Ukraine: Jamala will be a special guest at Selecţia Naţională 2022!

On Saturday February 5, the national final of Romania, Selecţia Naţională 2022, will take place in order to decide the country’s representative for Eurovision 2022. During the competition some artists competing in Eurovision this year, will perform their songs. These are:

  • Albania – Ronela Hajati
  • Bulgaria – Intelligent Music Project
  • Czech Republic – We Are Domi
  • Estonia – Stefan
  • Moldova – Zdob și Zdub
  • Montenegro – Vladana
  • North macedonia – Andrea

However, there will be another special guest, according to the official Facebook page of the national final, and that will be Jamala, the winner of Eurovision Song Contest 2016.

The artist, a refugee from the conflict in her homeland, will perform her winning song1944“, which managed to bring the contest to Kiev in 2017, live on TVR this Saturday.

Finland: The Rasmus is representing the country in Eurovision 2022! | The Rasmus at the winner’s press conference!

The grand final of Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu, the national final of Finland, has just been completed, with the country choosing The Rasmus as the festival’s winner and therefore their representative for Eurovision 2022 in Turin. Finland used the same show to pick their representative for yet another year since 2012.

A total of seven finalists, that were picked among 312 submitted songs from more than 1000 songwriters, competed in the national final, claiming the ticket to Turin.

The seven artists:

The seven candidates of the night were:

  1. The Rasmus – Jezebel
  2. Isaac Sene – Kuuma Jäbä
  3. Olivera – Thank God I’m An Atheist
  4. BESS – Ram pam pam
  5. Younghearted – Sun numero
  6. Cyan Kicks – Hurricane
  7. Tommi Läntinen – Elämä kantaa mua

 

The results was decided by 25% international jury vote and 75% televote.

The Results:

Juries (50%)

  • The Rasmus – 68
  • Isaac Sene – 28
  • Olivera – 46
  • BESS – 56
  • Younghearted – 40
  • Cyan Kicks – 52
  • Tommi Läntinen – 4

Public vote (50%)

  • The Rasmus – 242
  • Isaac Sene – 99
  • Olivera – 121
  • BESS – 184
  • Younghearted – 51
  • Cyan Kicks – 169
  • Tommi Läntinen – 52

After the public and the international juries voted were combined, the results of the national final are:

  1. The Rasmus – 310
  2. Cyan Kicks – 221
  3. Bess – 204
  4. Olivera – 167
  5. Isaac Sene – 127
  6. Younghearted – 91
  7. Tommi Läntinen – 56

The big winner of Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu 2022 were The Rasmus with the song “Jezebel“.

You can watch The Rasmus’ performance in the national final here:

The Winner’s Press Conference:

The winners of Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu 2022, The Rasmus, were taken to a press conference after their victory. They were asked about their plans for Eurovision and their participation in UMK 2022.
What they said was that they look forward to performing together with last year’s winners, Måneskin. They added that it’s great that rock music is getting better and better and it’s getting bigger in the contest each year. Lastly, the lead singer, Lauri Ylönen, revealed that it is long time dream for their fans to see them performing in UMK.

Do you agree with Finland’s choice of representative for Turin? Tell us in the comments!

Australia: Listen to all the competing songs of Australia Decides 2022!

The last three songs that fill out the puzzle of the eleven finalists of this year’s Australia Decides were published and now the line-up of the artists competing to be the representative of Australia in Eurovision 2022 in Turin is completed.

The eleven artists that claim the representation of the country are:

  1. Isaiah Firebrace, Evie Irie – “When I’m With You”
  2. Jaguar Jonze – “LITTLE FIRES”
  3. Paulini – “We Are One”
  4. Andrew Lambrou – “Electrify”
  5. Sheldon Riley –  “Not the Same”
  6. G-Nat!on –  “Bite Me”
  7. Sean Miley Moore – “My Body”
  8. Voyager Australia – Dreamer
  9. Charley – “I Suck At Being Lonely”
  10. Jude York – “I Won’t Need to Dream”
  11. Erica Padilla – “To The Bottom”

The National Final:

The eleven candidates will compete in Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre on February 26 for the representation of Australia in Eurovision 2022. After the great success of Eurovision: Australia Decides, SBS decided on keeping the concept of the national final the same for 2022

The hosts of this year’s national final will be, the radio producer and host Myf Warhurst and the comedian Joel Creasey, who will also take the broadcast of the competition in May 2022 upon themselves  on behalf of SBS.

The last winner of Australia Decides was Montaigne with the song “Don’t Break Me”. After the cancellation of the 2020 contest she was internally selected to represent Australia in 2021 with the song “Technicolour”.

Stay tuned on Eurovisionfun for all the news regarding the Australian participation at the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Turin, Italy!

France: The participants of “C’est Vous Qui Decidez 2022” have been leaked!

