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Live Blog: Eurovision Song Contest 2022 - Grand Final



Tonight we’re covering the Grand Final and Winner’s Press Conference.

Live from 18:30 – 02:30(ish) CEST.

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Ciao, Eurofans!

The press conference is over, and that’s Eurovision done for another year.

It’s been an absolute JOY, and your live bloggers would like to say a HUGE thank you to the amazing content and digital team here in Turin, and everyone who has kept us company for the 100-plus hours of Live Blogging we’ve done over the past two weeks. It’s been an incredibly special 15 days.

Our beds are calling, but we hope very much to see you again in 2023. THANK YOU and goodnight!

It's time to hand over the welcome pack...

Martin Österdahl has arrived, firstly to thank everyone at Rai and the city of Turin for putting on such an amazing 66th Eurovision Song Contest.

Tonight we saw a great show with artists from 40 countries standing behind the unifying values of the contest, says Österdahl – Kalush Orchestra have been courageous and impressive and should be congratulated for this incredible win.

He hands over the welcome pack to Oksana, the Head of Delegation for Ukraine. He tells her that work begins the day after tomorrow, and Eurovision team are with Ukraine all the way.

A question about rap music...

This is the first time a rap song has one Eurovision, points out a journalist from Denmark – how did it feel to rap in Ukrainian on the Eurovision stage?

Rap and hiphop is mainstream number one on the world music stage, says Oleh, and he believes that in eight years people will be surprised if a rap song DOESN’T win Eurovision.

More questions for Kalush Orchestra...

What was the most exciting moment you experienced in the streets of Turin? It’s been quite stressful to be honest, because for a long time they band weren’t able to get together to rehearse, they had to do it online. But once they were in Turin they were able to rehearse every detail of their performance, and they really wanted to do a great job as they understood the responsibility.

Oleh hasn’t had time to call his mother yet, but he has texted her and asked his girlfriend to give her call. His mother has replied that she’s very proud and happy.

Press Conference Ukraine EBU / Andres Putting

The questions continue...

How worried are you about going home to the war? asks a Swedish journalist. Being worried doesn’t end with us crossing the border, says Oleh – our friends and and family are in danger whererever we are, and in some ways it’s easier being close to them. He won’t be able to spend his birthday with his family on 16th May because he will be travelling, but he will see them the next day.

Breaking news…Oleh’s favourites from Eurovision this evening were Italy, United Kingdom, Poland and Moldova.

The press conference continues...

How can we make sure Ukrainian culture continues to thrive during difficult times? asks another member of the press. You can watch Ukrainian films, listen to Ukrainian music and support Ukrainian artists, says Oleh.

What wil you do when you get home? asks the online press. Are you going to fight in the war?

We have a temporary authorisation to be in Italy, confirms Oleh, and it ends in two days. He’s not sure exactly what they will be doing because they’ve just won the Eurovision Song Contest, but like every Ukrainian they are ready to fight until the the end.

More questions for Ukraine...

Another member of the press asks Kalush Orchestra if they’ve heard from President Zelensky yet, and whether it’s possible that they can they host next year.

It’s a good answer – Oleh says that President Zelensky is pretty busy with other things right now, and next year they plan to host in a free and integrated Ukraine.

We're at the press conference!

A journalist from the Ukrainian press requests the opportunity to share a group hug with Kalush Orchestra, and they happily oblige.

What message do you have for displaced Ukrainians who have been watching from across Europe? asks a member of the online press. 'I want to thank everyone in the Ukrainian diaspora, ' says Oleh, who is answering all questions on behalf of the band. This victory is hugely important, he says, and glory to Ukraine.

'Do you think people voted for you because of the situation in Ukraine’, asks a member of the foreign press, 'or because of the song Stefania?' The band confirms that even though Stefania was number one in the odds, but even before war broke out it was in the top five, and it’s been played all over Europe. Kalush Orchestra would like to thank everyone who has listened to their song and voted for it.

Kalush Orchestra hugging at the post-Contest press conference EBU / Andres Putting

We're off to the winners' press conference!

…to hear from Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra. Don’t go away!

And the winner of Eurovision 2022 is....UKRAINE

UKRAINE are the winners, United Kingdom are second, Spain are third, and Sweden are fourth. Huge congratulations to Ukraine, and what an amazing night this has been. We need to lie down for a week.

Ukraine reacts to 12 points at Eurovision Song Contest 2022 Grand Final EBU / Corinne Cumming

Five public votes left...

… Ukraine pull in a HUGE public vote, putting them at the top of the table by an absolute mile. WOW, what an incredible result for Kalush Orchestra, and the crowd in the arena and the Delegation Bubble are going WILD.

The public vote continues...

…this is a brutal but very exciting way of announcing who has won Eurovision. We officially stopped breathing several minutes ago.

