The EBU has announced that Italy’s Mahmood and Blanco are set to perform ninth in the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2022, following the host country running order draw that took place at the Delegations meeting on the morning of 15 March.
Italy will perform ninth in the Grand Final
After many rumours surfaced surrounding where Italy will perform in the final, the official Eurovision account broke the news on social media at 10:30 CET. The announcement that Italy will perform ninth started lots of debate, especially since no country has won from a spot this early since 2003.
The Italian song, “Brividi”, is one of the two leading favourites to win according to Oddschecker, and fans are wondering whether their chances could be negatively affected by the draw. Following the announcement, the Italians’ odds widened from 11/4 to 7/2.
Last year, the song that performed ninth was the United Kingdom’s “Embers”, which received the infamous nil points. However, before 2021, the 9th spot holds a generally above-average record. Since the introduction of the televoting system, though, only two songs won from the first nine spots — Israel 1998 (which performed eighth) and Turkey 2003 (which performed fourth).
Other news arrived for the European Broadcasting Union earlier today, as the 40 countries sent delegates to Turin to discuss plans for the upcoming edition of the contest. The delegation meeting gives an opportunity for all countries to suggest their ideas and plan out the edition.
“Standing united, perhaps more than ever, we can really make a difference right now.”#Eurovision Song Contest Executive Supervisor @MartinOsterdahl welcomes delegations from 40 countries to learn more about plans for this year’s Contest #ESC2022 @Eurovision @EurovisionRai pic.twitter.com/V7OXs7hyjz— EBU (@EBU_HQ) March 15, 2022
The EBU said on Monday that the main theme of the 2022 contest, themed The Sound of Beauty and somewhat overshadowed by the war in Ukraine, will be peace and unity.
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