|Eurovision Song Contest 2022|
|The Sound of Beauty|
|Semi-final 1||10 May 2022|
|Semi-final 2||12 May 2022|
|Final||14 May 2022|
|Executive supervisor||Martin Österdahl|
|Host broadcaster||Radiotelevisione italiana (RAI)|
|Number of entries||40|
|Voting system||Each country awards two sets of 12, 10, 8–1 points to 10 songs: the first from a professional jury, the second from viewers.|
|Nul points in final||None[a]|
|Winning song|| Ukraine|
The Eurovision Song Contest 2022 was the 66th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Turin, Italy, following the country's victory at the 2021 contest with the song "Zitti e buoni" by Måneskin. Organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and host broadcaster Radiotelevisione italiana (RAI), the contest was held at the PalaOlimpico, and consisted of two semi-finals on 10 and 12 May, and a final on 14 May 2022. The three live shows were presented by Italian television presenter Alessandro Cattelan, Italian singer Laura Pausini and Lebanese-born British singer Mika.
Forty countries participated in the contest, with Armenia and Montenegro returning after their absences from the previous edition. Russia had originally planned to participate, but was excluded due to its invasion of Ukraine.
The winner was Ukraine with the song "Stefania", performed by Kalush Orchestra and written by the group's members Ihor Didenchuk, Oleh Psiuk, Tymofii Muzychuk and Vitalii Duzhyk, along with Ivan Klimenko. Ukraine's 439 points received from the televote in the final are the most televoting points received in the contest's history to date, making "Stefania" the first song sung entirely in Ukrainian and the first song with hip-hop elements to win the contest. The United Kingdom, Spain, Sweden and Serbia rounded out the top five, with the United Kingdom and Spain achieving their best results since 1998 and 1995 respectively, and Serbia achieving its best result since 2012. This was the second year in succession, after a previous gap of 26 years, that the top three songs were all sung in languages native to their respective countries. It was also a record-extending sixteenth time that the United Kingdom finished in second place. Italy finished in sixth place, thereby achieving the best result for a host country since 2016.
The EBU reported that the contest had a television audience of 161 million viewers in 34 European markets, a decrease of 22 million viewers from the previous edition, however, it is noted that this is due to the exclusion of Russia and the lack of audience figures from Ukraine, with the overall figures up by 7 million viewers in a comparable market from 2021. An increase of three percent in the 15–24 year old age range was also reported. A total of 18 million viewers watched the contest online on YouTube and TikTok.
The 2022 contest took place in Turin, Italy, following the country's victory at the 2021 edition with the song "Zitti e buoni", performed by Måneskin. It was the third time that Italy had hosted the contest, having previously done so for the 1965 and 1991 contests, held in Naples and Rome respectively. The selected venue was the 13,300-seat PalaOlimpico, a multi-purpose indoor arena located in the Santa Rita district, which serves as a venue for events including concerts, exhibitions, trade fairs, conferences, and sports (mainly those requiring an ice rink, such as ice hockey and curling). PalaOlimpico had previously hosted the ice hockey events at the 2006 Winter Olympics, and the opening ceremonies of the 2007 Winter Universiade and will host the same event in 2025.
The venue returned to its full capacity for the contest, after the previous edition in Rotterdam saw a limited audience of 3,500 people as a precaution against the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the audience was required to wear masks at all times inside the venue, unlike in Rotterdam where mask-wearing was not enforced whenever the audience was seated. Nearly all COVID-19 prevention measures for the contest were dropped by 11 May 2022, with testing only required whenever symptoms were exhibited.
In addition to the main venue, the host city also organised side events in tandem with the contest. The Eurovision Village was the official Eurovision Song Contest fan and sponsors area during the event weeks, where it was possible to watch performances by contest participants and local artists, as well as the live shows broadcast from the main venue. It was located at Parco del Valentino and open from 7 to 14 May 2022. The EuroClub, which took place across ten different locations in Turin, hosted the official after-parties and private performances by contest participants. Unlike in previous years, access to the EuroClub was not restricted to accredited fans, delegates and press. The "Turquoise Carpet" and Opening Ceremony events, where the contestants and their delegations were presented before the accredited press and fans, took place at the Palace of Venaria on 8 May 2022.
Between 23 and 28 May 2021, many cities across Italy expressed interest in hosting the contest. Representatives from the cities of Bologna, Milan, Pesaro, Naples and Turin voiced their interest, as well as the Mayor of Reggio Emilia, Luca Vecchi, who hoped to host the contest in the new RCF Arena, the largest open-air arena in Europe with a capacity of 100,000 spectators. The mayors of Rome, Rimini and Florence soon after also expressed interest in hosting the contest and were joined by Sanremo, Verona and Bari. Marco Di Maio, member of the Italian Chamber of Deputies, also suggested that if Rimini were to host the contest, it should be a co-production with San Marino RTV.
Host broadcaster RAI launched the bidding process on 7 July 2021. In the first phase of this process, any interested cities were to present their bid through certified email by 12 July, after which RAI and the EBU would proceed to send all of them a bid book with more detailed requirements for the cities to submit their plans for review.
On 9 July 2021, the city of Turin officially announced its bid. On the same day, the city of Pesaro did the same, proposing the Vitrifrigo Arena as a possible venue to host the event. They were followed by Bologna and Jesolo on 12 July, and Rimini and Bertinoro (jointly with Forlì and Cesena) on 13 July. On 13 July, RAI announced that 17 cities had submitted their bid for hosting the contest and would be provided the following day with the bid books. They had until 4 August to draft and submit their detailed plans, which 11 cities did. On 24 August, it was reported that Bologna, Milan, Pesaro, Rimini and Turin would be the cities left in the running to host the contest.