Today we may have had the announcement of the date of Eurovision France: C’est Vous Qui Décidez 2022, but a while ago the participants who were going to compete also leaked.

It seems that France TV rushed to announce the entries, uploading the list of participants and the songs on their site. More specifically, the participations that appeared are the following:

  • Alvan & Ahez – Fulenn
  • Cyprien Zeni – Ma famille
  • Elia – Téléphone
  • Elliott – La tempête
  • Hélène in Paris – Paris mon amour
  • Joan – Madame
  • Joanna – Navigateur
  • Julia – Chut
  • Marius – Les chansons d’amour
  • Pauline Chagne – Nuit Pauline
  • Saam – Il est où ?
  • SOA – Seule

In any case, we’re going to listen to the live version of all the songs tomorrow, February 16th.

In 2021, France represented by  Barbara Pravi and Voila, taking the 2nd olace with 499 points.

Stay tuned in EurovisionFun for all the French updates regarding Eurovision 2022.

Australia: Interview with Sheldon Riley | From The Voice Australia to pouring his heart out on Australia Decides 2022!

After being chosen for this year’s national final, Australia Decides 2022, Sheldon Riley speaks exclusively to EurovisionFun and Apostolos Bogiannos and Apostolis Matamis.

Sheldon is one of the finalists for Australia’s national final for Eurovision 2022 and will try to represent his country with the song “Not the Same”

I’m a big fan of Eurovision from when I was a kid and i always wanted to be part of it, and the national final is the first step to represent my country. It’s the right time. i wrote this song a few years ago. The lyrics reflect how I evolved and reached the point I am right now. It was not written for Eurovision from the beginning, it was a personal song I always wanted to sing. When the submissions on SBS were open, I felt that it was right to submit the song and I didn’t want to make any changes.  

Known for his spectacular appearances, Sheldon talked about his thoughts on his appearance in the national final:

It will be something big, if you have seen me in the past, I draw inspiration from James Bond. It will be cinematic and pretty dark. Music and staging will mix together perfectly. I am excited about my performance.

Sheldon can’t wait for the competition while he want to listen the other competing songs. He considers himself to be his greater enemy.

Eurovision is a childhood dream, as well as him taking part in The Voice Australia, he wants to not only take part in a competition but the presentation of a song in total using the creativity that comes from him.

His favorite Australian contestant is Dami Im (2016). While from the competition in general, the participants that stand out for him are Barbara Pravi (France 2021) and Conchita Wurst (Austria 2014)

I wanted to start singing thanks to Amy Winehouse, I wanted to start writing music thanks to Adele and I wanted to start presenting something on stage like Lady Gaga. With my participations on The Voice Australia and America’s Got Talent I wanted to offer myself to the world. I am already known in Europe, America and Asia.

Not the Same” will be available on February 15.

Watch the whole exclusive interview of Sheldon Riley in the following video:

Italy: The results of the Quarta Serata of Sanremo 2022!

The fourth night of Sanremo 2022 has just been completed. All 25 contestants performed for the third time tonight on the stage of Teatro Ariston, although this time, they performed covers among great successes of the 20th century.

The show

On the Ariston scene, Amadeus wasn’t alone. Each night, as we know, he has different co-hosts by his side. Next to him at the Quarta Serata was Maria Chiara Giannetta, one of the most up-and-coming actresses on Italian television and cinema.

Also appearing on the fourth night of the 72nd Sanremo Festival were Pinguini Tattici Nucleari, the band which managed to take the 3rd place in the 2020 Festival.

During the fourth night of Sanremo 2022, we had the opportunity to listen to the artists perform covers of great 20th century hits of their choosing. The 25 artists had the choice to perform their cover either alone or in a duet with a non-participating artist. The artists also had the option to perform a medley of several songs, instead of just one.

These are the songs that this year’s participants chose to perform, in the order in which they appeared:

