Today the Grand Final of the 66th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest is finally here, broadcast live from Turin, Italy. The most awaited moment of the three big nights of the 2022 contest week starts at 21:00 CEST from Turin, as this time we are on Italian soil after Måneskin’s triumph last year with the song “Zitti E Buoni”.
A year After Måneskin’s win
A year after Måneskin’s mesmerizing win in the Dutch city of Rotterdam, and after a fabulous Eurovision pre-party season, the day has finally arrived that the European continent, and of course Australia, reunite for the world’s biggest music festival, the Eurovision Song Contest. As of today, three wonderful shows are presented to you on three separate evenings, 2 Semi-finals and the Grand Final. During these nights, the semi-finals on 10th and 12th of May, and today’s Grand Final on 14th of May 2022, representatives of no less than 40 countries are presenting their competing songs with fabulous staging and creative magic as can only be seen during the Eurovision Song Contest.
This year’s venue
This year’s venue is the PalaOlimpico in the beautiful Italian city of Turin. The venue is situated in Santa Rita, one of Turin’s quarters. The PalaOlimpico was build to host the hockey competition of the 2066 Olympic Winter Games, and has a capacity of 14,000 spectators; this venue is even considered to be the best sports venue there is in Italy, so it is most definitely Eurovision Song Contest ready.
The sound of beauty
The slogan of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest is “The Sound of Beauty”, and with that slogan in mind you can watch the decisive Grand Final tonight starting at 21:00 CEST. Below you can find a list of the 25 countries that will perform tonight during the Grand Final of the 66th Eurovision Song Contest, held in Turin, Italy. This evening we will see which country will take the crown from Italy. Who will be the winner? Only one will get the Crystal Microphone!
The competing countries in the Grand Final:
|POSITION AND COUNTRY||PERFORMER||SONG|
|01 CZECH REPUBLIC||We Are Domi||“Lights Off”|
|03 PORTUGAL||MARO||“Saudade, Saudade”|
|04 FINLAND||The Rasmus||“Jezebel”|
|05 SWITZERLAND||Marius Bear||“Boys Do Cry”|
|06 FRANCE||Alvan & Ahez||“Fulenn”|
|07 NORWAY||Subwoolfer||“Give That Wolf A Banana”|
|08 ARMENIA||Rosa Linn||“Snap”|
|09 ITALY||Mahmood & BLANCO||“Brividi”|
|11 NETHERLANDS||S10||“De Diepte”|
|12 UKRAINE||Kalush Orchestra||“Stefania”|
|13 GERMANY||Malik Harris||“Rockstars”|
|14 LITHUANIA||Monika Liu||“ Sentimentai”|
|15 AZERBAIJAN||Nadir Rustamli||“Fade To Black”|
|16 BELGIUM||Jérémie Makiese||“Miss You”|
|17 GREECE||Amanda Georgiadi Tenfjord||“Die Together”|
|18 ICELAND||Systur||“Með Hækkandi Sól”|
|19 MOLDOVA||Zdob şi Zdub & Advahov Brothers||“Trenulețul”|
|20 SWEDEN||Cornelia Jakobs||“Hold Me Closer”|
|21 AUSTRALIA||Sheldon Riley||“Not The Same”|
|22 UNITED KINGDOM||Sam Ryder||“SPACE MAN”|
|24 SERBIA||Konstrakta||“In Corpore Sano”|
The voting system
Viewers from all of the 40 countries taking part in Eurovision 2022 are invited to vote via the official app, telephone and/or SMS. The voting window will open after the last song has been performed and will close around 30 minutes later. Televoters will determine 50% of the outcome while the national professional juries will decide the other half of the overall results after watching the performances of yesterday’s Jury Final rehearsal show.
The Italian hosts of the Semi-finals, as well as the Grand Final are Mika, Laura Pausini, and Alessandro Cattelan.
