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Turin 2022 FAQs

Here are the answers to frequently asked questions about the Eurovision Song Contest 2022.

Where will the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 be held?

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and its ItalIan Member Rai together with the City of Turin will stage the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Turin at the PalaOlimpico.

When will it take place?

The event is scheduled to take place on 10, 12 and 14 May 2022.

How many countries are taking part in the Contest?

40 countries will take part in the 66th Eurovision Song Contest.

How are you ensuring the Eurovision Song Contest will take place in 2022?

Mindful of the ongoing pandemic, the EBU and Italian host broadcaster Rai have employed a strict protocol to protect the health and safety of all those attending the event.

Will there be an audience for the shows?

Yes, current Italian rules permit audiences for the 3 live shows and 6 dress rehearsals. Nearly 7,000 fans can attend each show

How many journalists will attend the event?

We are welcoming up to 500 journalists on site in Turin as well as a further 1000 in our Online Press Centre where they can cover the event remotely. The Online Press Centre will permit all accredited journalists the same access to press conferences, meet and greets and rehearsals.

Who organizes the Eurovision Song Contest?

The Eurovision Song Contest is an annual event organized under the auspices of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the world’s largest alliance of public service media. The EBU co-produces the Eurovision Song Contest together with its Member broadcasters. The EBU Member which sends the winning song organizes the following year’s competition as the Host Broadcaster.

How is the Eurovision Song Contest governed?

The Eurovision Song Contest Reference Group is the governing board for all EBU Members, its purpose being to guide the Eurovision Song Contest. Further details concerning the organization of the Eurovision Song Contest can be found here.

What are the rules of the Eurovision Song Contest?

As with every major international event, the Eurovision Song Contest also has rules. The rules for each contest are usually published in the autumn the year before the contest. The public rules for the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest can be found on eurovision.tv

Who can participate in the Eurovision Song Contest?

Participation in the Eurovision Song Contest is limited to Members of the EBU or specially invited Associates. More details on membership criteria can be found here.

(Associates of the EBU may be eligible to enter the Eurovision Song Contest, this is decided by the Reference Group, the governing body of the Eurovision Song Contest, on a case by case basis.)

How does the voting work at the Eurovision Song Contest?

Votes for the ESC are equally split between a public vote and a professional ‘jury’ vote.

Viewers in all the participating countries can vote by telephone, SMS and through the official app. To keep things fair, you cannot vote for your own country.

A jury of 5 music professionals, appointed by each participating broadcaster, also casts its votes in every country taking part.

Every country presents two sets of points (from 1-8, then 10 and 12 points) – one set of points come from the professional jury and one set from the viewers at home.

In the years before 2016, the results of the professional juries and viewers were presented as a combined result, each accounting for 50 percent of the final score.

Now, the points from each national jury are given out by spokespeople in all the participating countries.

Then the points from each country’s televote are added to the total and read out by the hosts beginning with the country that was bottom of the scoreboard after the jury voting sequence.

Further information can be found in the voting section.

Do all participating broadcasters have to vote at the Eurovision Song Contest?

Voting is compulsory in all the countries taking part in the Eurovision Song Contest. Each Participating Broadcaster must cooperate with the pan-European voting partner appointed by the EBU for the televoting and the national jury voting to ensure results can be verified and controlled centrally.

How do you ensure the juries vote correctly?

The EBU and its voting partner digame have implemented steps in order to ensure the jurors are fully aware of how to vote and their responsibilities: First of all, an animated video guide is sent to each juror to explain how the jury voting works step by step, including how each juror has to allocate their ranking. Every juror has to watch this video before the start of each show.

Furthermore, a detailed handbook is provided to each jury member. This handbook includes the process that will take place on the night of the jury voting, the judging criteria, the importance of confidentiality as well the ranking procedure. These detailed instructions are translated into the language of each respective juror so they receive the document in their national language. The voting project leader and the verified notary receive instructions about their tasks as well, translated into their national language.

After all contestants have performed, the jurors are asked to allocate their ranking to each song. When all jurors have allocated their rankings they are typed into the voting interface in a four-eye principle by the chairperson and the voting project leader in order to prevent mistakes. The whole process is approved by a verified notary.

