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MARO, from Portugal performed in second rehearsal : Photo: EBU / Andres Putting

Watch the official music videos for Junior Eurovision 2022

Official music videos for all 16 Junior Eurovision 2022 songs are now available to watch on the official Junior Eurovision YouTube channel... here's a handy playlist featuring all 16 videos.

  • 🇦🇱 Albania: Kejtlin Gjata - Pakëz Diell

  • 🇦🇲 Armenia: Nare - DANCE!

  • 🇫🇷 France: Lissandro - Oh Maman!

  • 🇬🇪 Georgia: Mariam Bigvava - I Believe

  • 🇮🇪 Ireland: Sophie Lennon - Solas

  • 🇮🇹 Italy: Chanel Dilecta - BLA BLA BLA

  • 🇰🇿 Kazakhstan: David Charlin - Jer-Ana (Mother Earth)

  • 🇲🇹 Malta: Gaia Gambuzza - Diamonds In The Skies

  • 🇳🇱 Netherlands: Luna - La Festa

  • 🇲🇰 North Macedonia: Lara feat. Jovan & Irina - Životot E Pred Mene

  • 🇵🇱 Poland: Laura - To The Moon

  • 🇵🇹 Portugal: Nicolas Alves - Anos 70

  • 🇷🇸 Serbia: Katarina Savić - Svet Bez Granica

  • 🇪🇸 Spain: Carlos Higes - Señorita

  • 🇺🇦 Ukraine: Zlata Dziunka - Nezlamna (Unbreakable)

  • 🇬🇧 United Kingdom: Freya Skye - Lose My Head

It was revealed yesterday that Junior Eurovision 2021 champion Maléna and international sensation Rosa Linn will perform during the interval of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest when it returns to Armenia on Sunday 11 December.

Rosa Linn represented Armenia at the Eurovision Song Contest in Turin earlier this year, and has since seen her song Snap become an international hit. The track, which placed 20th at the Grand Final in Italy, has broken international records by becoming one of the most streamed Eurovision songs of all time, picking up multiple platinum plaques across the planet along the way.

Recently Rosa performed a new version of Snap on The Late Late Show with James Corden in the United States, and will rework the song to include traditional Armenian instruments for her Junior Eurovision performance.

The 20th Junior Eurovision Song Contest will take place in the Karen Demirchyan Sports and Concerts Complex, in Yerevan, Armenia, on Sunday 11 December.

Don't forget to follow the official Junior Eurovision TwitterInstagramTikTok and Facebook channels.

Eurovision This Month: November 2022

Tune in to Eurovision This Month when it premieres at 20:00 CET this evening on the official Eurovision Song Contest YouTube channel.

We recap all the Eurovision news from this month, including: Changes to the voting system; the familiar faces heading to Yerevan for Junior Eurovision; Dutch duo Mia Nicolai & Dion Cooper; and we finish off with news about Måneskin and ABBA.

Make sure to click on 'Notify me 🔔' to be alerted when the show goes live!

Maléna and Rosa Linn will perform at Junior Eurovision

Preparations are nearly complete for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. 

Earlier, it was revealed that Junior Eurovision 2021 champion Maléna and international sensation Rosa Linn will perform during the interval of the Contest when it returns to Armenia on Sunday 11 December.

Rosa Linn represented Armenia at the Eurovision Song Contest in Turin earlier this year, and has since seen her song Snap become an international hit. The track, which placed 20th at the Grand Final in Italy, has broken international records by becoming one of the most streamed Eurovision songs of all time, picking up multiple platinum plaques across the planet along the way.

Maléna won Junior Eurovision in 2021 when her song Qami Qami impressed both viewers and juries, earning a grand total of 224 points, which was enough to finish in first place, with runners-up Poland and hosts France scoring 218 and 187 points respectively.

You can read more about the show over on JuniorEurovision.tv.

Episode 2 of the official Eurovision podcast features 5 winners!

Hosted by music presenter and reporter Steve Holden, the latest episode of the Official Eurovision Song Contest Podcast features interviews with a grand total of 5 Eurovision champions!

