Måneskin "Zitti E Buoni" Italy Eurovision 2021
Photo: EBU / Thomas Hanses

It’s now 1 September — the date from which confirmed or potential Eurovision 2022 entries can be released without fear of disqualification from Eurovision. It’s also the de facto start of the Eurovision 2022 season, so let’s take a look at what we know so far about Eurovision 2022.

By this time last year, 19 acts were confirmed for Eurovision 2021 — all acts from 2020 that had been invited back for another go. This year, however, no competing artists have been announced yet — but many broadcasters have started to confirm their intention to participate.

Eurovision 2022 confirmed countries

As of 1 September, the following countries have provisionally confirmed their intention to participate in Eurovision 2022. We also know details of how some of the countries plan to select their entries for next year’s contest.

These lists are not comprehensive.

National finals

🇦🇱 Albania: RTSH will hold its long-running song contest Festivali i Këngës. The competition will also be used to select Albania’s act for Eurovision 2022.

🇦🇺 Australia: After internally selecting their act in 2020, SBS is returning to their national final Eurovision – Australia Decides. The grand final is set for 26 February.

🇨🇿 Czech Republic: CT will again use their selection method ESCZ. While the broadcaster has not confirmed exact details of ESCZ 2022, the 2020 edition used an online vote.

🇩🇰 Denmark: DR will again use its long-running national final Dansk Melodi Grand Prix. The grand final will take place on 5 March.

🇪🇪 Estonia: ERR will again use its national final Eesti Laul.

🇫🇮 Finland: Yle will use the national final UMK. The grand final will take place sometime in February.

🇫🇷 France: France 2 will use its new national final show Eurovision France: c’est vous qui décidez.

🇮🇱 Israel: KAN will use a new production of The X Factor Israel to select both the artist and song.

🇮🇹 Italy: Host broadcaster Rai will again hold its long-running Sanremo Music Festival. The grand final is scheduled for 5 February.

🇱🇻 Latvia: LTV will use their national final show Supernova to select their entry.

🇱🇹 Lithuania: LRT has not confirmed their selection method, but it is very likely that they will again use their national final Pabandom iš naujo!.

🇳🇴 Norway: NRK will use its national final Melodi Grand Prix, with the grand final scheduled for 19 February.

🇸🇲 San Marino: SMRTV will use new national final Una voce per San Marino, with the show due to take place in December.

🇷🇸 Serbia: RTS plans to return to their national final Beovizija, however no further details have been confirmed.

🇪🇸 Spain: RTVE will select their act using a new song festival held in the tourist hot spot of Benidorm. The festival is expected to begin in December.

🇸🇪 Sweden: SVT will again use its iconic national final Melodifestivalen.

🇺🇦 Ukraine: National broadcaster Suspilne has ended its partnership with commercial broadcaster STB, signalling the end of iconic national final Vidbir. Suspilne is reportedly working on a new national final format.

Internal selection

🇳🇱 Netherlands: AVROTROS will again internally select their act, but this season they are accepting public submissions. The entry will be chosen by an internal selection committee.

🇨🇭 Switzerland: The Swiss broadcasters will again use their internal selection panels to choose its act for Eurovision 2022.

Selection method unknown

🇧🇪 Belgium: Wallonian broadcaster RTBF has not yet confirmed their selection method, however it is most likely that they will again internally select their act.

🇩🇪 Germany: NDR will again use its Eurovision Jury to help select its candidate for Eurovision 2022. The broadcaster hasn’t confirmed the full details of its selection process, but it is likely to again be wholly internal.

🇵🇱 Poland: TVP has confirmed their participation but has not yet decided on their selection method.

Countries still to confirm for Eurovision 2022

🇧🇬 Bulgaria: BNT has not publicly confirmed if Bulgaria will return to Eurovision, however a fansite claims Bulgaria intends to compete at Eurovision 2022.

🇬🇷 Greece: ERT has not confirmed any details of their 2022 participation, however fan media speculation suggests the Greek entry will again be internally selected.

🇲🇹 Malta: PBS will reportedly use a new national final to select its act for Eurovision 2022, but to date the broadcaster itself is yet to confirm this.

Of the participating countries in Eurovision 2021, these ones have not yet confirmed if they will return for 2022: Austria, Azerbaijan, Croatia, Cyprus, Georgia, Iceland, Ireland, Moldova, North Macedonia, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovenia and the United Kingdom.