Serbia’s public vote is enormous – they’re now in the lead. Ten countries left!

Public vote time!

Right, let’s do this thing. Deep breaths, everyone.

Germany are taking the bottom slot this year, but they’ve got six points so nobody is getting zero this year. This makes us very happy.

Meanwhile Moldova absolutely SMASHED the public vote. Good work, Moldova.

The jury voting is finished!

The juries have voted, and United Kingdom have won the jury vote, followed by Sweden, Spain, Ukraine and Portugal.

After 13 years of being a Brit liveblogging Eurovision, this feels like a very special moment. Whatever happens after this, it’s been one hell of a night. In the immortal words of Sweden’s Cornelia, hold me closer.

30 juries down!

Only ten juries left to vote, and the current top three hasn’t changed – UK, Sweden and Spain are still the top 3. But if there’s one thing we’ve learned from previous contests, it’s that the public vote can change EVERYTHING.

We're halfway through the jury votes...

And it’s United Kingdom at no. 1, Sweden at no. 2, and Spain at no 3. This is incredibly stressful, not gonna lie.

15 jury votes down...

…and the UK are still at he top, but Sweden and Spain are VERY close behind. The public votes are going to make all the difference.

10 jury votes down....

…and the United Kingdom are in the lead.

In the interests of full disclosure, your current liveblogger is a Brit and this has not happened in a VERY long time. But we’re holding it together (barely).

5 votes down...

…and SPAIN are in the lead, with the UK very close behind. Well, this is quite exciting. But we have a VERY long way to go.

Time for the jury votes!

Martin Osterdahl has confirmed that the jury votes are good to go, which means it’s time to have slightly awkward conversations with people all over Europe. Are you ready? Of course you are. This is where the fun really starts.

Martin Österdahl at the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 Grand Final EBU / Corinne Cumming

The voting is CLOSED!

The voting is CLOSED! We hope you voted before the lights went off, the scoring faded to black and the wolf ate your grandma. If not, ask a spaceman to hold you closer down by the river.

In other news, the official Eurovision prosecco is LOVELY.

🐺 Breaking wolf penmanship news! 🐺

Can moon wolves write? And if so, what does their handwriting look like? Keith from Norway’s Subwoolfer came by to sign our official programme, so we can show you.

The handwriting isn’t GREAT, to be fair, but they didn’t destroy the programme, so that feels like a win.

And not forgetting...Mika!

You didn’t think Eurovision was going to happen without Mika performing did you? Are you MAD? This is one of the most complex staging arrangements we’ve see this year – six plinths, two pianos (including one that looks a bit unstable), a hydraulic platform, countless dancers, a giant inflatable heart – there’s a LOT going on.

It’s a medley of his greatest hits, his new single, and a reminder of why Mika was such a pop megastar back in the day. We were all hoping this would be huge and fabulous, and we are not disappointed.

Mika at the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 Grand Final EBU/Sarah Louise Bennett

Time for...Gigliola Cinquetti

Well this is quite special – Gigliola Cinquetti won Eurovision for Italy in 1964 with her song Non Ho L’eta, and she’s back 58 years later to sing it again. This song has stood the test of time, and Gigliola sounds amazing – all the Italians in the Delegation Bubble are singing along, even though some of them are not much older than Gigliola was when she won Eurovision. What a special moment for Italy, and Italian music.

Gigliola Cinquetti Unknown

Not long left to vote!!

Have you voted yet? Why not? It’s once a year, you don’t get a second chance. Get your votes in, THEN replenish your snacks for the voting. There’s still a very long way to go, and much drama ahead. Alessandro’s even doing some green screen nonsense to persuade you.

Time for...Måneskin!

A lot of people have been waiting all evening for this (including us) – Måneskin performing their new single Supermodel.

This is a Max Martin collaboration and it already has the makings of a huge summer hit – shortly they’ll be giving us a taste of a song they’ve written for Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming Elvis biopic.

Måneskin being megababes in Turin ahead of the Grand Final EBU / Corinne Cumming

The singing is done...

…and the voting is OPEN! Only one act will get to perform again tonight, and that will be the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2022. We’ll know who that is in a couple of hours, but before that we’ve got a bit old interval and a bunch of stressful voting to get through. Buckle in!

The easiest way to vote is via the Eurovision App – you can download it here!

Estonia's giving us hope...

We all need a little hope right now, and that’s what Estonia’s Stefan is bringing to the Eurovision stage. After a run of songs where the vocalists haven’t really moved, Stefan bounds around the stage like he’s got to get 10,000 steps in before midnight, leaping over the waterfall as he singing his pop/country ballad that gives us a real Aviici vibe.

This is a fabulous way to finish an amazing night of music – we hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as we have.

