Warm up your wind machines and be sure to drink plenty of water: The grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 is here! Tonight from 21:00 CEST, 25 countries will sing their three-minute songs in a bid for glory and, depending on how the charts play out afterwards, a bit of coin.
If you’ve been following the semi-finals, you’ll know most of what to expect tonight — but you might still encounter a few surprises along the way. As the contestants slip into their tightest trousers, we’ve put together a quick preview of tonight’s action, which you can follow along with below. Consider this our pre-recorded commentary. Blurbs are listed in the running order of the show.
We’ll also be live-streaming on YouTube live from the press centre, though the connection has gotten dodgier and dodgier as more journalists have arrived in Turin. Hopefully our connection can support all the hair extensions and sequins!
Eurovision 2022 Preview: Your guide to the grand final
1. Czech Republic: We Are Domi – “Lights Off”
We Are Domi is composed of Czech vocalist Dominika Hašková with Norwegians Casper Hatlestad (on guitar) and Benjamin Rekstad (on keyboard). Dominika sings about her confusion following a break-up, and wonders: “Where are you now when I need you, you’re sailing around in my peripheral, where are you?”
Despite the slightly downbeat lyrics, the song itself is an uptempo electro-pop offering. They adopt a rave vibe on stage, unleashing an array of strobe lights as they perform around a lot of electronic equipment. The big moment comes midway when the entire stage goes black and Dominika shouts “turn the lights off”. It’s brief but effective.
Memorable lyrics: “Tried changing jobs, changing lovers, changing my furniture, change my bed covers”
2. Romania: WRS – “Llámame”
Bucharest calling. Coming in at the number two slot is Romania’s Andrei Ursu — better known as WRS — with a Spanish-English pop banger. WRS, a former dancer, flaunts his best moves in “Llámame” (that’s call me) And his backing dancers definitely pick up the phone, throwing shapes and slaying the stage with their sensual choreography.
Speaking to wiwibloggs, WRS said: “For me, it’s an anthem to call my inner self to stay true to myself despite what society says. Living in a small town, it was hard to keep the authentic version of myself.” He says that society has now advanced far enough for him to express himself creatively as he has always wanted. No Eurovision dance number is complete without a dress reveal — and WRS doesn’t disappoint.
Memorable lyrics: “Hola mi bebébé, hola mi bebébé”
3. Portugal: MARO – “Saudade, Saudade”
MARO is a Portuguese singer of Italian descent living in the United States. “Saudade, Saudade” (I miss you, I miss you) is one of only two songs this year that is not written in the common (4/4) time signature. In 6/4 time, with skipped beats every few measures, the track has a unique vibe and rhythmic sway. MARO is joined on stage by five backup singers, who provide stellar harmonies throughout the mellow track.
Speaking to wiwibloggs, MARO said: “saudade is a word we use when we miss somebody or something. The song specifically was written for my granddad. That was truly my best friend […] I miss him daily”. Perhaps they’ll see each other again. On stage the various swells of colour mimic clouds, giving the sense we’ve moved somewhere between heaven and earth.
Memorable lyrics: “I’ve tried alright, but it’s killing me inside, thought you’d be by my side always”
4. Finland: The Rasmus – “Jezebel”
With almost thirty years of career behind them, The Rasmus have cemented themselves as Finnish pop music stalwarts, having sold over five million records around the world. They come to Eurovision with “Jezebel” — which inverts the themes surrounding the Biblical troublemaker. Rather than deeming her immoral, promiscuous and scheming, they celebrate the qualities of rebellion, defiance and independence. Yas, gurl! They’ve described their staging as the “birthday party from hell”, utilising a number of large, black balloons to fill up the stage. The kinetic sun that no longer moves now looks like a big black rainbow of death — the perfect ornament for this against-the-grain rock band.
Memorable lyrics: “If you’re the hunter then I’m the prey”
5. Switzerland: Marius Bear – “Boys Do Cry”
Marius Hugli (professionally known as Marius Bear) is a 28-year-old singer-songwriter from Appenzell. Originally a mechanic, Marius gave up his career in engineering to perform on the streets of Germany and Switzerland. “Boys Do Cry” is a reminder that all people feel pain, including men, and encourages us all to embrace our feelings. Open up and let that vulnerability flow! The Swiss act’s staging features imagery of a young boy playing with a paper aeroplane, and a broken heart graphic projected on Marius’ face.
