They were seventeen to participate in the first semi-final, this Tuesday evening in Turin. Ten countries qualified for Saturday’s grand final at the end of the evening.
A first stage of Eurovision 2022 concluded this Tuesday evening on the stage of the PalaOlimpico arena in Turin, Italy. At the end of the first semi-final, in which seventeen countries participated, ten of them qualified to participate in the grand final on Saturday, which will take place in the same room.
Unsurprisingly, Ukraine – given as the favorite by bettors for months – was retained. The country, which has been facing the violent Russian offensive since February, will be represented on Saturday evening by the group Kalush Orchestra, which mixes rap and traditional sounds in its title. Stefania. Find the full list of the 10 countries that qualified on Tuesday:
The unfortunate candidates for this first semi-final are therefore Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Latvia and Slovenia.
The pre-selections, a sign of the competition’s popularity
Until the early 2000s, the Eurovision Song Contest took place over a single evening. But the growing popularity of the competition and the increasing number of participating countries led to the creation of semi-finals. A first from 2004, and a second since 2008. Each country votes during the semi-final in which it participates.
The five largest financial contributors to Eurovision, called the “Big Five” (France, Italy, Spain, Germany and the United Kingdom) are each year automatically qualified for the final, and do not participate in the two evenings of preselection, but they vote. Some of them in the first semi-final, while others take part in the ballot for the second. This Tuesday evening, France and Italy voted. Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom will vote in the second, which will take place this Thursday.