Listen and subscribe now to hear exclusive interviews with Duncan Laurence, Katrina, Lordi, Netta, and Måns! 

 

Romanian broadcaster TVR releases first details of selection process

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Romanian broadcaster TVR has released initial details of their selection process for Liverpool 2023.

Interested applicants have between November 14 and December 11 to submit songs via the instructions listed on the official website.

The final of Selecţia Naţională is tentatively earmarked for Saturday 11 February. We’ll update you with full details of the show, along with the names of the artists involved, when they’re released in December. 

Vidbir jury: Tara Topolya, Jamala & Julia Sanina

UA:PBC has completed their search for the Vidbir national final jury. This year, they decided to let the public vote on who should sit on the professional jury to select Ukraine’s Eurovision entry.

The broadcaster received over half a million votes, and so the top 3, as chosen by the public, are: Tara Topolya (lead vocals in the band Antytila), Jamala (Eurovision 2016 champion), and Julia Sanina (lead vocals in the band The HARDKISS). They'll now help to decide who will represent Ukraine in Liverpool next year.

The grand final of Vidbir will broadcast live on Saturday 17 December with 36 artists still in the running.

Kalush Orchestra to perform at MTV EMAs

For the second successive year, the winning Eurovision Song Contest artist will perform at the MTV EMAs.

Kalush Orchestra will join Stormzy, Gayle, One Republic and others on Sunday 13 November when the awards take place in Düsseldorf.

Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra at the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 Grand Final EBU / Corinne Cumming

Albania’s ‘Festivali i Këngës’ will have 26 participants

Albania’s ‘Festivali i Këngës’ returns to screens in December, with a new set of competitors hoping to win the title of ‘Best Song’ along with the chance of representing the nation at the Eurovision Song Contest.

Albanian broadcaster RTSH has announced the 26 participants

  1. 2 Farm - Atomike

  2. Alban Kondi & Lorela Karoshi - Melodi

  3. Albina Kelmendi - Duje

  4. Anduel Kovaçi - Malli

  5. Arsi Bako - Sonte dua të jem me ty

  6. Melodajna Mancaku - Gjysma e zemrës sime

  7. Elsa Lila - Evita

  8. Enxhi Nasufi - Burrë

  9. Erma Mici - Kozmosi i dashurisë

  10. Evi Reçi - Ma kthe

  11. Fabian Basha - Një gotë

  12. Fifi - Stop

  13. Franc Koruni - Në pritje

  14. Genti Hoxha - Ajër

  15. Gjergj Kaçinari - Dje

  16. Luna Causholli - Jetën ta fal

  17. LYNX - Nëse ke besim

  18. Manjola Nallbani - Dua

  19. Permit of Stay - Fobia

  20. Petrit Çarkaxhiu - Emri yt mirësi

  21. Rezearta Smaja - N’Eden

  22. Rovena Dilo - Motit

  23. Sara Kapo - Para teje

  24. Serxhio Hajdini - Vështirë

  25. Urban Band - Në çdo hap

  26. Vanesa Sono - Aroma jonë

 

Albania - Ronela Hajati - Eurovision Opening Ceremony 2022 - Galleria Grande - La Venaria Reale EBU / Corinne Cumming

More details of the 61st Festivali i Këngës will follow shortly, along with broadcast dates and format news.

Ukraine: Act for Liverpool narrowed to 36

UA:PBC has released the 36 artist long-list for Vidbir - the national selection show which determines the Ukrainian entry for the Eurovision Song Contest.

