It doesn’t seem like a year since rock band Maneskin claimed Italy’s Eurovision Song Contest victory, but now is the time for Europe to crown a successor as this year’s contest begins.
And, as has been tradition for almost 20 years now, there will be plenty of singing ahead of the Eurovision grand final on Saturday May 14, when 35 countries must first attempt to qualify for the semi-finals, which start on Tuesday. The number of countries taking part in Eurovision this year stands at 40, with the “big 5” also including host country Italy.
These five nations, also including France, Germany, Spain and the UK, automatically qualify for a place in the Eurovision 2022 final, with Britain’s Sam Ryder getting a boost, after being drawn in the second half of the show. Eurovision ratings for this year were already pushing him to do much better than James Newman in 2021, but the draw, complete with the rave reaction to his repeats, saw his ratings reduced even further.
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While Sam won’t have to go past the semis, other countries are expected to do well this year, including Sweden, Poland and Greece, which means there could be some upheaval during the week. next. This year’s competition takes place in Turin, with Eurovision Semi-Final 1 on Tuesday May 10 and Eurovision Semi-Final 2 on Thursday May 12.
Eurovision semi-final countries
Eurovision 1 semi-final countries
Albania: Sekret by Ronela Hajati
Latvia: Eat Your Salad by Citi Zēni
Lithuania: Sentimentai by Monika Liu
Switzerland: Boys Do Cry by Marius Bear
Slovenia: Disko by LPS
Ukraine: Stefania by Kalush Orchestra
Bulgaria: Intention by Intelligent Music Project
Netherlands: De Diepte from S10
Moldova by Trenuleţul by Zdob şi Zdub & Fraţii Advahov
Portugal: Saudade, saudade of Maro
Croatia: Guilty pleasure of Mia Dimšić
Denmark: Reddi’s show
Austria: Halo by LUM!X & Pia Maria
Iceland: Með hækkandi sol de Systur
Greece: Die Together by Amanda Tenfjord
Norway: Give That Wolf a Banana by Subwoofer
Armenia: Snap by Rosa Linn
Eurovision semi-final 2
Finland: Jezebel from The Rasmus
Israel: MI by Michael Ben David
Serbia: In Corpore Sano de Konstrakta
Azerbaijan: Fade To Black by Nadir Rustamli
Georgia: Lock Me In by Circus Mircus
Malta: Am That I Am by Emma Muscat
San Marino: Stripper by Achille Lauro
Australia: not the same as Sheldon Riley
Cyprus: Ela of Andromache
Ireland: That’s Rich by Brooke Scullion
North Macedonia: Circles by Andrea
Estonia: Hope by Stefan
Romania: Llámame by WRS
Poland: River by Ochman
Montenegro: Breathe by Vladana
Belgium: Miss You by Jérémie Makiese
Sweden: Hold Me Closer by Cornelia Jakobs
Czech Republic: Lights Off by We Are Domi
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