A look back at the highlights of the final of the 66th edition of the international song contest held on Saturday evening at the PalaOlimpico in Turin, Italy.
the “excess of emotions” by Laura Pausini
Host of theEurovision 2022 alongside Alessandro Cattelan and Mika, the Italian star offered the public a medley of his greatest hits as an introduction, changing outfits and colors with each title. From orange to white to yellow, passing through blue and black, the 48-year-old Italian singer gave voice by covering in particular Io canto, Loneliness and The cose che vivi. Throughout the evening, it is a festival of dresses and colors that Laura Pausini offered with no less than four different outfits. A burst of energy that caused him to mysteriously disappear from the air for almost an hour. “She felt unwell”suggested Stéphane Bern on France 2. Reappearing at the end of the count of the votes of the international jurors, the Italian singer declared that she had a “excess of emotions” during this evening.
Mika provides the presentation… in French
Historically, French is the official language of Eurovision and remains present each year during the presentation of the contest. Even if English predominates, some explanations remain in the language of Molière and it is Mika who took care of doing it at the PalaOlimpico in Turin. Besides French, the Lebanese singer is fluent in English, Spanish, Italian and even Arabic and Chinese.
The Mysterious Norwegian Yellow Wolves
Like Daft Punk, the Subwoofer duo make their identity a real mystery. Dressed in a dark costume like the Men in Black, the two singers hide their faces in a full yellow balaclava, dark glasses and a wolf mask. On stage during the interpretation of their title Give that wolf a banana like outside, the Subwoofers had fun with this anonymity and constantly played the crazy characters. Especially during Mika’s interventions in the Green Room, the area where all the participants gather after their performance.
“When you have a butt like that, you have to show it”
“Her name is Chanel, she is not dressed by the brand that bears the same name but it is very, very…” To present the Spanish singer, the host of France 2 Stéphane Bern lost his words. I have to say that this last one appeared on stage with a particular sexy outfit that accompanied a resolutely sulphurous artistic proposal. The very high-cut bodysuit signed by designer Alejandro Gómez Palomo encrusted with thousands of Swarovski crystals turned quite a few heads. “She will remember it all her life”translated Laurence Boccolini, taking up Chanel’s statement to the public. “Some people in the front row too, I thought it was smart to do a lot of the backsong.” And to Stéphane Bern to add: “When you have such a buttocks, you have to show it”.
The cry for help of the Ukrainian singer
Winner of this 66th edition of the international song contestthe group Kalush Orchestra was unanimously hailed by the 16,000 spectators after the interpretation of its title Stefania. While the Ukrainian people have been fighting the Russian invasion for more than three months, the leader of the musical formation took advantage of the Eurovision exhibition, watched by nearly 200 million viewers each year, to send a message: “Please help Mariupol, help Azovstal, now”exclaimed Oleh Psiuk.
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Mika and geography
In the middle of the Green Room, the former coach of “The Voice” sometimes had trouble staying focused. Between the Norwegian wolves who were amused by his presence and other disturbing elements, Mika did not know how to recognize the Romanian artists when he came to interview them. “And here we have Spain”, he said as he approached them before realizing his mistake. Then when he wanted to launch the next performance, he again got into the wrong country. “And now it’s the turn of the Netherlands… Er, Poland!” (in English “Holland” instead of “Poland”).
Back on the Eurovision stage a year after winning the title Zitti and buoni in Rotterdam, the group Maneskin came to interpret their new song entitled supermodel. If Victoria De Angelis and Thomas Raggi were very mobile on stage, Damiano David appeared diminished, visibly unable to move normally. On Maneskin’s social media, the singer is filmed backstage moving around on crutches due to an ankle injury. When host Alessandro Cattelan asked what advice to give to artists taking part in Eurovision this year, Damiano David replied: “I have two, have fun and don’t stay too close to the table”. Humorous reference to the drug use charges he faced last year.
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Laura Pausini’s discomfort, Mika’s failures, Maneskin’s injury… What to remember from Eurovision 2022
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