The acts are…

  1. 2TONE

  2. Angelina

  3. DAYTON 

  4. DEMCHUK

  5. Drevo

  6. Elysees   

  7. FIINKA

  8. Havkа

  9. Jerry Heil

  10. Iana Kovaleva

  11. Kozak Siromaha

  12. KRUTЬ

  13. Lue Bason

  14. Moisei

  15. Olivan

  16. OOHLA

  17. Oy Sound System

  18. SASHA 

  19. Seréen

  20. sexnesc

  21. Shy

  22. SKYLERR 

  23. SOWA

  24. Tember Blanche  

  25. Tery

  26. TVORCHI 

  27. Victoria Niro

  28. Vynohradova

  29. Zetetics

  30. Лилу45

  31. Макс Пташник

  32. Мія Рамарі

  33. Роялькіт

  34. Саша Фадєєва

  35. ТÓНКА

  36. Циферблат


Musician and Vidbir producer, Pianoboy said: 

‘I am personally interested in ensuring that Ukrainian music does not freeze and develops in all directions, so that we have our heroes in all possible musical niches and styles. In my opinion, now, during the war, and with complete uncertainty in the lives of musicians, this selection takes on a special significance: we not only choose those worthy to represent Ukraine at the competition, but also have the opportunity to hear a wide range of Ukrainian music that is being created here and now, no matter what.’

Kalush Orchestra from Ukraine rehearsed their song Stefania for second rehearsal EBU / Andres Putting

He continued: 

‘I am glad that during the selection process, many musicians were motivated, inspired, and encouraged to create new songs and interesting ideas. It was difficult for many of them to start writing again, many musicians are in forced emigration or on the verge of changing professions, or even surviving. There are musicians who volunteer and fight. However, we have a 36-song longlist that has everything from original songs, dream pop and rock to indie, rap and ethnic. 

All this speaks of how creative our nation is, how much we strive to create. I am grateful to the society and the Society for the trust to musically produce the selection, I am already personally listening to this longlist in the car, I hope that after the publication of all the songs, you will too.’

 
The grand final of Vidbir will broadcast live on Saturday 17 December from a bomb shelter in Kyiv.

Interest in the national final has been high, with the broadcaster receiving nearly 400 song from 299 participants, all hoping to replicate Ukraine’s success in Turin where Kalush Orchestra won with their song Stefania; an ode to a mother, which became the first Eurovision winning song to feature a rap.

Long-list auditions will continue, with the final lineup of acts announced no later than November 17.

Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra performing at the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 Semi Final One EBU/Sarah Louise Bennett

More details emerge about 'Una Voce Per San Marino'

More details have emerged about Una Voce Per San Marino (the Sammarinese selection competition) following an interview with Ludovico Di MeoFederico (Director General of SMRTV), Pedini Amati (Secretary of State for Tourism), and Assistant Head of Delegation, Alessandro Capicchioni.

Achille Lauro, San Marino, First Rehearsal, PalaOlimpico, 2 May 2022 EBU / Nathan Reinds

Ludovico told reporters:

‘Achille Lauro’s involvement [last year] helped to make [Una Voce Per San Marino] known. Like everything new we need to grow, and we will grow, year after year. We will have to be lucky and also good to find a new, real talent to bring to Liverpool, the home of the Beatles’

International interest in the contest has been high, with SMRTV receiving applications from 32 different countries. In total, over 500 submissions have been made via the broadcaster’s website, with Italian and Spanish artists leading the pack

It was also announced that Senhit (who represented San Marino in 2011, 2020 and 2021) will host the show, joined by a number of guest performers, including last year’s winner Achille Lauro.

Senhit will co-host Una Voce Per San Marino SMRTV

The Grand Final of Una Voce Per San Marino will take place on Saturday 25 February.

Spain sets date to reveal Benidorm Fest sensational 16

Spanish broadcaster RTVE will announce their Benidorm Fest participants on Thursday 27 October.

The sensational 16 have been whittled down from 876 hopefuls, and will be presented during a press conference hosted by Inés Hernand and Rodrigo Vázquez, alongside artists from the 2022 edition. 

Spain - Chanel - Eurovision Opening Ceremony 2022 - Galleria Grande - La Venaria Reale EBU / Corinne Cumming

We’ll also find out more about last year’s Benidorm Fest champ Chanel, and her new single Toke which is set to inspire the Spanish national football team at the World Cup in Qatar.

