When is the Eurovision 2022 final?

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Surprisingly, bookmakers believe that the UK has a good chance of winning this year’s competition

Eurovision 2022 is upon us and the annual Europop extravaganza is ready to delight fans across Europe.

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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”.

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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.

When is Eurovision 2022?

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As is usual for the competition, the grand final is preceded by two semi-finals that determine which artists will play in the main event.

The two semi-finals will be played on Tuesday 10th and Thursday 12th May.

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At the Grand Final, 25 countries come out of the semi-finals: 10 from the first semi-final, 10 from the second semi-final and the “Big 5” countries.

When is the final?

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The final will take place on Saturday 14 May 2022.

It will be hosted – as well as the live semi-final shows – by Alessandro Cattelan, an Italian TV presenter who hosted the Italian version of The X Factor from 2011 to 2020.

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He will be joined by singer Laura Pausini and Lebanese-British singer Mika, best known for her song Grace Kelly.

How can I view it?

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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.

As for the grand finale itself, as in previous years, the BBC will be broadcasting the event live.

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The live final will be broadcast on BBC One, BBC iPlayer, BBC Radio 2 and BBC Sounds on Saturday 14 May.

Who is the UK entry?

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Sam Ryder, a TikTok sensation, has been named the UK entrant for the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest.

According to the BBC, Ryder rose to stardom by covering songs on TikTok during lockdown and now has 12million followers, making him the most followed British music artist on the app.

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Surprisingly, odds makers reckon the UK has a good chance of doing well in this year’s competition.

With the latest odds of a 12/1 UK Eurovision win, could 2022 finally be the year we don’t hear the dreaded ‘zero points’ phrase?

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Sam Ryder has been announced as the UK’s official Eurovision Song Contest entrant (Photo: Parlophone)

Who is entering?

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 returning Armenia and Montenegro, both of which last took part in 2019.

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

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

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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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.

The Israeli delegation will also no longer take part in the Eurovision Song Contest in Italy, its national broadcaster has announced after a strike at Israel’s Foreign Ministry compromised its “security protocols”.

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Michael Ben David will represent the country with the song “IM” after winning the Israeli version of “X Factor”.

However, the announcement casts doubt on his performance, and it has not yet been confirmed if the singer will compete with a taped performance that will be aired during the competition.

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