Just like last year for the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 in Rotterdam, countries get the opportunity to record a live on tape performance of their entry. This year we see that most countries, and the host nation Italy in particular, are afraid of a COVID-19 outbreak. Next to this, there is the threat of war coming from the east of Europe, because of the war between Russia and Ukraine. So, this year there is more than one reason to film alternative performances to be able to compete in this year’s contest. The taping takes place in Bulgaria’s capital city, Sofia.
Which countries are going to record or have recorded a live on tape performance?
The countries below have either taped their recording already or will do so over the course of the upcoming weeks. It is suspected that more countries will be added to this list, as they will tape their recording either in Sofia or their own country with an EBU representative present to check whether all stated rules are being met during the taping.
- Bulgaria: Intelligent Music Project, Intention
- Greece: Amanda Tenfjord, Die Together
- United Kingdom: Sam Ryder, Space Man
- Cyprus: Andromache, Ela
- Switzerland: Marius Bear, Boys Do Cry
- Armenia: Rosa-Linn, Snap
- Malta: Emma Muscat, I Am What I Am
- Austria: Lum!x feat. Pia Maria, Halo
Most countries that have taped their live performance have worked with Dan Shipton, Marvin Dietmann or Sascha Jean Baptiste to create the best version of their performance.
The rules of the live on tape performances
The rules for the live on tape performances are the following:
Just like back in the tapings of the 2021 contest, artists can rehearse their performances as long as they want. But for the actual taped performance artists get 1 full hour during which they can perform their song 3 times. The recording is monitored by a responsible of the EBU, to check whether all the stated rules are being met by the artist. Countries can choose themselves which of the three live on tape performances they are going to use.
Eurovision Song Contest 2022
This year’s Eurovision Song Contest will take place on May 10th (Semi-final 1), 12th (Semi-final 2), and on the 14th (Grand Final) in Turin, Italy.