ESC 2022 in the live ticker: clear favorite in what is probably the most political Eurovision Song Contest of all time

Updated on 05/14/2022 at 11:59 am

  • The 66th Eurovision Song Contest will take place on May 14, 2022 from 9:00 p.m.
  • Ukraine’s victory is considered very likely, while the forecasts for Germany are rather bleak.
  • You can follow all the highlights of the ESC 2022 in our live ticker.

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Even if the Eurovision Song Contest is supposed to be a non-political European music festival, it will probably become more political than ever in 2022. Because while Europe is meeting for a peaceful hit party in Turin, bombs are falling 2,000 kilometers to the east.

Ukraine is favorite at the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest

Although the entry by Italian duo Mahmood and Blanco is already a hit, there is every indication that Ukraine will snatch victory. The betting shops see the country, which has been hit by the Russian war of aggression, clearly in the lead. The band Kalush Orchestra will represent the Ukraine in Turin, Italy. If the bookmakers have their way, the group is sure to win – not least out of solidarity. “Stefania” is the name of the song that the six Ukrainian musicians want to present to a worldwide audience when they reach the final. The song is a mix of rap and Ukrainian folk music. A warbling flute alternates with hymn-like Stefania calls and brisk hip-hop passages. Rapper Oleh Psjuk wrote the song before the outbreak of war and dedicated it to his mother, as the 27-year-old told the German Press Agency.

The most important facts about ESC 2022 at a glance

When does it start? The final will take place on May 14, 2022. Among other things, the first will broadcast the “Countdown for Turin” live from 8:15 p.m. and the final from 9:00 p.m.
Where does the ESC take place? Since the Italian rock band Måneskin secured victory in 2021, the ESC 2022 will take place in Turin.

Who is entering? A total of 25 participants will start in the final on Saturday. For Germany Malik Harris starts with “Rockstars”.

How good are the chances for Germany? In a preliminary survey, Malik Harris came in 24th place, and the bookmakers don’t think the German contribution has a good chance either.

You can find more information about the ESC 2022 here. (spl/dpa)

ESC 2022: Does German act Malik Harris have a chance of winning?

Does Germany have a chance of winning the Eurovision Song Contest this year? Malik Harris performs his song “Rockstars” in Turin on Saturday – and wants to inspire ESC fans with it. But the competition is strong – Italy are expected to have good chances and Ukraine are the absolute favourites.