These recent non-competing countries have not yet confirmed whether they will return to Eurovision 2022: Armenia, Hungary, Montenegro and Turkey. Of these, Armenia is expected to return in 2022. While Turkey has not competed at Eurovision since 2012, the EBU has recently been in contact with TRT regarding a return.

It is expected that in coming weeks, most, if not all eligible broadcasters will confirm whether they intend to participate in Eurovision 2022.

Which countries aren’t doing Eurovision 2022?

These previously participating countries with broadcasters that are active members of the EBU have confirmed they will not participate in Eurovision 2022: Andorra, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Luxembourg, Monaco and Slovakia.

The EBU has suspended the membership of Belarus‘ broadcaster BTRC making it ineligible to participate in Eurovision 2022.

Kosovo and Liechtenstein‘s broadcasters are not members of the EBU and so are unable to participate. Kazakhstan‘s broadcaster is only an associate member of the EBU and therefore would need to be specially invited by the EBU in order to participate.

What do we know about Eurovision 2022?

After Måneskin’s win in Rotterdam, Eurovision 2022 will be presented by Italian broadcaster Rai. The show will be hosted in Italy and the chosen host city is expected to be revealed soon.

The dates of the three shows have not been confirmed yet, but they will be held sometime in May 2022.

Not much else has been decided around the contest. We’re still waiting to hear details about the show hosts, logo and slogan.

It also hasn’t been confirmed if there will be any changes to the contest rules for 2022. The EBU also has not yet confirmed what, if any, impact the Covid-19 pandemic will have on the contest.

What happens next?

Over the coming months, we can expect to get more details about national finals, internal selections, artists, songs and of course the very first confirmed entry for Eurovision 2022.

The next important date will be in mid-October at the Heads of Delegation meeting. This is also the deadline for broadcasters to withdraw from the contest without penalty. After this meeting, the EBU will release the confirmed list of competing broadcasters for the upcoming Eurovision.

What do you think? What are you most looking forward to in the Eurovision 2022 season? Tell us your thoughts below!

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Gianni Petropoulos
Gianni Petropoulos
1 month ago

GREECE WILL PARTICIPATE ERT STATED PREPARATIONS START NEXT MONTH

Bird Lover
Bird Lover
1 month ago

what do you think you are achieving by screaming?

Sot
Sot
1 month ago

Fun fact: The host city for ITALY2022 will be announced… wait, it was supposed to be announced on Monday. Nevermind, I’m still waiting for next Monday 🙂

Sale
Sale
1 month ago

When is the deadline for participation? I hope my country Montenegro returns!

ROXELANA
ROXELANA
1 month ago
Reply to  Sale

As far as I know, the countries that want to participate have to confirm their participation till the end of September. If they want to withdraw without getting fines, they have time till the 15th of October. This is what I know. Correct me if I am wrong. 🙂

Sale
Sale
1 month ago
Reply to  ROXELANA

Thanks!:)

Una
Una
1 month ago

I am very exciting about certain countries; so happy!! As for some others, I would rather not see them in the contest in 2022.

I would like Turkey to return and the Faroe Islands make their debut.

CatcoolH
CatcoolH
1 month ago
Reply to  Una

I’d like to see the Faroe Islands lol. Or atleast let someone there represent Denmark.

Montell
Montell
1 month ago
Reply to  Una

I’d love to see Eivør representing Faroe Islands.

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Una

I’d like to see the Isle of Man somehow represented. I mean, they pay the BBC license money, but they’re not part of the United Kingdom… it doesn’t seem fair.

azaad
azaad
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

They get the BBC. They just don’t have UK parliamentary representation because they have self rule – the UK only covers their foreign policy and defence. I’m sure Manx singers can represent the UK.

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  azaad

I know they can represent the UK… but they can’t represent the Isle of Man, their home.

Jo.
Jo.
1 month ago
Reply to  Una

a big YES for the Faroe Islands!

Alvaro
Alvaro
1 month ago

Happy new Eurovision season! Can’t wait to see what the participanting countries have to offer and hoping to see a lot of good and diverse acts for next year.
Also please announce the next host city soon!

Hyunwoo
Hyunwoo
1 month ago

I can’t wait for the next Eurovision. It’s gonna be fantastic!!

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
1 month ago

And so a new Eurovision season begins.

Whisker
Whisker
1 month ago

Thunder and lightning!

Amad
Amad
1 month ago

Poland will choose their entrant internally and they will work with the artist and song this autumn. President of TVP said it few days ago.
https://youtu.be/ir4A8HHpePw

Caterina
Caterina
1 month ago

On tenterhooks here in Torino waiting for some announcement…can’t bear the wait, my nails are chewed right down.