Memorable lyrics: “Hearts they get broken, god only knows why, and sometimes aeroplanes fall down from the sky”
6. France: Alvan & Ahez – “Fulenn”
It’s Brittany, witch! This Breton-language act celebrates the musical traditions of northwestern France by setting them to a thumping EDM beat. The trio of Ahez take their name from a mythological figure and the magic continues with their lyrics, which tell the story of a woman in the forest dancing for the devil. Alvan, a telegenic drummer, drops his sticks to portray said devil. He sings and dances with abandon and shows off a large field of tattoo roses around his neck. The stage show is chaotic with several bon fires and toxic green everything. This forest is lit, y’all!
Memorable lyrics: “I dance with the devil, so what?”
7. Norway: Subwoolfer – “Give That Wolf A Banana”
Greetings, earthlings! Say hello to Keith and Jim. Norway’s Subwoolfer claim to be “the biggest band in the galaxy, first formed 4.5 billion years ago on their home planet, the moon”. Donned head to toe in yellow morph suits, the lycra lycanthropes perform an otherworldly retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, persuading the big bad wolf away from their grandmas with a healthy portion of potassium. In one reading, the wolves represent a certain virus that’s gripped the world in recent years, and the banana is the vaccine that vulnerable grandma needs to survive. The men behind the masks are yet to be formally revealed, but rumours suggest they could be “What Does The Fox Say?” hitmakers Ylvis, or A1 singer Ben Adams and Norwegian Idol alum Gaute Ormåsen. Fans of dance challenges, get ready — “Give That Wolf A Banana” will have you up and moving in no time.
Memorable lyrics: “Is that saliva or blood dripping down your chin?”
8. Armenia: Rosa Linn – “Snap”
Armenia’s Rosa Linn is a 21-year-old musical prodigy from Vanadzor. With its warm nostalgic glow, “Snap” shares sonic similarities with the classy productions from indie folk-rock bands The Lumineers and Of Monsters and Men. Rosa Linn starts her performance in a white room covered in paper. The sheets represent the anxiety and inner turmoil that keeps her up at night — she’s literally trapped inside her thoughts. As the performance progresses she pulls and tears the sheets to reveal the song’s lyrics, which focus on evicting someone from your heart.
Rosa says this song is a journey into her inner world, a personal story everyone can relate to. She said: “I think we’ve all been at a snapping point, where it felt like there’s no way out and that the entire world is just crumbling down around you. You start questioning everything, including yourself. I have been there.”
Memorable lyrics: “Since June 22nd, my heart’s been on fire”
9. Italy: Mahmood & Blanco – “Brividi”
Let’s face it: Everything sounds better in Italian. Mahmood & BLANCO glide through “Brividi” (Shivers) without any obvious effort, keeping the range of raw emotions — from anger and pain to longing and regret — somehow feeling polished. The bridge, which pairs BLANCO’s staccato exertions with Mahmood’s more languid tones, is among the most powerful musical moments of the contest. The ambiguity of sexuality, connection and intention doesn’t limit the potential audience. They could be singing to each other or their respective partners, making this a truly universal love story that gives everyone an access point. In interviews here in Turin, they’ve said they aren’t ashamed of being both masculine and vulnerable, and sharing poetic thoughts while looking into each other’s eyes.
Memorable lyrics: “I dreamed of flying with you on a bike of diamonds”
10. Spain: Chanel – “SloMo”
Fans of Spain’s Eurovision 2022 act have been using the mango emoji to share their love of Chanel’s juicy entry. But given the spice and enduring burn of her performance, a chilli pepper seems more appropriate. “SloMo” catches fire thanks to its infectious beat and enticing reggaeton feels. But Chanel takes the flames even higher with her eye-popping choreography, which would leave even J. Lo needing to stretch. From the strobe light effects to the killer dance break, this production is a dizzying slice of joy and awe. If a Eurovision winner is based on entertainment, this is among the most perfect entries of the year. The routine was choreographed by Kyle Hanagami — the Los Angeles-based choreographer known for his work with Jennifer Lopez, BTS and Blackpink.
Memorable lyrics: “And don’t be confused ladies and gentlemen, I am always ready to break hips and break hearts”
11. Netherlands: S10 – “De Diepte”
S10 — real name Stien den Hollander — has been very open about her past struggles with depression and auditory hallucinations. With “De Dipete” — The Depths — she takes us to a dark place, both literally and figuratively, her smokey voice filling the void with vulnerability and some glorious ohhh ahhhhs.
“It’s a love song to my own sadness — an ode to my own memories,” she told us in Amsterdam. “I just try to explain in the song that we all go through things in life — maybe losing someone, our parents divorce. It’s all pretty anonymous. I don’t know what you’ve been through. You’re probably not going to tell me now. But I do want to say you’re not alone. And maybe I can’t be there for you, but there are people who can be there for you.”