The choice among them was meant to be announced by the end of August; however, this did not happen, and in mid-September Stefano Coletta, director of Rai 1, stated that the selection was behind time to ensure "transparency and precision". On 8 October 2021, the EBU and RAI announced Turin as the host city, with the PalaOlimpico as the chosen venue for the contest.
Key:Host venue Shortlisted Presented the bid book
|Alessandria||Cittadella||Proposal was dependent on the construction of a roof to cover the area; would have needed renovation works.|||
|Bertinoro||PalaGalassi||Candidacy supported by Forlì, Cesena and the Legislative Assembly of Emilia-Romagna.|||
|Bologna||Fiera di Bologna ‡||Candidacy supported by the Legislative Assembly of Emilia-Romagna.|||
|Florence||Nelson Mandela Forum||Candidacy supported by the Regional Council of Tuscany.|||
|Genoa||Palasport di Genova||Is undergoing renovation works.|||
|Jesolo||Palazzo del Turismo||Did not meet the EBU requirements of size.|||
|Piave Vecchia Lighthouse area||Proposal was dependent on the construction of a roof to cover the area.|
|Matera||Cava del Sole||Proposal was dependent on the construction of a roof to cover the area.|||
|Milan||Mediolanum Forum||Did not meet the EBU requirements of size.||Candidacy supported by the regional government of Lombardy.|||
|Palazzo delle Scintille ‡||Would have needed adjustment works.|
|Palazzolo Acreide||Ad hoc arena to be built||Would have needed the cooperation of other municipalities in Syracuse.|||
|Pesaro||Vitrifrigo Arena ‡||—|||
|Rimini||Rimini Fiera ‡||Candidacy supported by the Legislative Assembly of Emilia-Romagna.|||
|Fiera di Roma||Did not meet the EBU requirements of capacity.|
|Sanremo||Mercato dei Fiori||—|||
|Trieste||PalaTrieste||Did not meet the EBU requirements of size.|||
|Stadio Nereo Rocco||Proposal was dependent on the construction of a roof to cover the stadium.|
|Turin||PalaOlimpico †||Hosted the ice hockey events at the 2006 Winter Olympics and the opening ceremony of the 2007 Winter Universiade; from 2021 to 2025, it will host the tennis ATP Finals.
Candidacy supported by the Turin city council and the Regional Council of Piedmont.
|Viterbo||Fiera di Viterbo||Did not meet the EBU requirements of size; would have needed renovation works.|||
The Eurovision Song Contest 2022 was produced by the Italian public broadcaster Radiotelevisione italiana (RAI). Claudio Fasulo and Simona Martorelli served as executive producers, Cristian Biondani and Duccio Forzano served as directors of the three live shows, Claudio Santucci served as head of show, and Emanuele Cristofoli served as artistic director for the opening and interval acts.
The Italian government allocated around €1.5 million as part of the budget needed to host the event, while the municipality of Turin and the regional government of Piedmont contributed around €10 million in total. The preliminary total budget for the shows was €16.3 million.
The theme art and slogan for the contest, "The Sound of Beauty", was unveiled on 21 January 2022. Designed by Rome-based studio Flopicco, the artwork was built around the symmetrical structure and patterns of cymatics to convey the visual properties of sound, which also reflects Italian garden design, while the typography was inspired by early-20th century Italian poster art; the colours were drawn from those of the Italian flag.
Television presenter Alessandro Cattelan and singers Laura Pausini and Mika were the presenters of the 2022 contest. They had already been named as likely hosts by Italian news agency Adnkronos and TV magazine TV Sorrisi e Canzoni; and were officially confirmed during the second night of the Sanremo Music Festival 2022 on 2 February, after appearing on that show as special guests.
The "Turquoise Carpet" and Opening Ceremony events were hosted by Gabriele Corsi, Carolina Di Domenico, Mario Acampa and Laura Carusino. Acampa, Carusino and Di Domenico also moderated the contest's press conferences.
The stage design for the 2022 contest was revealed on 18 February 2022. Designed by Rome-based stage designer Francesca Montinaro and dubbed "The Sun Within", the stage design was based around the movements and light of a kinetic sun, with the intended ability to showcase theatrical motion. The design also featured a working water cascade and a green room modelled after an Italian garden. Montinaro had previous experience in stage design, having done so for the Sanremo Music Festival in 2013 and 2019. This marked the first time since 2016 that German stage designer Florian Wieder did not design the Eurovision stage.
Opening and interval acts
On 30 April 2022, the EBU released information about the opening and interval acts.
The first semi-final was opened by a performance showcasing Italian ingenuity and creativity, accompanied by the official anthem of the contest, "The Sound of Beauty", performed by Sherol Dos Santos, while the interval featured a medley of "Horizon in Your Eyes", "Satisfaction" and "Golden Nights" performed by Dardust, Benny Benassi and Sophie and the Giants with conductor Sylvia Catasta, a brief homage to Raffaella Carrà performed by the contest presenters, and Diodato performing "Fai rumore".
The second semi-final was opened by "The Italian Way", an act built around Italian improvisation performed by co-presenter Alessandro Cattelan, while the interval featured a medley of "Fragile" and "People Have the Power" performed by co-presenters Laura Pausini and Mika, and Il Volo performing a new version of "Grande amore".[b]
The final was opened by the traditional flag parade, introducing all twenty-five finalists, accompanied by the Rockin' 1000 performing “Give Peace a Chance” and co-presenter Laura Pausini performing a medley of "Benvenuto", "Io canto", "La solitudine", "Le cose che vivi" and "Scatola". The interval acts included Måneskin performing their new single "Supermodel" and “If I Can Dream”, Gigliola Cinquetti performing her winning song "Non ho l'età", and co-presenter Mika performing a medley of "Love Today", "Grace Kelly", his new single "Yo Yo" and "Happy Ending". Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti also appeared in a pre-recorded message from the International Space Station.