Estonia Second Semi-Final EBU / Andres Putting

The sound of…🇪🇪 Estonia

🇪🇪 Estonia – Stefan / Hope

STEFAN – Hope – Estonia 🇪🇪 – Official Music Video – Eurovision 2022

Estonia’s Stefan RileySecond Semi-Final EBU / Corinne Cumming

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Get ready for a hand dance...

The singing is nearly at an end, but not until Serbia have served up a song that at first glance appears to be 'the one about Meghan Markle’s hair’, but is actually a commentary about impossible beauty standards and the Serbian healthcare system.

It’s hypnotic and quirky, with some intense hand-washing and a really catchy chorus. There’s even a hand dance, which everyone in the delegation bubble is now doing.

This is art. Frame it and hang it in the Uffizi.

Serbia’s Konstrakta at the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 Grand Final EBU / Corinne Cumming

The sound of…🇷🇸 Serbia

🇷🇸 Serbia – Konstrakta / In Corpore Sano

Konstrakta – In Corpore Sano – Serbia 🇷🇸 – Official Music Video – Eurovision 2022

Serbia’s Konstrakta Backstage the Second Semi-Final EBU / Corinne Cumming

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A trip to the river with Poland...

Here comes Poland’s Ochman with his operatic watery ballad River, accompanied by video game lighting effects and ghostly dancers. It breaks all the rules of Eurovision ballads, and we’re absolutely here for it. ALL the drama in three minutes.

Poland’s Ochman at the Second Semi-Final at the Second Semi-Final EBU/Sarah Louise Bennett

The sound of…🇵🇱 Poland

🇵🇱 Poland – Ochman / River

Ochman – River – Poland 🇵🇱 – Official Music Video – Eurovision 2022

Poland’s Ochman Backstage the Second Semi-Final EBU / Corinne Cumming

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Sam's still searching the universe...

Time for Sam Ryder from the United Kingdom to take us on an interstellar journey into space (man). This performance (definitely) has the biggest prop, (arguably) has the biggest vocal, and he’s also wearing a sparkly jumpsuit that uses all the fabric Chanel didn’t need.

Stay tuned for the epic finish where Sam shreds the heck out of a guitar. WHAT a moment.

United Kingdom’s Sam Ryder at the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 Grand Final EBU / Corinne Cumming

The sound of…🇬🇧United Kingdom

🇬🇧United Kingdom – Sam Ryder / Spaceman

Sam Ryder – SPACE MAN – United Kingdom 🇬🇧 – Official Music Video – Eurovision 2022

United Kingdom’s Sam Ryder Backstage the Second Semi-Final EBU / Corinne Cumming

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Eurovision is not the same...

Giant steps? A 40 kilo white outfit made of ostrich feathers? A Swarowski crystal mask and hand jewels? Welcome to Sheldon Riley’s world, and one of the most dramatic performances of this year’s Eurovision. The part at the end where Sheldon removes the mask and goes into the huge final chorus is a MOMENT.

Australia’s Sheldon Riley at the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 Grand Final EBU / Corinne Cumming

The sound of…🇦🇺 Australia

🇦🇺 Australia – Sheldon Riley / Not The Same

Sheldon Riley – Not The Same – Australia 🇦🇺 – Official Music Video – Eurovision 2022

Australia’s Sheldon RileySecond Semi-Final EBU / Corinne Cumming

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Hold us closer, Sweden...

It’s Sweden’s turn to perform, with Cornelia Jakobs singing 'Hold Me Closer’. Sweden have a great track record for polished, classy pop at Eurovision, and this year is no exception. Aside from her outstanding vocal, this is a masterclass in using the cameras and the stage to connect with an audience and tell a story. 'I found the wrong one at the wrong time’ is giving us FEELS.

Sweden’s Corneila Jakobs at the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 Grand Final EBU / Corinne Cumming

The sound of…🇸🇪 Sweden

🇸🇪 Sweden – Cornelia Jakobs / Hold Me Closer

Cornelia Jakobs – Hold Me Closer – Sweden 🇸🇪 – Official Music Video – Eurovision 2022

Sweden’s Cornelia Jakobs Backstage the Second Semi-Final EBU / Corinne Cumming

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Hey ho, let's GO!

Are you ready to folklore and rock 'n’ roll? Of course you are. Trenulețul is a Moldovan train party from Chisinau to Bucharest, courtesy of Eurovision legends Zdob şi Zdub, this time accompanied by the Advahov brothers. At the very least your shoulders should be swaying from side to side right not. It’s some kind of Moldovan law, probably.

