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Australia: Confident of staying in Eurovision

Next year is the last in which Australia is guaranteed a place in the Eurovision Song Contest.

The largest country on the continent of Oceania was invited to participate for the first time in 2015 through SBS, which is an associated member of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), and in 2019 their participation was extended until 2023.

But Paul Clarke, Creative Director of Eurovision: Australia Decides and Director of Blink TV is convinced Australia has proven it belongs on the stage.

A week ago in Turin, Paul Clarke said:

“Another part (of being here) is doing a little bit of lobbying. Working around the soft political power. The embers are always burning at Eurovision. I’m really confident that will be extended. I think they like our sense of a irreverence and we’ll have a crack with some wild prop. The Kate Miller-Heidke performance is remembered as one of the absolute greatest moments of props they’ve ever seen!”

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Greece: Amanda is the Greek with the most monthly listeners on Spotify!

A few days after the Eurovision Song Contest, Amanda, the Greek representative, reached 1,000,000 monthly listeners on Spotify, the Greek with the most monthly listeners on Spotify at the moment!

Die Together also reaches the one milestone after another on Spotify, as it reached 4,000,000 streams, applying for one of the most popular Greek entries on Spotify. At the same time, it appears in # 37 of the Global Viral 50 on Spotify, while it is in number 2 of the Greek Viral 50 and in # 28 of the Greek Top 50.

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Eurovision 2022: Check the detailed results of the two semi-finals!

The 66th Eurovision Song Contest belongs to the past with the big winner being Kalush Orchestra from Ukraine! EBU has released the detailed results of the semi-finals as well as the grand-final and this is how the semi-final qualifiers were selected:

First Semi-Final’s Full Results:

  1. Ukraine – 337 Points
  2. The Netherlands – 221 Points
  3. Greece – 211 Points
  4. Portugal – 208 Points
  5. Armenia – 187 Points
  6. Norway – 177 Points
  7. Lithuania – 159 Points
  8. Moldova – 154 Points
  9. Switzerland – 118 Points
  10. Iceland – 103 Points
  11. Croatia – 75 Points
  12. Albania – 58 Points
  13. Denmark – 55 Points
  14. Latvia – 55 Points
  15. Austria – 42 Points
  16. Bulgaria – 29 Points
  17. Slovenia – 15 Points

First Semi-Final’s Jury Results:

  1. Greece – 151 Points
  2. Netherlands – 141 Points
  3. Ukraine – 135 Points
  4. Portugal – 121 Points
  5. Switzerland – 107 Points
  6. Armenia – 82 Points
  7. Norway – 73 Points
  8. Iceland – 64 Points
  9. Lithuania – 56 Points
  10. Croatia – 42 Points
  11. Latvia – 39 Points
  12. Denmark – 35 Points
  13. Moldova – 19 Points
  14. Albania – 12 Points
  15. Bulgaria – 11 Points
  16. Slovenia – 7 Points
  17. Austria – 6 Points

First Semi-Final’s Televoting Results:

  1. Ukraine – 202 Points
  2. Moldova – 135 Points
  3. Armenia – 105 Points
  4. Norway – 104 Points
  5. Lithuania – 103 Points
  6. Portugal – 87 Points
  7. The Netherlands – 79 Points
  8. Greece – 60 Points
  9. Albania – 46 Points
  10. Iceland – 39 Points
  11. Austria – 36 Points
  12. Croatia – 33 Points
  13. Denmark – 20 Points
  14. Bulgaria – 18 Points
  15. Latvia – 16 Points
  16. Switzerland – 11 Points
  17. Slovenia – 8 Points

Second Semi-Final’s Full Results:

  1. Sweden – 396 Points
  2. Australia – 243 Points
  3. Serbia – 237 Points
  4. Czech Republic – 227 Points
  5. Estonia – 209 Points
  6. Poland – 198 Points
  7. Finland – 162 Points
  8. Belgium – 151 Points
  9. Romania – 118 Points
  10. Azerbaijan – 96 Points
  11. North Macedonia – 76 Points
  12. Cyprus – 63 Points
  13. Israel – 61 Points
  14. San Marino – 50 Points
  15. Ireland – 47 Points
  16. Malta – 47 Points
  17. Montenegro – 33 Points
  18. Georgia – 22 Points

Second Semi-Final’s Jury Results:

