When it comes to the Eurovision Song Contest, it's always about so much more than just the three live shows. Some of our participating broadcasters have put together an enticing selection of extra programming related to the big event.
From documentaries about the history of the Contest to reports on the journeys of the artists competing in 2022, broadcasters across Europe (and Australia!) are keeping their audiences informed on a whole host of matters relating to Eurovision past and present.
TV viewers and radio listeners can peruse a generous schedule of bonus content being produced by broadcasters, whether it’s live pre-shows on the night, or interviews with and performances by Eurovision artists who have won us over in previous years.
We’ve gathered together a selection of some of the programming on offer throughout the coming weeks, as we countdown to the three live shows. Eurovision entertainment to keep appetites suitably whetted.
All times are in CEST.
Destination Flavour Eurovision
SBS Food, Saturday 7 May
SBS’ favourite foodie and mega Eurovision fan Adam Liaw takes us on a culinary adventure around Australia with the aim of creating the Ultimate Eurovision Party.
JÉRÉMIE: From The Voice Belgique to Eurovision
RTBF-La Une, Thursday 12 May, 20:10
A 35-minute documentary on Jérémie Makiese, the Belgian artist for the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest.
HRT1, Tuesday 10 May, 20:10
A programme about Mia Dimšić, from her childhood to becoming Croatia’s artist for the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest.
Mia Dimšić in Turin
HRT1, Saturday 14 May, 20:10
A report on how the Croatian delegation has spent its time in Turin.
CyBC1, Monday 2 and 9 May, 22:45
Hosted by Loucas Hamatsos.
Cyprus 12 points / Ola ston Aera
CyBC1, Friday 6 and 13 May, 15:30
Hosted by Andreas Anastasiou and Alexandros Taramountas.
CyBC1, Saturday 14 May, 20:00
Hosted by Loucas Hamatsos
CyBC 1 Radio, Saturday 7 and 14 May, 12:00
Hosted by Melina Karageorgiou
Malik im ESC Fieber
NDR Fernsehen, Saturday 14 May, 00:30
Documentary about Malik Harris’ journey to ESC
Countdown Für Turin
ONE, ARD Mediathek, Das Erste, eurovision.de, Saturday 14 May, 20:15
Barbara Schöneberger hosts.
ONE, ARD Mediathek, Das Erste, eurovision.de, Sunday 15 May, 00:50
Barbara Schöneberger hosts
Amanda: Road to Eurovision
ERT1, Saturday 30 April and Sunday 1 May, Saturday 7 May and Sunday 8 May, 18:10
In Amanda: Road To Eurovision, Amanda Georgiadi Tenfjord meets artists who have participated in Eurovision Song Contests of previous years. Former participants of Eurovision, such as Sakis Rouvas, Kalomira, Tamta, Evridiki, Stefania, Elpida, Demya and Helena Paparizou, will share their stories of Eurovision with Amanda and provide her with useful advice on the experience.
Oggi E’ Un Altro Giorno
La Vita In Diretta
Porta A Porta
Uno Mattina In Famiglia
Rai 1, Monday 9 May to Sunday 15 May
A selection of programmes from the host country, showcasing the Eurovision Song Contest in Italy.
Rai Isoradio, until Tuesday 10 May, 13:30
The programme, presented by Angelo Torchetti, retraces the history of the Eurovision Song Contest through anecdotes, political and historical changes.
LTV, Tuesday 10 May and Saturday 14 May, 20:10
The Sound of Beauty: Lien il-Eurovision
TVM, until Saturday 14 May, 19:50
A daily programme looking at the history of Eurovision and Emma Muscat’s journey to Turin.
The Big Song Festival Festival (repeat)
NPO 3, Saturday 30 April, 18:00
A concert featuring just some of the artists and songs that the Eurovision Song Contest has produced in the past 50 years. With performances by Dana International, Teach-In, Emilie de Forest, Ruth Jacott, KEiiNO, Lenny Kuhr, Nicole, Johnny Logan, Netta and Loreen, among others. The presentation is in the hands of Edsilia Rombley with expert commentary by Cornald Maas.
On the road to the Eurovision Song Contest
NPO 3, Saturday 7 May, 22:00
The Eurovision Song Contest has had many special highlights over the years. Dutch celebrities look back on the most talked about moments. They also look ahead to the participating acts in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022. Which countries will win a place in the final on Saturday? With Rolf Sanchez, Berget Lewis, Sanne Wallis de Vries, Emma Wortelboer, Albert Verlinde, Sahil Amar Aissa and Jeroen Kijk in de Vegte.
This is S10
NPO 3, Saturday 7 May, 23:05
S10 represents the Netherlands at the Eurovision Song Contest with her song De Diepte. In this documentary, the singer gives an insight into the preparations for her performance in Turin.
NPO 1, Tuesday 10 May, Thursday 12 May, Saturday 14 May, 20:35
A live discussion on the countries that will be performing that night, going backstage with the artists and presenters.
More Than 35 Years of the Song Contest
NPO 1, Wednesday 11 May and Thursday 12 May, 16:15
A two-part documentary about the Eurovision Song Contest, on the period from 1973 to 1991
Get to Work
NPO Radio 2, Monday 9 May to Friday 13 May, 09:00
Bart Arens talks to Eurovision experts about all the acts and updates listeners on how things are developing in Turin. S10 herself will talk to the show daily about how her experience is going.