Memorable lyrics: “Here in the deep I hear your name over again”
12. Ukraine: Kalush Orchestra – “Stefania”
Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra — founded by rapper Oleh Psiuk — are the firm favourite to walk away with the Eurovision 2022 trophy. “Stefania” is an ode to Psiuk’s mother of the same name. The lyrics thank her for the selfless care and unconditional love she offered with stern but soft hands. Written before the war, the song has taken on new meaning: it now invokes Mother Ukraine taking care of her children, who are fighting for their freedom and right to exist. The act feature some of the best staging of the night with Stefania’s eyes crying on the LED as her hands cradle the singers from the floor.
The six-piece rap and folk group earned the Ukrainian ticket to Turin after placing second in the national selection show Vidbir. The original winner Alina Pash was disqualified following controversy surrounding a trip to Crimea. Eurovison fans will recognise Ihor Didenchuk, the Go_A flautist of “Shum” fame.
Memorable lyrics: “Sing me a lullaby mother, I want to hear your native word.”
13. Germany: Malik Harris – “Rockstars”
Germany’s entry “Rockstars” starts softly and sweetly — the only grit coming from Malik Harris’ gravelly voice. Ninety seconds in, he seems to press pause on the music and launches into an extended soliloquy. He admits to getting lost in his own doubts and flaws and recognises that time has tamed his free spirit. His growing anger over it all gives the song its emotional crescendo and one well worth the wait. The soft exit takes us back to the beginning and gives the song a nice rounded quality. This may not break new ground, but the ground it covers is very well served indeed. Even so, many have suggested that the song is so produced and Americanised that it feels inauthentic. The staging — which involves Malik walking around the stage picking up instruments — will read as intimate to some, and boring to others.
Memorable lyrics: “I wish there was a way to go back dreaming”
14. Lithuania: Monika Liu – “Sentimentai”
The Masked Singer and The Voice of Lithuania panelist Monika Liu delivers spooky disco seduction with the enticing “Sentimentai”. Musically, Lithuania’s entry combines the best of The Carpenters with modern day EDM and synth. Coupled with the smoky yet glittery stage show, it creates a unique 1970s jazz lounge vibe updated for 2022 with electronic beats and deep space synths. Monika is the first Lithuanian act to sing in her native tongue since the country’s 1994 debut. Delivered with a Francophone sensibility, this elegant slice of sophistication crosses borders and resonates in the most unusual ways.
Memorable lyrics: “A million roses like sentiments, drowning in a sea of clouds”
15. Azerbaijan: Nadir Rustamli – “Fade To Black”
A person that lives in the memories of the past often sacrifices their future. That’s the message that The Voice of Azerbaijan winner Nadir seeks to convey through his Eurovision entry. “We’re living in a memory, the present is the price I pay,” he sings. Although the song is essentially a sad love story, hope lies ahead. Nadir perches near the top of a set of bleachers, while a male dancer occupies the bottom row. They mimic each other’s movements, first sitting, then lying, and finally walking across the seats. Has Nadir come to terms with his past? You decide.
Memorable lyrics: “You always go and blame the weather”
16. Belgium: Jérémie Makiese – “Miss You”
Jérémie Makiese is a man of many talents – he won the The Voice Belgique in 2021 but also currently plays in the second tier of Belgian football. Jérémie’s song is about the big decisions we make in our lives and having the courage and the strength to tackle them. On the Turin stage, Jérémie looks effortlessly cool, dressed in a shiny silver jacket, jeans and a black shirt. He starts off alone, shrouded in blue and white lights. After a while, he’s joined by four shadowy figures who are later revealed to be street dancers.
Memorable lyrics: “Am I gonna miss you? No”
17. Greece: Amanda Georgiadi Tenfjord – “Die Together”
Time for a power ballad. Born to a Greek father and a Norwegian mother, medical student Amanda spent much of the pandemic working in hospitals, where she encountered pain, loss and death as a matter of course.
“Die Together” has shades of Lorde and Birdy, resulting in a magical number with a modern goth-pop kiss. It tugs at heartstrings while exploring a dying relationship. Amanda has said that this “death” doesn’t have to be sad — a couple
A vision in white, Amanda wears a sheer white Edwardian-inspired gown as she navigates through a sea of sunken chairs. The heavy vocoder and stuttering synths work to produce something of real electropop excellence.
Memorable lyrics: “Take my heart, rip it out, bring it to the other side”
18. Iceland: Systur – “Með Hækkandi Sól”
Iceland’s act has released music under several different names, but Eurovision viewers will know them as Systur, the Icelandic word for sisters. Their song describes the emotion of hope by using a metaphor that is very relevant to life in Iceland. Located in the Arctic, the country is prone to extremely long nights during winter and long days during summer. The title of the song isn’t directly translatable to English. According to the songwriter, it would roughly translate to “with the sun getting higher every day”. The warmth of the sun comes through in the staging, with plenty of amber and gold lights used throughout.
