Everything you need to know about Eurovision 2022

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It’s Eurovision time again! Find out everything you need to know about this year’s event here.

When is Eurovision 2022?

This year’s Eurovision Song Contest kicks off with the first semi-final on Tuesday 10 May. The second semi-final will follow on Thursday 12 May.

The spectacular grand finale airs on Saturday, May 14.

Where is Eurovision 2022 taking place?

The 66th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Turin, Italy after rock band Måneskin won in 2021 with their track Zitti E Buoni (Shut up and behave).

The event will take place in the city’s Pala Olimpico (also known as Pala Alpitour) arena, a multi-purpose hall with a capacity of 12,350 seats and meeting all the conditions set by the European Union of broadcasting (EBU).

The venue is expected to operate at full capacity for the competition, after the previous edition in Rotterdam saw a seated audience limited to 3,500 people as a precaution against the Covid-19 pandemic.

This will be the third time Italy has hosted the contest after hosting the 1965 edition in Naples and the 1991 edition in Rome.

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The Eurovision 2022 dramatic stage is designed by Francesca Montinaro and is called The Sun Within and the Eurovision 2022 theme is The Sound of Beauty.

Who will participate?

A total of 40 countries will take part in Eurovision 2022, with Armenia and Montenegro returning after their absences from the previous edition.

Last year’s winners, Italy and the other “Big Five” countries (UK, Spain, Germany and France) automatically advance to the final.

Seventeen countries participate in the first semi-final. The order of passage of the night will be: Albania, Latvia, Lithuania, Switzerland, Slovenia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Netherlands, Moldova, Portugal, Croatia, Denmark, Austria, Iceland, Greece, Norway and Armenia.

The second semi-final has 18 participants and they will perform in this order: Finland, Israel, Serbia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Malta, San Marino, Australia, Cyprus, Ireland, North Macedonia, Estonia, Romania, Poland, Montenegro, Belgium, Sweden and the Czech Republic.

Ten countries from each of the two semi-finals will qualify for the grand final which will include a total of 25 countries, 10 from semi-final 1, 10 from semi-final 2 and the Big Five. The forty participating countries will vote in the final.

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Russia was due to take part in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, but the country was kicked out after it invaded Ukraine.

The call to exclude Russia from this year’s event in Italy was “based on the rules of the event and the values ​​of the EBU”.

Additionally, Russian residents will also be barred from voting in the contest.

Who will represent Ireland?

Brooke Scullion, 23, from Derry, will represent Ireland this year with her upbeat track It’s rich.

The track was chosen by a combined public and jury vote during the Eurosong 2022 special on The late show in February.

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Scullion will take the stage in the second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest on Thursday, May 12.

Irish viewers will be cheering on the singer to qualify for Saturday’s grand final. The last time we reached the final was in 2018 with the song by Ryan O’Shaughnessy Whole.

Speaking on Friday night Late showthe singer said of her hopes for the competition: “I know that Ireland has, like, a huge history at Eurovision and, for me, my main goal at this rate is to qualify.

“So even getting us back on the competitive path would be my goal.”

Brooke Scullion says her ‘main goal at this rate is to qualify’ for the Eurovision final

She added: “I’m on May 12. In fact, the UK can vote for me, which means the north of Ireland can vote, which is a really, really strong position.”

Who will present?

The live shows will be hosted by Alessandro Cattelan, the Italian TV presenter who is best known for hosting the Italian version of The X factor from 2011 to 2020, the Grammy-winning Italian singer Laura Pausini and the Lebanese-British singer Mika, famous for his song Grace Kelly.

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Where can I listen to the songs?

The songs in competition this year are available on the official Eurovision YouTube Playlist and on Spotify.

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Where to watch Eurovision 2022?

The Eurovision Song Contest semi-finals will be broadcast live on RTÉ2, RTÉ Player and RTÉ Radio 1 on Tuesday May 10 and Thursday May 12 at 8 p.m.

The Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest will take place on Saturday May 14 at 8 p.m. You can catch it live on RTÉ One, RTÉ Player and RTÉ Radio 1.

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