Moldova’s Zdob şi Zdub & Advahov Brothers at the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 Grand Final EBU / Corinne Cumming

The sound of…🇲🇩 Moldova

🇲🇩 Moldova / Zdob și Zdub & Advahov Brothers – Trenulețul

Zdob şi Zdub & Advahov Brothers – Trenuleţul – Moldova 🇲🇩 – Official Music Video – Eurovision 2022

Moldova’s Zdob si Zdub & Advahov Brothers Backstage at the First Semi-Final EBU / Corinne Cumming

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The sun is rising over Iceland...

We’re staying low tempo for one more song, but it’s a very different vibe. After we all die together, there’s an Icelandic sunrise – it’s an uplifting song of hope and redemption sung by three sisters Sigga, Beta and Elin, with their brother Eythor on drums.

They’re a family within the Eurovision family, and the fact that they’ve made it through two weeks in the Eurovision bubble without pushing each other into the the arena water feature is testament to their closeness.

Iceland’s Systur performing at the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 Semi Final On EBU/Sarah Louise Bennett

The sound of…🇮🇸 Iceland

🇮🇸 Iceland / Systur – Með Hækkandi Sól

Systur – Með Hækkandi Sól – Iceland 🇮🇸 – Official Music Video – Eurovision 2022

Iceland’s Systur Backstage at the First Semi-Final EBU / Corinne Cumming

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Get ready for the big note...

We haven’t used the word 'haunting’ yet, but it’s definitely one of the adjectives of choice for Die Together from Greece’s Amanda Georgiadi Tenfjord. Some interesting vocal effects in this song – from the reverb at the beginning to the silent moments when all you can hear is the waterfall in the arena.

The staging of broken chairs and the lighting add drama to a performance that was already uber-dramatic, and then Amanda throws in a massive note at the end and everyone gasps. The end.

Greece’s Amanda Georgiadi Tenfjord at the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 Grand Final EBU/Sarah Louise Bennett

The sound of…🇬🇷 Greece

🇬🇷 Greece ​​/ Amanda Georgiadi Tenfjord – Die Together

Amanda Georgiadi Tenfjord – Die Together – Greece 🇬🇷 – Official Music Video – Eurovision 2022

Greece’s Amanda Georgiadi TenfjordBackstage at the First Semi-Final EBU / Corinne Cumming

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16 down, 9 to go!

Another short filler break, because Greece is up next and they have FURNITURE. Mika and Laura want you to buy a CD and a DVD, because at Eurovision it’s always 2006. There’s a merch shop and everything.

Jérémie Makiese's gonna miss you...

Time for a bit of R&B from Belgium’s Jérémie Makiese, with one of the biggest vocals and most understated songs of the years. It’s effortlessly cool, from the pinpoint dance routine to the incredible vocal. No surprise that Jérémie won The Voice Belgique in 2021. Also in a year of incredible jackets, Jérémie’s silver one is our favourite.

Belgium’s Jérémie Makiese at the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 Grand Final EBU/Sarah Louise Bennett

The sound of…🇧🇪 Belgium

🇧🇪 Belgium – Jérémie Makiese / Miss You

Jérémie Makiese – Miss You – Belgium 🇧🇪 – Official Music Video – Eurovision 2022

Belgium’s Jérémie Makiese Backstage the Second Semi-Final EBU / Corinne Cumming

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Fade to...Azerbaijan

Our first Big Steps of the evening, and a powerful mega-ballad from Nadir Rustamli. Fade To Black has some really clever staging, with stairs that split to enable a mirrored dance routine. He had his hair cut off yesterday and we’re very much hoping that wasn’t the source of his vocal power.

Nope, he’s still got it. PHEW.

Azerbaijan’s Nadir Rustamli at the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 Grand Final EBU/Sarah Louise Bennett

The sound of…🇦🇿 Azerbaijan

🇦🇿 Azerbaijan – Nadir Rustamli / Fade To Black

Nadir Rustamli – Fade To Black – Azerbaijan 🇦🇿 – Official Music Video – Eurovision 2022

Azerbaijan’s Nadir Rustamli Backstage the Second Semi-Final EBU / Corinne Cumming

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Monika's feeling the love...

Time for an elegant, jazzy interlude from Lithuania’s Monika Liu. Sentimental has a classic chanson quality, sung entirely in Lithuanian, and Monika’s look is pure catwalk chic. She’s been SO much fun backstage over the past couple of weeks – if you haven’t yet heard her singing her fave Britney Spears songs, search '66 Questions’ on Youtube. Not NOW, obviously.

Lithuania’s Monika Liu performing at the first semi final EBU / Corinne Cumming

The sound of…🇱🇹Lithuania

🇱🇹Lithuania / Monika Lui – Sentimental

Monika Liu – Sentimentai – Lithuania 🇱🇹 – Official Music Video – Eurovision 2022

Backstage of First Rehearsal Eurovision Song Contest 2022 Turin EBU/Andres Putting

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Look where you are, Germany...