Memorable lyrics: “The darkest winter waits for the sun to ease away the longest nights with light”
19. Moldova: Zdob şi Zdub & Advahov Brothers – “Trenulețul”
A change of pace comes from Europe’s favourite train conductors. Moldova’s Zdob şi Zdub are back in the Eurovision final for the third time in three decades after reaching sixth place in 2005 and 12th place in 2011. (That means they have qualified for the final more times than the nation of Montenegro). This time, they’ve teamed up with Moldovan folk duo the Advahov Brothers, who prance around the stage with a violin and an accordion. An all out musical journey through folk stylings and rock and roll, “Trenulețul” was released as a promotional song for the reopening of the rail connection between Chișinău, Moldova, and Bucharest, Romania. It’s also a statement of unity between the two nations. All aboard!
Memorable lyrics: “Hey ho! Let’s go, folklore and rock and roll”
20. Sweden: Cornelia Jakobs – “Hold Me Closer”
Cornelia Jakobs first bid for the Swedish Eurovision ticket in 2011, competing in Melodifestivalen as part of girl group Love Generation. A decade later, she’s made it to Turin to fly the flag for her country. “Hold Me Closer” is about the emotional turmoil of working through a difficult breakup. Cornelia sings about wanting to hold on to her significant other for as long as possible, even though she knows their relationship is coming to an end. Cornelia looks longingly into the camera as she performs around a huge circle, shifting through the green, white and red hues of the Italian flag. Sweden has at times been criticised for sending songs that are too polished. But Cornelia brings grit and soul, adding an imperfection that makes this somewhat close to perfect.
Memorable lyrics: “Oh it kills me, I found the right one at the wrong time”
21. Australia: Sheldon Riley – “Not The Same”
Australia’s Sheldon Riley is no stranger to big stages. From The X Factor to The Voice to America’s Got Talent, this Aussie superstar has completed the talent show circuit and has arrived at his dream destination. In 2014, Sheldon was inspired to begin his own Eurovision journey after watching Conchita Wurst rise to victory, stoking the flames of his young talent. Speaking openly about growing up gay and with Asperger’s syndrome in a religious household, Sheldon says his ballad “Not The Same” is a moving tribute to his younger self. A vision of Alexander McQueen and Yohji Yamamoto, Sheldon dons a 40kg pristine white suit, draping the train across a flight of stairs during the song’s bridge. It’s a glorious moment worthy of the Met Gala.
Memorable lyrics: “My father asked me if today I smiled, I said yes I did but that’s a lie”
22. United Kingdom: Sam Ryder – “SPACE MAN”
TikTok megastar Sam Ryder is on track to give the UK its best result in more than a decade. Second favourite with the bookies, the Essex-based star unleashes powerful falsetto choruses and gritty, high energy verses. Wearing a beaded boilersuit, Sam is surrounded by three huge scaffold structures, forming the illusion of a rocket launching dock. For good measure, he’s also thrown in an extra guitar solo into the final chorus. Sam told Good Morning Britain his song is about “appreciating and realising the things you have in your life that are already absolute treasures that you love”.
Memorable lyrics: “I’ve searched around the universe, been down some black holes”
23. Poland: Ochman – “River”
The Voice of Poland winner Krystian Ochman is the grandson of world-renowned Polish tenor Wiesław Ochman. Krystian inherited his grandfather’s vocal ability, which he puts to great use in “River,” delivering powerful falsetto notes and operatic passages against soft piano melodies. Speaking to wiwibloggs, Ochman said the song is about letting go of struggle and letting peace wash over you. He said: “We try to plan something out that hasn’t even occurred yet and that brings us a lot of stress. The song is basically about getting to this point of inner peace and letting go for at least a hot second.” Keep an eye on the overlay effects during this performance — Team Poland goes hogwild on the thunder, lightning, rain and earthquake simulations.
Memorable lyrics: “Let the water carry me away”
24. Serbia: Konstrakta – “In Corpore Sano”
Like a large onion, “In Corpore Sano” — in good health — has a lot of layers. At the outset it asks what seems a funny question: “What’s the secret behind Meghan Markle’s healthy hair?” But it soon becomes a critique of how we value physical health over mental health, and how the cult of celebrity warps our value systems. Other lines, which are selectively displayed on the screen, discuss the fact that artists in Serbia don’t have health insurance cards, despite the fact they deserve to live well too.