You’ll be able to watch the reveal on La 1 and RTVE Play.

Konstrakta might be nominated for a Grammy!

Eurovision 2022 participant Konstrakta has revealed that she’s being considered for a Grammy award in 2 categories: Best New Artist and Best Global Music Performance for In Corpore Sano.

The Serbian superstar is, however, quick to point out in her Instagram announcement that this doesn’t mean she’s definitely been nominated for a Grammy as yet, but with enough votes she might just make it to the nominees shortlist at the 65th Grammy Awards in February.

In Corpore Sano won a Marcel Bezençon award in Turin for best artistic performance, as voted for by the commentators from each participating broadcaster.

Can it pick up another prestigious award across the Atlantic? We can't wait to find out!

Amsterdam 'In Concert' fan event dates revealed

News of another unofficial fan event has been announced!

Eurovision In Concert will take place on Saturday 15 April at the AFAS Amsterdam concert hall in the Netherlands, with tickets going on sale on this Friday (October 14).

Eurovision fans from across the globe will head to the Dutch capital ahead of Liverpool 2023 to catch a glimpse of the artists taking part in the 67th Eurovision Song Contest, alongside familiar favourites. 

The Amsterdam event joins Madrid's PrePartyES and Barcelona Eurovision Party in confirming their dates for 2023.

Netherlands S10 EBU / Corinne Cumming

Last chance to perform at Benidorm Fest in Spain!

Today marks your last opportunity to apply for Benidorm Fest - the national selection Spain uses to choose their Eurovision Song Contest participant.

You've got big boots to fill though! Chanel finished 3rd in Turin with the banger SloMo.

Applications can be made via the RTVE website.

It's Liverpool!

Well, if you aren't aware of the Eurovision 2023 Host City by now - where have you been?

The EBU and BBC announced last night that we're off to Liverpool in the United Kingdom!

We've added some crucial dates to the calendar:

Tuesday 9 May - 21:00 CEST
🇬🇧 Eurovision Song Contest, First Semi-Final live from Liverpool, United Kingdom

Thursday 11 May - 21:00 CEST
🇬🇧 Eurovision Song Contest, Second Semi-Final live from Liverpool, United Kingdom

Saturday 13 May - 21:00 CEST
🇬🇧 Eurovision Song Contest, Grand Final live from Liverpool, United Kingdom 🏆

Tickets are expected to go on sale in due course - you can find out more about them on the tickets page of this very site.

Here's some further reading for your Saturday morning:

 

 

Host City when? Host City tonight!

Graham Norton will confirm the Host City and date of the 67th Eurovision Song Contest on the One Show on BBC One (United Kingdom) this evening. He will be joined by Sam Ryder.

If you can't access BBC One, don't worry! We'll be announcing the Host City across the official Eurovision YouTubeInstagramTikTokTwitter and Facebook platforms, as well as the official Eurovision Song Contest newsletter.

🇪🇸 Benidorm Fest 2023 tickets to go on sale soon...

On Tuesday, at a press conference in Madrid, Spain revealed their pick for Junior Eurovision in Yerevan.

But as well as revealing more information about the talented Carlos Higes and his trip to Armenia, the Spanish broadcaster also confirmed that tickets for Benidorm Fest - Spain’s week-long national selection party on the Costa Blanca - will go on sale on Tuesday 1 November.

Benidorm Fest runs from Sunday 29 January until Saturday 4 February, 2023 - and if you want a hint of what to expect, the Grand Final of Benidorm Fest 2022 is still available to watch on RTVE play.

Eurovision This Month: September 2022

There's never a quiet month at Eurovision.tv!

In Eurovision This Month we recap all the news and events that took place in September...

Welcome to Eurovision.tv's Country Updates!

Buckle up! National final season is just around the corner - and with it comes an avalanche of information, broadcast times, hyperlinks, selections, parties, and artists. 

To help you keep on top of everything you need to know, we'll be adding important dates to the Eurovision 2023 Calendar and updating this rolling blog from now until March 2023.