  • Noemi(You make me feel like) a natural woman (Aretha Franklin)
  • Giovanni TruppiNella mia ora di libertà (Fabrizio De Andrè) with Vinicio Capossela
  • YumanMy Way (Frank Sinatra) with Rita Marcotulli
  • Le VibrazioniLive and let die (Paul McCartney) with Sophie and the Giants and Beppe Vessicchio
  • Sangiovanni: A muso duro (Pierangelo Bertoli) with Fiorella Mannoia
  • EmmaBaby one more time (Britney Spears) with Francesca Michielin
  • Gianni Morandi: medley of songs with Jovanotti
  • ElisaWhat a feeling (by Irene Cara from the film “Flashdance”)
  • Achille LauroSei bellissima (Loredana Bertè) with Loredana Bertè
  • Matteo RomanoYour song (Elton John) with Malika Ayane
  • IramaLa mia storia tra le dita (Gianluca Grignani) with Gianluca Grignani
  • Ditonellapiaga & RettoreNessuno mi può giudicare (Caterina Caselli)
  • Iva ZanicchiCanzone (Don Backy and Detto Mariano, in the version of Milva)
  • Ana Mena: medley of songs with Rocco Hunt
  • La rappresentante di listaBe my baby (The Ronettes) with Cosmo, Margherita Vicario και Ginevra
  • Massimo RanieriAnna verrà (Pino Daniele) with Nek
  • Michele BraviIo vorrei… non vorrei… ma se vuoi (Lucio Battisti)
  • Mahmood & BlancoIl cielo in una stanza (Gino Paolli)
  • Rkomi: medley of Vasco Rossi songs with Calibro 35
  • Aka 7evenCambiare (Alex Baroni) with Arisa
  • Highsnob & HuMi sono innamorato di te (Luigi Tenco) with MrRain
  • Dargen D’AmicoLa bambola (Patty Pravo)
  • Giusi Ferreri: Io vivrò senza te (Lucio Battisti) with Andy of Bluevertigo
  • Fabrizio MoroUomini soli (Pooh)
  • TananaiA far l’amore comincia tu (Raffaella Carrà) with Rosa Chemical

The ranking

The voting tonight was determined 34% by the televote, 33% by the vote of the demoscopic jury and 33% by the vote of the journalists. We only found out the top 3 covers which stood out in covers night, which were the following:

  1. Gianni Morandi
  2. Mahmood & Blanco
  3. Elisa

Tonight’s results were added to the overall results so far from the previous nights. The overall ranking at this point, right before the Final of the Festival, is as follows:

  1. Mahmood & Blanco
  2. Gianni Morandi
  3. Elisa
  4. Irama
  5. Sangiovanni
  6. Emma
  7. La rappresentante di Lista
  8. Massimo Ranieri
  9. Fabrizio Moro
  10. Michele Bravi
  11. Achille Lauro feat. Harlem Gospel Choir
  12. Matteo Romano
  13. Dargen D’Amico
  14. Aka 7even
  15. Noemi
  16. Ditonellapiaga & Rettore
  17. Iva Zanicchi
  18. Giovanni Truppi
  19. Rkomi
  20. Le Vibrazioni
  21. Yuman
  22. Highsnob & Hu
  23. Giusy Ferreri
  24. Ana Mena
  25. Tananai

Mahmood & Blanco remain in the first place, while Gianni Morandi surpasses Elisa in 2nd place.

What do you think of the results? Who do you want to be the winner of Sanremo 2022 and, therefore, possibly representative of Italy in Eurovision 2022? Tell us in the comments!

Austria: The representative for Eurovision 2022 will be announced next week!


A few hours ago, the “talent detector” of the austrian public broadcaster, Eberhard Forcher revealed that the artist who will represent Austria in Turin will be announced next week!

On a post in his Facebook profile, he wrote about the procedure of picking an Austrian artist as well as the artists that submitted a song to ORF:

Next week ORF will announce Austria’s representative for Eurovision in Turin. This year the selection process was really exciting and it was once again exciting to exchange ideas with a wide range of the local music scene. More than 30 artists submitted applications for the representation this time. The following artists passed through the first phase of the selection, but only ONE is going to perform at the Eurovision stage in front of 280 million viewers in May. Once more we want to thank everyone for your help: Sladek Rydell, Candlelight Ficus, Deladap, Benny König, Lumix, Anger, Matthias Nebel, Teodora Spirić, Selina Maria, Poxrucker Sisters, Serenity, Diego Federico, Slomo, Miblue, Popmaché, Gary Lux, Max the Sax, Freude, The Sad Gardener, Rian, Christl, Visions of Atlantis και Fred Owusu

In a previous post we said that the austrian selection had been reduces to two artists, DJ Lumix from Northern Austria and the duo Anger from North Tyrol of Italy.

Stay tuned on Eurovisionfun.com for all the news regarding the Austrian participation at the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest in Turin, Italy.

Source: Eberhard Forcher / ESC Discord

 


 

Israel: Selection of songs for Saturday’s Grand Final to be held tonight!

Two days separate us from the selection of the Israeli representative in Eurovision 2022. X Factor Israel is being completed slowly, with the four finalists having been announced a few days ago.

Inbal Bibi, Michael Ben David, Eli Huli and Sapir Saban will fight to represent Israel on the 66th Eurovision Song Contest this May in Turin.

All of them will perform two songs today, which will be judged by the preferences of the Israeli people and two juries.

The songs

We will listen to eight songs in tonight’s selection of songs for Saturday’s Grand Final. Each artist will perform two songs, with the audience and jury choosing one of the two songs by each finalist.

These songs are:

Format

130 songs were submitted to the committee which has now selected the above eight songs, which will be performed by the final four artists that will compete for the ticket to Italy.

