Iceland: Daði Freyr wants an end to pre-recorded backing vocals at Eurovision!

Daði Freyr called for an end to the  pre-recorded vocals in the Eurovision Song Contest. The singer who represented Iceland in Rotterdam , made a post on Twitter to express his feelings.

In  the tweet , which you can see below, Daði Freyr commented on the use of pre-recorded vocals. Mentioning  that it is less interesting to use vocals on a backing tape, as he would prefer to listen all the vocals live on stage.

Several Twitter users pointed out that last year, Daði og Gagnamagnið themselves made the most use of pre-recorded vocals. ” 10 Years”  was accompanied by a large pre-recorded choir of fans.

The pre-recorded vocals

In 2021, the new Executive Supervisor, Martin Österdahl , announced that pre-recorded vocals will be used in Rotterdam’s competition. EBU took the measure to create smaller delegations amidst the Covid-19 pandemic. A smaller delegation would most likely ensure a safer contest, as less people would be on the ground in Rotterdam.

In addition, EBU said that as the music landscape evolves, this change will allow live shows to be even closer to their studio counterparts. Examples of songs that had to be adapted due to the previous set of rules include Poli Genova’s “If Love Was a Crime” and JOWST ‘s “Grab the Moment” .

Prior to the 2022 competition, the EBU decided that the pre-recorded vocals would remain for the competition in Turin. The information originally came from the Icelandic television network RÚV and in the end turned out to be true.

Daði & Gagnamagnið and the song “10 Years” , represented Iceland in 2021, winning 4th place with 378 points.

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Eurovision 2022: See the results of Press Poll just before the grand final!

As we informed you in our article, Press Poll 2022 has begun. After all countries have had all technical rehearsals, it is now time for the accredited to vote for the country that believes she will be the winner of the 66th Eurovision Song Contest.

Below are the results of the final of today’s 14/5 at 20:30:

In the vote for the winner, UK leads, Sweden is second, and Spain is third!


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Eurovision 2022: The Family Show Of The Grand Final! (Updated)

The big day is finally here and the Grand Final is taking place at the PalaOlimpico. The family show of the final has just started! It is addressed, as the title says, to families. Αll entries will once again perform their song, with the show being used more as a warm-up, a final rehearsal for minor corrections before the TV show, tonight!

We are at the press center and will bring you live everything that happens here in real time. We remind you that the jury rehearsal took place yesterday, with 50% of the total score having already been judged. Stay tuned to EurovisionFun for the family show.

The show

The program begins with a large group of people singing “Give peace a chance“! Then we see Mika and Alessandro Cattelan on stage and Laura Pausini songs are performed accompanied by a percussion group.

The parade of countries follows!

Then the presenters of the night appear  and give us all the details about the night that will follow and the voting process.

Czech Republic

We are Domi and “Lights off“  opens the grand final with an energetic performance. We can tell that the singer is  holding back a bit so she can be 100% on point for the final show today! Apart from that, the stage looks great and they can bring a decent result on the final today!

Romania

WRS is bringing the heat on the Eurovision stage this year! For many it came as a surprise that he advanced to the final but he delivers a great performance on stage with not as much differences from what we saw on the 2nd semi-final!

Portugal

Third act for today is MARO with an atmospheric perfomance! Vocally is great and she receives a big applause from the audience in the middle of the song!

Finland

After the soft and calm performance of Portugal, The Rasmus are rocking the stage with a great show! We don’t any differences from the semi final and Lauri delivers good vocals for one more time! The arena seems to love “Jezebel” as they sing a long and they received big applause!

Switzerland

Next up on the stage is Marius Bear with an emotional performance. He delivers great vocals but is hard for him to surprise the audience and have a good result on the grand final!

France

A song that the press center and the crowd on the arena  love and may have a great chance have a good results on tonight show! The staging is beautiful, the vocals on point and France can be the surprise of Grand Final!

Norway

From evocative and mysterious France we go to a party rhythm. Also a participation that can stand out both due to appearance and due to dancing.

Armenia

After the party song of the wolves of Norway we continue with a snap! Armenia delivers good vocals and she really seems to enjoy her performance! The arena claps along the whole song but the running order might be a hard place for her to shine on tonight’s show.

BREAK

Mika and “Laura” show us some shots from the semifinals. Then the presenters are in the green room and talking to us about the plants that surround it.

Italy

The Italian duo are doing an amazing job and they seem like they are back for another great result for Ιtaly! The vocals were improved and the arena went crazy!

Spain

One of the fan favourite to win the show is coming to the stage to bring the party back! Chanel did not gave the energy we know she can deliver and we are sure that tonight can be a great night for Spain after many years!

The Netherland

S10 managed to impress the audience with another captivating performance! She was great vocally but will this be enough after Spain and before Ukraine performances?