For the second year in a row, delegations had the option to use pre-recorded backing vocals, though each delegation could still use backing singers – whether on or off stage – or a combination of live and recorded backing vocals. However, all lead vocals performing the melody of the song must still be live. The EBU also required all national broadcasters to create a 'live-on-tape' backup recording prior to the contest which could be used if a participant was unable to travel to Turin, or subjected to quarantine on arrival. The 2022 contest also saw a tightening of the rules around song eligibility. Previously, the rules stated that the competing songs must not have been commercially released prior to 1 September of the previous year, now, a song may be ineligible to compete if it has been released to the public in any way, including live performances, before 1 September of the previous year. Enforcement of the rule was subject to the responsibility of the participating broadcasters.
With all participating artists having performed live in Turin, the majority of the 'live-on-tape' performances were released on the contest's official YouTube channel over a period of ten days, from 14 to 23 June 2022. Australia, Azerbaijan, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Georgia, Italy, Moldova, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and United Kingdom opted not to release their performances, while Ukraine was exempted from the obligation to record theirs and Armenia removed theirs minutes after its release for unknown reasons. Despite Montenegro not releasing their performance to the contest's official channel, it was nonetheless made available on the channel of the country's representative Vladana.
Semi-final allocation draw
The draw to determine the participating countries' semi-finals took place on 25 January 2022 at 12:00 CET, at Palazzo Madama. The thirty-six semi-finalists were divided over six pots, based on historical voting patterns as calculated by the contest's official televoting partner Digame. The purpose of drawing from different pots was to reduce the chance of "bloc voting" and to increase suspense in the semi-finals. The draw also determined which semi-final each of the five automatic qualifiers – "Big Five" countries France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom – would broadcast and vote in. The ceremony was hosted by Carolina Di Domenico and Mario Acampa, with Acampa replacing Gabriele Corsi who tested positive for COVID-19. It included the passing of the host city insignia from Ahmed Aboutaleb, the mayor of previous host city Rotterdam, to Stefano Lo Russo, the mayor of Turin.
|Pot 1||Pot 2||Pot 3||Pot 4||Pot 5||Pot 6|
The "postcards" were 40-second video introductions shown on television whilst the stage is being prepared for the next contestant to perform their entry. Filmed between February and April, and directed by Matteo Lanzi, the 2022 postcards were based on the "Sound of Beauty" theme of the contest. Guided by a drone named "Leo", each postcard showcased a different locale in Italy adorned by pictures and various artistic elements related to the acts, while the participating artists themselves appeared via footage superimposed through chroma keying. The following locations were used for each participating country:
- Albania – Su Nuraxi, Barumini, Sardinia
- Armenia – Marmore Falls, Terni, Umbria
- Australia – MART, Rovereto, Trentino-South Tyrol
- Austria – Miramare Castle, Trieste, Friuli Venezia Giulia
- Azerbaijan – Villa Monastero, Varenna, Lombardy
- Belgium – Perugia, Umbria
- Bulgaria – Castel del Monte, Andria, Apulia
- Croatia – Grinzane Cavour, Cuneo, Piedmont
- Cyprus – Matterhorn, Aosta Valley
- Czech Republic – Caserta, Campania
- Denmark – Procida, Naples, Campania
- Estonia – Sacra di San Michele, Sant'Ambrogio di Torino, Piedmont
- Finland – Laghi di Fusine, Udine, Friuli Venezia Giulia
- France – Cavour, Piedmont
- Georgia – Burano, Venice, Veneto
- Germany – Lingotto, Turin, Piedmont
- Greece – Selinunte, Trapani, Sicily
- Iceland – Cortina d'Ampezzo, Belluno, Veneto
- Ireland – Matera, Basilicata
- Israel – Manarola, Cinque Terre, Liguria
- Italy – Mole Antonelliana, Turin, Piedmont
- Latvia – Merano, Trentino-South Tyrol
- Lithuania – Bergamo, Lombardy
- Malta – Abbey of San Galgano, Siena, Tuscany
- Moldova – Urbino, Marche
- Montenegro – Monte Conero, Ancona, Marche
- Netherlands – Ravenna, Emilia-Romagna
- North Macedonia – Cala Luna, Nuoro, Sardinia
- Norway – Lago di Scanno, L'Aquila, Abruzzo
- Poland – Scala dei Turchi, Agrigento, Sicily
- Portugal – Genoa, Liguria
- Romania – Isola di Capo Rizzuto, Crotone, Calabria
- San Marino – Rome, Lazio
- Serbia – Castle of Rocca Calascio, L'Aquila, Abruzzo
- Slovenia – Civita di Bagnoregio, Viterbo, Lazio
- Spain – Alagna Valsesia, Vercelli, Piedmont
- Sweden – Rimini, Emilia-Romagna
- Switzerland – Termoli, Campobasso, Molise
- Ukraine – Florence, Tuscany
- United Kingdom – Orta San Giulio, Novara, Piedmont
The EBU initially announced on 20 October 2021 that 41 countries would participate in the 2022 contest. The list included all countries that participated in the 2021 contest, along with Armenia and Montenegro, both of which had last taken part in 2019 (Armenia was also set to compete in the cancelled 2020 edition). On 25 February 2022, the EBU announced that Russia was excluded from the contest due to the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, thereby reducing the number of participating countries to 40.