The performance includes plenty of potentially viral moments. These include the repetition of the phrase biti zdrava (be healthy), which comes with forceful clapping and fun hand motions; a segment where Konstrakta washes her hands at a wash basin; and a moment where she re-enacts Sharon Stone’s famous Basic Instinct moment…albeit without exposing anything untoward.
Memorable lyrics: “Dark circles around the eyes could indicate liver problems”
25. Estonia: Stefan – “Hope”
It was fourth-time lucky for Stefan, who earned the ticket to Eurovision on his fourth try at Estonia’s national final, Eesti Laul. He brings the Spaghetti Western song “Hope”, which tells the story of keeping hope alive in difficult circumstances. The Western theme continues in the staging and the opening shots use a sepia filter that harks back to the cowboy films of old. As we build towards the climax, Stefan runs around the stage with a hop, skip and a jump. It ends with a return to the sepia before fading to black in the style of an old movie reel.
Memorable lyrics: “Hey sing your heart out boy, for all the people great and small”
Are you excited to watch the Eurovision 2022 final? Who do you think is going to win? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Laura Pausini doing playback?
Estonia, great song and different.
All the way the UK for me this year! With an extra vote to the Netherlands, Belgium, Norway and Lithuania! Have a lovely evening, everyone!
1-3 UK-Sweden-Spain (random order)
4-6 Greece-France-Ukraine (rabdom order)
7-10 Italy-Poland-Serbia-Finland (random order)
If war don t stop till next year, Ukraine will win again in 2023 , and if war continues again in 2024,2025… And Ukraine maybe break Irish record.
So just came out of the family show and this is my take: Italy: very very good, they’re both in the flow of performing again Ukraine: a bit tired, the song doesn’t do much for me anymore but everybody was applauding them hard for just being there and representing the country Spain: so empty and hollow and just sexuality without any eroticism. The crowd went wild as Spaniards were outnumbering everyone else but for me it was poledancing without a pole Romania: sooo sympathetic. And this was much more erotic than ‘Chanel’, and telling a more profound story as well… Read more »
Thanks. That made a good read. Will look tonight with different eyes at Azerbaijan and Romania.
Thanks Berta! With you on Azerbaijan.
Also a quick mention about Romania, I think it will do a lot better than people think.
This is the first year since 2015 I’m actually are proud to be a swede. Cornelia will do good tonight, will guess top 5. The jury will deside tonight because Ukraine will win the televote for sure. I think UK will do good, not so impressed with Spain and Italy at all but they will do good also. Estonia and Norway can be a dark horse.
Next year…. another victory for Ukraine thanks to war….
I hope our missing Wiwi friends like Skiwalko and Tibor are having a nice week, and enjoy the show tonight. Mr Vanilla Bean too, of course. Happy Eurovision to everybody.
What happened to them? Suddenly I stopped seeing them, I hope they’re ok and I wish you a happy Eurovision for you too! 🙂
Do the wiwi team streaming from the contest have to be so smug. They are like the group at school who think they are cool and superior to everyone.
The hype around the UK entry is as wild as his oversinging. Sweden is instantly forgettable. Italy is the best song but they seem to be struggling with their perfprmance ( maybe dont want to win again so soon?) Overall a very, very poor standard this year. Ukraine will likely win due to a mix of sympathy and its usual neighbours voting heavily for it. After that Sweden’s by now almost guaranteed heavy jury vote will possibly push it into second ahead of the hosts. The popular vote will push Spain top 4 and Baltic block voting could see Serbia… Read more »
Serbia is not in the Baltics….
Pardon me. I meant Balkans. Grrr autocorrect
Why is it that every single year the contest has to be about Sweden? Can someone explain?
I guess because they put in such a fantastic effort. Though it’s getting now that they are almost assured of a ton of jury points whatever they enter.
Not last year though
I must say, I tend to agree, there is huge hype around the UK entry, I think a lot of people will be disappointed, Sweden is weak if you ask me and the performance by Italy seems strained.I don’t like the Spanish song at all, though she is an excellent performer. I think Ukraine will win. I also think it is the best song. I am also a fan of Estonia and Poland.
For many years now, the UK has been overestimated in odds compared to what the outcome will be.
But the UK is clearly higher than they usually are plus the interest is clearly higher than usual.
They may end up in 12th place or something, but that’s good for them
In the betting
I don’t know, but.. if there are two countries than can do worse than expected I think it’s Italy or Sweden in all of this. But we’ll see.. Spain is probobly a top 3 candidate even though I’m personally so tired of that kind of performances. We see it all the time in the US from example Jennifer Lopez or someone like her and the song is not very original. And it seems the result is already clear. It will be Ukraine that wins. Still I wish everone good luck!