SVT1, Tuesday 10 May, 20:00
SRF2, Tuesday 10 May, Thursday 12 May, Saturday 14 May, 20:10
Highlights of ESC2022 with Marius Bear
SRF2, Sunday 15 May, 18:50
RTS 1, Saturday 14 May, 20:55
RSI LA1, Saturday 14 May, 20:40
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Eurovision: The Official All-Time Most Streamed
BBC Radio 2, Saturday 30 April, 14:00
Michelle Visage counts down a Top 50 to reveal that the official most streamed Eurovision song of all time.
Sam Ryder’s Tracks of my Years
BBC Radio 2, Sunday 1 May, 06:00
Sam Ryder is representing the UK at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest with the song Space Man and he is in chatting with Ken Bruce about his picks for Tracks Of My Years. Sam’s picks includes music from Iron Maiden, Stevie Wonder and his hero, Freddie Mercury.
Made In Italy
BBC Radio 2, Sunday 8 May, 22:00
Following Italy’s Eurovision success last year, Jack Savoretti journeys into their music scene past and present, feasting on their colourful offerings to the ‘food of love’.
The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show
BBC Radio 2, Friday 13 May, 07:30
To kick off a massive Eurovision weekend on Radio 2, it’s the Breakfast Show with Zoe Ball in London and Richie Anderson in Turin. Richie will be on the streets of this year’s host city, meeting Eurovision superfans from all over Europe. With only 36 hours to go until the Contest’s final, it’s Richie’s job to convince the people of Europe that Sam Ryder is the man to vote for! This comes after a busy week on the Breakfast Show, with Zoe catching up with Sam every day, introducing him to Radio 2 Eurovision fans.
BBC Radio 2, Friday 13 May, 10:30
Ken broadcasts live from Turin ahead of the 66th Eurovision Song Contest tomorrow night. There will be special guests including Sam Ryder, Mika, Graham Norton, and Paddy O’Connell. The show will include a round of the Quiz Show PopMaster.
Eurovision: The Official All-Time Most Streamed
BBC Radio 2, Saturday 14 May, 14:00
Michelle Visage counts down the Top 50 Most Streamed Eurovision tracks as compiled by The Official Charts Company. Spanning the decades, this chart shows the true diversity and spirit of Eurovision. Join Michelle to relive the glamour, the glitz and the drama – she’ll celebrate the wins, commiserate the ‘Nil points’ and enjoy everything in between from the last 50+ years.
Rylan & Scott live from Turin
BBC Radio 2, Saturday 14 May, 16:00
Rylan and Scott are live from the 66 Eurovision song contest in Turin. Richie Anderson is on the road to give listeners a real flavour from the Italian streets and there’ll be some very special guests as we build up to one of the biggest nights in showbusiness. Can Sam Ryder do the impossible for the United Kingdom and sweep the board? Either way, it’ll be a super Saturday to remember! Douze points all round.
Sophie’s Eurovision Kitchen Disco
BBC Radio 2, Saturday 14 May, 21:00
Blast off with Sophie Ellis-Bextor and her nationwide Eurovision warm-up party! The Kitchen Disco Queen and her listeners will bring the revelry and the atmosphere, with a live feel-good playlist of Eurodance bangers and Eurovision memories, from 6–8pm on Eurovision Super Saturday. Across the 2 hours Sophie will hear the excitement of Eurovision parties as they kick off up and down the country – getting all the details on costumes, decorations, score sheets and games. Listeners can also enjoy a special hour of Sophie’s own Eurovision favourites on BBC Sounds from 30th April.
OJ’s Eurovision After Party
BBC Radio 2, Sunday 15 May, 00:00
The results might be in and the show is over, but the party continues with OJ Borg who will be playing the hits of Eurovision past and present. Expect to hear the likes of Gina G, Lordi, Loreen, Celine Dion, ABBA, Netta, Måneskin, Katrina and the Waves and Radio 2’s very own Michael Ball. Plus, Richie Anderson will be reporting live from the streets of Turin, and OJ will be hearing from Eurovision parties from across the UK.
One Hit Wonders Eurovision Special
BBC Sounds, Available now
The One Hit Wonders Eurovision Special where OJ Borg plays some of the competition’s very best One Hit Wonders, and reveals the stories behind them.
Scott Mills’ Eurovision Pocket Guides
BBC Sounds, Available now
On BBC Sounds from Saturday 30th April, Scott Mills brings the lowdown on perhaps the biggest Eurovision yet after Måneskin’s global breakout success! In four bitesize chunks, he revisits the highs and lows since the UK’s last win, takes a deep dive into this year’s entries.
The A-Z of Eurovision
BBC Two, Saturday 14 May
First broadcast in 2020, Rylan narrates a guide to all things Eurovision in this compilation of highlights, as he takes a sideways look at the greatest singing contest on the planet.
ABBA at the BBC
BBC Two, Saturday 14 May
ABBA at the BBC charts the meteoric rise of the band with some of their greatest performances at the BBC. We begin in 1974 with their Top of the Pops appearance; we even get to see the band entertaining holidaymakers in Torbay in a 1975 Seaside Special.