Ukraine

The booking favourite to win this year edition is making a great rehearsal with good energy and the receive a big applause from the audience inside the arena!

Germany

One of the calmest entries of this year is undoubtedly that of Germany, with Malik Harris being excellent vocally, but with a weak song. For another year, Germany seems to be heading for the bottom of the standings. Another “bell” for the leaders of the German radio and television, the most powerful in the Old Continent.

Lithuania

Lithuania’s turn to take the stage, with Monika appearing in a different dress compared to the semifinals. It will be difficult, however, to see the maintenance of this dress in the evening show as well. A song with an atmospheric character that is unlikely to be supported by the average Lithuanian viewer. Particularly probable is the end of the last ten of this year’s competition.

Azerbaijan

Next on stage comes the clipped Nadir, who once again is to the point vocally. His voice led him so far and his voice will lead him until two in the evening and the announcement of the final results. Most likely to end up in the top ten.

Belgium

One of the qualifiers-surprises of this year’s competition is Belgium, which many expected to be left out of the final. Nevertheless, Belgium is here, it will compete in the grand final and most likely end up in places 16-25. Moderate response from spectators inside the stadium.

There is a break between Belgium and Greece with Mika and Laura Pausini promoting the official Eurovision 2022 CD and at the same time snapshots from the two semifinals are shown.

Greece

The last rehearsal of Greece before the grand final tonight is next. Amanda once again gives her best, more focused than ever on her goal. Everything went perfectly, with the audience singing with her at the peak of the song in the finale. No special differences compared to the previous days and with the audience adoring Amanda.

Iceland

Greece is followed by one of the surprises of this year’s final, Iceland. A country ballad, which, however, is dug by its presence between our country and Moldova. Their presence is almost certain between 18 and 25.

Moldova

The whole stage on foot for Moldova, which is one of the biggest winners of recent days. A participation that has stood out due to its diversity and its ethnic elements that are so much missing from the grand final. Their impact on the public at night is certain, it remains to be seen what the opinion of the juries will be.

Sweden

The series now has one of the big favorites of this year’s competition, Sweden. Cornelia Jakobs once again raises the crowds at PalaOlimpico, being determined to bring the best possible result for Sweden. Once again in the finale of the song she brings out a crown, which did not exist until yesterday in her appearances.

Australia

Sheldon performs “Not the same” perfectly once again. First male ballad in a series that follows, but the overall result was breath-taking!

 

The presenters are in the green room and talking to various representatives.

United Kingdom

Probably the best male voice of the year. Another favorite for this year with an epic setting on stage and a performance that is simply riveting, especially towards the end of the song with the guitar. A very warm reaction from the audience. This song will probably do very well, especially on the juries.

Poland

Third consecutive male ballad and another very good interpretation. Will all three ballads go equally well?

Serbia

Konstrakta may be one of the biggest surprises from this edition of Eurovision! She delivers a great performance and she will definitely be high on the televote on tonight’s show!

Estonia

Last act from the final is Stefan with “Hope”! He seems to enjoy his time on the stage and the audience love the performance!

The three presenters tell us how we can vote for our favorite songs and see the tab with the phones.

Voting begins!

First recap of the songs.

Interval Act

We are now ready for the interval act of the final. The Maneskin (to be precise their replacements) appear on stage and perform their new song, supermodel (in this rehearsal we only hear the music). Alessandro Cattelan then invites them to the stage where he asks them about their experiences after their victory and then they perform their new song from the movie Elvis that will be released in June.

Laura Pausini then introduces Gigliola Cinquetti, winner of the 1964 Eurovision Song Contest.

Last but not least, Mika makes an appearance on the stage to perform his greatest hits!

Then countdown to closing telephone lines! 

Voting begins with the juries. Then the televoting points are added.

 

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Eurovision 2022: Jury Show of the Grand Final!

The Jury Show of the Grand Final took place today. Twenty-five finalists performed their song once again in front of the experts and audience.

One of the hosts – Laura Pausini opened the show. Right after her performance we witnessed the famous flag parade where all twenty-five acts showed up with their flags when their country’s name was announced.

Here’s the review of all performances:

Czech Republic

Excellent vocals, confident performance. A very jury-friendly song, so juries should’ve definitely paid attention to this. In terms of results, this is probably gonna get a similar result to Cyprus 2021, could be 2-3 places higher or even lower.

Romania

WRS was very happy with his qualification and you definitely could see it, he was happier than ever. The crowd sang the song at the same time with him. Unfortunately, he is performing under statistically the worst slot, so I doubt this will be high enough tomorrow. Not sure juries liked this or not either.

Portugal

Juries should DEFINITELY like this one. So soothing, professional, just wow.

