Things are starting to pick up pace. After two consecutive Saturdays focused on selections in Norway and Lithuania, Moldova and Spain enter the fray. And, before the day is out, we’ll know what entries the latter two countries are sending to Turin next May.
Here are all the details you need for 2022’s fourth Saturday of national selections.
You can follow all the results on wiwibloggs (and via our Twitter: @wiwibloggs and Instagram: wiwibloggs) throughout the day. Here’s a quick rundown of what’s happening, when it’s on and how to watch.
Saturday 29 January: Eurovision 2022 Selection Shows
Moldova’s Selecţia Naţională 2022
Time: 13:00 CET to 16:00 CET
After a year off, Moldova’s infamous live auditions are back for Eurovision 2022. And, unlike previous occasions when the auditions were used to select the national finalists, this time the tryouts will determine who goes on to represent Moldova in Turin. There will not be a standalone national final. A total of 29 entries will be performed over the course of the three hour period. Zdob și Zdub are easily the biggest names on the longlist. They represented the country in both 2005 and 2011, finishing sixth and 12th respectively. The winner is set to be unveiled during the evening news.
Norway’s Melodi Grand Prix 2022
Time: 19:50 CET to 21:05 CET
This evening’s third semi will start with performances from four artists across two duels. They are Mari Bølla, Oda Gondrosen, Sturla and Vilde. The first two duel winners will face off against each other, resulting in one finalist. NorthKid — one of the automatic qualifiers — will also showcase their entry tonight.
Lithuania’s Pabandom is naujo! 2022
Time: 20:00 CET to 21:40 CET
The heats are over, but the heat is getting higher in Lithuania. That’s because we’ve reached the semi-final stage of Pabandom iš naujo! 2022. Nine acts will perform in this first semi, including Erica Jennings, Gebrasy and Lolita Zero. Four will qualify for the final.
Spain’s Benidorm Fest 2022
Grand Final — 29 January 2022
Time: 22:15 CET to 23:45 CET
We started the week with thirteen acts. And now, after two spectacular semi-finals, we’re down to just eight performers for the grand final of Spain’s Benidorm Fest 2022. The newly revived festival has completely eclipsed the country’s most recent national selection efforts. By the end of what’s sure to be a magnificent night of both music and drama, we’ll have one more track to add to our Eurovision 2022 playlists. All eyes will be on semi-final winners Chanel and Rigoberta Bandini, but it really is anyone’s game. A host of musical guests will also perform, including Pastora Soler and Blas Cantó.
Which show will you watch? Let us know below.