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Eurovision starts NOW! 55+ selection shows you can watch online in 2022:

01 January 2022 at 12:00 CET
Casual viewers of the Eurovision Song Contest might not realise there's a whole world of pre-qualifying competitions broadcasting to living rooms across the globe MONTHS before the Saturday night Grand Final.

Updated: Sunday 9 January – make sure you check out the Calendar 2022 page, as it has the most up-to-date information about national finals.

For those interested in an unusual new year’s resolution, we think we’ve come up with the perfect challenge: can you commit to watching all the international selections shows between now and the entry submission deadline in March?

As of today (Saturday 1 January) we currently estimate that there are at least 55 shows available to watch for free online, broadcasting for approximately 126 hours, thanks to Europe’s finest public service broadcasters. We keep a diary of the shows, dates and streaming links here and will add more shows as countries publicly confirm their Eurovision plans.

Up for the challenge?

Here’s everything you need to watch over the next 10 weekends…

January 2022

Eden Alene represented Israel in 2021; they are once again using 'X Factor’ to find their Eurovision participant Shai Franco

We’re expected to find out the act Israel will send to Turin via The X Factor; they’re using the now famous format to pick their artist and will then work with that winner to find the perfect song for Eurovision.

Spain is forging a new path to Eurovision with the introduction of Benidorm Fest – a series of shows in the iconic coastal town, inspired by the old Benidorm International Song Festival. Interest in the new festival has exceeded Spanish expectations, and so the number of participants has increased from 12 to 14.

The Late Late Show: Eurovision Special is tentatively scheduled for January in Ireland, which will decide who succeeds Lesley Roy on the Emerald Isle’s representative.

Slovenia is also expected to find a representative through EMA 2022a national selection show that has a sister series EMA FREŠ which specifically aims to give unsigned acts under the age of 30 a shot at success. EMA FREŠ concludes in January with EMA 2022 continuing into February.

Lithuania’s Pabandom iš Naujo and Norway's Melodi Grand Prix also begin.


  • 🇸🇮SLOVENIA: EMA Freš (Show 1)
  • 🇸🇮SLOVENIA: EMA Freš (Show 2)
  • 🇮🇪 IRELAND: The Late Late Show: Eurovision Special ⭐️
  • 🇮🇱 ISRAEL: X Factor (Final) ⭐️


  • 🇱🇹 LITHUANIA (20:00 CET): Pabandom iš Naujo (Show 1)


  • 🇳🇴 NORWAY: Melodi Grand Prix (Show 1)
  • 🇱🇹 LITHUANIA (20:00 CET): Pabandom iš Naujo (Show 2)


  • 🇳🇴 NORWAY: Melodi Grand Prix (Show 2)
  • 🇱🇹 LITHUANIA (20:00 CET): Pabandom iš Naujo (Show 3)


  • 🇪🇸 SPAIN: Benidorm Fest (Semi-Final 1)


  • 🇪🇸 SPAIN: Benidorm Fest (Semi-Final 2)


  • 🇪🇸 SPAIN: Benidorm Fest (Grand Final) ⭐️
  • 🇳🇴 NORWAY: Melodi Grand Prix (Show 3)
  • 🇱🇹 LITHUANIA (20:00 CET): Pabandom iš Naujo (Semi-Final 1)

⭐️ = Act/song for Eurovision Song Contest 2022 will be chosen during this show

February 2022

Italy are on the hunt for Måneskin’s successors in Samremo Francis Delacroix

First up in February: 5 nights of Festival della canzone italiana di Sanremo, thanks Italy! Yes, the daddy of all music contests, Sanremo, takes place on consecutive nights between Tuesday 1 – Saturday 5 February. These shows are packed with so much talent and Italian flair for… unpredictability, they are known to overrun late into the night.

Make sure you’ve coffee on tap if you want to be the first to find out who Italy sends to defend Måneskin’s Eurovision title. The winner doesn’t always go to Eurovision automatically, but they do have first refusal.

Like Sanremo, Melodifestivalen is a massive TV event, packed with international and domestic talent

Also on the evening of the Sanremo final, the Swedish juggernaut that is Melodifestivalen begins. They’ll be looking to secure a 7th Eurovision victory, as the hunt starts in Malmö with a show will definitely finish at a much more respectable time than its Italian equivalent.

The semi-finals of Estonia’s established Eesti Laul run alongside Sanremo, culminating a week later in a grand final on the evening of Saturday 12 February; which is the same date as Latvia’s Supernova show… both Estonia and Latvia having won Eurovision in 2001 and 2002 respectively, they’ll be hoping to find news champions some 20 years later.

Both 19 and 26 of February are shaping up to be ‘Super Saturdays’ for the Eurovision fandom…

Hatari hand Songvakeppnin 2020 prize to Daði RUV

Saturday 19 February sees the return of Söngvakeppnin – the Icelandic selection show that has produced a number of great results thanks to Hatari and Daði Freyr. Alongside this we can expect to find out who Norway will send to Italy, thanks to the Melodi Grand Prix grand final, before Croatia’s Dora ‘22 reaches a conclusion at the same time.

Una Voce Per San Marino will also wrap up and determine which act the microstate will send down the road to Turin.

Ukraine is set to choose their participant via national selection show Vidbir. The preselection process began in December, with broadcaster UA:PBC looking to release the shortlist of entries before the end of January. The televised final will take place in February, with the winner being decided by votes from a professional jury and the audience watching at home.

Malta is also set to pick its Eurovision participant in February through ‘Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2022’ (a name sure to delight SEO enthusiasts), having used ‘X Factor Malta’ to select Michela and Destiny in 2019 and 2020 respectively.

