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These are our competitors in Eurovision 2022

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The 66th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest will be held on 10th, 12th & 14th of May 2022.

The contest will be hosted in Turin, Italy after the band Måneskin’s won with the song “Zitti e buoni” in 2021.

Initially, 41 countries should’ve participated in the competition, but after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, several participating countries advocated and wanted Russia excluded from the competition.

On February 14th, Russia was denied Eurovision participation by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the organisation behind the competition.

That means that 40 countries that will participate in Turin.

Eurovision 2022

🇦🇱 Albania

Ronela Hajati was selected as Albania’s representative in a national final with the song “Sekret”.

Ronela has had great success in her home country’s music industry, and has a number of Top 10 places in the charts in Albania.

🇦🇲 Armenia

After withdrawing in 2021, Armenia will return to Eurovision this year.

Armenia has internally selected the singer Rosa Linn. She’ll represent Armenia with the song ‘Snap’.

🇦🇿 Azerbaijan

Just three weeks after winning the Azerbaijani edition of The Voice, it was announced that Nadir Rustamli would be representing his home country in Eurovision.

Nadir’s mentor on The Voice was Eldar Gasimov, who won Eurovision for Azerbaijan in 2011 with Nikki.

Nadir will participate with the song ‘Fade to Black” in Turin.

🇦🇹 Austria

Austria holds the record for most years between ESC victories. They have previously won twice, first in 1966 and then 48 years later in 2014.

Broadcaster ORF has decided that the world-renowned DJ ‘DJ LUM!X’ will represent the country with singer Pia Maria. They will perform in the first semi-final on Tuesday the 10th of May.

DJ LUM!X is considered one of Austria’s most successful artists with more than 10 million monthly listeners on Spotify!

🇦🇺 Australia

Australia has been participating in Eurovision since 2015, and is due to do so until 2023.

Due to the strict corona restrictions in the country, Australia had to participate with a pre-recorded performance last year.

It was the first time a country participated in the ESC without being physically present in the host city.

Sheldon Riley will compete for Australia with the song “Not The Same”. Sheldon has been pointed out as a remarkable newcomer to Australia’s music industry. His style of music is described as dark pop.

🇧🇪 Belgium

Belgium was given the honour of announcing the season’s first artist as early as September.

As a young man, Jérémie Makiese sang in church choirs, but his interest in music arose when he started singing lessons at school.

After winning a local singing competition at school, he chose to try his hand at the Belgian edition of The Voice, which he then went on to win 👏

🇧🇬 Bulgaria

It has been a trend that last year’s winner makes there mark on the music the following year. Måneskin won with rock in 2021, and the Intelligent Music Project will try to recreate that in 2022.

They call themselves a rock supergroup and have brought blackmore’s Rainbow singer Ronnie Romero to perform the song “Intention” in Turin, which was also the very first song announced this season.

🇭🇷 Croatia

Croatia has decided to send the song “Guilty Pleasure” with the artist Mia Dimšić.

Mia started her music career in 2014, when the band Džentlmeni invited her to join them during their tour of the US and Canada.

🇨🇾 Cyprus

Cyprus is the country that has participated the most times without winning Eurovision 😳

The closest the island nation was to winning was back in 2018, with “Fuego” which became a massive hit across Europe.

Andromache will represent Cyprus with the song “Ela”.

🇨🇿 Czech Republic

The Czech Republic is taking part in Eurovision for the tenth time this year.

This time with the band ‘We Are Domi’ that was actually formed in Leeds and its members are from the Czech Republic and Norway 🤯

They are bringing the song “Lights Off” to Turin.

🇩🇰 Denmark

Denmark are sending the band REDDI with the song “The Show” to Turin. It’s not the first time the band’s founder, Ihan Haydar, has been on a Eurovision stage. She was previously a member of Soluna Samay’s band that took Denmark to the final in Baku in 2012.

This time she stands on stage with Ida Bergkvist, Agnes Roslund and Siggy Savery.

The Eurovision selection show Melodi Grand Prix in Denmark was actually their debut as a band.

🇪🇪 Estonia

After trying three times before, Stefan finally got the honor of representing his home country after he won the Eesti Laul (Estonian selection for Eurovision) with the song “Hope” 🎉

🇫🇮 Finland

Finland are sending a band that has ensured one of the country’s greatest international music successes – The Rasmus.