Hey hey I
Hey hey I
1 month ago
Reply to  Caterina

Any idea of when the host city will be released?

Caterina
Caterina
1 month ago
Reply to  Caterina

Nine days later……Why is this taking sooooooooooo long???????? EBU RAI please put me out of my misery!

Vytautas
Vytautas
1 month ago

Finally the heat is getting higher again! Fingers crossed #Turino2022 will be more Eurovision-ish meaning less restrictions, more activities like fan village or pre-parties, etc. Ah, love the excitement in these dark medieval times!

kir
kir
1 month ago

Frankly speaking, I expected Poland to quit. This year was a total mess both in terms of the selection process, the perfomance, and the result. Having regard to the Hungary case, the Poland’s confirmation looks surprising to me. Hope they manage to do better in 2022.

Amad
Amad
1 month ago
Reply to  kir

They won’t. It’s been revealed they will choose internally.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
1 month ago
Reply to  Amad

Hopefully, they have learned their lesson so that we can get a better Polish entry next year. Ideally I’d like to see Alicja get her second chance, But if there is a singer and talks that could get Poland back to the finals first time in 2017, I’d say good luck to them

Sot
Sot
1 month ago
Reply to  kir

Well, Ukraine, Russia and Azerbaijan can also be considered homophobic countries (or at least their govs) but i really doubt that they’ll EVER gonna withdraw because of that

Bombalurina
Bombalurina
1 month ago

I don’t see Kazakhstan debut or Hungary’s return , Armenia will be back probably , i hope it’ll be with Athena as she was robbed. Also i think EBU – TRT meetings went negative but they left an open door , i have a strong feeling that Turkey’s going to be back in 2023 or 2024
Also still waiting for the host city

Amesc
Amesc
1 month ago

Happy eurovision season everybody!!! It’s so exciting to see that in a few months we will have the first national final songs(albania) and the contestants in melfest, eesti laul… I hope that this is going to be a great year but please let’s not be mean to any artist

Colono
Colono
1 month ago

I think the ‘talks’ between TRT and EBU is only about Turkey being the new direct qualifier of the contest. EBU’s only concern about such movement must be the fan’s negative reaction. But, to be honest, we reacted bady to lots of new rules in the past 5-6 years which they didn’t give a crap about lol. That’s why it wouldn’t be a surprise if we have a Big 6 this year.

Johnny
Johnny
1 month ago
Reply to  Colono

*next year

Charles the III
Charles the III
1 month ago
Reply to  Colono

I seriously doubt Turkey will be a direct qualifier. There’s no need or justification for that.
The contest easily carried on without Turkey. And with all respect, Turkey is no Italy for sure.
Also, if TRT wants to join, it should understand the diverse nature of the contest.

Last edited 1 month ago by Charles the III
Okan idu?
Okan idu?
1 month ago

I don’t know how true this is but what they talked here in Turkey was not every EBU member pay the same amount to keep their membership and Turkey is paying on par with big 5. That was the reason given here at least

Sot
Sot
1 month ago
Reply to  Okan idu?

No offence but let’s be real, Big5 don’t exist only because they support EBU financially. These 5 countries are technically the most famous and popular in Europe, meaning that 1) they got many people=fans 2) people aren’t gonna tune in as much if they see countries they didn’t even know. Also these 5 are western “civilised” countries, which sounds racist but you get it, and they all joined the contest before 1960.

Last edited 1 month ago by Sot
Colono
Colono
1 month ago

Couldn’t agree more but you know, money talks. Since ESC is not a cheap organization EBU needs more money to cope with the production costs. And I can assure you that TRT is ready to pay whatever EBU wants them to. It is crazy that the whole country is having economic crisis but government agencies are trying to be the biggest in everything that they are related. Just look at the new airport of Istanbul, it is maybe the biggest waste of money in history…

Last edited 1 month ago by Colono
nycforever
nycforever
1 month ago
Reply to  Colono

Why should Turkey be the direct qualifier that does not make sense at all. Then let’s add to the Big 5 Russia and Sweden.

Erasmus
Erasmus
1 month ago
Reply to  Colono

if that were to happen it would be really unfair to Russia tbh

Oy oy
Oy oy
1 month ago
Reply to  Colono

To be a direct qualifier a country has to be amongst the biggest economic contributers to the contest. As for the Turkish economy for now, they are not. Just like Russia.

