Around the Continent 2022 – Week 13

As we continue our weekly series Around The Continent, we will discuss the news and tell the story of each country’s preparation for Eurovision Song Contest 2022.

As always, Albania will select an artist and a song for Eurovision via traditional “Festivali I Këngës“.
The original deadline for song submissions was the 30th of September 2021.
However, Albanian broadcaster RTSH has decided on an extension of two weeks
Therefore, the submission window for “Festivali I Këngës 60” will close on the 15th of October 2021.

Initial plan was to to reveal the participating artists on the 22nd of October 2021, will it only happen at a later date?
The extension was probably meant to give more artists a chance to submit songs.

Meanwhile, singer Mirud shared in the media that he is considering submitting an entry, even though he had said he would never come back to the festival.
The singer has also claimed he will submit a song that will emphasise his identity as gay.

Submission window for Eurovision 2022 closed on the 30th of September 2021.
It seems like the country will have a national selection this year.
But the national broadcaster mentioned that they can cancel any plans if needed.
In other words, internal selection among the submitted songs is also an option.

The following paragraph might be a little strange for some of us, so let’s take a deep breath.
Earlier, Hungarian broadcaster Duna had posted the regulations for the “A Dal” music festival.

We were able to see that the word “Eurovíziós” (Eng: Eurovision) was mentioned several times.
Therefore, it seems like Hungary will return to Eurovision, after 2 years absence (2020 and 2021).
In the document (that has already been deleted), were 2 interesting facts:

Potential dates of Eurovision 2022 17th, 19th and 21st of May 2022
Host city of Eurovision 2022 Turin

Here are the main points of the “A Dal 2022” regulations:

  1. The submission window will close on the 14th of November 2021
  2. A professional jury will select the songs that will participate in the festival itself.
  3. The contest will include semi-finals and final.
  4. The song entered (neither its lyrics nor its music) couldn’t be commercially distributed before September the 1st, 2021.
  5. The maximum song duration is 3 minutes.
  6. Only a singer or group who has previously released a music album or a nationally played radio or television recording and has a contract with a record label and / or a professional music manager may nominate
  7. The performers of the songs can be Hungarian citizens or Hungarian native speakers
  8. All participants in the stage production must be 16 years old by 17 May 2022, the first Eurovision semi-final in Turin.
  9. The announcer of the competition supports the singing of songs in Hungarian in the Hungarian song selection program series DAL 2022. Lyrics in English or in the official mother tongue of minorities and ethnic groups living in Hungary can also be submitted, but in this case a Hungarian translation must also be submitted.
  10. A songwriter of foreign citizenship who is not a native Hungarian speaker may submit an entry only if the song is sung by a performer who meets the previous conditions.

Lithuanian broadcaster LRT announced some details regarding the national selection for Eurovision 2022. For the third time in a row, the baltic country will use “Pabandom iš Naujo! 2022″ (eng: “Let’s try again”) as its national selection.

Here are the main points from the announcement:

  1. The submission window is open from the 1st of October and will close on the 25th of November 2021.
  2. LRT will provide financial support to contribute to the fulfillment of the musical work and image.
  3. The duration of the songs should be up to 3 minutes.
  4. The songs shouldn’t be published before submitting them for selection.
  5. The maximum number of songs to be shortlisted is up to 36. Those songs will be selected by a special committee
  6. LRT plans to allocate up to 54,000 euros that will be granted for all the shortlisted participants.
  7. Pabandom iš Naujo! 2022″ will consist of up to 6 shows (3 heats, 2 semi-finals and grand final).
  8. The first show will air at the beginning of January 2022
  9. Each artist or group can only submit one song as a performer.
  10. The results of the audience voting are shown only at the end of each qualifying concert.
  11. All the revenue from the televoting will be added to the financial support that will be given to the winner. The winner will be able to improve his performance for Eurovision 2022 with the money.

Last year, the national selection was held without any audience, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The decision for 2022 hasn’t been made yet, but it is likely that the same will happen this year.

The submission window for Eurovision 2022 will close on the 20th of November 2021.
We still don’t know which artists will submit an entry.
Nevertheless, Roksana Węgiel (who wonJunior Eurovision 2018) ruled out the possibility of submitting an entry. According to Eurozwija, the singer said she isn’t ready for Eurovision yet.

The submission window will close on the 1st of December 2021.
It is most likely that Serbia will select an entry for Eurovision 2022 via a national final. The only way this scenario cannot come true is a possible series of epidemic measures that will make the festival impossible to happen.
We still don’t know whether “Beovizija” will be the national selection’s format or not.
Serbia has used “Beovizija” on six occasions: 2007-2009 and 2018-2020.

As we have reported on the 22nd of July 2021Spain will hold a national selection for Eurovision 2022.
The festival will be held in Benidorm City and will be used as a mechanism to select an artist and singer for Eurovision 2022.

The songs in the line-up will be chosen by a group of an expert jury.
The festival will include 3 live shows: 2 semi-finals and a grand final.

Main regulations and new details

  1. Benidorm Song Festival” will be held in February 2022.
  2. In each semi-final, 6 artists will compete on 3 spots in the final.
  3. The grand final will feature 6 artists.
  4. Established artists will get a special invitation to participate in the festival.
  5. At least 2 of the submissions will be selected among the unestablished artists.
  6. The results will be determined by 50% public vote and 50% jury voting.
  7. The public vote which will be split by 50% expert fans panel and 50% televoting
  8. The jury vote will be composed by 60% national jury and 40% intenational jury.
  9. In case of any tie, the artist with higher amount of points from the public, will get the advantage.
  10. The submission window opened on the 29th of September 2021, and will close on the 29th of October 2021 at 23:59.
  11. All applicants must be born before January 1, 2006.
  12. The duration of the song presented will be a minimum of 2 minutes and 30 seconds, and a maximum of 3 exact minutes
  13. The songs mustn’t be published before the contest.
  14. Applicants can be solo singers or groups, but no more than 6 people can be included in the group.
  15. Solo artists must be of Spanish nationality or be residents of Spain.
  16. In a case of group, at least 50% of the members should be of Spanish nationality or be residents of Spain.
  17. Each singer or group will be able to perform only one song among all submissions.
  18. Singers / groups must commit they won’t participate or submit a song to any other national selection.
  19. Language: each song can be written in any of Spain‘s official languages (Spanish, Catalan, Galician, Basque, Valencian, Occitan). However, there is a permission to include up to 35% of the lyrics in any other language (such as English).
  20. Composers and writers can only submit one song as an exclusive writer/composer or 2 as co-writers.
  21. RTVE reserves the right to withdraw, cancel, postpone and / or change the contest and any of its requirements or phases for technical, operational, commercial, or audience reasons, modifying the present basis as necessary.
RTVE announcement about Eurovision 2022, from Benidorm

(Credit: RTVE)

The 12 selected artists will be revealed in December 2021.

Ukrainian singer Khayat has ruled out the possibility of participating in a national selection for Eurovision 2022.
He said he is fully satisfied with his 2nd place in “Vidbir 2019“:

Doron Lahav is 28 years old guy who lives in Israel. Doron watches Eurovision Song Contest since early 2000s. Doron works as a Data Scientist and also shows interest in singing and writing.

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