They had a big success back in 2003 with the song “In The Shadows”, which in its time received high positions in charts all over the world. The song has passed 100 million streams on Spotify.

The song they will participate with  in Eurovision is called “Jezebel”. It’s a song in honor of strong, independent women who follow their own path.

🇫🇷 France

Alvan & Ahez with the song “Fulenn” is France’s pick in this year’s Eurovision. The song received top scores from both the jury and the audience.

The lyrics are in Breton and are about women’s liberation based on a Breton legend, where a young woman escapes society by dancing in the light of a bonfire. According to the folk song, one day she meets a devil who drags her into a mysterious dance.

🇬🇪 Georgia

In November, Circus Mircus were announced as Georgia’s representatives.

There has been little concrete information about which members are hiding behind the trio. A press release released by the broadcaster states that it is a movement that brings together many pros from different fields to create an unprecedented audiovisual experience.

Could it be Andrew Garfield or Gemma Collins?

🇩🇪 Germany

Malik Harris sings the song “Rockstars” for Germany. The German-American pop singer, rapper and songwriter comes from a musical family and has warmed up for famous artists such as James Blunt and Tom Odell.

🇬🇷 Greece

Amanda Tenfjord is a 25-year-old singer-songwriter, who was born in Greece and grew up Norway. She has been releasing music since 2014 and has toured with Highasakite.

🇮🇸 Iceland

Sisters Sigga, Beta and Elín will represent Iceland in the Eurovision Song Contest with the song “Með Hækkandi Sól”, which translates to “With the rising sun.”

With a passion for blues and soul, they began singing together in 2009.

🇮🇱 Israel

Michael Ben-David will represent Israel with the song “I.M”.

The 25-year-old secured his way into the competition via victory in the fourth season of X Factor Israel, where one of the judges was former Eurovision winner Netta. She took the victory home to Israel when she won the contest in 2018 with the song “Toy”.

🇮🇪 Ireland

Ireland still holds the record of the most Eurovision wins, with a whopping seven times – three of them in a row between 1992 and 1994. In the last 10 years, however, they have only managed to qualify for the final three times, with a 16th place finish as their best result.

For the first time since 2015, the Irish representative was chosen by the public. The choice fell on Brooke and the song “That’s Rich”.

🇮🇹 Italy

The artists who will defend the country’s honor at home are Mahmood and Blanco. Mahmood returns to the ESC, after he won a strong second place in 2019 with ‘Soldi’.

The duo won the prestigious Sanremo Festival, which was once a source of inspiration for the Eurovision Song Contest in 1956.

Mahmood & BLANCO will be performing the song “Brividi” which means chills in Italian.

🇱🇻 Latvia

The band Citi Zēni are self-proclaimed princes of rap and pop from the 21st century, who make alternative unicorn pop.

They encourage reflection with their satirical lyrics, always striving to have an energetic presence on stage.

Their song “Eat Your Salad” has already taken social media by storm with its green message. It is a tribute to environmentally friendly lifestyles and organic diets.

🇱🇹 Lithuania

Monika Liu brings the song “Sentimental” from Lithuania into the 66th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.

It is the first time since 2001 that Lithuania is singing in its native language.

🇲🇹 Malta

Last year Malta got a top 10 spot with the song “Je Me Casse”.

“Out Of Sight” will represent the country in Turin, and will be performed by Emma Muscat.

🇲🇩 Moldova

Zdob şi Zdub & Fraţii Advahov will represent Moldova in Turin. It is the third time Zdob şi Zdub has been on the Eurovision stage.

The first time was in Kyiv in 2005, when they finished sixth, and then in 2011 in Düsseldorf where they finished 12th.

In Turin, they are on the ESC stage again with the punk folk rock song “Trenuleţu”.

🇲🇪 Montenegro

Montenegro returns to Eurovision after a short break from the competition, this time with the artist Vladana who will be performing “Breathe”.

🇳🇱 Netherlands

S10 will represent the Netherlands.

Stien den Hollander is a 21-year-old singer, rapper and songwriter who is already well known in the Dutch alt-pop scene. She signed her first record deal when she was 17. In 2019, she won the Netherlands’ most prestigious music award “Edison”.

She will compete in the first semi-final with the song “De Diepte”.

