The first semi-final took place with 10 countries securing their spot in Saturday’s grand final
The first semi-final of Eurovision is over and we have our first finalists.
The show kicked off in Turin with countries including Ukraine, Greece, Denmark and Armenia taking to the stage to try and secure their place in Saturday’s grand final.
From folk ballads to rock anthems to odes to wolves, the audience had a wide choice.
The lucky finalists join the group of the ‘Big Five’, with another 10 countries going through in Thursday’s second semi-final.
But which countries have been confirmed so far? And in what order will they appear in the final?
Who is in the final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2022?
17 countries took part in the first semi-final, which took place on Tuesday 10 May.
Of these, 10 countries have booked their place.
- The Netherlands
10 more countries will be chosen for the final during Thursday’s second semi-final if Great Britain is able to vote.
In addition to the full 20 qualifying countries, the “Big Five” group will also perform in the Grand Finals, bringing the total number of performers in the finals to 25.
Which countries belong to the “Big Five”?
The “Big Five” refers to a group of countries that are the largest financial contributors to the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).
These countries are UK, France, Germany, Spain and Italy.
All of these countries are guaranteed a place in the Grand Finals each year and do not compete in the Semi-Finals.
What order will the countries perform?
The running order of the final will be confirmed after the results of the second semi-final.
Many experts believe running order has an impact on how well a song performs on the vote, with songs played in the second half often having a better chance of sticking in voters’ minds.
Therefore, the running order is pulled from a hat.
Countries that qualified via the semifinals will be drawn in either the first or second half of the show, with the specific order based on that.
However, the Big Five countries have already decided whether they will appear in the first or second half of the show.
Britain may have luck on their side this year after Sam Ryder was drawn to play the second half of the show.
France, Germany, Italy and Spain are scheduled to feature in the first half.
When is Eurovision final?
The grand finale takes place on Saturday 14th May at 20:00 UK time.
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