The contest featured four representatives who also previously performed as lead artists for the same country. Stoyan Yankoulov, a member of Intelligent Music Project, had previously represented Bulgaria at the 2007 and 2013 contests alongside Elitsa Todorova; Zdob și Zdub had represented Moldova in 2005 and 2011; Mahmood had represented Italy in 2019; and Ihor Didenchuk, a member of Kalush Orchestra, had previously represented Ukraine in 2021 as a member of Go_A. In addition, Ihan Haydar, who had previously represented Denmark in 2012 as a member of Soluna Samay's backup band, returned as a member of Reddi.
The first semi-final took place on 10 May 2022 at 21:00 (CEST). Seventeen countries participated in the first semi-final. Those countries plus France and Italy voted in this semi-final. Russia was originally allocated to participate in the second half of the first semi-final, but was excluded from the contest due to the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine. The highlighted countries qualified for the final.
The second semi-final took place on 12 May 2022 at 21:00 (CEST). Eighteen countries participated in the second semi-final. Those countries plus Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom voted in this semi-final. The highlighted countries qualified for the final.
|2||Israel||Michael Ben David||"I.M"||English||61||13|
|3||Serbia||Konstrakta||"In corpore sano"||Serbian, Latin||237||3|
|4||Azerbaijan||Nadir Rustamli||"Fade to Black"||English||96||10|
|5||Georgia||Circus Mircus||"Lock Me In"||English||22||18|
|6||Malta||Emma Muscat||"I Am What I Am"||English||47||16|
|7||San Marino||Achille Lauro||"Stripper"||Italian, English||50||14|
|8||Australia||Sheldon Riley||"Not the Same"||English||243||2|
|9||Cyprus||Andromache||"Ela" (Έλα)||English, Greek||63||12|
|16||Belgium||Jérémie Makiese||"Miss You"||English||151||8|
|17||Sweden||Cornelia Jakobs||"Hold Me Closer"||English||396||1|
|18||Czech Republic||We Are Domi||"Lights Off"||English||227||4|
The final took place on 14 May 2022 at 21:00 (CEST). Twenty-five countries participated in the final, with all forty participating countries eligible to vote.
Detailed voting results
|#||Recipient||Countries giving 12 points|
|4||Netherlands||Armenia, Denmark, Switzerland, Ukraine|
|Ukraine||Albania, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova|
|Greece||France, Italy, Netherlands, Norway|
|#||Recipient||Countries giving 12 points|
|12||Ukraine||Austria, Armenia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Netherlands, Portugal|
|#||Recipient||Countries giving 12 points|
|16||Sweden||Australia, Azerbaijan, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Ireland, Israel, Malta, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, United Kingdom|
|#||Recipient||Countries giving 12 points|
|8||Serbia||Australia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Georgia, Malta, Montenegro, North Macedonia, San Marino|
|3||Poland||Belgium, Germany, Ireland|
|Sweden||Israel, Poland, Romania|
Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points awarded by each country's professional jury and televote in the final. Countries in bold gave the maximum 24 points (12 points apiece from professional jury and televoting) to the specified entrant.
|N.||Contestant||Nation(s) giving 12 points|
|8||Spain||Armenia, Australia, Ireland, Malta, North Macedonia, Portugal, San Marino, Sweden|
|United Kingdom||Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Georgia, Germany, Ukraine|
|6||Greece||Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark, Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland|
|5||Sweden||Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Israel, United Kingdom|
|Ukraine||Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Romania|
|3||Azerbaijan||Greece, Serbia, Spain|
|N.||Contestant||Nation(s) giving 12 points|
|28||Ukraine||Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom|
|5||Serbia||Croatia, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Slovenia, Switzerland|
- Netherlands – Jeangu Macrooy
- San Marino – Labiuse
- North Macedonia – Jana Burčeska
- Malta – Aidan
- Ukraine – Kateryna Pavlenko
- Albania – Andri Xhahu
- Estonia – Tanel Padar
- Azerbaijan – None[n]
- Portugal – Pedro Tatanka
- Germany – Barbara Schöneberger
- Belgium – David Jeanmotte
- Norway – Tix
- Israel – Daniel Styopin
- Poland – Ida Nowakowska
- Greece – Stefania
- Moldova – Elena Băncilă
- Bulgaria – Janan Dural
- Serbia – Dragana Kosjerina
- Iceland – Árný Fjóla Ásmundsdóttir
- Cyprus – Loukas Hamatsos
- Latvia – Samanta Tīna
- Spain – Nieves Álvarez
- Switzerland – Julie Berthollet
- Denmark – Tina Müller
- France – Élodie Gossuin
- Armenia – Garik Papoyan
- Montenegro – Andrijana Vešović
- Romania – None[o]
- Ireland – Linda Martin
- Slovenia – Lorella Flego
- Georgia – None[p]
- Croatia – Ivan Dorian Molnar
- Lithuania – Vaidotas Valiukevičius
- Austria – Philipp Hansa
- Finland – Aksel
- United Kingdom – AJ Odudu
- Sweden – Dotter
- Australia – Courtney Act
- Czech Republic – Taťána Kuchařová
- Italy – Carolina Di Domenico
Eligibility for potential participation in the Eurovision Song Contest requires a national broadcaster with active EBU membership that would be able to broadcast the contest via the Eurovision network. The EBU issued an invitation to participate in the contest to all active members. Associate member Australia did not need an invitation for the 2022 contest, as it had previously been granted permission to participate at least until 2023.
