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Everything you need to know about Eurovision 2022

From performing singers to how to streaming the event

Everything you need to know about Eurovision 2022 From performing singers to how to streaming the event

The Eurovision Song Contest is coming back. The two semi-finals and the final, which will be held on 10, 12 and 14 May live from the PalaOlimpico in Turin, are just a few minutes away. Thanks to the victory of Måneskin, Italy is the host country of the 66th edition, which has as its main theme The Sound of Beauty and promises to be one of the hottest ever. There are 40 artists from different countries competing (there were supposed to be 41, but Russia was excluded due to the war against Ukraine) who have been planning their performances for months. They gave their first taste of the outfits they will wear during the next evenings last Sunday, when they walked on the Turquoise Carpet set up for the occasion at the Reggia di Venaria. 

Achille Lauro, competing for San Marino, opted for a pale pink shirt and dark dinner jacket by Gucci; Emma Muscat, from Malta, chose an ancient warrior's dress by Drew Warhurst; while the Dutch S10 wore a pink with applied flowers designed by Victor&Rolf. Cornelia Jakobs, competing for Sweden, and Chanel Terrero, competing for Spain, dared with a see-through look and a dress with a very long train full of ruffles, respectively. More traditional was Amanda Georgiadis Tenfjord who wore a hot pink dress designed by Athens' oldest couture house, Celia Kritharioti. The coolest on the carpet? Mahmood, who showed up in a black blazer with a bare chest and a very wide pair of pink trousers with boxer shorts in view by Willy Chavarria, and Blanco in Valentino, the fashion house for which he is a testimonial for the Valentino After Club Fall 2022 men's collection.

But there's much more to it than fashion. Here is all we need to know about Eurovision 2022.

 

The Show

Everything is ready for the first performance of Eurovision 2022. It starts on Tuesday 10 and Thursday 12 May with the two semi-finals and closes on Saturday 14 May with the final. The artists from the "Big Five" (France, Germany, Spain, United Kingdom and Italy) plus the best 10 from the previous two evenings, making a total of 25 contestants who will try to win the famous microphone sculpture made of transparent glass by Kjell Engman, but, above all, enormous visibility and the possibility for their own country to organize the event in 2023. The event will be hosted by Laura PausiniAlessandro Cattelan and Mika

 

The singers

So far, Italy has won the Eurovision Song Contest on 3 occasions: in 1964 with Gigliola Cinquetti, in 1990 with Toto Cutugno and in 2021 with Måneskin.  After last year's triumph in Rotterdam, in this new edition our country will be represented by Mahmood and Blanco who are competing with the Sanremo Festival-winning song Brividi. The couple, who have already conquered everyone with their sound and their looks, will compete with another compatriot, Achille Lauro who, having secured his entry by participating in Una voce per San Marino, will bring Stripper on stage. It seems that his will be a definite performance and will involve a glittering cowboy outfit, together with a red mechanical bull and pyrotechnic effects. Italian audiences are also likely to recognise the contestants from Malta and Finland: Emma Muscat, known for taking part in Amici in 2018, and The Rasmus, a band that depopulated in the early 2000s with the hit In the Shadow. Who will win? According to the bookmakers, the podium could include, in addition to Mahmood and Blanco, Kalush Orchestra, the band representing Ukraine with the song Stefania and Cornelia Jakobs, competing for Sweden with Hold me closer which seems to highlight her vocal power.

 

The guests

Måneskin fans are already buzzing with anticipation for an explosive performance when the Roman band return to the Eurofestival stage next Saturday, this time to present their new single Supermodel. The final night will also feature special guest Gigliola Cinquetti, who returns to the event 58 years after her triumph in 1964. On that occasion she was the first Italian to win the competition, but also the youngest ever (she was only 16!) to reach the podium. On the other evenings, the competing artists will be joined by Dardust, DJ Benny Benassi, Sophie and the Giants, Diodato, who gave up his traditional performance to take part in an anomalous 2020 edition due to the pandemic, and Il Volo, who represented Italy in the 2015 edition of Eurovision.

 

How to watch it

Each evening of the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 (the first semi-final on Tuesday 10 May, the second semi-final on Thursday 12 May and the final on Saturday 14 May), which takes place at the PalaOlimpico in Turin, will be broadcast live in prime time on Rai1 with commentary by Gabriele Corsi and Cristiano Malgioglio and with the participation of Carolina Di Domenico. The live broadcast will also be transmitted by Rai Radio 2 and available on RaiPlay. It will be more complicated to attend live, since the tickets are almost sold out. If you are in Turin, at the Parco del Valentino, the Eurovision Village has been inaugurated, a space used for concerts and events in conjunction with the Eurovision song contest 2022. Entrance is free and without reservation, as long as availability lasts. 

 

Come si vota

The verdict is given by two different judges, each of whom has a 50% influence on the final result: the televoting and a jury of experts, different for each competing nation and composed of five professionals from the sector. If you are already thinking of voting for Mahmood and Blanco, we would like to remind you that this will not be possible. In order to avoid each country voting for itself, neither the public nor the jury can vote for their country's performer.