qualified countries, 2022 favorites… What to remember

qualified countries, 2022 favorites... What to remember


EUROVISION 2022. Twenty-five countries are taking part in the Eurovision final this Saturday, May 14, 2022. Ukraine is already the big favorite to claim victory. Here’s everything you need to remember before the singing competition.

18:00 – No new victory for Ireland in 2022

END OF LIVE. Ireland, which has won the most Eurovision since the creation of the competition in 1956. The country has been crowned winner seven times: in 1970, 1980, 1987, 1992, 1993, 1994 and 1996. But it will not offer itself no new victory in 2022, since the Irish candidate did not qualify after her performance in the semi-finals. For information, among the biggest winners of Eurovision, there are Sweden (six victories), France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom (five victories).

17:31 – Mika host in Italy, the reason

Mika is one of the hosts of Eurovision 2022 with Laura Pausini. The singer is indeed very well known in Italy, since he revealed that he “was able to show the extent of my creativity, my albums, during the TV shows in which I participate, and the one I created. Italy is one of my adopted countries. I spend a lot of time in Tuscany, it’s my haven of peace, as they say!” It is therefore quite naturally that the singer agreed to host the evening organized in Turin.

17:10 – Who hosts Eurovision in France?

Each year, Eurovision is the subject of comments and put into context by well-known personalities from the small screen or the world of music. For this 2022 edition of the competition, Stéphane Bern and Laurence Boccolini have been chosen to host and share their thoughts throughout the evening broadcast on France 2. The presenter of Secrets d’histoire therefore officiates in this role for the seventh consecutive year, while the former host of the weak link takes on this role for the second time.

16:45 – When was France’s last victory at Eurovision?

France has not won Eurovision since 1977 and the victory of Marie Myriam. In total, there have been 5 French victories since the creation of the singing competition: in 1958 with André Claveau, 1960 with Jaqueline Boyer, 1962 with Isabelle Aubret, 1969 with Frida Boccara and 1977. Last year, Barbara Pravi was classified second with the song “Voilà”.

16:16 – Which song from Eurovision 2022 is the most listened to on Spotify?

Spotify can also be an indicator to determine the Eurovision favourite(s). In 2022, the most listened to title on the music streaming platform is not that of Ukraine! This is the song “Brividi”, by the Italian duo Mahmood & Blanco. In second position, we find “Hold me Closer” by the Swedish Cornelia Jakobs. Note that last year, Spotify plays acclaimed Maneskin, who turned out to be the winner of Eurovision. However, it is rare for a country to win the competition twice in a row. However, this has already happened, for Spain, Luxembourg, Ireland and Israel.

15:42 – What happens to Maneskin, winner of last year?

Since winning in 2021, Maneskin has continued his career in music. They released the single Mammamia, a reference to the controversy that had tainted their coronation at Eurovision. They had indeed been suspected of having consumed drugs during the show, but a negative screening came to sweep away these accusations. Their third album is in preparation. Before that, they opened for the Rolling Stones in Las Vegas on November 6th.

15:26 – Where is Eurovision taking place this year?

As a reminder, the winning country is responsible for organizing Eurovision the following year. Italy, winner in 2021 with Maneskin, is therefore the organizer this year. It is in Turin, at the Pala Olimpico more precisely, that the singing competition takes place in 2022.

14:54 – How can the public vote in Eurovision?

In France, it is possible to vote for the performance you prefer, in addition to that of our candidates Alvan and Ahez. All you have to do is send an SMS, call or vote on the official Eurovision application. The telephone numbers to dial will be specified on the day of the final, this Saturday.

14:25 – How do votes work at Eurovision 2022?

Eurovision votes can sometimes feel like a complex machine. Explanations: the countries in competition, even those which did not qualify during the semi-finals, each gather a national jury. The latter separately awards points to ten countries (12 points, 10 points, then 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1). When the jurors announce their vote in front of the cameras, they only give the name of the country to which they attributed their 12 points. Since 2016, viewers from competing countries can also vote! This is the public vote. Of course, it is impossible to give points to your own country.