Just find out that Cornelia didn’t get her microphone stand (that she drags around) during the important jury show. I hope Italy will not win tonight and that Eurovision will be in some other country. It’s been to many mistakes!
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Is this a Google translate result from another planet?
Maybe it’s Subwoolfer posting.
Well, you keep saying that on every thread. Even though I quite agree, just enjoy France’s great entry and let go 🙂
Alright, here’s my FINISHED IDEAL GRAND FINAL FOR TONIGHT’S SHOW!I know we had our differences as Eurofans during this 4-month season but lets leave it all behind us tonight, lets rejoice for all the incredibly talented artists that will put on a show for us this wonderful Saturday and MAY THE BEST ARTIST WIN FOR HIS/HER COUNTRY! <3 My complete top-25 of the "Eurovision Song Contest 2022" Grand Final (before live show): *1/2. United Kingdom* – "SPACE MAN" (SONG: 10/10) – (STAGING/VISUAL EFFECTS, OUTFITS: 10/10) – (SEMI-FINAL VIDEO PERFORMANCE: 10/10) *–(OVERALL: 30/30)* *1/2. Serbia* – "In Corpore Sano" (SONG: 10/10)… Read more »
Not bad, not bad at all 🙂 Not sure about certain entries but all in all, that’s consistent.
enthousiastic marking. 5 acts with a perfect 30/30 score is a testimony of real fandom.
Very erm optimistic. The song is meh and only written to enable that falsetto wailing. The fact it has not bothered even the lowest parts of the UK chart speaks volumes about its lack of quality in my opinion. His performances are so show offish, it may turn off some viewers (what is the weird laughing about???) The staging is shiny but I don’t get the concept. Very very overrated in my opinion .not a nil pointer but vastly overhyped.
Voting for No. #18, No. #22 and No. #24 tonight! <3
It’s gonna be so exciting today. I firmly expect Ukraine to win, but there’s also a highly coveted second position, which is likely to host next year (just an assumption, so don’t attack me). It could go to The UK, Sweden, Netherlands, Greece, Poland, Serbia, or Greece. Or perhaps to someone else? In any case, it will be nail-biting. I’ll vote for Estonia, Poland, Norway, France, Netherlands. I hope that all of them score as high as possible. In any case, as I said before, being in the finals is on its own already a small victory. The Big Five,… Read more »
Hosts with witty commentary…did you watch the semi finals?
I’ll surely be voting for Sweden, the Netherlands and Estonia. From then on I have Serbia, Moldova, Portugal, Armenia, Finland (yes they ultimately grew on me once again) and Poland in my shortilist. I’ll decide during the final who else among these I’ll vote for. Enjoy the final Colin!
This year, I can name 15 songs that I really like (vs only 5 songs that I really dislike). So, there is a 60% probability that I like tonight’s winner. Never happened before! 🙂 I can’t wait!
Totally off-topic, but is it true that Israel has been disqualified?
Rumors say yes but nothing official. I hope they did, that trashy harasser needs to be punished
I read did google translate to the Italian article which began this rumor and it seems like it’s just mistranslation. The hosts were asked during a press conference about the green room “incident” and all said it was fine and they are totally ok with it, but then one of them started to wonder if he advanced to the final and someone answered that he was disqualified/eliminated. So that’s where people probably thought the EBU disqualified Israel while actually they were simply talking about him not advancing to the final.
Can I ask what that incident is about? I must have missed it when it happened.
I think he disqualified himself with his hysteric behavior.
Sweden Spain and the Uk are the big favourites imo to win. Italy and Ukraine won’t do as well as people think. I love S10 but she is placed in a bad position to perform unfortunately. Greece will 100% have a better result than last year. Serbia can smash the televote and end up in the top5 tho I don’t like it. I wanna also see Belgium at least at the top15, idk why but i like it. Good luck to everyone and enjoy the contest! We’ve been waiting this for 365 days(well 358 lol).
Serbia probably jury top 3
I just dont understand why “everyone” is so liking Sweden. Seen it , heard it a million times before in various “wrappings”. I love Sweden and their people, but in Eurovision – sooooo bored. I hope something fun that we can dance to wins this year, I need to dance after the last two years – so Spain or Norway for me. But good luck to all.
Glad someone else is ready to dance :=)
Cornelia fits the part, as she looks like she has been through a couple of things..she has a lived-through voice and looks a bit absent minded. This while the song is clever..I even detect a bit of ABBAs dancing queen in it.
At least you can dance ?
At least you can dance, no questions mark (typo) ?
It’s the other way around – Cyprus imitated Spanish music by sending songs like Fuego and Diablo in SPANISH LANGUAGE
Just as other Eurovision editions, probably juries would again overrate Sweden’s mediocre song and Cyprus would give it’s 12 points to Greece :/
One is the real question: which country is greece going to give their 12p to?