In the first phase, one of the two songs of each finalist will be selected through the voting of the audience and the jury.

The song that will be chosen will be the one with which each participant will claim the representation of Israel for Eurovision 2022. Then, the audience and the jury will jointly choose the artist who will represent the country.

The X Factor final will take place on February 5th.

You can watch tonight’s selection of the songs on Channel 11, by clicking HERE. Tonight’s show starts at 20:15 CET and is expected to last one and a half hour.

Stay tuned to Eurovisionfun for all news regarding Israel’s participation in Eurovision 2022!

Slovenia: EMA Freš final tonight!

The puzzle of the participants of EMA 2022 will be completed today, with the grand final of EMA Freš.

Fourteen young artists will compete tonight for four tickets that will give them the opportunity to compete in February for Slovenia’s representation at Eurovision 2022.

The participants

The running order of the 14 artists is as follows:

  1. Mia Vučković – “Telenovela
  2. De Liri – ¨”Obstajam
  3. Jon Vitezič – “Jesus Style
  4. INA – “Moj dopamin
  5. Marijan & Špela – “I am so in Love
  6. Stela Sofia – “Tu in zdaj
  7. Leya Leanne – “Naked
  8. Nika S. – “Počakaj me
  9. Katja Kos – “Deadly Flower
  10. Jaka Hliš – “Svoje sreče krojač
  11. Anja Vodošek – “Maniac
  12. EMMA – “Moja sreča
  13. LPS – “Disko
  14. LUMA – “All in

The four semi-finalists will be chosen 50% by a jury and 50% by the Slovenian public. The jury will select the first two semi-finalists and the audience the other two who will complete the final composition of EMA 2022.

Format

We remind you that EMA 2022 will consist of two semifinals and a final. In each semifinal, eight artists and two artists from EMA FREŠ will compete for qualification to the final of the Slovenian national selection. The public vote will select the three finalists and a jury will select three others. In the final, a five-member jury (50%) and the public (50%) will decide which of the 12 finalists will represent Slovenia in Turin.

The semifinals of EMA 2022 will take place on 5 and 12 February and the grand final on 19 February at 21:00 Greek time on TV SLO 1.

The running order of the first semifinal:

  1. July Jones – Girls Can Do Anything
  2. David Amaro – Še vedno si lepa
  3. Le Serpentine – Tud teb se lahk zgodi
  4. Bowrain & Brina – Čas je
  5. EMA freš artist
  6. EMA freš artist
  7. Jonatan Haller – Obzorje
  8. Batista Cadillac – Mim pravil
  9. Zala Smolnikar – V ogledalu
  10. Manouche – Si sama?

The running order of the second semi-final:

  1. Mia Guček – Independiente
  2. Gušti feat. Leyre – Nova romantika
  3. Klara Jazbec – Chasing Dreams
  4. Vedran Ljubenko – H2O dieta
  5. EMA freš artist
  6. EMA freš artist
  7. Anabel – Tendency
  8. BQL – Maj
  9. Hauptman – Sledim
  10. Eva Moškon – Kliki

The grand final of EMA Freš will be held at 20:00 CET and you can watch it by clicking HERE.

Stay tuned to Eurovisionfun for all news regarding Slovenia’s participation in Eurovision 2022!

Moldova: Listen to the songs of Selectia Nationala!

Only a few hours after the deadline, the Moldovian broadcasting channel published all the 30 songs that have been submitted for Eurovision 2022.

The artists who are competing in the year’s Selectia Nationala are:

  • Annet Smirnova
  • Denis Midone
  • Dianna Rotaru
  • Katy Ryan
  • Misscatylove
  • Naminal
  • Ricky Ardezianu
  • Sasha Bognibov
  • The Tramps
  • Trio Eva
  • Y-Limit
  • Bumbac Tudor
  • Carolina Gorun & Danieli Shvets
  • Emilia Vlas
  • Lemonique
  • Marcela Scripcaru
  • Maxim Zavidia
  • Mihaela Andrei
  • Sasha Bognibo
  • Zdob Si Zbum & Fratii Advahov
  • Lanjeron
  • Pelageya Stefolo 
  • Ana Cercinova
  • Angel Kiss
  • Diana Elmas
  • Ferum
  • Sendrei
  • Valeria Barbas
  • Viola Julea
  • Viorela Moraru

You can listen to the full songs here.

Selectia Nationala

The Moldovian national final will be divided in two parts. At first, all the songs will be judged by the channel between 25-28 of January and then on the 29th there will be a live audition.

Later on, the channel will decide if a national final is going to be held in the 5th of March 2022.

In 2021 Natalia Gordienko represented the country with the song Sugar.

Which is your favorite from the Selectia Nationala 2022? Tell us in the comments below.