Saturday 26 February is another big one as it’s quite possible to throw yourself into 24 hours of Eurovision on this day. Fans in Europe will be able to watch Eurovision – Australia Decides over brunch from 10:00 CET and conclude at 06:00 CET (!) when Finland’s UMK After Party finally winds down. In between there’s national final action from Sweden and Iceland.

And if this sounds like a lot – we’re pretty sure there are more announcements yet to be made about February shows.


  • 🇸🇮 SLOVENIA: EMA 2022 (Semi-Final 1)
  • 🇸🇮 SLOVENIA: EMA 2022 (Semi-Final 2)
  • 🇸🇮 SLOVENIA: EMA 2022 (Final) ⭐️
  • 🇲🇹 MALTA: Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2022 (Semi-Final)
  • 🇲🇹 MALTA: Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2022 (Final) ⭐️
  • 🇺🇦 UKRAINE: Vidbir (Final)⭐️


  • 🇮🇹 ITALY: Sanremo (informs National Selection, Italy) ⭐️


  • 🇪🇪 ESTONIA: Eesti Laul (Semi-Final 1)


  • 🇪🇪 ESTONIA: Eesti Laul (Semi-Final 2)
  • 🇸🇪 SWEDEN: Melodifestivalen (Semi-Final 1: Malmö)
  • 🇳🇴 NORWAY: Melodi Grand Prix (Show 4)
  • 🇱🇹 LITHUANIA (20:00 CET): Pabandom iš Naujo (Semi-Final 2)
  • 🇱🇻 LATVIA: Supernova (Semi-Final)


  • 🇪🇪 ESTONIA: Eesti Laul (Final) ⭐️
  • 🇸🇪 SWEDEN: Melodifestivalen (Semi-Final 2: Göteberg)
  • 🇳🇴 NORWAY: Melodi Grand Prix (Show 5)
  • 🇱🇹 LITHUANIA (20:00 CET): Pabandom iš Naujo (Grand Final) ⭐️
  • 🇷🇴 ROMANIA: Selecţia Naţională (Semi Final)
  • 🇱🇻 LATVIA: Supernova (Final) ⭐️


  • 🇭🇷 CROATIA: Dora '22 ⭐️
  • 🇸🇪 SWEDEN: Melodifestivalen (Semi-Final 3: Linköping)
  • 🇳🇴 NORWAY: Melodi Grand Prix (Show 6: Grand Final) ⭐️
  • 🇮🇸 ICELAND: Söngvakeppnin (Semi-Final 1)
  • 🇸🇲 SAN MARINO: Una Voce Per San Marino (Grand Final) ⭐️


  • 🇦🇺 AUSTRALIA: Eurovision – Australia Decides ⭐️
  • 🇸🇪 SWEDEN: Melodifestivalen (Semi-Final 4: Lidköping)
  • 🇮🇸 ICELAND: Söngvakeppnin (Semi-Final 2)
  • 🇫🇮 FINLAND: UMK22 (and After Party) ⭐️

⭐️ = Act/song for Eurovision Song Contest 2022 will be chosen during this show

March 2022

Who knows what Moldova will bring this year… or when they’ll reveal it! TRM

Things don’t let up as we hit Spring. The first grand finals take place on Saturday 5 March with Dansk Melodi Grand Prix determining the Danish entry; Selecţia Naţională sorting out Romania’s participant; and Söngvakeppnin providing us with an Icelandic entry to build on Gagnamagnið’s success in Rotterdam.

Moldova’s O Melodie Pentru Europa is tentatively pencilled in for this date too, but just to keep us on our toes, they reserve the right to announce a participant at any given moment.

The following weekend fans are blessed with two of the classiest grand finals in national final season: Sweden’s Melodifestivalen in Stockholm and Portugal’s Festival da Canção 2022 live from Lisbon.

It’s in March that a good number of participants are determined by an internal selection panel. There’s also the chance that selection shows have not been revealed yet – for example, fans only found out about Russia’s broadcast show just 2 days before it aired in March 2021, with eventual victor Manizha going on to have a very successful Eurovision Song Contest.


  • 🇩🇰 DENMARK: Dansk Melodi Grand Prix ⭐️
  • 🇵🇹 PORTUGAL: Festival da Canção 2022 (Semi-Final 1)
  • 🇲🇩 MOLDOVA: O Melodie Pentru Europa [TBC] ⭐️
  • 🇸🇪 SWEDEN: Melodifestivalen (Semi-Final 5: Örnsköldsvik)
  • 🇮🇸 ICELAND: Söngvakeppnin (Grand Final) ⭐️
  • 🇷🇴 ROMANIA: Selecţia Naţională (Grand Final) ⭐️


  • 🇵🇹 PORTUGAL: Festival da Canção 2022 (Semi-Final 2)


  • 🇵🇹 PORTUGAL: Festival da Canção 2022 (Grand Final) ⭐️
  • 🇸🇪 SWEDEN: Melodifestivalen (Grand Final: Stockholm) ⭐️

⭐️ = Act/song for Eurovision Song Contest 2022 will be chosen during this show

Shortly after this date is the Eurovision Song Contest Heads of Delegation meeting in Turin – this is the deadline for broadcasters to submit their entries.

And, of course, the most important dates of all:

  • 🇮🇹 Tuesday 10 May, 21:00 CEST: Eurovision Song Contest, First Semi-Final
  • 🇮🇹 Thursday 12 May, 21:00 CEST: Eurovision Song Contest, Second Semi-Final
  • 🇮🇹 Saturday 14 May, 21:00 CEST: Eurovision Song Contest, Grand Final 🏆

So, are you up for the challenge? Let us know via the official Eurovision Song Contest Twitter, Instagram, TikTok and Facebook channels.