Active EBU members
- Andorra – On 1 August 2020, during an interview on Eurovision fansite Wiwibloggs' podcast, the 2009 Andorran representative Susanne Georgi revealed that she had held a meeting with Prime Minister of Andorra Xavier Espot Zamora, during which they called for the country to make a return in 2022, having not returned for the previous year's contest due to the continuation of the COVID-19 pandemic in Andorra. However, on 19 June 2021, the Andorran broadcaster Ràdio i Televisió d'Andorra (RTVA) stated that the principality would not return in 2022. Andorra last took part in 2009.
- Bosnia and Herzegovina – In June 2021, Bosnian broadcaster Radio and Television of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BHRT) stated that it was unlikely that the country would return to the contest in the upcoming years, unless sufficient funding to do so is secured. On 12 October 2021, BHRT confirmed that Bosnia and Herzegovina would not return in 2022. Bosnia and Herzegovina last took part in 2016.
- Turkey – In June 2021, it was confirmed by both the EBU and İbrahim Eren, the director general of Turkish national broadcaster Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT), that they were in talks about the country potentially returning to the contest in 2022. However, Turkey did not appear on the final list of participants released by the EBU. Turkey last took part in 2012.
- Belarus – On 28 May 2021, the EBU Executive Board agreed to suspend the membership of Belarusian broadcaster BTRC as a result of its use by the Belarusian government as a propaganda tool. The broadcaster was given two weeks to respond before the suspension came into effect, but did not do so publicly. BTRC was expelled from the EBU on 1 July for a period of three years, therefore losing the rights to broadcast and participate in any Eurovision event until 1 July 2024; the broadcaster subsequently released a statement affirming that they would not be supporting Belarus' participation in upcoming years, including 2022. Belarus last took part in 2019, having intended to compete in the cancelled 2020 contest and having been disqualified from the 2021 contest.
- Liechtenstein – Liechtensteiner broadcaster 1 FL TV did not debut in the 2022 contest due to the high costs of participation. The broadcaster had attempted to become an EBU member in the past but halted its plans when its director, Peter Kölbel, unexpectedly died. It would also need the backing of the Liechtenstein government to be able to carry the cost of becoming an EBU member and paying the participation fee for the contest.
- Russia – Despite initially appearing on the list of participants, on 25 February 2022, following the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine and increasing protests from other participating countries, the EBU announced that Russia was excluded from the 2022 contest. The following day, all EBU members from Russia, including VGTRK and Channel One, announced their withdrawal from the union; however, the EBU itself had yet to receive a confirmation. On 1 March, a further statement from the EBU announced that it had suspended its Russian members from its governance structures. On 26 May, the EBU made effective the suspension of its Russian members, causing Russia to indefinitely lose broadcasting and participation rights for future Eurovision events.
All participating broadcasters may choose to have on-site or remote commentators providing an insight about the show and voting information to their local audience. While they must broadcast at least the semi-final they are voting in and the final, most broadcasters air all three shows with different programming plans. Similarly, some non-participating broadcasters may still want to air the contest.
The European Broadcasting Union provided international live streams of both semi-finals and the final through their official YouTube channel with no commentary, and through their official TikTok channel with an additional backstage feed. The YouTube live streams were geo-blocked to viewers in the Czech Republic, Greece, United Kingdom and the United States. After the live broadcasts, all three shows were made available for every country listed above except the United States.
For the first time in the contest's history, RAI trialled the broadcasts of the event in 4K UHD. The contest was aired on Rai 4K as an upscaled version of the HD feed, as RAI had yet to be fully equipped for broadcast of native 4K content.
|Albania||All shows||RTSH, RTSH Muzikë, Radio Tirana||Andri Xhahu|||
|Armenia||All shows||Armenia 1, Public Radio of Armenia||Garik Papoyan and Hrachuhi Utmazyan|||
|Australia||All shows||SBS||Myf Warhurst and Joel Creasey|||
|Austria||All shows||ORF 1||Andi Knoll|||
|Final||FM4||Kurdwin Ayub, Florian Alexander, Hannes Duscher and Roland Gratzer|||
|Azerbaijan||All shows||İTV||Murad Arif|||
|Belgium||All shows||één||Dutch: Peter Van de Veire|||
|All shows||La Une, VivaCité||French: Jean-Louis Lahaye and Maureen Louys|||
|Bulgaria||All shows||BNT 1, BNT 4||Elena Rosberg and Petko Kralev|||
|Croatia||All shows||HRT 1||Duško Ćurlić|||
|HR 2||Zlatko Turkalj|
|Cyprus||All shows||RIK 1, RIK HD, RIK Sat||Melina Karageorgiou and Alexandros Taramountas|||
|Czech Republic||All shows||ČT2||Jan Maxián|||
|Denmark||All shows||DR1||Henrik Milling and Nicolai Molbech|||
