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.
🇦🇱 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.
🇳🇱 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.
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