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13 May 2022 at 00:33 CEST
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Get ready for the Grand Final!

We’re done for the night, and ready to grab some sleep before we start getting exciting about the Eurovision 2022 GRAND FINAL – thank you so much for joining us tonight.

There will of course be one more Live Blog, so please join us on Saturday! Buona notte!

13 May 2022 at 00:32 CEST
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So now we know the first/second half split...

…but not the order (yet).

Performing in the first half (running order not yet confirmed):

🇨🇭 Switzerland

🇦🇲 Armenia

🇵🇹 Portugal

🇳🇴 Norway

🇺🇦 Ukraine

🇳🇱 Netherlands

🇨🇿 Czech Republic

🇫🇮 Finland

🇷🇴 Romania

🇫🇷 France

🇩🇪 Germany

🇪🇸 Spain

🇮🇹 Italy (confirmed 9th place)

Performing in the second half (order not yet confirmed):

🇮🇸 Iceland

🇱🇹 Lithuania

🇬🇷 Greece

🇲🇩 Moldova

🇵🇱 Poland

🇦🇿 Azerbaijan

🇧🇪 Belgium

🇪🇪 Estonia

🇦🇺 Australia

🇸🇪 Sweden

🇷🇸 Serbia

🇬🇧 United Kingdom

We’ll find out the order in the coming hours, check in with the eurovision.tv homepage for updates!

13 May 2022 at 00:31 CEST
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๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ Serbia will perform in the SECOND HALF of the Grand Final

Serbia’s Konstrakta at the Second Semi-FinalEBU/Sarah Louise Bennett
13 May 2022 at 00:28 CEST
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๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด Romania will perform in the FIRST HALF of the Grand Final

Romania’s WRS performing at the Second Semi-FinalEBU / Corinne Cumming
13 May 2022 at 00:22 CEST
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๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Sweden will perform in the SECOND HALF of the Grand Final

Sweden’s Cornelia Jakobs at the Second Semi-FinalEBU/Sarah Louise Bennett
13 May 2022 at 00:16 CEST
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๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ Australia will perform in the SECOND HALF of the Grand Final

Australia – Sheldon RileyJordy Brada (MoroccanOil)
13 May 2022 at 00:12 CEST
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๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ช Estonia will perform in the SECOND HALF of the Grand Final

Estonia’s Stefan performing at the Second Semi-FinalEBU / Corinne Cumming
13 May 2022 at 00:01 CEST
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๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Finland will perform in the FIRST HALF of the Grand Final

Finland’s The Rasmus performing at the Second Semi-FinalEBU / Corinne Cumming
12 May 2022 at 23:58 CEST
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๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ Poland will perform in the SECOND HALF of the Grand Final

Poland Second Semi-FinalEBU / Andres Putting
12 May 2022 at 23:53 CEST
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๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Azerbaijan will perform in the SECOND HALF of the Grand Final

Azerbaijan’s Nadir Rustamli performing at the Second Semi-FinalEBU / Corinne Cumming
12 May 2022 at 23:49 CEST
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๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Czech Republic will perform in the FIRST HALF of the Grand Final

Czech Republic Second Semi-FinalEBU / Andres Putting
12 May 2022 at 23:45 CEST
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๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช Belgium will perform in the SECOND HALF of the Grand Final

Belgium’s Jérémie Makiese performing at the Second Semi-FinalEBU / Corinne Cumming
12 May 2022 at 23:13 CEST
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So what happens next?

We’re off to the press centre for the qualifiers press conference, and at some point we’ll know which half of the Grand Final each act is performing in. This could happen in the next five minutes or in the next hour – at this stage we have no idea but we’ll tell you as soon as we know!

Later the final running order for Saturday night will be announced – usually sometime around 0200 CEST, but who knows. We’ll be fast asleep by then, but there’ll be an article on eurovision.tv as soon as we know, so hover over the homepage if you need to be the first to know!