It’s Germany’s turn to perform, with Malik Harris bringing a rock ballad with an Eminem-style rap interlude. Rockstars has some really interesting close-up camerawork and staging, with Malik working his way round multiple instruments whilst retaining his connection with the audience. Creating such an intimate performance on such a big stage is no mean feat, and Malik absolutely nails it.

Germany’s Malik Harris at the Second Semi-Final at the Second Semi-Final EBU/Sarah Louise Bennett

The sound of…🇩🇪Germany

🇩🇪Germany – Malik Harris / Rockstars

Malik Harris – Rockstars – Germany 🇩🇪 – Official Music Video – Eurovision 2022

Malik Harris, representing Germany, second rehearsal, backstage EBU / Andres Putting

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It's a family affair for Kalush Orchestra

Ukraine are up next, singing their folk/hiphop banger Stefania. It’s a song about lead singer Oleh’s mum, and they’ve dedicated it to mothers everywhere. Kalush is the name of the city he grew up in, so they’ve brought a little bit of home with them to Italy.

There’s a lot of love for this in the arena and the Delegation Bubble, and the pink bucket hats are ON.

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

The sound of…🇺🇦 Ukraine

🇺🇦 Ukraine / Kalush Orchestra – Stefania

Kalush Orchestra – Stefania – Ukraine 🇺🇦 – Official Music Video – Eurovision 2022

Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra Backstage at the First Semi-Final EBU / Corinne Cumming

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S10's in the deep...

Time for a moment of introspective calm from Netherlands’ S10, who gets considerably fewer steps in than Chanel, but still brings a beautiful vocal performance. It’s the first time Netherlands have sung in Dutch since 2010, and on that occasion they didn’t qualify. Die Diepte means 'the deep’ and S10 makes a language we don’t hear in song very often sound really beautiful.

Incidentally, if you want more information about S10, it’s best to go straight to her page on the Eurovision website rather than doing a Google search, unless you genuinely want a new phone.

Netherlands S10 Performing at the first semi final EBU / Corinne Cumming

The sound of…🇳🇱The Netherlands

🇳🇱 Netherlands / S10 – De Diepte

S10 – De Diepte – Netherlands 🇳🇱 – Official Music Video – Eurovision 2022

Netherland’s S10 Backstage at the First Semi-Final EBU / Corinne Cumming

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Chanel's bringing the party...

Are you ready for Spain? Probably not, but we’re going in anyway. Chanel’s here with her all-singing, all-dancing booty hypnotic routine Slo-mo, and it’s going to make you want to spend all summer drinking sangria in the sun. These moves are coming to a club near you, whether you like it or not. And let’s face it, what’s not to like?

Also FUN FACT: Chanel’s choreographer (who also does choreography for the likes of J-Lo and Justin Bieber) asked if he could get involved after watching Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga. Love it.

Spain’s Chanel at the Second Semi-Final at the Second Semi-Final EBU/Sarah Louise Bennett

The sound of…🇪🇸 Spain

🇪🇸 Spain – Chanel / SloMo

Chanel – SloMo – Spain 🇪🇸 – Official Music Video – Eurovision 2022

Spain’s Chanel Backstage the Second Semi-Final EBU / Corinne Cumming

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Italy's giving us chills...

Time for the host nation Italy, with Mahmood & BLANCO singing 'Brividi’. This translates as 'chills’, and it’s definitely been a goosebumps moment in rehearsals.

If you recognise Mahmood, he came second in the 2019 contest with his song Soldi. Can he go one better tonight and give Italy the double, with a little help from BLANCO? It’s our only duet of the evening, and it’s really quite special. Everyone in the arena and the Delegation Bubble is singing along.

Italy’s Mahmood and BLANCO performing at the first semi final EBU / Corinne Cumming

The sound of…🇮🇹 Italy

🇮🇹 Italy – Mahmood & BLANCO / Brividi

Mahmood & BLANCO – Brividi – Italy 🇮🇹 – Official Music Video – Eurovision 2022

Mahmood & Blanco, representing Italy, backstage, second rehearsal EBU / Andres Putting

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Ready to learn a new language?

As non-Italians, we had NO IDEA how much Italian is spoken through the language of the hands. Let’s just say we’ve learned a lot this week, and we’ll be taking is all home with us. Especially the one for 'what the hell do you want?', because it feels particularly Italian and everyone loves a souvenir.

8 songs down, 17 to go!

It’s time for a breather, and an opportunity to look at some of the highlights from this year’s Eurovision. We LOVE a montage of memories, and so much good stuff we had to wave goodbye to in the Semi-finals. But that’s the way Eurovision goes, and in the end it’s the audience who are the real winners. There’ll be another one of these along later, so don’t shout at us if your fave is missing.

