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Eurovision 2022: the sound of beauty

Vita gazette – The enthusiasm for the international music festival begins this year, following the victory of the Maneskin in Rotterdam in May 2021, which will be held in Italy. Due to the occupation of Ukraine and the subsequent exclusion of participating artists from Russia, Eurovision 2022 begins in the bitter shadow of war. Therefore the theme of the festival will be peace.

Turin is the city that is preparing to host the event from 10 to 14 May at the Pala Olimpico. From the program to the lineup of singers to the channels where to see it, everything you need to know about the world event.

Organized by the EBU (European Broadcasting Union) with Rai as Host Broadcaster (Guest broadcaster) and with the international management of the show entrusted to Laura Pausini, Alessandro Cattelan and Mika, this edition will see 40 countries participate: Italy will compete with the Mahmood & Blanco couple and the song “Broglie”, which triumphed at the 72nd edition of the Sanremo Italian Song Festival. The regulation of the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 made it necessary to reduce the text of Broglie sung by Blanco and Mahmood. The songs competing in the contest, in fact, must not exceed the time of 3 minutes, so their 3:19 minute long song in the winning version of the Sanremo Festival has been shortened.

The sound of beauty

Every year since 2002, each Eurovision contest has its own slogan to accompany the themed artwork. “The Sound of Beauty” is the latest addition to that iconic list, with a circular pattern featuring scattered sound waves in red, green and orange.

The hosts of Eurovision 2022

The Eurovision Song Contest 2022 is led by Laura Pausini, Alessandro Cattelan and Mika. Laura Pausini is the most popular Italian record artist in the world. In 2021 alone she won four Latin Grammys, a Grammy Award, a Golden Globe and received a historic Oscar nomination (for the first song ever sung entirely in Italian to be nominated) before performing in Io Sì at the 93rd Academy Awards.

Alessandro Cattelan is one of the most recognizable faces of Italian television, host and author of TV programs such as “E poi cè Cattelan on Sky” and “Da Grande on Rai1”. And Mika, the Lebanese-British singer-songwriter who, since his debut single Grace Kelly (2007), has enjoyed a growing career which, after Eurovision, continues on tour throughout North America.

Emanuele Cristofoli is the choreographer of the event. The opening of the first semifinal will convey empathy and augmented reality with the images of the planets projected in the audience with more than 40 dancers will pay homage to the sun as a symbol of joy, life and hope. Alessandro Cattelan will open the second appointment, he will show the funny character of the Italians. The final will give ample space to Laura Pausini, the protagonist of “a potpourri of her hits in five different languages”, but also to Mika that will be performing in the performance.

How Eurovision 2022 works: the regulation

The voting systems used at Eurovision have changed over the years. Starting in 1975, the mechanism requires voters to award a series of points from 1 to 8, then 10 and finally 12 to songs from other countries, with the favourite receiving the now-famous douze points. Since 1997, televoting has been introduced, so that the public of the countries has the opportunity to vote en masse for their favourite songs also via SMS. Whatever the voting method used – jury, telephone or SMS – countries cannot vote for their own songs. And countries that don’t participate in the competition cannot vote …

Where to see and hear Eurovision live

Each evening of Eurovision 2022 is broadcast in primetime on Rai1 with commentary by Gabriele Corsi and Cristiano Malgioglio and with the participation of Carolina Di Domenico. The live broadcast will also be broadcast by Rai Radio 2 and available on RaiPlay. The direction is entrusted to Duccio Forzano and Christian Biondani.

The semifinals and the grand finale

Eurovision 2022 takes place on Tuesday 10 and Thursday 12 May with the two semi-finals. Saturday 14 May the grand finale with the announcement of the singer and the winning country. Below are the countries competing in the two semifinals, according to the draw that took place on 25 January 2022 live from Turin.

Guests of Eurovision 2022

Diodato announced his participation as a guest in the first semifinal on 10 May. Also present were Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto and Gianluca Ginoble: the trio ‘Il Volo’. Guests will also be Dardust, DJ Benny Benassi and singer Sophie and the Giants, again in the first semifinal on 10 May 2022, accompanied by the conductor Sylvia Catasta. Also on stage Gigliola Cinquetti. On Saturday 14 May, one of the most famous representatives of Italian songs in the world will return to perform for the Eurovision audience.

