As we continue the weekly series Around The Continent and we are going to talk about news and updated list how each country will select or take part at Eurovision Song Contest 2022.
Its been announced that Eurovision-Australia Decides selection will be used to select Australian act for Eurovision Song Contest 2022.
Its been announced that final of Eurovision-Australia Decides will take place at Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre on February 26th 2022 and going to hosted by Joel Creasey and Myf Warhurst.
Also they are opened song and artist submissions and deadline are 26th September 2021.
You can submit the song here:
Creative Director of Eurovision – Australia Decides, Paul Clarke said:
”We’ve had a year on the bench due to COVID, now we’re going to produce an event that blows people’s minds and touches their hearts.”
Last time the Australia decides was used Montaigne won the selection with song ”Don’t Break Me” and meant to represent Australia in Eurovision Song Contest 2020.
On 2nd week we seen that more names added to Eurovision Song Writing Camp based in Bulgaria in Primorsko.
Last week we learned these names are in this camp
Victoria (represented Bulgaria at Eurovision 2021/2020)
Vasil (Represented North Macedonia at Eurovision 2021/2020)
Davor Jardanovski (music producer from North Macedonia)
Vesna Malinova (songwriter from North Macedonia)
Johnny K. Palmer (songwriter/artist from Hungary)
AMES (songwriter from Netherlands)
Over the week we learned new names and these are:
Tony Cornelissen (Producer from Netherlands)
Kéwork (songwriter from Netherlands)
Luuk Van Beers (Producer from Netherlands)
For more news and updates for Eurovision song writing camp you can read here:
In the interview with Večernji list Podcast with Croatian singer Dino Jelušić revealed that he had received many offers to participate and represent Croatia at Eurovision Song Contest in past but would consider the opportunity in the future.
Dino Jelušić says:
“I received and refused calls, I was not interested in that. Now that I’ve seen Måneskin, I think to myself ‘Well, you know what, if Ursula Tolj asks me nicely and if I get my hands free to do what I want, maybe I’ll take that into account”
Dino also commented of Måneskin’s victory at Eurovision Song Contest:
“Look at the phenomenon of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest: Måneskin came, they came and tore it up. They came there like it was their concert, ironed it like it was their concert, and won. They ate them”
Speaking further about possible participation, Dino said:
“It’s a lot of pressure. If I win, I will be the most loved person in the world, and if I lose I will be the biggest loser. Look what they did to poor Albina. What happened? ‘Tick Tock’ didn’t make it to the finals and suddenly they started stabbing her in the back. That is the problem with us. They only love you when you win”
Singer recently announced that he would play with the rock band Whitesnake after a call with the guitarist who saw Dino’s cover videos on Youtube.
Dino was the first ever Junior Eurovision Song Contest winner with the song “Ti Si Moja Prva Ljubav”.
Over the years Dino continued his musical career in Heavy Metal/Rock genre with band ”Animal Drive” but got disband.
Danish broadcaster has confirmed their participation at Eurovision Song Contest 2022 and they also announced the date for the final which is 5th of March 2022.
Once again Danish representative for Eurovision Song Contest 2022 will be selected through Dansk Melodi Grand Prix selection. 8 Songs will compete in the selection with song submissions are open until October 29th 2021.
Rules for submissions for the songs are:
Either a composer, lyricist or performing artist must be a Danish citizen or have a similar connection to Denmark e.g. residence in Denmark or married to a Dane.
Those living in the Faroe Islands and Greenland are also eligible to compete.
All songs must be original and have not been played at public venues or be available online.
Composers and lyricists can submit multiple entries.
Lyrics must not contain political messages, swear words or other unacceptable language.
All songs that meet the competition criteria will be evaluated by a professional jury set up by DR. The final decision of the jury cannot be appealed.
Until DR reveal the song titles and writers of the chosen entries, those involved are not allowed to reveal any details of their entries.
All vocals must be performed live during the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix final.
Fyr Og Flamme won Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2021 with song ”Øve Os På Hinanden” and represented Denmark at Eurovision 2021.
Estonian broadcaster ERR has confirmed that Estonia will participate at Eurovision Song Contest 2022 and once again broadcaster will use Eesti Laul selection.
Estonian broadcaster ERR has announced that song submissions for Eesti Laul 2022 will begin on 2nd September 2021 and broadcaster stated that new rules will be announced for the selection on 2nd September 2021 (next Thursday) hinting potential changes to the Eesti Laul format.
Eesti Laul has been used Estonian selection process since 2009 and over the years number of changes have been made to the format for example introduction of the Semi Finals in 2011 and increase in the number of competing songs form 20 to 24 in 2019.
Uku Suviste won the Eesti Laul 2021 with the song ”The Lucky One” and represented Estonia at Eurovision 2021.
Only 5 cities are remaining in the running to host the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Italy and they are:
Final decision on the host city for Eurovision 2022 is expected at the end of August or beginning of the September 2021.Some of Italian media is reporting that the host city of the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 will be announced on Monday 30th August 2021.
RAI and the EBU has not confirmed the date that the host city will be announced but having previously stated that decision will be made in August.