Armenia's in the house...

It’s time for Armenia, and our first domestic interior of the evening, except Rosa Linn’s bedroom is made of white sticky notes (NOT toilet paper, whatever your national commentator is currently saying).

This is one of a couple of songs this evening with a contemporary country feel, and the staging of this is really clever, particularly the big finish.

Armenia’s Rosa Linn performing at the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 Semi Final One EBU/Sarah Louise Bennett

The sound of…🇦🇲 Armenia

🇦🇲 Armenia / Rosa Linn – Snap

Rosa Linn – Snap – Armenia 🇦🇲 – Official Music Video – Eurovision 2022

Rosa Linn, from Armenia prepares for first rehearsal EBU / Andres Putting

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Wolves incoming....

So, Norway. If you’ve made it this far and have no idea what’s about to happen, well done. It’s definitely the most…unusual of this year’s entries, and we’ll be kind of sad when we have to live in a world where we don’t keep bumping into yellow wolves called Keith and Jim.

Unexpectedly, it’s one of the most polished dance routines in the competition, and the song is incredibly catchy. Yum yum yum, as they say in Norway.

Norway’s Subwoolfer performing at the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 Semi Final One EBU/Sarah Louise Bennett

The sound of…🇳🇴 Norway

France is taking us down to the forest...

It’s our first Big 5 performance of the night, from France’s Alvan & Ahez. It’s a mix of traditional folk and techno, sung entirely in Breton with a thumping bassline that makes the whole arena vibrate. It also means that for the first time in Eurovison history there is no French language at all in any of this year’s entries – not so much as a cheeky Je Me Casse.

Bonus points for the wink at the end – he did this to one of our team outside the loos the other day and she took HOURS to recover (Me. It was me.)

France’s Alvan & Ahez performing at the first semi final EBU / Corinne Cumming

The sound of…🇫🇷 France

🇫🇷 France – Alvan & Ahez / Fulenn

Alvan & Ahez – Fulenn – France 🇫🇷 – Official Music Video – Eurovision 2022

Alvan & Ahez performed Fulenn, representing France, backstage, second rehearsal EBU / Andres Putting

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Marius has got soul...

Time for our first big ballad of the night, from Switzerland’s Marius Bear, telling us that Boys Do Cry. Of course we already knew this from Gjon’s Tears last year, but perhaps Marius didn’t get that memo.

He has a huge, soulful vocal, and this song has a laid-back jazz/blues vibe. This first half of the Grand Final is generally quite up-tempo, so these stripped-back ballad breaks provide an opportunity to sit down and marvel at the quality of this year’s singing. Also nobody in the Delegation rocks a leather jacket quite like Marius.

Switzerland’s Marius Bear performing at the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 Semi Final One EBU/Sarah Louise Bennett

The sound of…🇨🇭 Switzerland

🇨🇭 Switzerland / Marius Bear – Boys Do Cry

Marius Bear – Boys Do Cry – Switzerland 🇨🇭 – Official Music Video – Eurovision 2022

Switzerland’s Marius Bear Backstage at the First Semi-Final EBU / Corinne Cumming

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Are you ready to rock??

Right, that’s quite enough relaxation for the time being. It’s time for some Finnish rock, and The Rasmus singing Jezebel – you may remember them from their huge global hit In The Shadows from 2003.

This is the only rock number in this year’s Eurovision Grand Final, but that turned out OK for Måneskin last year. Incidentally, don’t get Finland’s The Rasmus (2022, leather-clad rock bees) confused with Denmark’s Rasmussen (2018, beardy vikings). Very different vibe.

Finland’s The Rasmus performing at the Second Semi-Final EBU / Corinne Cumming

The sound of…🇫🇮 Finland

🇫🇮 Finland – The Rasmus/Jezebel

The Rasmus – Jezebel – Finland 🇫🇮 – Official Music Video – Eurovision 2022

Finland’s The Rasmus Second Semi-Final EBU / Corinne Cumming

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A little Portuguese melancholy...

Czech Republic and Romania put us on a massive Eurovision high, but it’s OK because Portugal is here to bring us back down gently with some ambient chillout. Saudade is a word that describes the wistful nostalgia you feel for something or someone beloved that is no longer with you, leaving you with a blend of “the pain of missing something” and “the joy of having had something worth missing”.

So basically how we’re going to feel when we leave Turin tomorrow. Gentle clapping, everyone, it’s all going to be fine.

Portugal’s MARO at the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 Semi Final One EBU/Sarah Louise Bennett

The sound of…🇵🇹 Portugal

🇵🇹 Portugal / MARO -Saudade Saudade

MARO – Saudade Saudade – Portugal 🇵🇹 – Official Music Video – Eurovision 2022

Portugal’s Maro Backstage at the First Semi-Final EBU / Corinne Cumming

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Hola mi...Romania!