The jury to Azerbaijan the public to Romania
No one. We will keep them for next year and give 24 points to Cyprus at once.
Ukraine, because our prime minister wants to show a good image to the west in everything and will definitely influence our broadcaster to make a political selection. :/
If it’s not Ukraine, it will then be eìther Italy, Spain or Serbia.
Could be France as well if our jury votes politically, but I see your point for Ukraine.
Tuk tuk tuk, it’s the most archaic living Indo-European language knocking at your door. Oh, how we go all Sentimentaaal! Tuk tuk tuk and vote the number 14 of the show.
You’ve came a long way since you played Penguin in “Batman Returns”.
Good luck to all the countries participating tonight and may the best song wins! It surely will be an unpredictable night.
I’m afraid not. Ukraine’s victory will make this night very predictable.
Performances that draw me in (for various reasons): the Netherlands, Lithuania, UK, Norway,
Songs that are beautifully crafted: the Netherlands, Italy, Lithuania, UK, Belgium, Azerbaijan, Portugal, Switzerland
Songs that are unique or innovative: France, Ukraine, Serbia
Songs that are not bad, but nothing that special: Sweden, Greece
Performances with some qualities but lacking the essential songwriting: Spain (best choreography), Poland (good voice)
Songs that I don’t get at all: Serbia, Australia
Songs that I skip: Romania, Moldova
Songs that don’t offend one bit but goes under my personal radar: Iceland, Finland, Germany, Estonia, Czech Rep
Obviously Armenia went under my radar, too.
Cornelia! You have my support girl!
I think Finland will finish in the top 5. They have great stage presence, are super experienced and already have lots of fans.
I wouldn’t be surprised if they end up pulling a Saara Aalto tbf
So excited! These are the 4 hours we have been waiting for.
It would have been an amazing edition if there weren’t as many technical errors
Wishing everyone a joyful evening.
Im voting for Netherlands, Portugal and Iceland tonight. But whoever the winner will be I will celebrate that we live in a part of the world where eurovision can take place and where diversity is still considered as something precious.
Love and peace.
May the best song win and since Michael Ben David won’t be there it’s gonna be a great night
They better, I can forgive them for the broken sun as long as they keep him more than 10 km away from the venue
Why so much hate on Michael Ben David?
Is it because of the situation in Palestine? If so I agree that Israel should have been disqualified like Russia this year. But did Michael Ben David say or do anything?
In case you live in another planet, he harassed many artists in the blue carpet and on Thursday he hijacked a segment of the hosts and kissed Laura in the cheek. Disgusting creature
Oh I completely missed out on that, I clearly must have been living on another planet ??
Sorry to be picky, but Iceland is not in the Arctic. It lies entirely south of the Arctic circle (except for one small offshore island). Speaking of Iceland, I want to point at that Systur are campaigners for Trans-rights in Iceland, and do much to help Trans youth.
Was Israel disqualified?
No, noone just liked it enough to vote for it
they should have been, but didn’t get the votes, thankfully
Why downvoting? I just asked because ESC websites in my country have reported it. I thought his behaviour was odd but it was pre-planned that he was there with the host.
Well I guess this is the day! Happy Eurovision Grand Final day everyone! Let’s enjoy today’s show the best that we can and may the best one win! I still haven’t fully decided which coutries I’ll vote for. I’ll surely vote for Sweden and the Netherlands, but the rest are up for grabs.
Go S10….you’ve got my vote…
Ukraine winning doesn’t fit my fantasy. It has to be Spain, UK or Sweden.
It’ll be Sweden for sure unfortunately.
I’ll be voting UK! That said – there are some tremendous entries from the Netherlands, Lithuania, Portugal, Italy, Belgium, Azerbaijan and Switzerland too! Enjoy the evening – best wishes from the north of Europe!
I hope Serbia wins tonight. The fact that they put them perform second to last and announced them last in the semi as they did Austria 2014 or Ukraine 2021 tells me they were probably in TOP 2 of semi-final 2.
Based on popularity, running order and speculating how the Semi’s possibly went I have a feeling the top 5 will be in random order..
I just don’t see Ukraine winning for some reason..
Never gonna happen. Where’s Sweden?
Is probably up there too but I gave these the benefit of the doubt.. It’s a great song definitely
Everyone has sympathy for Ukraine and wants to support them, but it’s a song contest and honestly, is their song the best? Just compare with the quality of “1944” by Jamala in 2018.
