caserta, Caserta (Campania region)
- Terni and the Mamore Falls (Umbria region)
- Villa Monastero in Varenna, Lecco (Lombardy region)
This year the EuroClub will return to the Eurovision experience, and rather than having one central location the City of Turin has planned ten different locations for the party. What’s more is that these venues will not be restricted to those with fan or press accreditation , but to any Eurovision fan in need of a little fun! However, the city has confirmed that accreditation holders will get a 10% discount on regular prices at these locations.
The locations for the EuroClubs are:
- Pick Up Dal 1971 (club space)
- Supermarket club (club space)
- Otium Pea Club (coffee bar)
- Bauhaus (coffee bar)
- One Apple (coffee bar)
- La Centrale (hub space)
- Snodo (hub space)
- Eataly Lingotto (restaurant)
- Osteria Lanterna (restaurant)
- Mercato Centrale Torino (shopping center)
Readers may be confused about how some of these spaces may be used for a club venue space, but the city has guaranteed that each space will offer an opportunity to relax and unwind, or light up the dancefloor with your favorite Eurovision hits. In the past, many venues have been used by delegations to host special concerts or meet-and-greets, so you may get the chance to see your favorite Eurovision artist live and in person!
Each venue will be open from April 30th to May 14th, though times may vary for each space.
Announced Interval Acts
As we reported yesterday, Eurovision 2020 artist Diodato will finally be on the Eurovision stage as one of the interval acts in semi-final one. The official Eurovision website reported that his interval act is set to symbolize a return to normal, and it is suspected that he will be able to perform his Eurovision 2020 song “Fai Rumore” after the COVID-19 pandemic cancelled the 2020 contest.
This afternoon, another announcement was made that Dardust, Benny Benassi, and Sophie and the Giants will band together for a celebration of 1970’s italo disco music titled The Dance of Beauty. Dardust is an exeptional composer, producer, and piano player who also co-wrote Mahmood’s 2019 Eurovision song “Soldi”. Sophie and the Giants are an english indie pop group from Sheffield, UK who are highly inspired by the italo disco genre of the 1970’s and serve as a perfect fit for the interval theme. They will be joined by Italian DJ and producer Marco “Benny” Benassi, who is commonly referred to as the pioneer of the electro house genre.
This article will be updated as new information is made available in the coming days.