|Estonia||All shows||ETV||Estonian: Marko Reikop|||
|ETV+||Russian: Aleksandr Hobotov and Julia Kalenda|||
|Finland||All shows||Yle TV1, Yle Areena||Finnish: Mikko Silvennoinen
Swedish: Eva Frantz and Johan Lindroos
Russian: Levan Tvaltvadze
Inari Sami: Heli Huovinen
Northern Sami: Aslak Paltto
|Yle Radio Suomi||Finnish: Sanna Pirkkalainen and Toni Laaksonen|||
|Yle X3M||Swedish: Eva Frantz and Johan Lindroos|
|France||Semi-finals||Culturebox||French: Laurence Boccolini|||
|Final||France 2||French: Stéphane Bern and Laurence Boccolini|
|France 3 Bretagne||Breton: Goulwena an Henaff, Yann-Herle, Thelo Mell and Mael Gwenneg|||
|Georgia||All shows||1TV||Nika Lobiladze|||
|Germany||All shows||One||Peter Urban|||
|Final||Das Erste, Deutsche Welle|
|Greece||All shows||ERT1, Deftero Programma, Voice of Greece||Maria Kozakou and Giorgos Kapoutzidis|||
|Iceland||All shows||RÚV, RÚV 2||Gísli Marteinn Baldursson|||
|SF2||RTÉ Radio 1||Neil Doherty and Zbyszek Zalinski|||
|Israel||All shows||Kan 11, Kan Tarbut||Asaf Liberman and Akiva Novick|||
|Italy||All shows||Rai 1, Rai 4K, Rai Italia||Gabriele Corsi, Cristiano Malgioglio and Carolina Di Domenico|||
|Rai Radio 2||Ema Stokholma, Gino Castaldo and Saverio Raimondo|||
|Latvia||All shows||LTV1||Toms Grēviņš and Lauris Reiniks|||
|Lithuania||All shows||LRT televizija, LRT Radijas||Ramūnas Zilnys|||
|Malta||All shows||TVM||No commentary|||
|Moldova||All shows||Moldova 1, Radio Moldova||Ion Jalbă and Daniela Crudu|||
|Montenegro||All shows||TVCG 1, TVCG SAT||Dražen Bauković and Tijana Mišković|||
|Netherlands||All shows||NPO 1, BVN||Cornald Maas and Jan Smit|||
|Final||NPO Radio 2||Frank van 't Hof and Jeroen Kijk in de Vegte|
|North Macedonia||All shows||MRT 1, MRT 2||Eli Tanaskovska|||
|Norway||All shows||NRK1||Marte Stokstad|||
|Final||NRK P1||Jon Marius Hyttebakk and Marit Sofie Strand|
|Poland||All shows||TVP1, TVP Polonia||Aleksander Sikora and Marek Sierocki|||
|Portugal||All shows[q]||RTP1, RTP Internacional, RTP África||Nuno Galopim|||
|Romania||SF1||TVR 1, TVRi||Bogdan Stănescu|||
|SF2/Final||Bogdan Stănescu and Kyrie Mendél|
|San Marino||All shows||San Marino RTV, Radio San Marino||Lia Fiorio and Gigi Restivo|||
|Serbia||SF1||RTS 1, RTS Planeta, RTS Svet||Silvana Grujić|||
|Slovenia||Semi-finals||TV SLO 2||Andrej Hofer|||
|Final||TV SLO 1|
|SF1/Final||Radio Val 202, Radio Maribor|
|Spain||All shows||La 1, TVE Internacional||Tony Aguilar and Julia Varela|||
|Final||Radio Nacional||Imanol Durán, Sara Calvo and David Asensio|||
|Sweden||Semi-finals||SVT1||Edward af Sillén|||
|Final||Edward af Sillén and Linnea Henriksson|
|All shows||SR P4||Carolina Norén|||
|All shows||SVT 24||Annika Lundin|||
|Switzerland||Semi-finals||SRF zwei||German: Sven Epiney|||
|Semi-finals||RTS 2||French: Jean-Marc Richard and Nicolas Tanner|||
|Final||RTS 1||French: Jean-Marc Richard and Gjon's Tears|
|SF1||RSI La 2||Italian: Clarissa Tami and Francesca Margiotta|||
|SF2||Italian: Clarissa Tami and Boris Piffaretti|
|Final||RSI La 1||Italian: Clarissa Tami, Francesca Margiotta and Boris Piffaretti|
|Ukraine||All shows||UA:Kultura||Timur Miroshnychenko|||
|Final||Anna Zakletska and Dmytro Zakharchenko|
|United Kingdom||Semi-finals||BBC Three||Scott Mills and Rylan Clark|||
|Final||BBC One||Graham Norton|
|BBC Radio 2||Ken Bruce|
|Slovakia||Final||Rádio FM||Daniel Baláž, Pavol Hubinák and Juraj Malíček|||
|United States||All shows||Peacock||Johnny Weir|||
|Final||WJFD-FM||Ewan Spence and Alesia Michelle|||
|Country||Semi-final 1||Semi-final 2||Final||Ref(s)|
|Viewership||Average viewership||Viewership||Average viewership||Viewership||Average viewership|
|Belgium||0.58 (één)||0.71 (één)||1.07 (één)|||
|0.11 (La Une)||0.28 (La Une)||0.35 (La Une)|
|Total||161 (TV broadcasts)|||
|18 (online broadcasts)|
Ukrainian artist replacement
Following the controversy surrounding the Ukrainian national selection in 2019, which led to the country withdrawing from the contest that year, a new rule was introduced starting from 2020 which bars artists who have performed in Russia since 2014 or have entered Crimea "in violation of the legislation of Ukraine" from entering the selection. The 2022 Ukrainian national selection was won by Alina Pash with the song "Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors". On 14 February 2022, two days after the selection, activist and video blogger Serhii Sternenko alleged that Pash had entered Crimea from Russian territory in 2015, and counterfeited her travel documentation with her team in order to take part in the selection. The Ukrainian broadcaster UA:PBC subsequently stated that they would request the Ukrainian State Border Guard Service to verify if the documentation is forged, and that Pash would not officially be the Ukrainian representative at the contest "until the verification and clarification of the facts is completed". After it was discovered that a representative of Pash's team had handed in falsified documentation to UA:PBC, on 16 February, Pash announced that she would withdraw her candidacy as the Ukrainian representative at the contest. Runner-up of the selection, Kalush Orchestra with the song "Stefania", were given an offer to represent Ukraine in Pash's place on 17 February. On 22 February, UA:PBC confirmed that Kalush Orchestra had accepted the offer.