12 May 2022 at 23:13 CEST
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We have our final qualifiers!

The first Semi-Final is done, and we have our results! Here’s the list of tonight’s qualifiers for Saturday’s Grand Final:

  1. 🇫🇮 Finland – The Rasmus/Jezebel

  2. 🇷🇸 Serbia – Konstrakta / In Corpore Sano

  3. 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan – Nadir Rustamli / Fade To Black

  4. 🇦🇺 Australia – Sheldon Riley / Not The Same

  5. 🇪🇪 Estonia – Stefan / Hope

  6. 🇷🇴 Romania – WRS / Llámame

  7. 🇵🇱 Poland – Ochman / River

  8. 🇧🇪 Belgium – Jérémie Makiese / Miss You

  9. 🇸🇪 Sweden – Cornelia Jakobs / Hold Me Closer

  10. 🇨🇿 Czech Republic – We Are Domi / Lights Off

12 May 2022 at 23:11 CEST
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๐Ÿ† CONGRATULATIONS ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ Serbia ๐Ÿ†

Serbia’s Konstrakta has qualified for the Grand Final of Eurovision 2022!

Konstrakta from Serbia, Second RehearsalEBU / Corinne Cumming
12 May 2022 at 23:10 CEST
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๐Ÿ† CONGRATULATIONS ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด Romania ๐Ÿ†

Romania’s WRS has qualified for the Grand Final of Eurovision 2022!

WRS, Romania, First Rehearsal, PalaOlimpico, 3 May 2022EBU – Nathan Reinds
12 May 2022 at 23:09 CEST
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๐Ÿ† CONGRATULATIONS ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Sweden ๐Ÿ†

Sweden’s Cornelia Jakobs has qualified for the Grand Final of Eurovision 2022!

Cornelia Jakobs performing Hold Me Closer, representing Sweden, Second RehearsalEBU / Corinne Cumming
12 May 2022 at 23:09 CEST
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๐Ÿ† CONGRATULATIONS ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ Australia ๐Ÿ†

Australia’s Sheldon Riley has qualified for the Grand Final of Eurovision 2022!

Sheldon Riley, Australia, First Rehearsal, PalaOlimpico, 2 May 2022EBU / Nathan Reinds
12 May 2022 at 23:08 CEST
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๐Ÿ† CONGRATULATIONS ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ช Estonia ๐Ÿ†

Estonia’s Stefan has qualified for the Grand Final of Eurovision 2022!

Estonia Second Semi-FinalEBU / Andres Putting
12 May 2022 at 23:08 CEST
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๐Ÿ† CONGRATULATIONS ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Finland ๐Ÿ†

Finland’s The Rasmus have qualified for the Grand Final of Eurovision 2022!

The Rasmus, Finland, Second Semi-FinalJordy Brada (MoroccanOil)
12 May 2022 at 23:07 CEST
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๐Ÿ† CONGRATULATIONS ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ Poland ๐Ÿ†

Poland’s Ochman has qualified for the Grand Final of Eurovision 2022!

Ochman performing River, representing Poland, Second rehearsalEBU / Corinne Cumming
12 May 2022 at 23:07 CEST
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๐Ÿ† CONGRATULATIONS ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Azerbaijan ๐Ÿ†

Azerbaijan’s Nadir Rustamli has qualified for the Grand Final of Eurovision 2022!

Nadir Rustamli, Azerbaijan, Second RehearsalEBU / Andres Putting
12 May 2022 at 23:06 CEST
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๐Ÿ† CONGRATULATIONS ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Czech Republic ๐Ÿ†

🇨🇿 Czech Republic’s We Are Domi have qualified for the Grand Final of Eurovision 2022!

We Are Domi performed Lights Off, representing Czech Republic, Second rehearsalEBU / Andres Putting
12 May 2022 at 23:06 CEST
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๐Ÿ† CONGRATULATIONS ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช Belgium ๐Ÿ†

Belgium’s Jérémie Makiese has qualified for the Grand Final of Eurovision 2022!

Belgium Second Semi-FinalEBU / Andres Putting
12 May 2022 at 23:05 CEST
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The votes have been countedโ€ฆ

…and it’s time to find out the results! Martin Osterdahl says we’re good to go, and he knows everything.

Who will join Lithuania, Switzerland, Ukraine, Netherlands, Moldova, Portugal, Iceland, Greece, Norway and Armenia as qualifiers for the Grand Final? We’re about to find out…the tension in the Delegation bubble is INTENSE.

12 May 2022 at 23:03 CEST
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And finallyโ€ฆlet's meet GERMANY

Germany’s Malik is a really sound in this competition – a ballad with an Eminem-style rap interlude and some really interesting staging and camerawork. There’s nothing else like it at Eurovision this year, and Malik gives a really confident performance.