The Netherlands’ chance of getting high from public decreased because it performance right after Spain
See I don’t think so because lots of people will be watching plus Spain is offering a different kind of quality from the Netherlands’. People will want to see it.. With Ukraine after and Italy before, it’s the part of the show you NEED to see and will vote for accordingly
Hopefully S10 makes top five. Love that song.
Fully deserved – it’s beautiful!
¡Feliz final de Eurovisión!… Hoy sabremos quién es el Ganador. Para mí cualquiera de Estos Países puede ganar. Ucrania: Aunque creo que las cuotas de apostante están demasiado infladas por la guerra, la canción de Ucrania me parece que tiene ese aire fresco y ese toque rap diferente a las demás que la hace destacar, aparte de lo pegadiza de su estribillo, su estética y esa flauta, si no fuera por la guerra yo los vería en un claro top 10. UK: La mejor voz de esta edición sin lugar a dudas, una canción que va cogiendo fuerza poco a… Read more »
Godstrakta climbed to 6 in the odds from 10 yesterday. The stars are aligning for art to win.
Good luck to all contestants tonight!
I love Serbian song. Wish her the best. However, this Godstrakta thing is super cringe
It’s a joke, lighten up buddy!
Konstrakta and S10 are my two favourites.
GET YOUR CALCULATORS READY FOR THE TELEVOTE RUNDOWN! With 40 countries in this contest, they will be dispensing 2,320 points from the jury and 2,320 points from the televoters. By the time we get down to 4 contenders remaining, we might get an idea of who could possibly win, especially if past televote history is a benchmark. We will obviously know before they announce the remaining points for the final contender. When Italy got its 318 televote points last year, it left so few points (463) for Malta, France and Switzerland, that 2 of them had to get well under… Read more »
I hope you are not in the teaching business.
Irrelevant. It’s simple math. Unless they’re giving out random bonus points in this contest, anyone not wishing to wait for the final announcement will have the outcome on their display before the trio on stage spits it out.
Why not just enjoy the excitement and suspense of the announcements…?!
I hate to be the sad sack here, but at this moment in time I really can’t see any country win the contest other than Ukraine. I know that Eurovision takes an apolitical stance, but politics happen to work their way into everything. But also, the song is actually quite good. Like, if they had “Intention” I highly doubt they’d be even top 20 with the odds, even if there was a war. On the other hand though, this will make for a very interesting race for 2nd. Not only because said song was the best of the rest, but… Read more »
Just watched the full recording of Sam Ryder’s live recording. Don’t like the fake guitar solo; it’s corny and he already stops mimicking playing guitar halfway through the solo. Secondly I don’t get his black-silver one piece suit. Overall it misses authenticity, including the song which is too much Bowie meeting Queen with a touch of Oasis.
I actually love his outfit. It’s like a skydiving outfit with stars, moons and constellations on. Very suited to the song and name so seems very appropriate to me. It looks cool in my opinion, don’t get why some people have such a problem with it and anyway outfits don’t win Eurovision. About the guitar solo, everyone on instruments is faking it, it all looks the same, they have to work with what they’ve got.
You could’ve just said, I’m not a fan of the UK and been done with it 😉
Thanks for the feedback. I actually started to dig deeper in the UK song because of my ambivalence. I somehow liked the song, but something was holding me back. My conclusion is that it was not hitting me, as it is overproduced. A bit like Sweden, although the latter song is growing on me.
I think the odds makers are way overrating the UK, and he is good but not that good, and I agree it lacks authenticity. I can’t see them finishing higher than 3rd.
The UK has often been overestimated in odds since many years ago.
But they will certainly position themselves better than the country usually does.
I will be surprised if he’ll finish in the Top 10.
I disagree – UK may have the ugliest costume in the competition this year (and it really is ugly) but I think he is authentic, with an amazing voice and I really felt the song when I saw the full version on YouTube. Before that it was rather bleh to me but now I think it’s the winner.
I want to talk about emotions, the real unpredictable factor each year because they change as we people do constantly. I really believe Eurovision’s winner is always in a mood that has to do with how Europe (and the world) is feeling at the moment. Last year, for example, a winner like Maneskin meant how tired we were after 2020, and the boost of every we needed after so much drama and sadness. So this year that finds a large part of Europe involved in a war I think asks for an emotional winner. We are all emotional about what’s… Read more »
I wish good luck to all entrys ,tonight i go to vote for Spain ,Portugal and Iceland
Indeed, good luck for all. My votes will be for Portugal, Armenia..and yes, a solidarity vote for Ukraine.
Just no solidarity vote, please. Vote for the performances you actually like. Mate, you’d better donate some money to Ukraine, if you really wanna support them
This is it. I will accept Ukraine winning as it would have cone top 5 on its own merit. But I will vote for Netherlands, something I wouldn’t even consider before the semifinal