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Turquoise Carpet 2022
Turquoise Carpet 2022
Photo: EBU / Andres Putting

Eurovision 2022: All the news and looks from the Turin Turquoise Carpet

On Sunday 8 May, participants from 40 countries walked the Turquoise Carpet in Turin for the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 Opening Ceremony. Don't miss all the glitz, glam, glitter and gossip from the iconic Reggia di Venaria (Venaria Palace).

The event was hosted by Gabriele Corsi, Mario Acampa and Carolina Di Domenico.

📺 Watch: 2022 Eurovision Opening Ceremony Turquoise Carpet Live Stream

Built in 1675, the Venaria Reale, known for its gorgeous architecture and sumptuous gardens, was one of the residences of the Royal House of Savoy. It was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1997.

Malta’s Emma Muscat on the Turquoise Carpet 2022EBU / Andres Putting

Malta’s Emma Muscat has arrived at the Venaria Reale, and expresses how important it is to her that people understand the message behind her song I Am What I Am. It’s all about loving and accepting yourself, regardless of what others have to say.

Belgium’s Jérémie Makiese Turquoise Carpet 2022EBU / Andres Putting

Belgium’s Jérémie Makiese arrives and is already singing the praises of music, reminding us all that it it’s a powerful artform that can change the world.

Portugal’s MARO on the Turquoise Carpet 2022EBU / Andres Putting

MARO from Portugal is here and she’s gushing about the fact that during her first week in Turin she has been enjoying every second of it. It’s been even better than expected, and tonight is thus far the icing on the cake.

Montenegro’s VladanaTurquoise Carpet 2022EBU / Andres Putting

From Montenegro, Vladana is well aware that most people will have expected an avante garde outfit from her, but she says that once she saw images of the venue, she decided to go with something much more elegant.

San Marino’s Achille Lauro on the Turquoise Carpet 2022EBU / Andres Putting

Achille Lauro is representing San Marino and is all too happy to speak to our hosts on the subject of the performance he has planned for Eurovision Song Contest. As expected, he’s put a lot of thought into it.

Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra on the Turquoise Carpet 2022EBU / Andres Putting

From Ukraine, Kalush Orchestra are proud to be bringing a touch of their country with them, incorporated into their Carpet walk. They say that now, more than ever, it’s important to be flying the colours of Ukraine.

LUM!X & Pia Maria representing Austria on the Turquoise Carpet 2022EBU / Andres Putting

Representing Austria, LUM!X and Pia Maria have arrived together and tell our hosts about not only how great it is to be at Eurovision, but also about how excited everyone at home is about them being here, too.

Ireland’s Brooke on the Turquoise Carpet 2022EBU / Andres Putting

Brooke from Ireland is visibly stunned at the venue; calling it the most stunning sight she’s ever seen in her life, adding that Eurovision is the craziest experience she’s had so far.

Latvia’s Citi Zēni on the Turquoise Carpet 2022EBU / Andres Putting

Citi Zēni confess that after a week in Turin, they’ve forgotten a lot of their native Latvian, and are becoming well-versed in Italian!

Estonia’s Stefan on the Turquoise Carpet 2022EBU / Andres Putting

From Estonia, Stefan reveals that after Eurovision, any of his new fans can look forward to a new album, plenty of live shows, and even some collaborations in the near future.

The Ramus represent Finland on the Turquoise Carpet 2022EBU / Andres Putting

The Rasmus are hyped up for Thursday’s Second Semi Final, and are pleased about opening the semi from position one for Finland. They thank Måneskin for making Eurovision rock again.

We Are Domi wave the Czech flag on the Turquoise Carpet 2022EBU / Andres Putting

Representing Czech Republic, We Are Domi are keen to stress how enamoured they are with the scenery and nature in Turin; particularly the mountains, which remind them of Norway, where two of the band are from.

Systur from Iceland bring the colour to the Turquoise Carpet 2022EBU / Andres Putting

The ladies from Systur from Iceland each bring a beautiful splash of colour to the Carpet, brightening up an already perfectly sunny day. Very on-brand for the Með Hækkandi Sól trillers.

LPS from Slovenia on the Turquoise Carpet 2022EBU / Andres Putting

From Slovenia, LPS are acutely aware that their Disko sound always seems to be what most gig-goers prefer to hear from them, so that’s why they’ve leaned more and more into that sound.

North Macedonia’s Andrea on the Turquoise Carpet 2022EBU / Andres Putting

Andrea from North Macedonia has a playful sparring match with the hosts, who have dared to call her bluff on the 'you don’t wanna test my limits’ lyrics of her song Circles. Big mistake, hosts. Big mistake.

Azerbaijan’s Nadir Rustamli on the Turquoise Carpet 2022EBU / Andres Putting

Nadir Rustamli from Azerbaijan impresses our hosts by giving them a rendition of Con Te Partirò by his favourite Italian singer Andrea Bocelli.

Michael Ben David of Israel looks like he belongs on the Turquoise Carpet 2022EBU / Andres Putting

Representing Israel, Michael Ben David needs a moment to gather his thoughts after catching sight of his reflection. That outfit is giving him all the stuns. He composes himself in time to shout out a greeting to his mother, though. What a fabulous son.

Bulgaria’s Intelligent Music Project is Turquoise Carpet 2022EBU / Andres Putting

Bulgaria’s Intelligent Music Project reel off their manifesto of sound advice to viewers, with the closing statement that rock 'n’ roll never dies.

Shledon Riley’s outfit for the Turquoise Carpet is 'Not The Same’ as anyone else’sEBU / Andres Putting

Sheldon Riley jokes that he loves to wear all the things that his mother and father once upon a time told him he couldn’t wear, hence the extravagence of his outfits in Turin.