GermanyEBU / Andres Putting
12 May 2022 at 23:01 CEST
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Time to meetโ€ฆUNITED KINGDOM

It’s time to meet the UK’s Sam Ryder, who who has (arguably) the biggest vocals and (definitely) the biggest prop in the competition. This is a HUGE vocal performance, and a big step forward for the UK at Eurovision too.

United Kingdom’s Sam Ryder at the Second Semi-Final at the Second Semi-FinalEBU/Sarah Louise Bennett
12 May 2022 at 22:59 CEST
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Big 5 update...let's meet SPAIN

Time to meet the remaining members of the Big 5, starting with the QUEEN of booty hypnosis, Chanel from Spain. This is without doubt the most complex dance routine in this year’s competition, and you’ll get to see the full version on Saturday.

Spain’s Chanel at the Second Semi-Final at the Second Semi-FinalEBU/Sarah Louise Bennett
12 May 2022 at 22:57 CEST
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Let's take a look backstage!

in the past few weeks this arena has become our home; says Alessandro. You and us both, mate. We’ve barely seen daylight since April.

But please enjoy this behind the scenes video – it’s been a pleasure and a privilege to play a small part in such an amazing event.

12 May 2022 at 22:52 CEST
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Some more music...from Il Volo!

Time to meet two tenors and a baritone, but not in the usual Italian opera tradition. Il Volo are bringing a bit of popera to the PalaOlimpico stage – they’re HUGE on social media and known all over the world.

Piero and Ignazio are on the stage and Gianluca has joined remotely because he has Covid, which makes him ILL VOLO.

Sigh. Tough crowd. Anyway, they’re singing 'Grande Amore’, and it’s taking the roof off the PalaOlimpico.

Il Volo at the Second Semi-Final at the Second Semi-FinalEBU/Sarah Louise Bennett
12 May 2022 at 22:48 CEST
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The voting is closed!

The voting is closed, it’s too late now, the decision is made and there’s nothing you can do about it. The lights are off, we’ve faded to black, and we’re tired of dodging all your calls. If you shout at us we’ll just say 'I am what I am’ seventeen times. And…breathe…

12 May 2022 at 22:40 CEST
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Time for an interval!

While the votes come in, Laura Pausini and Mika are going to sing together for the first time. Laura’s changed her dress to some ethereal white chiffon, like she’s the angel that will conquer Ochman’s ghosts.

They sing Sting’s classic Fragile, then the tempo changes to People Have The Power by Patti Smith. It’s an uplifting moment, and their voices work really well together.

Mika & Laura Pausini at the Second Semi-Final at the Second Semi-FinalEBU/Sarah Louise Bennett
12 May 2022 at 22:33 CEST
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The singing is doneโ€ฆ.

…AND THE VOTING IS OPEN! You can vote by SMS, or use the Eurovision app, which you can download now. You have about fifteen minutes, so now is not the time to rethink the number of sequins in your wardrobe. Later.

Can’t remember what you’ve just watched? Enjoy the recap!

12 May 2022 at 22:28 CEST
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It's Czech Republic turning the lights offโ€ฆโ–“

This year’s Semi-Finals are going out with a banger from Czech Republic, with We Are Domi singing Lights Off. Ironically it uses every light in the arena, and just leaves us wanting this show to go on forever, please. The guitarist who’s made his own guitar so he can play it like a cello is definitely a vibe.

Czech Republic Second Semi-FinalEBU / Andres Putting
12 May 2022 at 22:27 CEST
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The sound ofโ€ฆ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Czech Republic

🇨🇿 Czech Republic – We Are Domi / Lights Off

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

Czech Republic – We Are Domi – Eurovision Opening Ceremony 2022 – Galleria Grande – La Venaria RealeEBU / Corinne Cumming

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12 May 2022 at 22:24 CEST
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Hold us closer, Sweden...๐Ÿค—

Next up it’s Sweden’s Cornelia Jakobs, singing her heartfelt pop ballad Hold Me Closer. It’s one of the more stripped-back staging options this year, recreating her winning performance at Sweden’s Melfest. Cornelia makes clever use of the space and the cameras to connect with the audience, and her voice is really distinctive – we’ve seen some outstanding vocal performances at this year’s Eurovision, and Sweden is no exception.

