Eurovision 2022: how to watch, and is Ukraine competing – everything you need to know

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Eurovision will return to Italy in 2022, with Ukraine’s performance taking the spotlight amidst world events

It’s one of the highlights of the music year, a night of unabashed pop music pomp and ceremony.

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After the 2020 concert was cancelled, the 2021 competition took place in Rotterdam, Netherlands and Italian rock band Maneskin won with their song “Zitti E Buoni”.

As usual, this year’s Song Contest will be held in the country that won last year’s competition.

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Here’s everything you need to know about it.

Where will Eurovision 2022 take place?

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The grand finale will take place in Turin, northern Italy.

It will emerge from the Palasport Olimpico, an indoor arena that has already hosted concerts by stars such as Bob Dylan, Madonna, Rihanna, U2, Lana Del Rey, Ariana Grande and Shakira.

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When is the Eurovision Song Contest 2022?

As is the usual format of the competition, the grand final is preceded by two semi-finals that determine which acts are allowed to perform in the main event.

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The two semi-finals will take place on Tuesday 10th and Thursday 12th May, and the final on Saturday 14th May 2022.

Who presents it?

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(LR) Mika, Laura Pausini and Alessandro Cattelan at the 72nd Sanremo Music Festival 2022 in February 2022 (Photo: D.Venturelli/Daniele Venturelli/Getty Images)

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

Who is the UK entry?

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Ryder rose to fame for covering songs on TikTok during lockdown and has amassed 12million followers so far, making him the most followed British music artist on the platform, according to the BBC.

When the world went into lockdown in March 2020, Ryder started uploading covers to TikTok, drawing the attention of global stars like Justin Bieber and Alicia Keys.

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He later signed to the Parlophone record label, part of Warner Music Group, and released his debut EP, The Sun’s Gonna Rise, in 2021.

The album’s singles ‘Whirlwind’ and ‘Tiny Riot’ were very successful and he recently completed his first UK tour.

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The singer-songwriter will perform the track “Space Man,” which he co-wrote with Grammy-winning actress Amy Wadge, who has previously worked with Ed Sheeran and Max Wolfgang.

Ryder was chosen to represent the UK in a collaboration between the BBC and global music management company TaP Music, which counts Lana Del Rey and Ellie Goulding among its clients.

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Which countries compete?

Italy’s Maneskin were last year’s winners so Eurovision 2022 will be held in Turin (Photo: KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP via Getty Images)

A total of 40 countries are taking part in the 2022 competition.

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This includes all countries that took part in the 2021 competition (save one big exception), as well as Armenia and Montenegro, both of which last took part in 2019.

Will Russia compete?

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Russia will not take part in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest after invading Ukraine.

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) said in a statement that including a Russian entry would “discredit” the competition.

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Eurovision had previously announced it would allow Russia to run the competition, but was heavily criticized by state broadcasters in countries including Iceland, Finland, Norway and the Netherlands.

Russia had not yet announced its appearance for 2022. It won in 2008 with Dima Bilan singing “Believe” and in turn hosted the 2009 competition in Moscow.

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The country debuted in 1994 and remains among the most successful countries in the competition, finishing second four times and third four times.

Will Ukraine compete?

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Ukraine could win thanks to favorable voting – here’s German Eurovision hopeful Malik Harris holding up his guitar (Picture: Gerald Matzka/Getty Images)

Ukraine will take part in this year’s competition and is indeed a favorite to win as the political nature of the electoral system is likely to be very benevolent for the country given recent events.

Controversy arose in early 2022 when the act initially chosen to represent Ukraine was withdrawn after being subject to scrutiny over an alleged visit to Russian-occupied Crimea in 2015.

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Alina Pash was selected on a televised national selection show to perform her song “Shadows Of Forgotten Ancestors” but withdrew after details of the trip emerged.

From 2020, a new rule was introduced banning artists who have performed in Russia since 2014 or entered Crimea “in violation of the legislation of Ukraine” from participating in the Eurovision selection process.

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Pash was replaced by rap act Kalush Orchestra with the song “Stefania”.

Who could win?

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As mentioned, Ukraine are the current favorites to win the competition.

Oddschecker’s latest odds put the nation at 15/11. Italy is then in second place with 37/10, followed by Sweden with 6/1.

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Surprisingly, the UK comes in fourth on the list with odds of 31/2. Could 2022 finally be the year we stop hearing the dreaded phrase “zero points”?

We will have a full article online in due course outlining the odds of each contender.

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How can I watch it in the UK?

Live coverage of the Eurovision 2022 semi-final will be available in the UK on BBC Three for the first time since 2015; Scott Mills and Rylan Clark will act as commentators, overseeing proceedings and bringing all the action back to UK viewers.

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As for the grand final itself, confirmed details are yet to be announced, but it has been announced that the BBC will be broadcasting live coverage of the event, as in previous years.

“Further details on Eurovision 2022 will be announced in due course,” the BBC said. “For the latest information… follow @bbceurovision on Twitter and Instagram and BBC Eurovision on Facebook.”

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