Why is Russia not taking part in this year’s show?

The EBU announced on 25th February that no Russian act will participate in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.

The Executive Board of the EBU made the decision following a recommendation by the Eurovision Song Contest's governing body, the Reference Group, based on the rules of the event and the values of the EBU. The Reference Group recommendation was also supported by the EBU’s Television Committee.

The decision reflects concern that, in light of the unprecedented crisis in Ukraine, the inclusion of a Russian entry in this year’s Contest would bring the competition into disrepute.

Before making this decision the EBU took time to consult widely among its membership.

The EBU is an apolitical member organization of broadcasters committed to upholding the values of public service.

We remain dedicated to protecting the values of a cultural competition which promotes international exchange and understanding, brings audiences together, celebrates diversity through music and unites Europe on one stage.

What will happen if Ukraine wins this year’s Contest?

It’s too early to speculate on the hosting of next year’s Eurovision Song Contest. We are currently focussed on producing 3 fantastic live shows from Turin in May where entries from 40 countries will compete to win.

“LIVE ON TAPE” Back up recordings in the event an artist cannot perform at the event

Do all the live-on-tape back-ups have to look the same in each country?

Rather than trying to impose a strict format for the live-on-tape back-ups, the EBU and Host broadcaster Rai decided to fully embrace each country's diversity in creativity, ambition, and style.

Beyond a set of basic guidelines and minimal limitations, each participating broadcaster had maximum freedom to create a performance they are proud of and they feel best represents their country.

How have you ensured fairness when it comes to the live-on-tape recordings?

Before the recording each participating broadcaster met with a co-ordinator from the Host Broadcaster and submitted a recording session schedule, studio set up, camera plan and signed Declaration of Compliance with the Production Guidelines.

The Head of Delegation was onsite during the 60-minute recording session of the permitted 3 takes and, either alone or together with someone who has the appropriate mandate, made the final decision on which take was selected.

A live connection was set up during the recording to allow the EBU and a representative from the Independent Voting Observer (E&Y) and the Host Broadcaster to observe the recording session, to provide assistance and support, but also to ensure the integrity of the Contest.

Who had the final sign off on the live-on-tape recording?

All materials have been checked for approval by the Host Broadcaster and the EBU. The Host Broadcaster has performed a final sound mix and any image enhancements to ensure uniform levels and quality. A copy of that final mix was sent to the respective Head of Delegation for approval (not to be unreasonably withheld).

Is there a limit on how many rehearsals could take place before the live-on-tape recording?

No, the number of rehearsals prior to the recording session was up to the participating broadcaster.

What were the basic guidelines for producing the live-on-tape recording?

The live-on-tape recording should have been produced in line with the Eurovision Song Contest Rules and essentially be a recording of a single 3-minute live stage performance. It should not have been a music video.

What couldn’t broadcasters use in their performance?

The live-on-tape recordings could not contain any augmented or virtual reality, overlays, confetti, drone shots, water, use of chromakey or green screen.

They should have been recorded in a studio or studio-like environment without an audience present or audience sounds.

Can autotune be used on the live-on-tape recordings?

No, autotune or any other alteration of live vocals, is not permitted on the recording.

Should the live-on-tape performance be similar to the planned stage performance?

Each broadcaster was free to either produce a recording of their planned stage performance or an alternative performance.

Could a country submit their national selection performance where appropriate?

No, but the broadcasters could use the rehearsal of their national selection, with no audience in the studio.

Were broadcasters given assistance by the Host Broadcaster in making their Live on Tape recording?

Yes. It was up to each Participating Broadcaster to develop a creative concept for their live-on-tape recording, as they would for their on-stage performance for Turin. The ESC 2022 Contest team was available to advise, guide and support.

The Contest team have overseen all the creative concepts, lighting, and LED content, to ensure diversity across the 41 acts and to avoid significant similarities.

When did all the live-on-tape recordings have to be delivered by?

Each participating broadcaster needed to submit their live-on-tape recording by 27 March 2022.

Is it a fair Contest if some of the delegations record a video and some have to perform live? How can you ensure the rules are adhered to if all participants perform remotely?

We are committed to creating the fairest possible Song Contest and all participating broadcasters are consulted and kept fully informed about the planning for the event.


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