🇲🇰 North Macedonia

For the first time since 2015, the North Macedonian people have voted for their favourite song to send to the Eurovision Song Contest.

Andrea became the lucky winner and will represent North Macedonia with the song “Circles”. She received top scores from both the public and the international juries involved in the decision.

🇳🇴 Norway

Brothers Keith and Jim met 4.5 billion years ago, when the moon was a separate planet. Since then, they have conquered every planet in the universe with their music, making them the largest band in the galaxy – ever (apparently)

Now they’re going to look for Neil Armstrong and take the musical throne with the song “Give the Wolf a Banana.” Oslo 2023!? 🍌

🇵🇱 Poland

Krystian Ochman will perform “River” for Poland at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Turin.

🇵🇹 Portugal

MARO won both the public and jury votes when it was to be decided in Portugal’s Festival da Canção.

In May, she is on stage in Turin with the song “Saudade Saudade”.

🇷🇴 Romania

WRS (Andrei-Ionuț Ursu) will represent Romania with the song “Llámame”. WRS started his career as a dancer before joining boyband SHOT in 2015.

After two years, he left the boy band to pursue a solo career. In 2020, he released his first single under the stage name WRS and now he is ready to stand on the Eurovision stage in May.

🇸🇲 San Marino

San Marino is the smallest nation in the competition with 34,000 inhabitants. This year they will send Achille Lauro with the song “Stripper” to the Eurovision Song Contest.

He started the season by participating in the Sanremo Festival, which could have ended with Achille representing Italy in Turin.

Achille, on the other hand, had his luck in the San Marine national final, where he beat 17 other finalists.

🇷🇸 Serbia

Konstrakta travels to Turin with the song “In Corpore Sano”, where she sings about why Meghan Markle has perfect hair. The song title translates to “a healthy mind and a healthy body.”

She won both the jury votes and the public votes in Serbia’s selection “Pesma za Evroviziju”.

🇸🇮 Slovenia

Slovenia has chosen to send the band LPS (Last Pizza Slice) to Turin with the song “Disko”.

🇪🇸 Spain

Spain will be sending Chanel Terrero, who is named after the world’s greatest fashion designer Coco Chanel. She was originally born in Havana, Cuba and moved to Catalonia when she was four years old.

This is the first song she has released as an artist: “SloMo”.

🇸🇪 Sweden

Cornelia Jakobs won Sweden’s “Melodifestivalen” with the song “Hold Me Closer”. It’s not the first time she’s entered the competition, the last time was in 2011 and 2012 with the band Love Generation. Cornelia never advanced to the final with Love Generation.

That means its the first time she will represent Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest!

🇨🇭 Switzerland

28-year-old Marius Bear has been selected to represent Switzerland – the country that won the very first edition of ESC back in 1956.

Marius first became aware of his singing talent when he served in the Swiss Army, when some of his mates pointed out that he had a good singing voice.

He’s going to sing “Boys Do Cry.”

🇺🇦 Ukraine

There has been some complications in this year’s selection in Ukraine with Alina Pash winning the national final.

It later emerged that someone had falsified her travel documents after a stint in Crimea back in 2015, she then resigned from the contest.

One condition for representing Ukraine in Eurovision is that the artist cannot have travelled to the Crimean Peninsula from the Russian side since its annexation in 2014.

Now we know that the Kalush Orchestra will represent the country instead.

They received the most SMS votes in the national final, but because of the jury votes, they ended up under Alina Pash. Singer Oleh Psiuk thanked Ukraine for his support when he received the news of the selection.

"We promise to live up to your expectations! These are difficult times for our country, but we're really going to show the world that we're here! We're ready".

AND FINALLY

🇬🇧 United Kingdom

Twenty-five years have passed since we last won Eurovision with Katrina & the Waves, and there have been few high placings since then.

Last year, we got zero points for the second year in a row.

Sam Ryder was internally selected by the BBC & music management and publishing company TaP Music to represent us in Turin, with the song “Space Man”.

He co-wrote it with Max Wolfgang and Amy Wadge. The latter features as songwriter on Ed Sheeran’s song “Thinking Out Loud.”

The Semi Finals will be broadcast on BBC Three and BBC iPlayer on Tuesday 10 and Thursday 12 May at 8pm. The Grand Final will be broadcast on BBC One from 8pm on Saturday the 14th of May.

Written by: Craig Tait

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