Where to see and hear Eurovision live

Each evening of Eurovision 2022 is broadcast in primetime on Rai1 with commentary by Gabriele Corsi and Cristiano Malgioglio and with the participation of Carolina Di Domenico. The live broadcast will also be broadcast by Rai Radio 2 and available on RaiPlay. The direction is entrusted to Duccio Forzano and Christian Biondani.

Turin – Pala Alpitour

Turin, the capital of Piedmont, is hosting the event: The building where the competition will be held is Pala Alpitour, located in the Santa Rita district. It was built between 2003 and 2005 to host the hockey matches of the 2006 Winter Olympics. It is 8 thousand wide (with a capacity of 13,437 seats on the side stage and 15,657 seats on the middle stage) and 18 meters high. Pala Alpitour has built a reputation for years as the venue for international music, cultural and sporting events. In addition to the Winter Olympics, it hosted the pre-Olympic basketball tournament in 2016 and the men’s volleyball world championship in 2018. From 2021 to 2025, international and national artists from Bob Dylan to Lady Gaga, from U2, Ed Sheeran and Metallic to Rihanna gave concerts in this large and modern building.


Below are the countries competing in the two semi-finals, according to the draw made live from Turin on 25 January 2022.


On Tuesday, May 10, the following artists will perform in the first semi-final, in order of appearance:

  • Albania-Ronela Hajati  “Sekret”
  • Latvia – Citi Zēni  “Eat Your Salad”
  • Litnuania – Monika Liu  “Sentimentai”
  • Swiss – Marius Bear “Boys do Cry”
  • Slovenia / LPS (Last Pizza Slice) “Disko”
  • Ukranie – Kalush Orkestra “Stefania” 
  • Bulgaria – Intelligent Music Project  “Intention”
  • Netherlands – S10 “De Diepte”
  • Moldova – Zdob şi Zdub & Fraţii Advahov “Trenuleţul”
  • Portugal – MARO “Saudade saudade”
  • Croatia – Mia Dimšić’s “Guilty Pleasure”
  • Denmark – Reddi “The Show”
  • Austria – LUM!X & Pia Maria “Halo”
  • Iceland – Systur (Sigga, Beta and Elín) “Með Hækkandi Sól”
  • Greece Amanda Georgiadis Tenfjord “Die Together”
  • Norvegia Subwoofer  “Give That Wolf a Banana”
  • Armenia -Rosa Linn “Snap”

Thursday, May 12, the order of appearances in the second semi-final:

  • Finland – The Rasmus “Jezebel”
  • Israel – Michael Ben David  “I.M”
  • Serbia – Konstrakta “In Corpore Sano” 
  • Azerbaijan – Nadir Rüstəmli “Fade to black”
  • Georgia – Circus Marcus “Lock me in”
  • Malta con Emma Muscat  “Out of Sight”
  • San Marino – Achille Lauro  “Stripper”
  • Australia – Sheldon Riley “Not the same”
  • Cyprus – Andromache “Ela”
  • Ireland – Brooke Scullion  “That’s Rich”
  • Macedonia del Nord – Andrea  “Circles”
  • Estonia – Stefan “Hope”
  • Romania – WRS che can’t “Llamame”
  • Poland -Krystian Ochman c “River”
  • Montenegro – Vladana “Breath”
  • Belgium – Jérémie Makiese “Miss You”
  • Sweden – Cornelia Jakobs “Hold Me Closer”
  • Czech Republic –  We Are Domi  “Lights Off”

Singers in the Final: 

For the evening of the final on May 14, the Big Five countries with direct access to the final (Italy, France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom) will compete for victory with the winners of the two semi-finals.

Saturday 14 May, the grand finale with:

  • Italia -Mahmood e Blanco “Brividi” 
  • France – Alvan & Ahez “Fulenn” 
  • Germany – Malik Harris “Rockstars”
  • United Kingdom –  Sam Ryder “Spaceman”
  • Spagna – Chanel che “SloMo”
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