14:03 – Russia excluded from Eurovision 2022

Due to the invasion of Ukraine by Vladimir Putin’s troops, Russia was excluded from Eurovision this year. “In the context of the unprecedented crisis unfolding today in Ukraine, it was feared that a Russian participation this year would bring discredit to the Competition”, explained on February 25, 2022 a press release from the Union. European Radio-Television (EBU), organizer of the event.

13:41 – Who is Kalush Orchestra, the band representing Ukraine?

In 2022, Ukraine is represented by the Kalush Orchestra group. The three members who form it met in 2019. They will perform the song “Stefania” on the stage of the Pala Olimpico in Turin (Italy), on Saturday. This song is a tribute to the singer’s mother, but has been reinterpreted, since the invasion of the country by Russia, as a hymn to Ukraine, perceived as a maternal figure. In parallel, the group released two albums during the year 2021: Hotin and Yo-yo.

13:16 – Apart from Ukraine, who are the other favorites for Eurovision 2022?

Ukraine is announced as the big winner of Eurovision 2022. But other candidates could create a surprise on Saturday! According to the bookmakers, the United Kingdom, Sweden and Italy could also win, although the odds are much lower according to the predictions. It should also be noted that Sweden is the favorite candidate of the OGAE, the official grouping of Eurovision fan associations around the world.

12:54 – Listen to “Fulenn”, the song by Alvan and Ahez at Eurovision

France is represented by the group Alvan & Ahez at Eurovision 2022. They will perform the song “Fulenn”, which means both “spark” and “pretty girl” on the Turin stage, this Saturday, May 14, 2022. Fully in Breton, this title speaks of the emancipation of women. You can listen to it below.

12:32 – Why does Australia participate in Eurovision?

Australia qualified for the Eurovision 2022 final on Saturday. Since 2015, the country regularly participates in the singing competition. However, it is not part of Europe! Seven years ago, the country of Oceania was invited on an exceptional basis for the 60th anniversary of the event. Australia had been broadcasting Eurovision for several years and even had a dedicated delegation. Given the success of the first participation of the country, which is also part of the Commonwealth, the invitation was renewed in the following years. Australia was unable to run in 2021, however, due to health restrictions imposed on overseas travel in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

12:09 – Does France have a chance of winning Eurovision?

Of course, French viewers who follow Eurovision will probably support Alvan and Ahez, the candidate from France. But does the Breton group really have a chance of winning? For the moment, the forecasts are not favorable to the tricolor flag bearers. France would have less than 1% chance of winning according to the predictions of the bookmakers before the competition, and the order of passage (in the first part of the evening) is not favorable to a victory either. Fortunately, nothing is decided yet, and the title “Fulenn” could, perhaps, create a surprise on D-Day.

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Eurovision 2022 punctuates the beginning of May. The final takes place in Turin, this Saturday, May 14, 2022. In France, the event can be followed on France 2 from 9 p.m. Previously, two semi-finals made it possible to select twenty candidate countries for the final. They took place on Tuesday May 10, 2022 and Thursday May 12, 2022, a few days before knowing the winner of this 66th edition.

France is represented by the Breton group Alvan and Ahez at Eurovision 2022. There are four members of this formation: the female trio Ahez Marine Lavigne, Sterenn Diridollou and Sterenn Le Guillou and the musician Alexis Morvan-Rosius, known as Alvan. They were selected on March 5, during the program “Eurovision France: it’s you who decide”. The tricolor group performs on the Turin stage the song “Fulenn”, which means, in Breton, both “spark” and “pretty girl”. It has been since 1977 and the victory of Marie Myriam that France has not won Eurovision.

We do not yet know the ranking of Eurovision 2022. Last year, the Italian group Maneskin won the singing competition with 524 points, saved mainly by public votes. He was ahead of France and Barbara Pravi (2nd with 499 points) and Switzerland (3rd, 432 points) on the podium. The top of the ranking was completed by Iceland (378 points), Ukraine (364 points) and Finland (301 points). Below, find in detail the latest ranking of Eurovision.