Exclusion of Russia
In the wake of the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, which began on 24 February, UA:PBC appealed to suspend Russian EBU member broadcasters VGTRK and Channel One from the union, and to exclude Russia from competing in the contest. The appeal alleged that since the beginning of the Russian military intervention in Ukraine in 2014, VGTRK and Channel One have been a mouthpiece for the Russian government and a key tool of political propaganda financed from the Russian state budget. The EBU initially stated that Russia as well as Ukraine would still be allowed to participate in the contest, citing the non-political nature of the event.
Several broadcasters expressed their concern at the decision and issued statements calling for the removal of Russia from the contest. In addition to Ukraine's UA:PBC, nine other countries' broadcasters requested the EBU to change the decision: Denmark's DR, Estonia's ERR, Finland's Yle, Iceland's RÚV, Lithuania's LRT, the Netherlands' AVROTROS, Norway's NRK, Poland's TVP and Sweden's SVT. Yle also stated that they would withdraw their participation if Russia were not excluded from the contest. This was followed by a similar announcement from ERR. Latvian representatives Citi Zēni also urged the EBU to reconsider Russian participation. On 25 February 2022, the EBU announced that Russia would not compete at the contest, stating that "in light of the unprecedented crisis in Ukraine, the inclusion of a Russian entry in this year's Contest would bring the competition into disrepute." The following day, all EBU members from Russia, including VGTRK and Channel One, announced their withdrawal from the union, according to a statement released by Russian state media. Russia had not publicly announced an artist or song before being excluded.
Following the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, UA:PBC and Kalush Orchestra had yet to formally comment on whether their participation in the contest would continue. On 14 March 2022, Claudio Fasulo and Simona Martorelli, executive producers of the 2022 contest, confirmed that Ukraine would still be competing; this was later reaffirmed by UA:PBC on 19 March via a post on its social media pages. They added that work would commence on the Ukrainian 'live-on-tape' backup performance, which was planned to be recorded in Lviv and used in the event that the delegation cannot travel to Turin, however, the delegation was later exempted from the requirement to do so. On 2 April, UA:PBC confirmed that Kalush Orchestra and the rest of the delegation was given permission to travel to Turin for the contest, adding that the group would also take part in promotional events across Europe to raise donations for war relief efforts.
Rehearsal stage malfunction
During the first day of rehearsals in Turin on 30 April 2022, Italian newspapers La Repubblica and La Stampa reported technical difficulties with the 'kinetic sun' component of the stage, with its arches not being able to move as freely as expected. The papers also reported that the malfunction could not be completely fixed in time for the live shows. Several delegations, among them those from Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland and Lithuania, were forced to revise their staging plans, having been informed of the malfunction a few days prior. La Stampa later reported the following day that a compromise was reached, in which the arches would stay static for the competing entries' performances, while for the opening and interval acts, the arches would be permitted to move dynamically. This was later confirmed by the EBU in a statement issued to Danish broadcaster DR on 2 May.
Macedonian flag incident
During the "Turquoise Carpet" event on 8 May 2022, the Macedonian representative Andrea was seen throwing the Macedonian flag on the ground before posing for the press. The Macedonian broadcaster MRT later published a statement condemning her action, describing it as "desecration of a national symbol, which is punishable by Macedonian law". In the same statement, the broadcaster stated that they were considering withdrawing Andrea from the contest, and that people in the delegation that are deemed responsible for the incident would be sanctioned. Andrea herself issued an apology later that day. MRT later stated on 11 May that they would take all disciplinary measures after the delegation returns from Turin, while also raising the possibility that they would not return for the 2023 contest, because of the negative publicity caused by the incident.
Attempted cyber attacks
On 11 May 2022, pro-Russian hacker group Killnet carried out an attack on numerous Italian institutional websites, including those of the Ministry of Defense, the Senate, the National Health Institute and the Automobile Club d'Italia. The official website of the Eurovision Song Contest was later revealed to be among those that were targeted, in addition to the platform on which the contest's voting system is based. Additional attacks were reported to have taken place during the first semi-final and the final. The attacks were ultimately unsuccessful, and there were no disruptions to either the website or the voting platform.
Jury vote irregularities
In a statement released during the broadcast of the final, the EBU revealed that during the jury show of the second semi-final on 11 May 2022, six national juries, namely those of Azerbaijan, Georgia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania and San Marino, were found to have had irregular voting patterns. As a result, these six countries were given substitute aggregated jury results for the second semi-final and the final based on countries with similar voting patterns, as determined by the pots that the countries were put into for the semi-final allocation draw in January. The Flemish broadcaster VRT later reported that the juries of the countries involved had made agreements to vote for each other.
During the announcement of the jury votes in the final, Azerbaijan, Romania and Georgia had their votes announced by Martin Österdahl, the contest's executive supervisor. This was stated to have been due to technical difficulties in establishing connection with those countries' designated spokespersons. The spokespersons who would have announced them were Narmin Salmanova, Eda Marcus and Helen Kalandadze respectively. A press release from the Romanian broadcaster TVR on 20 May revealed that the reason for Österdahl's intervention on behalf of the Romanian spokesperson was due to TVR's refusal to accept the aggregate scores calculated by the EBU.
