The black arches behind the performers are supposed to move around, but they're stuck. Some countries were using them as part of their staging and some weren't, but now they're staying there static for all countries. In wider shots you can see countries are using the huge LCD screen at the back for their visuals but in the tighter shots that's all blocked by the broken-down black arches. Must be affecting some performances disproportionately.
Chairman just announced the votes of three countries instead of going to their local presenters...
"In the analysis of jury voting by the European Broadcasting Union’s (EBU) pan-European voting partner after the Second Dress Rehearsal of the Second Semi-Final of the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest, certain irregular voting patterns were identified in the results of six countries.
In order to comply with the Contest’s Voting Instructions, the EBU worked with its voting partner to calculate a substitute aggregated result for each country concerned for both the Second-Semi Final and the Grand Final (calculated based on the results of other countries with similar voting records).
This process was acknowledged by the Independent Voting Monitor.
The EBU takes any suspected attempts to manipulate the voting at the Eurovision Song Contest extremely seriously and has the right to remove such votes in accordance with the Official Voting Instructions, irrespective of whether or not such votes are likely to influence the results and/or outcome of the voting."
Thought most of the finalists were drab enough ballads. Couldn't remember much of the tunes minutes after it ended. In terms of something that went on cultural queueues and was actually a bit of a show I was going with Spain. Serbia was a cool art type thing. If Ukraine didn't exist the french one woulda stood out a lot more. The Irish entry was running a dua lipa pagent which might launch that lady into the charts or tv shows or something which is fair enough, but it's not really the kinda silly shit this competition is supposed to be about.