Amsterdam trip of Ochman and his crew has come to an end. Last Saturday, together with 27 other representatives and the star of the evening – Loreen – Krystian graced an event called “Eurovision in Concert” organized in the AFAS Live hall. The amazing atmosphere of the performance for “River” was additionally sparked by the crowd of fans, who turned on the flashlights in their phones.
“This week was amazing. Was able to travel and definitely wasn’t disappointed. Beautiful countries, beautiful people, and the atmosphere of it all was incredible. Work ain’t done yet though – got a lot ahead of me. Can’t wait. See y’all in Spain.”
It’s not a secret, that the Eurovision Song Contest is not only a great music experience for each of the performers, but above all, an opportunity to integrate and get to know each other’s music markets. The accompanying events, that took place in recent days, gave Krystian a chance to meet other representatives. More conversations he also had with Sam Ryden (UK), Chanel (Spain), We Are Domi (Czech Republic), Monika Liu ( Lithuania), Emma Muscat (Malta), or Kalush Orkestra, whose special Polish-Ukrainian bond you could read in the last edition of our newsletter.
🇬🇧 UNITED KINGDOM
And on Tuesday Sam Ryder continued with the promo, this time on home territory on Good Morning Britain. Sam explained that he took a bit of inspiration from Billy Joel and that he wrote the song on a boiling hot day in a studio with no windows. Richard interrupted him to bring up the fact he thinks Ukraine will win it all and that the competition is basically a run for second place.
“They are fantastic,” Sam says, clearly not bothered if Ukraine does in fact win. “I met those guys in Amsterdam yesterday. They’re so fun. They’re just stoked to be there representing their country at such an important time.”
🇳🇱 THE NETHERLANDS
S10 will be wearing designs from famous Dutch fashion designers Viktor & Rolf on stage and during the opening ceremony of the Eurovision Song Contest 2022. What her outfits look like in Turin will remain a secret for a little while longer. This will be announced on the day of her first rehearsal on Saturday 30 April.
ORF today unveiled the costumes of LUM! X and Pia Maria that they will wear on the Turin stage at Eurovision 2022. LUM! X will wear clothes by Italian stylist Andreas Mercante. His costume will be taken to the streets of New York in the 1990s. Pia Maria, on the other hand, chose an outfit based on the typical design of Tyrol Manufaktur Herzblut that will give her more freedom of movement on stage along with technologically advanced materials.
“My costume was designed by the famous Italian stylist Andreas Mercante and has a touch of disco from the ’90s. The elegant materials together with the shoes and the handmade accessories give me a unique note.”
PIA MARIA SAYS:
“While we were shooting the video for ‘Halo’ I saw Manufaktur Herzblut ’. The clothes are excellent and have great recognition. The clothes I will wear on stage were designed and sewn especially for me and also created in collaboration with me. They are awesome materials and fabrics.”
REDDI, a Danish Eurovision contender, has posted various renditions of Eurovision songs on Instagram. This comprises a drum rendition of Finland’s “Jezebel,” a bass copy of Sweden’s “Dance You Off,” and a guitar cover of last year’s winning song “Zitti e Buoni.”
Finnish public television has uploaded to social media a short excerpt from The Rasmus rehearsals, just weeks before the legendary band representing the country in this year’s competition left for Turin and Eurovision 2022. In this video, we see how the yellow and black colour, which dominated the appearance of The Rasmus in the national final, will be here as well. We also see various large balloons, as promised, to be in place with some of them going up and down. The appearance remains dynamic, but without losing the special identity of the band.
— Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu – Yle (@Yle_UMK) April 14, 2022
🇵🇱 POLAND / 🇺🇦UKRAINE
Easter Holidays is a special period for all Poles – it gathers families, and fills them with peace and joy. However, these holidays are special also because our sisters and brothers from Ukraine are present in many Polish homes.
Krystian Ochman invited Kalush Orchestra – representatives of Ukraine at Eurovision 2022 to celebrate this situation together. “We know how important it is to be together in these times, and the Eurovision Song Contest for us is not only an opportunity to celebrate music but also mutual support. Our hearts are always and will always be open to those, who fight for freedom and independence.” – says Maja Frybes, head of the Polish delegation.
“We know, that even with small gestures like our Easter breakfast together, we can show that in every darkness there is a light that has great power. I am convinced, that this is the beginning of a beautiful, long-lasting friendship. ”
Having successfully completed her appearance at the Eurovision pre-party of the year, the representative of Albania continues her preparations. Having already revealed that in Turin she will be accompanied by four Italian dancers, Ronela Hajati, who travelled after Madrid to Rome. As revealed by the artist herself, the final rehearsals take place at the CMA – Centro Multidisciplinare delle Arti. The choreography of “Sekret” has been undertaken by the choreographer Claudia Pepa.
— Ronela Hajati (@RonelaHajati) April 19, 2022