Don’t sit down just yet, because Romania is also a HUGE tune. Hola, mi bebébé means 'Hey my baby’ and it’s become a standard Eurovision 'good morning’ in the arena. Romania’s WRS wants us to call him, but in Spanish, because Eurovision. God, we love it here.

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Romania’s WRS at the Second Semi-Final at the Second Semi-Final EBU/Sarah Louise Bennett

The sound of…🇷🇴 Romania

🇷🇴 Romania – WRS / Llámame

WRS – Llámame – Romania 🇷🇴 – National Final Performance – Eurovision 2022

Romania’s WRS Backstage the Second Semi-Final EBU / Corinne Cumming

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Lights, camera, Czech Republic!

We’re kicking off the show with a big old party banger from Czech Republic – We Are Domi closed Thursday’s second Semi-Final, and but tonight they’re getting the party started.

Extra points for using every light in the arena, deployment of a custom-made cello/guitar hybrid, and getting the word 'peripheral’ into the lyrics. It’s not an English word we hear every day, and we’re here for it.

The Delegation Bubble is already up and dancing, because 'easing ourselves in gently’ is not a phrase we understand.

Czech Republic’s We Are Domi at the Second Semi-Final EBU/Sarah Louise Bennett

The sound of…🇨🇿 Czech Republic

🇨🇿 Czech Republic – We Are Domi / Lights Off

We Are Domi – Lights Off – Czech Republic 🇨🇿 – Official Music Video – Eurovision 2022

Czech Republic’s We Are Domi Backstage the Second Semi-Final EBU / Corinne Cumming

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Out come our hosts!

Laura Pausini, Allesandro Cattelan and Mika are back! They’ve kept us company through two Semi-Finals, and now they’re our hosts for one more HUGE show.

In less than four hours we’ll have a 2022 Eurovision winner, but there’s a lot to enjoy between now and then. Sit back, relax, and enjoy. LET THE EUROVISION SONG CONTEST 2022 BEGIN!

Mika, Laura Pauosini & Alessandro Cattelan at the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 Grand Final EBU / Corinne Cumming

🇨🇿🇷🇴🇵🇹🇫🇮🇨🇭🇫🇷🇳🇴🇦🇲🇮🇹🇪🇸🇳🇱🇺🇦🇩🇪🇱🇹🇦🇿🇧🇪🇬🇷🇮🇸🇲🇩🇸🇪🇦🇺🇬🇧🇵🇱🇷🇸🇪🇪

As far as we’re concerned, Eurovision doesn’t officially start until the flag parade begins. We love the banging dance track too – Italy doesn’t really do subtle and understated, and we’re absolutely OK with that. Dance breaks are provided by people in hazmat suits waving giant glow sticks.

We’re quite excited to see all our finalists on the stage together for the first time, and in the order that they’re going to perform tonight. Whether you’re a hardcore fan or dipping your toe into Eurovision for one night only, you are definitely in for a treat.

And we're OFF!

Tonight’s grand final opens with a Rockin’ 1000 performance in Turin’s historic Piazza San Carlo, which involved over 500 musicians – vocalists, bassists, drummers and guitarists – performing John Lennon’s Give Peace A Chance. The audience at the PalaOlimpico joins in, and it feels like a really powerful moment of unity across Europe. Are you clapping along? We are all clapping along. Doing it in time is entirely optional.

Our opening performance is from one of our hosts for the evening, Italian singer Laura Pausini. She’s belting out a medley of her biggest songs in multiple languages, with five sets of backing singers and dancers and outfit changes. It’s Eurovision levels of extra, and it’s definitely kicking this Grand Final off in style. It’s EUROVISION TIME!

Laura Pausini at the Final EBU/Sarah Louise Bennett

TEN MINUTES TO GO!

TEN MINUTES

TEN MINUTES

TEN MINUTES

*breathes into one of our 40 delegation merch tote bags*

The fans are here!

The arena is filling up with fans from all over Europe, and some of them are VERY well dressed…

Fans gathering for the Grand Final EBU / Andres Putting
Fans gathering for the Grand Final EBU / Andres Putting
Fans gathering for the Grand Final EBU / Andres Putting

The Delegation Bubble is BUZZING

We’re in the Delegation Bubble right now – it’s the backstage lounge where all the dressing rooms are, and where all the acts hang out when they’re not on stage. Right now the energy is electric – everyone’s counting down to 21:00 CEST when the Grand Final begins.

Once the show starts, everyone here will be watching on the big screens and cheering along. We might not be in the arena, but we’ve definitely got the best seat in the house.

Let's play a little game...