The day after the final, TVR accused the EBU of "changing the rules" and requested further clarification of the incident. In their original decision, the Romanian jury awarded 12 points to Moldova. The Georgian broadcaster GPB and the Azerbaijani broadcaster İTV also requested a more detailed statement on the jury vote issues, disclosing that their juries' 12 points were originally awarded to Ukraine. The Montenegrin broadcaster RTCG and the Polish broadcaster TVP also requested more clarification on the issue. In addition, TVR and İTV claimed that no technical difficulties had occurred during the jury voting segment of the final.
On 19 May 2022, the EBU released the full breakdown of the nullified jury votes from the second semi-final. RTCG, TVR and the Sammarinese broadcaster SMRTV denied any wrongdoing on their part, with the former two claiming that other irregular voting patterns existed but were not detected. TVR also threatened to withdraw from the contest for 2023 and future editions, while also planning to take legal action against the EBU in response.
In addition to the main winner's trophy, the Marcel Bezençon Awards and the You're A Vision Award were contested during the Eurovision Song Contest 2022. The OGAE, "General Organisation of Eurovision Fans" voting poll also took place before the contest.
Marcel Bezençon Awards
The Marcel Bezençon Awards, organised since 2002 by Sweden's then-Head of Delegation and 1992 representative Christer Björkman, and winner of the 1984 contest Richard Herrey, honours songs in the contest's final. The awards are divided into three categories: the Artistic Award, the Composers Award, and the Press Award. The winners were revealed shortly before the Eurovision final on 14 May.
|Artistic Award||Serbia||"In corpore sano"||Konstrakta|
|Press Award||United Kingdom||"Space Man"||Sam Ryder|
|Composers Award||Sweden||"Hold Me Closer"||Cornelia Jakobs|
OGAE, an organisation of over forty Eurovision Song Contest fan clubs across Europe and beyond, conducts an annual voting poll first held in 2002 as the Marcel Bezençon Fan Award. After all votes were cast, the top-ranked entry in the 2022 poll was Sweden's "Hold Me Closer" performed by Cornelia Jakobs; the top five results are shown below.
|Sweden||Cornelia Jakobs||"Hold Me Closer"||393|
|Italy||Mahmood and Blanco||"Brividi"||387|
|United Kingdom||Sam Ryder||"Space Man"||204|
You're A Vision Award
2022 saw the first edition of the You're A Vision Award (a word play of "Eurovision"), ran by the fansite Songfestival.be. Following the cancellation of the Barbara Dex Award due to its associated negative connotations, the You're A Vision Award was established with the aim to "celebrate the creativity and diversity that embody the Eurovision spirit", with the winner being the one with the most notable outfit. Australia's Sheldon Riley won the award, with Spain's Chanel coming second and Norway's Subwoolfer coming third.
|4||San Marino||Achille Lauro|
Eurovision Song Contest: Turin 2022 is the official compilation album of the contest, put together by the European Broadcasting Union and was released by Universal Music Group digitally on 8 April 2022, in CD format on 22 April 2022, and in cassette and vinyl formats on 6 May 2022. The album features all 40 entries including the semi-finalists that failed to qualify for the final.
|Australian Albums (ARIA)||11|
|Austrian Compilation Albums (Ö3 Austria)||1|
|German Compilation Albums (Offizielle Top 100)||1|
|Dutch Compilation Albums (Compilation Top 30)||1|
|Irish Compilation Albums (IRMA)||4|
|Italian Albums (FIMI)||47|
|Lithuanian Albums (AGATA)||93|
|Polish Albums (ZPAV)||47|
|Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)||1|
|UK Compilation Albums (OCC)||1|
- While no countries finished the competition with 0 points, Germany failed to score points from the professional juries, while Switzerland failed to score points from the public televote.
- Gianluca Ginoble appeared remotely due to testing positive for COVID-19, while Ignazio Boschetto and Piero Barone performed on stage.
- Russia was excluded from the contest a month after the semi-final allocation draw.
- Contains lines in Spanish.
- Despite finishing with the same number of points as the Czech Republic, Finland is deemed to have finished in twenty-first place due to receiving a greater number of points in the televote.
- Despite finishing with the same number of points as Latvia, Denmark is deemed to have finished in thirteenth place due to receiving a greater number of points in the televote.
- Despite finishing with the same number of points as Serbia, Sweden is deemed to have finished in first place in the televoting due to receiving points from a greater number of countries.
- Despite finishing with the same number of points as Serbia, Finland is deemed to have finished in thirteenth place in the jury vote due to receiving points from a greater number of countries.
- Despite finishing with the same number of points as Malta, Ireland is deemed to have finished in thirteenth place due to receiving a greater number of points in the televote.
- Despite finishing with the same number of points as North Macedonia, Malta is deemed to have finished in thirteenth place in the televoting due to receiving points from a greater number of countries.
- Despite finishing with the same number of points as Italy, Greece is deemed to have finished in sixth place in the jury vote due to receiving a greater individual score from one country, as both countries received points from the same number of national juries.
- Despite finishing with the same number of points as Finland, Romania is deemed to have finished in twenty-first place in the jury vote due to receiving a greater individual score from one country, as both countries received points from the same number of national juries.
- Despite finishing with the same number of points as the Czech Republic, Belgium is deemed to have finished in twenty-first place in the televoting due to receiving points from a greater number of countries.
- Narmin Salmanova was supposed to announce the jury points from Azerbaijan, but due to alleged technical difficulties, the contest's executive supervisor Martin Österdahl announced them instead.
- Eda Marcus was supposed to announce the jury points from Romania, but due to alleged technical difficulties, the contest's executive supervisor Martin Österdahl announced them instead.
- Helen Kalandadze was supposed to announce the jury points from Georgia, but due to alleged technical difficulties, the contest's executive supervisor Martin Österdahl announced them instead.
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