Sweden’s Cornelia Jakobs at the Second Semi-FinalEBU/Sarah Louise Bennett
12 May 2022 at 22:22 CEST
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The sound ofโ€ฆ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Sweden

🇸🇪 Sweden – Cornelia Jakobs / Hold Me Closer

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

Sweden – Cornelia Jakobs -Eurovision Opening Ceremony 2022 – Galleria Grande – La Venaria RealeEBU / Corinne Cumming

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12 May 2022 at 22:20 CEST
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Sometimes Jรฉrรฉmie feels downโ€ฆโ˜น๏ธ

…but he really shouldn’t, because this is a great performance from Belgium. It’s one of the most effortlessly cool performances in this year’s contest – Jérémie takes the big stage in his stride, backed up by four incredible dancers. We love the nods to Michael Jackson in the dance moves, and we really want that silver jacket.

Belgium’s Jérémie Makiese at the Second Semi-FinalEBU/Sarah Louise Bennett
12 May 2022 at 22:18 CEST
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The sound ofโ€ฆ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช Belgium

🇧🇪 Belgium – Jérémie Makiese / Miss You

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

Belgium – Jérémie Makiese – Eurovision Opening Ceremony 2022 – Galleria Grande – La Venaria RealeEBU / Corinne Cumming

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12 May 2022 at 22:16 CEST
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Montenegro is lighting up the room,..๐Ÿ’ก

Vladana is up next, with perhaps the most unusual costume this year – a blue dress with an twinkly bustier and a huge LED disc on her back. As the song builds the lights get brighter and more powerful, like her voice is some kind of dynamo. By the end she could probably power the arena, the final chorus is HUGE.

Montenegro Second Semi-FinalEBU / Andres Putting
12 May 2022 at 22:14 CEST
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The sound ofโ€ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ช Montenegro

🇲🇪 Montenegro – Vladana / Breathe

Vladana – Breathe – Montenegro 🇲🇪 – Official Music Video – Eurovision 2022

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12 May 2022 at 22:12 CEST
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Ochman's going down to the river...๐Ÿ‘ป

This huge operatic ballad from Poland’s Ochman has many watery elements but resist any urge to take a bathroom break because the vocal and staging are stunning. He makes great use of lighting effects, and also has four haunted backing dancers – it’s somehow beautiful and uplifting AND kind of creepy, which isn’t something we see at Eurovision every day.

Poland Second Semi-FinalEBU / Andres Putting
12 May 2022 at 22:10 CEST
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🇵🇱 Poland – Ochman / River

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

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12 May 2022 at 22:08 CEST
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Calling WRS...โ˜Ž๏ธ

Are you ready to dance? Because Romania’s WRS definitely is, and he’s bringing QUITE the show. Hola, mi bebébé means 'hey my baby’ in Spanish, and we’ve taken to saying it to pretty much everyone, just as a general Eurovision greeting. Llámame means 'call me’, which he definitely should, just to tell us where his backing dancers bought those Speedo crop tops.

If you are not up and dancing right now, you must be dead inside.

Romania Second Semi-FinalEBU / Andres Putting
12 May 2022 at 22:06 CEST
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🇷🇴 Romania – WRS / Llámame

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

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12 May 2022 at 22:04 CEST
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12 songs down...6 to go!

Time for a short breather, and a dive into what the Sound of Beauty sounds like. If you’ve just turned in and are wondering what’s going on right now, we can’t help you.

For us right now it’s artists warming up their voices in their dressing room, the multi-language chat by the coffee machine in the Delegation Bubble, the cheer of the Eurovision crowd in a packed arena, the busy hum of the press centre, the sound of people singing whatever random Eurovision lyrics are currently stuck in their head. In fact that’s pretty much our Sound of Beauty all year round. Also dogs.

12 May 2022 at 22:01 CEST
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Stefan's full of hope...๐Ÿคž

It’s time for a song of hope from Estonia’s Stefan, who channels a bit of Avicii and a bit of Måns Zelmerlöw in a way that is uniquely Stefan. This is an uplifting anthem for our times, and Stefan makes great use of the whole stage, bounding around like he’s having the time of his life. A lot of clapping along is happening in the delegation bubble.