  1. Sweden – 222 Points
  2. Australia – 169 Points
  3. Estonia – 113 Points
  4. Belgium – 105 Points
  5. Czech Republic – 102 Points
  6. Azerbaijan – 96 Points
  7. Poland – 84 Points
  8. Finland – 63 Points
  9. Serbia – 63 Points
  10. North Macedonia – 56 Points
  11. Israel – 34 Points
  12. Malta – 27 Points
  13. San Marino – 21 Points
  14. Romania – 18 Points
  15. Georgia – 13 Points
  16. Ireland – 12 Points
  17. Montenegro – 11 Points
  18. Cyprus – 9 Points

Second Semi-Final’s Televoting Results:

  1. Serbia – 174 Points
  2. Sweden – 174 Points
  3. Czech Republic – 125 Points
  4. Poland – 114 Points
  5. Romania – 100 Points
  6. Finland – 99 Points
  7. Estonia – 96 Points
  8. Australia – 74 Points
  9. Cyprus – 54 Points
  10. Belgium – 46 Points
  11. Ireland – 35 Points
  12. San Marino – 29 Points
  13. Israel – 27 Points
  14. Montenegro – 22 Points
  15. North Macedonia – 20 Points
  16. Malta – 20 Points
  17. Georgia – 9 Points
  18. Azerbaijan – 0 Points

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Spain: RTVE is ready to host Eurovision 2023!

María Eizaguirre, a spokesperson of Spain’s national broadcaster, RTVE, confirmed that the Kingdom of the Iberian Peninsula is willing to help Ukraine in hosting the Eurovision Song Contest 2023.

This means that Spain joins Sweden (read more here) in the rally of hosting the contest next year, should the Eurovision is impossible to take place on Ukrainian soil.

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Eurovision 2022: The Dress Rehearsal of the Grand Final!

Today took place the first of the two rehearsals of the Grand Final of Eurovision Song Contest 2022. The show begins with John Lennon’s  song Give Peace a Chance, conveying an antiwar message.

At the Opening Act of the Grand Final Laura Pausini performs a medley including “La solitudine” and “Scatola”

Afterwards we see the parade of nations that made it to the final, in the running order that they are going to perform.

Now it’s time to welcome the three presenters on stage! Before the competing part begins, the hosts of the show describe the voting process and show the number where the viewers in each country will have to phone or text, in order to cast their vote.

The 25 Finalists

Czech Republic: We Are Domi – “Lights Off”

The staging is the same as in the previous performances. The lead singer looks cool and relaxed, probably saving energy for the Jury show tonight and for the televised show tomorrow. Vocally she was very good.

Romania: WRS – “Llámame”

WRS gives another catchy performances in this rehearsal. He is very confident, vocally stable and full of energy.

Portugal: Maro – “Saudade, saudade”

Next on stage is Maro from Portugal. She and her back – up singers stand in again in circle, creating the usual atmospheric performance that made them stand out and advance to the final.

Finland: The Rasmus – “Jezebel”

It’s one of the most famous Finnish bands in the world to take the stage. The staging someone could say that is inspired by the famous Stephen King’s novel and move “IT”. Another good rehearsal for Finland.

Switzerland: Marius Bear – “Boys Do Cry”

The fifth performer of the Final. Once again Marius and his ballad create a nostalgic atmosphere that explains why he deserved to be in the final.

France: Alvan and Ahez – “Fulenn”

It’s time for the last year’s runner -up. In a full contrast to what we were used to from France, the staging is full of magical and paganistic/celtic symbols, while the song is performed in Breton and not in the French language, as some of you might think.

Norway: Subwoolfer – “Give That Wolf a Banana” 

Norway preserves the mystical atmosphere, as no one knows who are behind the masks. A good rehearsal for the Nordic nation.

Armenia: Rosa Linn – “Snap”

Probably the most wandering song of the contest. Rosa and her song make you reminiscing emotions and feelings.

After Armenia there is a small break, with a video showing snaps of the two Semi -Finals

Italy: Mahmood and Blanco – “Brividi”

Time for the host nation of this year’s contest. Vocally their performance was better than ever.

Spain: Chanel – “SloMo”

The most explosive performance of the final now on stage.  Despite the fact that it’s a dress rehearsal, Chanel gave it all again, and vocally was very stable during this demanding choreography. A potential televoting winner.

The Netherlands: S10 – “De diepte”

Stien, which is the real name of S10, gives another excellent performance. No changes here as well.

Ukraine: Kalush Orchestra – “Stefania” (Стефанія)

12th on stage is the bookmakers favourite for the trophy. The band gives another good performance. Will they bring the trophy for the third time back to Ukraine? We will find out tomorrow.