It’s not Eurovision without a game of 'spot the theme’ – so decide whether you’re drinking or eating snacks or scoring points for whenever you spot any of the following:

  • 🐼 Black and white – last year the outfits were all about silver and neon pink, but this year monochrome panda chic is very much en vogue.
  • ✋ Hand choreography – clapping, hand-waving, odd hand movements
  • 🎻 Live instruments, with a bonus point if they look a bit handmade
  • 🔥 PYRO – flames, fireworks, smoke jets, raging firepits
  • 🔴 Circles – graphic ones, prop ones, standing ones. It’s a very rounded show this evening.
  • 🎶 Non-English lyrics – we count twelve different languages being showcased tonight, including Latin for the first time. See if you can spot them all!

⏰ ONE HOUR TO GO! ⏰

It’s been scientifically proved that time moves more slowly when you’re impatient for the Eurovision Grand Final to start. But we’re here to help, with some things you can do to get ready:

  • Download a scorecard. You’ll be glad of it later when you’ve listened to 25 wildly different songs and your brain feels like it’s done three minutes on a hamster wheel. In fact, print multiple copies so you don’t have to get into a big fight with your family and friends. Hey, we’ve been there, and we’ve got this.
  • Get dressed up. You’re going to see some serious fashion on the Turin stage tonight – we’re in Italy after all. So ditch the sweats in favour of something a little more…alta moda. Sequins, feathers, leather, crystals, yellow lycra – you’re going to see it all tonight, so you might as well join in.
  • Grab drinks and snacks. Tonight’s show is nearly four hours’ long, so treat it like an endurance event and make sure you’ve got provisions. Bonus points if they’re vaguely Italian. Breadsticks definitely count.
  • Impress your friends and family with some vital statistics and fun facts about this year’s contest.

So this is what it's all about....

…the pride of being a Eurovision winner, the opportunity to host next year, and this rather fabulous trophy. Who WOULDN’T want that?

CORINNE CUMMING 2022

Tonight's running order...

  1. 🇨🇿 Czech Republic – We Are Domi / Lights Off
  2. 🇷🇴 Romania – WRS / Llámame
  3. 🇵🇹 Portugal / MARO -Saudade Saudade
  4. 🇫🇮 Finland – The Rasmus/Jezebel
  5. 🇨🇭 Switzerland – Marius Bear / Boys Do Cry
  6. 🇫🇷 France – Alvan & Ahez / Fulenn
  7. 🇳🇴 Norway / Subwoolfer – Give That Wolf A Banana
  8. 🇦🇲 Armenia / Rosa Linn – Snap
  9. 🇮🇹 Italy – Mahmood & BLANCO / Brividi
  10. 🇪🇸 Spain – Chanel / SloMo
  11. 🇳🇱 Netherlands / S10 – De Diepte
  12. 🇺🇦 Ukraine / Kalush Orchestra – Stefania
  13. 🇩🇪Germany – Malik Harris / Rockstars
  14. 🇱🇹 Lithuania / Monika Lui – Sentimental
  15. 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan – Nadir Rustamli / Fade To Black
  16. 🇧🇪 Belgium – Jérémie Makiese / Miss You
  17. 🇬🇷 Greece / Amanda Georgiadi Tenfjord – Die Together
  18. 🇮🇸 Iceland / Systur – Með Hækkandi Sól
  19. 🇲🇩 Moldova / Zdob și Zdub & Advahov Brothers – Trenulețul
  20. 🇸🇪 Sweden – Cornelia Jakobs / Hold Me Closer
  21. 🇦🇺 Australia – Sheldon Riley / Not The Same
  22. 🇬🇧United Kingdom – Sam Ryder / Spaceman
  23. 🇵🇱 Poland – Ochman / River
  24. 🇷🇸 Serbia – Konstrakta / In Corpore Sano
  25. 🇪🇪 Estonia – Stefan / Hope

How to watch

You can find out everything you need to know about how to watch the Eurovision 2022 Grand final on the link below.

Don’t forget you can also watch on the Eurovision TikTok channel, with exclusive backstage footage.

Buona sera Europe!

Good evening, bonsoir, and welcome to the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final Live Blog! After two weeks of watching every rehearsal and live show, it all comes down to one final performance. Who will earn their place in Eurovision history? By the end of tonight’s Grand Final we’ll know, and the planning for next year’s contest will begin.

It’s Heidi and the Live Blog team keeping you company this evening, from now until the winner’s press conference is finished and the Eurovision baton is officially passed on for another year. We’re in the Delegation Bubble backstage at the PalaOlimpico in Turin, so we’ll be able to share all the backstage breaking news as each act performs, and be your essential companion for tonight’s show.

It’s the biggest live entertainment event in the world, and it’s happening tonight. Are you ready?