Mayor of Pesaro has also revealed the logo the city is using as part of the bid to host the Eurovision Song Contest 2022.Logo consists of letter P which stands for Pesaro as the background colourful led heart.
Agenda del Giornalista Informa reports that Amadeus is planning a number of changes for the 2022 edition of Sanremo Music Festival and one of the changes are the reduction of the number of artists competing in the Campioni category of the contest.
In Sanremo Music Festival 2021 was having total of 26 artists competed in the Campioni category the largest number of artists in the contest for number of the years.
This is one of reasons why resulted longer run time for each night’s show which saw audience interest drop.
Amadeus wants to bring the start time of the show forward by eliminating the pre-contest show to aim to start straight after TG1 at 20:30 CET.
The 2022 Festival della canzone italiana di Sanremo is due to take place in the first week of February from the 1st to the 5th. It was revealed during a press conference in June that the Sanremo hosts will not be the same as the hosts of the upcoming Eurovision Song contest 2022 which Italian broadcaster RAI is also organising.
Norwegian broadcaster NRK has extended the submissions window for songs to compete in Melodi Grand Prix 2022 by 1 month.
Singers and songwriters wishing to compete in Melodi Grand Prix 2022 have additional one month which means new deadline is 15th September 2021.
Rules for sumbitting songs are:
It is encouraged that registered entries have at least one Norwegian songwriter, as MGP wants to prioritize and promote Norwegian music life.
Each producer/songwriter can sign up for a maximum of three songs.
Everyone can sign up for songs, but artists must be 16 years old to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest.
Songs must not exceed 3 minutes in length and cannot have been commercially released before September 1st.
Melodi Grand Prix 2022 will be held between January and February 2022 will be formed of Semi Finals and Grand Final.
TIX with the song ”Fallen Angel” won Melodi Grand Prix 2021 and represented Norway at Eurovision Song Contest 2021.
Spanish broadcaster RTVE has announced that Eva Mora is new Head of Delegation for Spain at Eurovision Song Contest replacing Ana María Bordas.
Television presenter Eva Mora is now the coordinator of working group at RTVE for the contest.
Eva Mora has been working for RTVE since 2000 and previously attended multiple Eurovision Song Contests between 2012 till 2016 and also commentated on Junior Eurovision 2020 and Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light.
RTVE also revealed more details that have been working on national selection for Eurovision 2022. Working group is headed by Ana Maria Bordas and it features:
Director of Communication and Participation of RTVE – María Eizaguirre
RTVE Marketing – Esteban Calle
Head of Digital Documentary – César Vallejo
Co-ordinator of Current Content on Playz – Irene Mahía
RTVE Play & Coordinator of the RTVE Eurovision website since 2018 – Fernando Macías
RTVE Journalist – Javier Martin
Director of Musical Programs – Jordi Vives
Eurovision commentator – Julia Varela
Radio presenter – Virginia Díaz
Radio presenter – Julio Ródenas
Swedish broadcaster SVT has opened the song submissions for submitting the songs for the Swedish national selection Melodifestivalen 2022.The deadline to submitting the songs are till Friday 17th September 2021 11:59 pm CET and can submit their entries here:
Karin Gunnarsson who is competition producer for the Melodifestivalen says:
“It is an incredibly fun and important part of the work with the Melodifestivalen when the submission of songs opens,I am really looking forward to taking part in all the contributions and a new and exciting season of the whole of Sweden’s party. Now is the opening shot for Melodifestivalen 2022.”
He also explains the process of selection:
“28 entries will compete in Melodifestivalen 2022. The selection jury selects 14 songs from the submitted entries and the other 14 entries consist of competitors who have been specially invited by SVT or who SVT has selected from the submitted entries.”
Melodifestivalen 2022 rules are:
The competition is open to all Swedish citizens or permanent residents, however non-Swedes can still enter if they are part of a team with at least one Swedish person.
There’s no language rule, but the contest intends to give at least ten of the 28 competing places (around 35%) to songs that primarily have Swedish lyrics. This is around the proportion of Swedish songs included in the contest in recent years.
SVT also notes that regardless of the language of the song that wins Melodifestivalen 2022, the broadcaster will decide which language/s is performed in the Eurovision version.
The broadcaster also intends that at least 50% of songs should have at least one women as part of the songwriting team.
While Swedish television is less fussed about bad language, the Melodifestivalen rules are keeping in line with the stricter requirements for Eurovision. The Melfest rules state that any entry whose title or lyrics may be considered offensive and therefore may not be approved for Eurovision will not be eligible for Melodifestivalen.
The rules make no mention of the format the Melodifestivalen 2022 shows will take. Due to the pandemic, all shows in the 2021 edition were filmed in the same Stockholm venue, with no live audience.
The selected 28 competing acts will be announced in the usual timeframe of November or December 2021.
Tusse won Melodifestivalen 2021 with song ”Voices” and represented Sweden at Eurovision 2021.
Currently we got 25 countries confirmed in Eurovision 2022 and these are:
Italy (Host Country)
Eurovision Song Contest 2022 is set take place in May but the dates has not been announced yet.