Germany: Malik Harris – “Rockstars”

With Germany, begins the ballad streak of this Final. On stage we see different musical instruments and carpets. Malik was very good and stable. No one knows though the luck of of this entry.

Lithuania: Monika Liu – “Sentimentai”

Time for one of the surprises of the Semi – Finals. Monika doesn’t have in this rehearsal her usual hair style, but maintains the early 80s vibes.

Azerbaijan: Nadir Rustamli – “Fade to Black”

Nadir gives another emotional performance. A slightly different hair – style, but in overall, no changes as well.

Belgium: Jérémie Makiese – “Miss You”

Jérémie and his Jamesbondish entry are next. A good rehearsal for Belgium, and a well deserved finalist.

The second brake of the show.

Greece: Amanda Georgiadi Tenfjord – “Die Together”

One of the show’s favourites gets on stage. Amanda is ready to convey all the emotions and to captivate the audience, and probably to win the jury show tonight. Her performance was once again exceptional.

Iceland: Systur – “Með hækkandi sól”

Next on stage is the biggest surprise of the Semi – Finals. The Systur band creates a western atmosphere on stage, but will this be enough to finish higher than last year?

Moldova: Zdob și Zdub and Advahov Brothers – “Trenulețul”

Moldova breaks the aforementioned ballad-streak. For the third time the Zdob și Zdub band are loyal to their randez-vous at the Eurovision final. No one knows the luck of their entry among the juries though.

Sweden: Cornelia Jakobs – “Hold Me Closer”

Another favourite on stage. The Swedish delegation faces again problems, in this rehearsal.  After a few minutes, Cornelia begins her performance.  Vocally was good but at some point a little unstable. Possible jury winner.

Australia: Sheldon Riley – “Not the Same”

Time for the biggest nation of Oceanian continent. The most flamboyant entry among the finalists. At some point the sound stopped for seconds. A very dynamic and emotional performance, that could capitvate the juries.

A small brake until the UK staging is ready.

United Kingdom: Sam Ryder – “Space Man”

Sam Ryder is next on stage. With his cosmic staging, the UK is probably ready to take the trophy back home after 1997. An exceptional performance.

Poland: Ochman – “River”

23rd performer is Ochman from Poland. With a more casual outfit for this rehearsal, Ochman’s performance is good and vocally he is on point.

Serbia: Konstrakta – “In corpore sano”

Second to last in the Final is Konstrakta from Serbia. Even though the performance is very simple, the Serbian entry is really captivating. Being the only ex- Yugoslav nation in the final, Serbia is expecting to ddo well in the televoting.

Estonia: Stefan – “Hope”

The last performer of the Final is Stefan from Estonia. The second western atmospheric entry after Iceland, but with better chances for a better result. A very good rehearsal for Estonia

Following the 25 performances, the voting process starts by showing the recap of all the competing songs and their respective voting numbers appear on screen!

Interval Acts

Last year’s winners, Måneskin, get on stage to perform their song “Supermodel”

In the second interval act, the very first Italian winner in Eurovision 1964, Gigliola Cinquetti gets on stage to perform her winning entry “Non ho l’età” 

Another break after the first two interval acts

The last interval act of the show is a medley performed by Mika.

The Results

After the jury results have been announced, Martin Österdahl, the executive producer of Eurovision Song Contest 2022, declares that we now have a valid result!

The winner in the simulating scoreboard was the United Kingdom.

Later today, the Jury Rehearsal is going to take place, in which half of the results are going to be determined.

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

The second semi-final has just finished, with the last ten finalists being Australia, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, Poland, Russia, Serbia and Sweden!

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. Belgium – 2nd half
  2. Czech Republic – 1st half
  3. Azerbaijan – 2nd half
  4. Poland – 2nd half
  5. Finland – 1st half
  6. Estonia – 2nd half
  7. Australia – 2nd half
  8. Sweden – 2nd half
  9. Romania – 1st half
  10. Serbia – 2nd half

The two halves of the grand-final are completed, this is the half each country drew. The final order will be released later tonight.

First Half

  • 09. Italy
  • Armenia
  • Czech Republic
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Norway
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • The Netherlands
  • Ukraine

Second Half

  • Australia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belgium
  • Estonia
  • Greece
  • Iceland
  • Lithuania
  • Moldova
  • Poland
  • Serbia
  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom

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Eurovision 2022: The 10 finalists of the 2nd Semi-Final!