Laura Pausini is one of Italy’s most-famous singers, and she also has a very international career. Laura Pausini was born in Solarolo in Ravenna, Italy on May 16th 1974. Laura is also referred to as “the queen of Italian pop music”. Laura started singing when she was just 8 years old together with her father Fabrizio, and in 1993 she rose to worldwide fame when she was the winner of the debutants segment of the famous San Remo Festival, the festival on which the Eurovision Song Contest is based. Laura Pausini already has a Golden Globe under her belt in the “Best Original Song” category, and she was also nominated for an Oscar in the same category. This win and nomination were for the song “Io sì” in the Netflix movie, “The Life Ahead”.
Alessandro Cattelan was born on May 11th 1980 in Tortona, Italy. Alessandro is one of Italy’s most well-known radio and TV presenters; one of his presenter positions was at MTV Italia. Next to this, Alessandro was the presenter of the Italian version of the famous talent show “X-Factor” from 2011 until 2020. In 2021 Alessandro joined the National Italian Broadcaster, RAI. Alessandro was also a candidate to host the San Remo Festival in 2020.
Mika, real name “Michael Holbrook Penniman Jr.”, was born on August 18th 1983 in Beirut, Lebanon. Mika rose to fame when his first album came out in 2007; the album sold a staggering 5.6 million copies, and he even won a Brit Award for it. World famous songs of Mika are: Grace Kelly, Relax (Take It Easy), and “We Are Golden”. Mika has been a judge on the X-Factor Italia from 2013 until 2015, where he also got to meet his Eurovision host colleague Alessandro Cattelan. Miks returned to the X-Factor Italia in 2020 and 2021. Mika speaks 7 languages fluently, among them English, French, and Italian.
THE SHOW, GUESTS AND INTERVAL ACTS
This year’s Eurovision Song contest is a great show with guests and interval acts. Below you can find everything you can expect in the Grand Final.
The Rockin’ 1000, Laura Pausini and Flag Parade
The Grand Final of Eurovision 2022 starts with a video from Piazza San Carlo in Turin, where The Rockin’ 1000 band will perform “Give Peace a Chance”, an anti-war song by John Lennon to honor Ukraine at these difficult times that they are suffering.
Once inside the arena in the PalaOlimpico, our host Laura Pausini will sing along with The Rockin’ 1000 some of her hits like “Benvenuto”, “Io canto”, “La solitudine”, “Le cose che vivi” and her new song “Scatola”.
We will also have the traditional reception Flag Parade to welcome all the 25 finalists artist willing to win the Eurovision Song Contest 2022.
During the night, Laura Pausini will perform a cappella «Nel blu dipinto di blu (Volare)», Italian 1958 Eurovision entry by Domenico Modugno and the Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti will send a special greeting from the International Space Station. Furthermore, before closing the televoting our host Mika will perform an enjoyable medley formed by some of his best songs.
During the interval act, last year’s winners Måneskin will present their new single “Supermodel” and then, a cover of Elvis’ song “If I Can Dream”.
The very first Italian Eurovision winner, Gigliola Cinquetti, who won the competition in 1964, will return to the contest to perform her winning entry “Non ho l’età”.
Where to watch?
Turin awaits! Do not forget that you can follow the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 live tonight, starting at 21:00 CEST on TV or on the ESCPlus multi-window system, which you can find by clicking here.
In case you cannot watch the contest on TV, make sure to watch it online! Below you can find a list of where you can watch the Eurovision Song Contest, either on TV or online.
|Georgia||1.tv Georgia||Azerspace (46.0° E)||11095.00||V||30000||5/6|
|Sweden||SVT1 HD||Thor 5 (0.8°W)||11216.00||V||25000||3/4|
|Portugal||RTPi||Hot Bird (13.0°E)||11334.00||H||27500||3/4|
|Germany||ONE HD||Astra (19.2°E)||11052.75||H||22000||2/3|
And don’t forget, there’s still time to vote in our Grand Final poll– help us predict which countries will qualify!
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