ROXELANA
ROXELANA
1 month ago

I guess almost all or actually all countries from this year’s contest will also be present next year. I was worried for Poland, but as far as I know, they’ve also confirmed their Intention to participate. I can not see any other country withdrawing either. As for the returnees, we are still awaiting news from Turkey, Hungary, Montenegro and Armenia. I guess we will get more news in the upcoming weeks, till the end of September/beginning of October. I really really hope that the talks between TRT and the EBU were positive so that we can see them in the… Read more »

Lollipopmonster
Lollipopmonster
1 month ago

I don’t give up my hope that the EBU and Italy invite Kazakhstan for the ESC 2022.

nycforever
nycforever
1 month ago

Please, no. I don’t think Eurovision really needs it. It’ll be just a good addition for the block voting, +24 points for Russia, and potential Azerbaijan 2011 when rich oil country just buys the votes for the victory.

Indiana07
Indiana07
1 month ago
Reply to  nycforever

100% agreed. Only russified countries benefit from Kazskhstan joining. Furthermore, it’s
Central Asian both geographically and culturally.

ROXELANA
ROXELANA
1 month ago
Reply to  Indiana07

Ah, yes cause Israel is culturally very European..

Btw, Kazakhstan has got some land in Europe

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
1 month ago
Reply to  ROXELANA

I mean Israel actually kinda is culturally connected to europe.

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

Israel came to exist because of European culture.

Una
Una
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

Israel came to existance because of Jewish people. Europeans kept persecuting them for centuries. Jewish were the only people that were forced to live in “ghettos” and they had to spread from place to place just to have a safe place to live in.
Jewish people have even been forced to hide their identity. They keep doing so even in “civilized” Europe. And many are forced to “flee” to Israel just to be able to live in peace.

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Una

That’s my point.

Kohen
Kohen
1 month ago
Reply to  ROXELANA

Israel has literally come from European culture

Kaitlin
Kaitlin
1 month ago

Happy esc new year gang!!

Viggz
Viggz
1 month ago

I hope in Eurovision 2022 that countries that never have won before for an example Bulgaria, Iceland, Lithuania, Malta, Cyprus will send amazing songs because I would love to see a country win the contest for their first time.

Charles the III
Charles the III
1 month ago
Reply to  Viggz

Cyprus for sure have been waiting long enough, but it won’t make it by being a Swedish clone.

nycforever
nycforever
1 month ago
Reply to  Viggz

As an Italy fan, I’ve been waiting Italy to win for so long, and did not expect any winner except them. When it finally happened, I am already really excited to find out who will be the winner in 2022. I am still doubting Malta and Cyprus can ever win with such kind of approach, sending copy-paste entries of successful songs. I have more hopes for countries like Iceland or Lithuania that try to give something that does not look like something else. I think this is the key for such small countries. Portugal have been trying this for many… Read more »

Kohen
Kohen
1 month ago
Reply to  Viggz

feeling like it is the year of Belgium, Norway or Turkey (If they return)

Rifki
Rifki
1 month ago

but the most important news is still not revealed yet (as of 1 September 2021 10:30 AM CEST), which is the host city and venue. I hope before the new week (6 September) we will already know it.

Last edited 1 month ago by Rifki
Thanos
Thanos
1 month ago

It is still too early, but one can argue that we are entering a new Eurovision season! Let’s hope that the pandemic will not be a problem by May 2022 and that we can experience a contest as close to pre-2019 standards as possible. Happy Eurovision New Year everyone!

shummmm
shummmm
1 month ago

i didnt even notice the host city announcement didnt come on saturday! can we please have it today..?

Erasmus
Erasmus
1 month ago

quite a few countries still have to confirm their participation!

I’m only worried about N. Macedonia tho.

and can we please get the host city today!

Erasmus
Erasmus
1 month ago
Reply to  Erasmus

btw Croatia and Romania have also semi-confirmed their participation!

manuel
manuel
1 month ago

I hope they will abandon the pre-recorded backing vocal rule for next year’s contest. I could understand why they chose to allow it this year, but if covid-restrictions allow it, they should go back to the “all vocals must be live” rule.

NAXOS
NAXOS
1 month ago
Reply to  manuel

Hear, hear!

Jofty
Jofty
1 month ago
Reply to  manuel

Yet some delegations sent five dancers so defeated the purpose. This means of course that the children who provided backing for El Diablo would be out.

Gianni Petropoulos
Gianni Petropoulos
1 month ago

Correction Because I am Greek ERT has stated that they will start preparations for the contest in October (and that the act or maybe the song will have been chosen by December according to Wikipedia) and yes we know that most possibly the act will be selected interval but there’s a tiny chance of a national final. What I know is that Greece will participate