Estonia Second Semi-FinalEBU / Andres Putting
12 May 2022 at 21:59 CEST
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The sound ofโ€ฆ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ช Estonia

🇪🇪 Estonia – Stefan / Hope

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

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12 May 2022 at 21:57 CEST
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Andrea's running in circles...โšซ๏ธ

Time for some serious drama and a definite change of style and pace. North Macedonia’s Andrea delivers her heartfelt ballad on an empty stage with really clever use of the stage lighting and the lift bridges over the water featureIt’s a hypnotic performance that has huge depth and power. It’s also one of the more understated outfits this year, but we LOVE it. Such a strong look.

North Macedonia Second Semi-FinalEBU / Andres Putting
12 May 2022 at 21:55 CEST
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The sound of…🇲🇰 North Macedonia

🇲🇰 North Macedonia – Andrea / Circles

Andrea – Circles – North Macedonia 🇲🇰 – Official Music Video – Eurovision 2022

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12 May 2022 at 21:54 CEST
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That's rich ๐Ÿค‘...when it's coming from Brooke

A change of tempo now, with Ireland’s Brooke singing a Blondie-esque uptempo track That’s Rich. She’s been the MOST fun in the delegation bubble, and she takes all that positivity and joy onto the Eurovision stage.

Brooke, we have a question. How do you BURN flowers? We feel like they’d just smoke a bit. Maybe just shred the petals and trample on them a bit?

Brooke, Ireland, First Rehearsal, PalaOlimpico, 3 May 2022EBU / Nathan Reinds
12 May 2022 at 21:50 CEST
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🇮🇪 Ireland – Brooke – That’s Rich

Brooke – That’s Rich – Ireland 🇮🇪 – Official Music Video – Eurovision 2022

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12 May 2022 at 21:50 CEST
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Like a goddess from the wavesโ€ฆ๐Ÿš

…here comes Cyprus, who have brought one of the most effective props of this year’s competition – a curved shell that acts as a focal point for Andromache’s performance, a dance platform for her two dancers, and a backdrop for a watery light show.

This is a great mid-tempo bop from Cyprus with a clap-along chorus and a really nice mix of contemporary pop and distinctively Cypriot elements – it definitely feels like summer in the Delegation bubble…

Andromache from Cyprus performed Ela in second rehearsalEBU / Andres Putting
12 May 2022 at 21:46 CEST
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The sound ofโ€ฆ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡พ Cyprus

🇨🇾 Cyprus – Andromache / Ela

Andromache – Ela – Cyprus 🇨🇾 – Official Music Video – Eurovision 2022

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12 May 2022 at 21:45 CEST
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Sheldon takes it to another level...๐ŸŽญ

Australia’s Sheldon Riley sees Azerbaijan’s school bleachers and raises them two huge flights of stairs. He’s wearing a dramatic white outfit that weighs 40 kilos and features about 180,000 crystals. Not The Same is a very personal story, sung beautifully from behind a Swarovski crystal mask. Australia always bring something new to Eurovision, and this performance is no exception.

Sheldon Riley performed Not The Same in the second rehearsalEBU / Corinne Cumming
12 May 2022 at 21:41 CEST
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🇦🇺 Australia – Sheldon Riley / Not The Same

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

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12 May 2022 at 21:40 CEST
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Roll out the San Marino cages...๐Ÿค 

Brace yourself – San Marino’s Achille Lauro is about to bring some glam rock to the Eurovision stage. He’s a huge Italian star, and his black sparkly bodystocking is custom-made by Gucci, because of course it is.

This is another performance where we tend to run out of words, but in essence, it’s sponsored by cowboy accessories, feathery pom-poms, a red mechanical bull called Roberta and ALL the pyro. Welcome to Eurovision, please drink everything.

San Marino’s Achille Lauro at the Second Semi-FinalEBU/Sarah Louise Bennett
12 May 2022 at 21:36 CEST
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The sound ofโ€ฆ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฒ San Marino

🇸🇲 San Marino – Achille Lauro / Stripper

Achille Lauro – Stripper – San Marino 🇸🇲 – National Final Performance – Eurovision 2022

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12 May 2022 at 21:34 CEST
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6 songs down, 12 to go!

Time for a short interlude, where Laura Pausino takes a moment to explain Festival di Sanremo, and there’s a handy video guide for those who’ve never experienced it. It was the inspiration for the Eurovision Song Contest, and it also acts as Italy’s Eurovision selection show. It’s the longest-running annual TV music competition in the world – Laura Pausini won it when she was just 18, and of course Mahmood & BLANCO won it this year.