Croatia’s Mia Dimšić on the Turquoise Carpet 2022EBU / Andres Putting

From Croatia, Mia Dimšić keeps things in sync with the stage outfit she has planned for Turin, by wearing a different dress in the same hot-pink colour. A consistent queen who knows what looks best on her.

Serbia’s Konstrakta on the Turquoise Carpet 2022EBU / Andres Putting

Teaming snow white clobber with a rosy red lip, Konstrakta turns a striking look on the Carpet, representing Serbia. The artist also reveals that she first got the idea for her Eurovision song while out walking her dog. Creativity strikes when you least expect it.

Lithuania’s Monika Liu on the Turquoise Carpet 2022EBU / Andres Putting

From Lithuania, Monika Liu stresses how important it is to her that the Lithuanian language has returned to the Eurovision stage, and she is proud to have brought it back there.

Moldova’s Zdob şi Zdub & Advahov Brothers on the Turquoise Carpet 2022EBU / Andres Putting

Moldova’s Zdob şi Zdub & Advahov Brothers have arrived on the Carpet and as is customary from the gents by now, treat the attendees to an impromptu rendition of their folklore and rock 'n’ roll.

Denmark’s REDDI on the Turquoise Carpet 2022EBU / Andres Putting

REDDI from Denmark remark how they love to surprise people, and that’s why their Eurovision entry The Show has the two sides to it that we love so much.

Switzerland’s Marius Bear on the Turquoise Carpet 2022EBU / Andres Putting

Marius Bear of Switzerland reveals to our hosts that when he performs live in his concerts, he likes to do it barefoot, as he enjoys the tickling sensation that the vibrations give his feet. So if he starts giggling during any future gigs of his you attend, now you know why!

Poland’s Ochman on the Turquoise Carpet 2022EBU / Andres Putting

Poland’s Ochman had a famous tenor as a grandfather, and reveals that as part of his outfit today, he is wearing a ring that his grandmother gave him, which he likes to keep close to him.

Turquoise Carpet 2022EBU / Andres Putting

WRS informs us that when he was growing up in Romania, his mother and grandmother used to watch a lot of Telenovelas, and that’s how he ended up learning Spanish; something he incorporated into his Eurovision entry Llámame.

S10 from Netherlands on the Turquoise Carpet 2022EBU / Andres Putting

Keeping with the language chat, S10 confirms that she always writes songs in her native Dutch, as she can express herself much better in her own language.

Andromache from Cyprus on the Turquoise Carpet 2022EBU / Andres Putting

A new nugget of information from Andromache, representing Cyprus. She reveals that she writes a lot of her songs while she is in the kitchen cooking. No half-baked melodies from this singer…

Amanda Georgiadi Tenfjord from Greece on the Turquoise Carpet 2022EBU / Andres Putting

Amanda Georgiadi Tenfjord from Greece gives a shout out to her 101-year-old grandmother who is watching at home from Greece.

Armenia’s Rosa Linn on the Turquoise Carpet 2022EBU / Andres Putting

Armenia’s Rosa Linn reminds viewers to look after themselves, to take care of one another, and to never give up on one’s dreams. She says that this is also a message in her song, Snap.

Norway’s Subwoolfer on the Turquoise Carpet 2022EBU / Andres Putting

The wolves from Norway’s Subwoolfer are mightily impressed by their surroundings, having never seen anything like the Venaria Reale at home on the moon.

Albania’s Ronela Hajati on the turquoise carpetEBU/Sarah Louise Bennett

From Albania, Ronela Hajati shows up in what’s undoubtedly the most extravagent piece of headwear that we’ve seen on the Turquoise Carpet. She’s added an extra splash of colour to the headpiece, especially for the occasion.

Georgia’s Circus Mircus on the Turquoise Carpet 2022

Georgia’s Circus Mircus encourage us all to create, and they invite viewers to join their band. They also have designs on claiming the venue as their new home, so if you do join, you’ve potentially got some nice new accommodation coming your way!

Sweden’s Cornelia Jakobs on the Turquoise Carpet 2022

From Sweden, Cornelia Jakobs tells our hosts that she wrote her Eurovision song Hold Me Closer about a guy she was dating a few years back; a passionate relationship with a lot of highs and a lot of lows, and which she eventually had to end for the sake of her own mental health.

United Kingdom’s Sam Ryder on the Turquoise Carpet 2022EBU / Andres Putting

Sam Ryder from the UK reveals that he wrote his Eurovision song SPACE MAN in just ten minutes, on the very first day that he met the song’s co-writers.

Spain’s Chanel on the Turquoise Carpet 2022EBU / Andres Putting

Chanel sweeps into proceedings with a furry red cape in tow, giving viewers a glimpse of the longest (and fluffiest) train of the evening, courtesy of the Spanish singer.

Malik Harris from Germany on the Turquoise Carpet 2022EBU / Andres Putting

From Germany, Malik Harris tells our hosts that this is the most amazing experience of his life so far, and that he’s enjoying every second of it.

From France, Alvan & Ahez on the Turquoise Carpet 2022EBU / Andres Putting

Representing France, Alvan & Ahez express how important it is to them to be bringing the Breton language to the Eurovision Song Contest. But that at the forefront of their mind, is the hope to have all of France to be proud of them.

Italy’s Mahmood & Blanco on the Turquoise Carpet 2022EBU / Andres Putting

Mahmood & Blanco reveal that one of the best things about being here at the Eurovision Song Contest is that they get to be where they feel most at home; on stage, singing their song, live to the biggest audience in the world.

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