The final round of the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) is only a few days away and this year 40 countries are heading to Italy to participate.
ESC, commonly known simply as Eurovision, is an international songwriting competition organized annually by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), consisting of participants representing mainly European countries. .
Read on to find out more about when the competition runs and who will represent the UK.
When is Eurovision 2022 and when will the final take place?
The song contest will begin on Tuesday, May 10, with the Grand Final taking place on Saturday, May 14.
Where will the Eurovision 2022 singing contest take place?
The event will be held in Turin, Italy following the victory of Italian rock group Måneskin in last year’s competition in Rotterdam.
It will be held at the Pala Olimpico (also known as the Pala Alpitour), which is considered the largest indoor sports arena in Italy and has become one of the most booked venues in Italy for concerts. large scale music.
Who is the presenter?
This year, there will be 3 hosts of the Eurovision Song Contest.
They are Alessandro Cattelan, Laura Pausini and Mika.
The trio will host both the Semi-Finals on Tuesday, May 10 and Thursday, May 12, as well as the Finals on Saturday, May 14.
Who will represent the UK?
The representative of Eurovision 2022 in the UK will be Sam Ryder.
He is one of the most followed singers on TikTok, with 12 million fans on the app.
The singer attracted a large number of social media followers during the first lockdown after performing excerpts of the song on TikTok.
His covers have been noticed by the likes of Justin Bieber and Alicia Keys, and in 2020 he has become the most viewed UK artist on the platform.
The BBC has teamed up with TaP Music, the team behind British phenomenon Dua Lipa, to select Ryder to perform his track Space Man at the final in May.
Ryder’s achievement will follow two consecutive years in which the UK finished last at Eurovision.
The last time the UK broke into the top 10 in a Eurovision final was in 2009 with Jade Ewen’s song It’s My Time.
However, Ryder says he won’t let “the stigma or fear of getting to a certain position at the table stop me from doing something and being a part of something that I enjoy so much.”
Which countries can participate in Eurovision?
Participation in Eurovision is not related to geographical location.
The participating countries are all active members of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), which organizes the annual competition. Primarily, active members are located in the broadcast area or member states of the Council of Europe.
Each country wishing to participate must pay a fee to the EBU and agree to the contest rules, including their broadcast plan for the actual competition. Cyprus and Israel are EBU members – allowing them to join Eurovision – and Australia signed up as associate members for the competition.
However, due to the invasion of Ukraine, the EBU banned Russia from participating in this year’s competition.
Which countries will be in the final?
Five countries will automatically qualify for the final.
The Big Five – officially the Big Four – make a huge financial contribution to the EBU, the organizers of the competition, earning them a spot in the final without having to go through the midweek round.
Germany, France, Spain and the UK make up the Big Four, but they were joined by Italy when the country launched the competition.
The remaining countries have been allocated to one of the two Semi-Finals to be held on May 10 and 12.
The finals will feature a total of 25 countries – 10 from each of the semi-finals and the Big Five.
How to watch Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final 2022 and when does it start?
The Eurovision Song 2022 final will be available to watch live on BBC One and stream on BBC iPlayer on Saturday 14 May from 8pm.
How long is Eurovision Grand Final?
The contest will last four hours until midnight.