Mahmood & Blanco win 'Festival di Sanremo’Rai
12 May 2022 at 21:31 CEST
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Malta's here to share love and affirmation ๐Ÿ’–

How do you follow that? With some life-affirming pop from Malta’s Emma Muscat, who includes the phrase I Am What I am seventeen times just in case you were in any way unclear on this matter. It’s the kind of uplifting, polished performance we’ve come to expect from Malta, and everyone in the Delegation Bubble is clapping along.

Emma Muscat, Malta, Second RehearsalEBU / Corinne Cumming
12 May 2022 at 21:28 CEST
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🇲🇹 Malta – Emma Muscat / I Am What I Am

Emma Muscat – I Am What I Am – Malta 🇲🇹 – Official Music Video – Eurovision 2022

Malta – Emma Muscat – Eurovision Opening Ceremony 2022 – Galleria Grande – La Venaria RealeEBU / Corinne Cumming

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12 May 2022 at 21:27 CEST
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Take us to the spacecraftโ€ฆ๐ŸŽช๐Ÿš€

And now for something completely different AGAIN, from Georgia’s Circus Mircus. It’s a surreal pop/rock anthem with a really catchy chorus that we’ve been humming for weeks. The vibe is steampunk Willy Wonka, and features a tiny puppet show and a man with a plant-based beard. Look, sometimes there just aren’t enough words, so you just have to go with it.

Circus Mircus, Georgia, First Rehearsal, PalaOlimpico, 2 May 2022EBU / Nathan Reinds
12 May 2022 at 21:25 CEST
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🇬🇪 Georgia – Circus Mircus / Lock Me In

Circus Mircus – Lock Me In – Georgia 🇬🇪 – Official Music Video – Eurovision 2022

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12 May 2022 at 21:23 CEST
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Step it up with Azerbaijan ๐Ÿชœ

So on Tuesday we had one male solo artist, and tonight we have…eight, across the musical spectrum from pop to glam rock. This is our first power ballad of the night from Azerbaijan’s Nadir Rustamli, and it features some really clever use of bleacher-style steps, camerawork and lighting to create a powerful and evocative performance. Hold on for the high note at the end.

Nadir Rustamli, Azerbaijan, Second RehearsalEBU / Andres Putting
12 May 2022 at 21:21 CEST
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🇦🇿 Azerbaijan – Nadir Rustamli / Fade To Black

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12 May 2022 at 21:20 CEST
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Now wash your handsโ€ฆ๐Ÿ‘

You know how we promised a diverse range of musical genres this evening? It’s time for Serbia’s Konstrakta, with one of the more unusual songs in this year’s Eurovision. Il Corpore Sano, is far more than the opening line about Meghan Markle’s hair – it’s a commentary on the Serbian healthcare system and impossible beauty standards, and some subtitles have been added for non-Serbian speakers.

The combo of Konstrakta’s washbowl and her grandmother’s chair was probably the most talked-about prop of the year until Sam Ryder turned up with an enormous spaceship. Don’t you hate it when that happens?

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12 May 2022 at 21:17 CEST
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🇷🇸 Serbia – Konstrakta / In Corpore Sano

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12 May 2022 at 21:16 CEST
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But honey, keep your head upโ€ฆ๐Ÿ

From rock to anthemic pop from Israel’s Michael Ben David, with our first big dance routine of the night. I.M is an incredibly polished vocal and dance performance, and the Delegation bubble is up and dancing. It’s a long night, and we might have gone too early, but we don’t care.

Michael Ben David, Israel, First Rehearsal, PalaOlimpico, 2 May 2022EBU / Nathan Reinds
12 May 2022 at 21:13 CEST
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🇮🇱 Israel – Michael Ben David /I.M

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12 May 2022 at 21:12 CEST
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Are you ready to rock out with Finland? ๐Ÿค˜

First up tonight is Finland’s The Rasmus, singing Jezebel. It’s a rock banger sung in yellow rainwear in a set made from suspended black balloons. The black and yellow colour scheme is the same as Norway’s Subwoolfer, but this song has a VERY different vibe. We’re definitely kicking this second Semi-Final off with a bang, and the singalong has already begun in the Delegation Bubble. Our first bare chest of the evening, but also definitely not the last.