Finland

There were issues vocally as per usual, but it looks effective. Knowing juries pay attention to the vocals, I don’t think juries have ranked this one high, although many jurors could have received nostalgic vibes from the performance and from them as a very famous band.

Switzerland

Marius added some vocal changes and was much better this time. Should definitely come top 10 with the jury voting, even though the televise is gonna rank this one down.

France

Visually excellent, however vocally – lowkey not good. This one is definitely relying on the televoting.

Norway

Professional and slick performance from Norwegian wolves. On other hand, this should be loved by juries since they appreciate quality production, on other hand, this is not ‘jury bait’. Somewhere in the middle with jury voting and relying more on televoting.

Armenia

Rosa was a little bit nervous, but overall a strong vocal performance. Unlike Finland, France and maybe Norway this should be appreciated by professional juries.

Italy

Vocally on the same level as Finland. Atmospheric, the beginning looked fascinating. The outfits were completely different from the rehearsals. As a song, it’s jury bait, but I don’t think it’ll be liked by juries that much.

Spain

First winner vibes here. Nothing else to say.

Netherlands

A very emotional performance from S10, absolutely magnificent. First candidate for jury top 5 maybe?

Ukraine

Their best performance BY FAR. HAS to do well.

Germany

Very emotional, personally enjoyed it a lot. Impressive, but juries won’t go for a rap song.

Lithuania

Excellent! Juries have to have this in their top 10!

Azerbaijan

Everything was on point. Juries should like this one!

Belgium

Jeremy delivered a great performance, even though visually it’s kitschy.

Greece

The jury winner so far. Touching performance, the vocals were astounding! Has to come top 5 overall. Good job, Ellada!

Iceland

This one stands out a lot in the lineup. After so many vocal challenging songs in a row, this feels like something we exactly needed to hear. Probably won’t do that well.

Moldova

FUN!!! However, juries definitely won’t like this one!

Sweden

Professional and slick. Remember, how bookies underestimated Moldova before the rehearsals and how high Sweden was in the odds. Well, it was kind of boring to watch that performance after Moldova. Nevertheless, juries will go crazy about this one. Top 3 contender.

Australia

Sheldon delivered an amazing performance. Kind of worse vocally compared to his other performance but a lock top 10 with juries.

United Kingdom

An obvious jury winner.

Poland

Ochman’s one of the best vocalists of this year’s Eurovision. Only for his vocals alone he should be in the top 10!

Serbia

Winner vibes, but I don’t think juries will support it as much as tele.

Estonia

Everything is on point! Excellent closer.

Prediction of the Jury Voting

Winner: United Kingdom

Top 3: Greece, Australia

Top 5: Sweden, Spain

6-10: Ukraine, Poland, Netherlands, Italy, Switzerland

11-15: Portugal, Belgium, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Norway

16-20: Czech Republic, Estonia, Lithuania, Serbia, France,

21-25: Moldova, Iceland, Finland, Romania, Germany.

Eurovision 2022: See the results of the fifth day of Press Poll!

As we informed you in our article, Press Poll 2022 has begun. After all countries have had their three technical rehearsals, it is now time for the accredited to vote for the countries that will advance to the two semifinals, as well as the country that believes she will be the winner of the 66th Eurovision Song Contest.

Below are the results of the semifinals and finals of today’s 13/5 at 21:00:
First Semifinal

Second Semifinal

Grand Final

In the vote for the winner, UK leads, Sweden is second, and Greece is third!


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Iceland: Possible host country in case Ukraine or Australia win!

According to Icelandic media, Iceland could be a potential host for Eurovision 2023 should Australia or Ukraine end up winning this year’s contest.

As an associate member of the EBU, SBS cannot host Eurovision in case they win. SBS would then have to nominate another broadcaster to organise the show in their country in cooperation with them. Ukraine, the favourites to win Eurovision 2022, would be unlikely to host the 2023 contest due to ongoing war in the country.

SBS previously requested in 2020 that Iceland would host the contest if Australia won. Skarphéðinn Guðmundsson, RÚV’s program director, says that the agreement in question is still unclear and that no public agreements are in force. Skarphéðinn further explained the EBU position on letting Iceland host:

“The EBU has repeatedly expressed its support, confidence and trust in smaller competing nations. And the conditions at home have been thoroughly examined for follow-up and confirmation. “

According to Fréttablaðið, Egilshöll is the most likely location for a Eurovision to be hosted in Iceland. Egilshöll is multi-purpose sports hall in Reykjavík. The venue has a capacity of 18,000 for concerts.

Systur will compete in the final of Eurovision 2022 with “Með hækkandi sól”:

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Eurovision 2022: See the results of the fourth day of Press Poll!

