Here’s Everything You Need to Know About Eurovision 2022
The 2022 Eurovision Song Contest is fast approaching, as 40 countries prepare to compete with their best original songs. You might be wondering what to expect from this year’s competition. Let’s go over what you need to know.
Eurovision 2022 Will Be Held in Turin, Italy
This year marks the 66th edition of the long-running contest. The competition will take place in Turin, Italy. As is tradition, the previous year’s winner hosts the contest. Since Italy won in 2021 with the song “Zitti e buoni” by Måneskin, it is this year’s host.
The contest is broken down into three live shows. Two semifinal rounds will take place May 10 and May 12, and then a final will be held on May 14. The Big Five countries (Italy, France, Germany, Spain, and United Kingdom) are automatically in the final.
Forty countries are competing in this year’s contest. That includes Armenia and Montenegro, who are returning after being absent last year. Russia has been excluded from this year’s event due to the country’s invasion of Ukraine.
This is Italy’s third time hosting Eurovision. The country previously hosted in 1965 in Naples, and in 1991 in Rome. This year’s venue is an arena in Turin called the PalaOlimpico, which features 13,300 seats. The event will be hosted by Alessandro Cattelan, Laura Pausini, and Mika.
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Here’s How to Watch the Contest
Eurovision doesn’t seem to have updated the viewer’s guide to watching the contest since last year, but the page provides a list of broadcasters in each country, stating that viewers in participating countries will be able to watch on TV and on broadcaster websites where available.
In the UK, the BBC has announced that the semifinals will be broadcast live on BBC Three and BBC iPlayer, while the final will be available live on BBC One, BBC iPlayer, BBC Radio 2 and BBC Sounds.
And if you’re wondering how to watch in the United States, Peacock will once again be broadcasting the event. It was announced last year that the service had U.S. streaming rights to the contest for 2021 and 2022. Peacock recently confirmed on Twitter that Eurovision will be available to stream at 3 p.m. ET on each of the three days.
All 40 of the competing songs are currently available to hear. You can check out the official playlist on Spotify to listen to them all before the competition even kicks off.