Norway’s Subwoolfer perform Give That Wolf A Banana at 2022 Eurovision
The Eurovision 2022 final is taking place tonight (Saturday 14 May), and for the first time in years the UK is in with a shot at the top prize.
Sam Ryder, a singer-songwriter who rose to fame on TikTok, is representing the UK with his song “Space Man”, and is currently one of the favourites to win.
“It’s been phenomenal,” he told The Independent of the support he’s received. “The whole team have been working so hard going around Europe, using as much time as we could to do TV, radio, singing on street corners… Everywhere we’ve been, there’s been nothing but kindness and good vibes.” Read more about him here.
He’s facing stiff competition, though, in the form of Sweden’s Cornelia Jakobs, and Ukraine’s act Kalush Orchestra. A total of 25 countries are taking part in the final. The latest odds can be found here.
A trio of famous presenters will be leading proceedings this evening, with pop singer Mika joining fellow hosts Italian TV personality Alessandro Cattelan and Italian singer Laura Pausini on stage.
Follow live updates as the grand final gets underway:
Spain’s Eurovision 2022 contestant Chanel plays Slomo
You should see the press room right now, the Spanish contigent are going absolutely bonkers for Chanel and her song “Slomo”. It’s classic Spain, to be sure they’re not trying anything new this year, but hey, it’s a crowd-pleaser!
Roisin O’Connor14 May 2022 21:01
Italy’s Mahmood and Blanco perform ‘Brividi’
This song, the title of which means “Chills”, is performed entirely in Italian. If you’re interested in what the lyrics mean (they’re very poetic), you can check out both the Italian and English versions below:
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Viewers react to Norway’s performance
The Eurovision Grand Final is upon us – and the “strange” performances have begun.
This year’s event is being hosted by Italy after Italian rock band Maneskin won the 2021 competition. Twenty-six artists have flocked to Turin to represent their countries in the grand final.
Fans were left “disturbed” by Finland’s entry.
Finnish rock band The Rasmus – behind the 2003 hit song “In the Shadows” – performed their song “Jezebel”.
Viewers took to Twitter to share their reactions to the song.
Roisin O’Connor14 May 2022 20:53
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Marius Bear’s ballad is certainly on the tamer side of things…
Next up is Marius Bear representing Switzerland!
The singer’s ballad, while certainly emotional, is most definitely on the tamer side of tonight’s performances – especially given the wild Finland perofmrance that preceded it…
Annabel Nugent14 May 2022 20:36
It’s The Rasmus for Finland with ‘JEZEBEEEEEEEEL’
It’s Finnish rock stars The Rasmus with “Jezebel”
Fans were delighted when the group behind 2003 hit “In the Shadows” returned with their song “Jezebel”, which frontman Lauri Ylönen describes as “an homage, a tribute, to the strong women of today, who own their bodies, who are in charge of their sensuality, their sexuality, and who are determined to be an equal”.
He co-wrote the track with Desmond Child, who has several high-profile rock songwriting credits to his name, including Joan Jett’s “I Hate Myself for Loving You”, Aerosmith’s “Angel”, Alice Cooper’s “Poison”, Ricky Martin’s “Livin’ la Vida Loca”, and Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ On a Prayer”.
Roisin O’Connor14 May 2022 20:30
Portugal performs the moody, introspective “Saudade, Saudade”
Calming things down a bit is Portugal’s entry MARO with the ethereal “Saudade, Saudade”. I can’t see it doing particularly well on the leaderboard but it’s creating a lull before what’s coming up next…
Roisin O’Connor14 May 2022 20:26
Romania’s WRS goes next with “Llámame”
I absolutely love this guy! The Buzău-born artist started out as a dancer before going on to perform with a number of Romanian pop stars. Clearly he’s also capable of handling the stage perfectly well on his own…
Roisin O’Connor14 May 2022 20:24
Czech Republic gets things off to a strong start
What an amazing performance from Czech Republic’s We Are Domi and their song “Lights Off”! It’s not easy going first but they just proved you can do it and still offer a fantastic show.
Roisin O’Connor14 May 2022 20:21
A reminder: You can decide who wins Eurovision 2022!
UK fans can’t vote for Sam Ryder, but they can vote for their other favourite Eurovision contestants!
Roisin O’Connor14 May 2022 20:17