The Rasmus from Finland, Second RehearsalEBU / Corinne Cumming
12 May 2022 at 21:09 CEST
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🇫🇮 Finland – The Rasmus/Jezebel

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12 May 2022 at 21:09 CEST
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Our hosts are back!

Laura Pausini and Mika take to the the stage – Laura’s wearing Croatia’s gown from Tuesday, which is Latvia levels of recycling, and Mika’s very much in yellow. Not just yellow, but YELLOW. With Alessandro in black, we’re getting a DoReDos from Moldova 2018 vibe.

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12 May 2022 at 21:02 CEST
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Let's get started!

We open with a fun skit from Allessandro Catelan, who is experiencing the international vibe and lifting the lid on the Big Brains who make all the big decisions backstage. When he hears the drums, he opens his arms. He’s not making it into Chanel’s dance troupe any time soon, but he’s throwing himself into the spirit of the occasion.

Remember – when you hear the drums, OPEN YOUR ARMS. At any time, forever.

12 May 2022 at 20:17 CEST
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A special Eurovision moment...

We think this might be the most romantic location for a proposal ever. Congratulations to this lovely couple from Ireland, from all of your Eurovision family.

Fans getting excited for the Second Semi-FinalEBU / Andres Putting
Fans getting excited for the Second Semi-FinalEBU / Andres Putting
12 May 2022 at 20:03 CEST
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The fans have arrived!

Just a few pictures of some of the Eurofans arriving at the PalaOlimpico in Turin. Have a great night, guys!

Excited fans ahead of the Second Semi-FinalEBU / Andres Putting
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Excited fans ahead of the Second Semi-FinalEBU / Andres Putting
12 May 2022 at 19:41 CEST
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Here's tonight's running order...

  1. 🇫🇮 Finland – The Rasmus/Jezebel

  2. 🇮🇱 Israel – Michael Ben David /I.M

  3. 🇷🇸 Serbia – Konstrakta / In Corpore Sano

  4. 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan – Nadir Rustamli / Fade To Black

  5. 🇬🇪 Georgia – Circus Mircus / Lock Me In

  6. 🇲🇹 Malta – Emma Muscat / I Am What I Am

  7. 🇸🇲 San Marino – Achille Lauro / Stripper

  8. 🇦🇺 Australia – Sheldon Riley / Not The Same

  9. 🇨🇾 Cyprus – Andromache / Ela

  10. 🇮🇪 Ireland – Brooke – That’s Rich

  11. 🇲🇰 North Macedonia – Andrea / Circles

  12. 🇪🇪 Estonia – Stefan / Hope

  13. 🇷🇴 Romania – WRS / Llámame

  14. 🇵🇱 Poland – Ochman / River

  15. 🇲🇪 Montenegro – Vladana / Breathe

  16. 🇧🇪 Belgium – Jérémie Makiese / Miss You

  17. 🇸🇪 Sweden – Cornelia Jakobs / Hold Me Closer

  18. 🇨🇿 Czech Republic – We Are Domi / Lights Off

12 May 2022 at 18:58 CEST
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Circus Mircus have a mascot....

…we don’t know WHY Georgia’s Circus Mircus have a mascot who looks like an alien Gina G, but we’re here for it.

12 May 2022 at 18:42 CEST
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๐Ÿ“บ Here's how to watch the Eurovision Song Contest ๐Ÿ“บ

📺 Watch the Second Semi-Final Live Stream on YouTube or find out how to watch in your region 📺

OR you can watch the show LIVE on the Eurovision TikTok page, featuring an exclusive backstage camera that will capture all the footage of the artists getting ready to go on stage.

12 May 2022 at 18:24 CEST
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We're back for the second Semi-Final!

Good evening Europe, and welcome back to the Live Blog for the second Eurovision Semi-Final! Once again it’s Heidi and the Live Blog team camping out in the Delegation Bubble in Turin’s PalaOlimpico, giving you all the backstage breaking news and a minute-by-minute account of the live show, which starts at 21:00 CEST.

By the early hours of tomorrow we’ll have 1) a full line-up for the Grand Final and confirmation of the running order. We don’t know the exact timings, but we’ll confirm the finalists here on the Live Blog, and the running order will be published on eurovision.tv as soon as it’s available. Stay with us!