As we informed you in our article, Press Poll 2022 has begun. After all countries have had their three technical rehearsals, it is now time for the accredited to vote for the countries that will advance to the two semifinals, as well as the country that believes she will be the winner of the 66th Eurovision Song Contest.

Below are the results of the semifinals and finals of today’s 12/5 at 21:00:
First Semifinal

Second Semifinal

Grand Final

In the vote for the winner, UK leads, Sweden is second, and Greece is third! Greece is ranked first among the accredited journalists here in Turin.


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Eurovision 2022: See the results of the third day of Press Poll!

As we informed you in our article, Press Poll 2022 has begun. After all countries have had their three technical rehearsals, it is now time for the accredited to vote for the countries that will advance to the two semifinals, as well as the country that believes she will be the winner of the 66th Eurovision Song Contest.

Below are the results of the semifinals and finals of today’s 11/5 at 21:00:
First Semifinal

Second Semifinal

Grand Final

In the vote for the winner, UK leads, Greece is second, and Spain is third! Greece is ranked first among the accredited journalists here in Turin.


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Eurovision 2022: Check in which half the ten finalists of the first semi-final were drawn!

The first semi-final has just finished, with the first ten finalists being Armenia, Greece, Iceland, Lithuania, Moldova, The Netherlands, Norway Portugal, Switzerland and Ukraine.

Through the press conference that is currently taking place these ten countries will choose the half in which they will appear in the Grand Final on Saturday.

This is the half each qualifier drew:

  1. Switzerland – 1st half
  2. Armenia – 1st half
  3. Iceland – 2nd half
  4. Lithuania – 2nd half
  5. Portugal – 1st half
  6. Norway – 1st half
  7. Greece – 2nd half
  8. Ukraine – 1st half
  9. Moldova – 2nd half
  10. The Netherlands – 1st half

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Eurovision 2022: The 10 finalists of the 1st Semifinal!

The 1st Semifinal  of the 66th Eurovision Song Contest was held with success live from the Pala Olimpico in Turin, Italy.

The 10 countries who qualified to Saturday’s Grand Final are:

  1. Switzerland: Marius Bear – “Boys Do Cry”
  2. Armenia: Rosa Linn – Snap
  3. Iceland: Systur – Með hækkandi sól
  4. Lithuania: Monika Liu – “Sentimentai”
  5. Portugal: Maro – “Saudade, saudade”
  6. Norway: Subwoolfer – “Give That Wolf a Banana”
  7. Greece: Amanda Georgiadi Tenfjord – “Die Together”
  8. Ukraine: Kalush Orchestra – “Stefania”
  9. Moldova: Zdob și Zdub & Advahov Brothers – Trenulețul
  10. The Netherlands: S10 – “De Diepte”

 

The 66th Eurovision Song Contest began with a video about the ingenuity and creativity of Italians. Then The Sound of Beauty, the official song of this year’s event was presented live on the stage of PalaOlimpico which was complemented by the instrumental version of last year’s winning song Zitti e Buoni.

In total, 17 countries claimed the 10 tickets leading to the Final. Those were:

  1. Albania: Ronela Hajati – “Sekret”
  2. Latvia: Citi Zēni – “Eat Your Salad”
  3. Lithuania: Monika Liu – “Sentimentai”
  4. Switzerland: Marius Bear – “Boys Do Cry”
  5. Slovenia: LPS – “Disko”
  6. Ukraine: Kalush Orchestra – “Stefania”
  7. Bulgaria: Intelligent Music Project – “Intention”
  8. The Netherlands: S10 – “De Diepte”
  9. Moldova: Zdob și Zdub & Advahov Brothers – Trenulețul
  10. Portugal: Maro – “Saudade, saudade”
  11. Croatia: Mia Dimšić – “Guilty Pleasure”
  12. Denmark: Reddi – “The Show”
  13. Austria: LUM!X feat. Pia Maria – “Halo”
  14. Iceland: Systur – Með hækkandi sól
  15. Greece: Amanda Georgiadi Tenfjord – “Die Together”
  16. Norway: Subwoolfer – “Give That Wolf a Banana”
  17. Armenia: Rosa Linn – “Snap”

At the end of the competitive part, the interval acts took place. Benny Benassi gave a unique mash up of his biggest hits receiving a big round of applause. It is worth noting that finally Diodato will get his chance to sing the 2020 Italian entry “Fai Rumore”, in his home country, two years after he was selected as the Italian representative for the 65th cancelled Eurovision Song Contest.

Then two of the so-called Big 5 were on stage in Turin where we saw an snippet from their participation. We’re talking for Alvan & Ahez from France and “Fulenn” while Mahmood & Blanco from Italy performed “Brividi“.

Shortly afterwards, the executive supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, Martin Osterdahl, spoke, followed by the announcement of the ten countries we have already mentioned and will compete in the Grand Final on May 14th.