The 2nd Semi-Final of Eurovision Song Contest 2022 ended a few minutes ago, held Pala Olimpico in Turin, Italy.

The 10 countries that advanced to Saturday’s grand final are:

  • Belgium
  • Czech Republic
  • Azerbaijan
  • Poland
  • Finland
  • Estonia
  • Australia
  • Sweden
  • Romania
  • Serbia

The 2nd Semi- Final began with an opening act in which in one of the presenters Alessandro Cattelan danced with a group of dancers to the viral TikTok song “My name is Chiki”.

In total, 18 countries claimed the 10 tickets leading to the Final. Those were:

  1. Finland: The Rasmus – “Jezabel”
  2. Israel: Michael Ben David – “I.M.”
  3. Serbia: Konstrakta – “In Corpore Sano”
  4. Azerbaijan: Nadir Rustamli – “Fade to Black”
  5. Georgia: Circus Mircus – “Lock Me In”
  6. Malta: Emma Muscat – “I Am What I Am”
  7. San Marino: Achille Lauro – “Stripper”
  8. Australia: Sheldon Riley – “Not the Same”
  9. Cyprus: Andromache – “Ela”
  10. Ireland: Brooke – “That’s Rich”
  11. North Macedonia: Andrea – “Circles”
  12. Estonia: Stefan – “Hope”
  13. Romania: WRS – “Llámame”
  14. Poland: Ochman – “River”
  15. Montenegro: Vladana – “Breathe”
  16. Belgium: Jérémie Makiese  – “Miss You”
  17. Sweden: Cornelia Jakobs – “Hold Me Closer”
  18. Czech Republic: We Are Domi – “Lights Off”

Interval Acts

After the end of the competing part Mika along side with Laura Pausini performed exceptionally Sting’s Fragile, and Patti Smith’s People Have the Power, conveiyng an antiwar message.

Il Volo also got on stage to perform another version of their 2015 entry Grande Amore.

Spain, United Kingdom and Germany

Right before the announcement of the aforementioned finalists, we had the chance to see clips from the performances of Spain, United Kingdom and Germany, the member of the Big 5 who had the right to vote in this Semi – Final.

https://youtu.be/a6uq6oSP5MI

https://youtu.be/rbtPxZby4js

https://youtu.be/ohzfN-ueDZE

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North Macedonia: MRT considers withdrawing from Eurovision!

The North Macedonian broadcaster, MRT considers withdrawing North Macedonia from Eurovision 2023.

Following the incident at the Turquoise Carpet, during which Andrea threw North Macedonia’s on the floor. In the video we saw of the vocalist, it does not seem that the singer intended to show disrespect and just wanted to move the flag because of the photo-shoot with the press. However, showing disrespect to national symbols is a crime in North Macedonia, which means Andrea could face legal trouble for her action.

The broadcaster says it has made the decision to remain in the 2022 competition, stating that:

Such a step at a time when all the deadlines for withdrawal have passed would cause great financial damage and other sanctions that should not be neglected. In particular, the cancellation would jeopardize the participation and deviation of the television rights in all other events that MRT receives as a member of the European Broadcasting Network

The Macedonian Radio Television will take all legal decisions and disciplinary measures after the return of our delegation from Turin, after the members will submit reports on the events of the ceremony.

Due to the reporting on the incident within North Macedonia, the broadcaster is considering withdrawing from the event in 2023:

Due to the negative public image Eurovision has brought to the broadcaster, the MRT Editorial Board is considering the possibility that the Macedonian Radio Television will no longer compete in the Eurovision Song Contest from 2023.

Andrea will compete tomorrow in the 11th place of the second semi-final with her entry “Circles”, you can listen to her entry here:

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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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Sweden: We could host Eurovision if Ukraine wins!

Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra are the top favourites for the victory in the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday.
But if the war continues, it could be difficult for Kiev or any other cities in the country to held the competition next year. Therefore, Stockholm is now offered as the host city, with the Globe, Avicii Arena, as a possible arena for another Eurovision.

The Finance Mayor’s Council has contacted the Ukrainian ambassador

Stockholm, which is twinned with Kiev, has already offered the Ukrainian capital to help arrange sporting events that can no longer be held in Kiev.

Anna König Jerlmyr, Stockholm’s Finance Mayor, reported:

“This is a way to continue to show our support. We are used to hosting Eurovision and we last did it in 2016. Feeling that this experience was successful, we are happy to volunteer,”

 

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