Around the Continent 2022 – Week 16

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.

41 counties will participate in Eurovision 2022.
All 39 countries that participated in Eurovision 2021 will participate again, and 2 countries will return to the contest: Armenia and Montenegro.

So here is the full list of countries and corresponding broadcasters:

  • Albania – RTSH
  •  Australia – SBS
  • Armenia – AMPTV
  •  Austria – ORF
  •  Azerbaijan – Ictimai TV
  •  Belgium – RTBF
  •  Bulgaria – BNT
  •  Croatia – HRT
  •  Cyprus – CyBC
  •  Czech Republic – CT
  •  Denmark – DR
  •  Estonia – ERR
  •  Finland – YLE
  •  France – FT
  •  Georgia – GPB
  •  Germany – ARD/NDR
  •  Greece – ERT
  •  Iceland – RUV
  •  Ireland – RTE
  •  Israel – Kan
  •  Italy – RAI (Host Broadcaster)
  •  Latvia – LTV
  •  Lithuania – LRT
  •  Malta – PBS
  •  Moldova – TRM
  •  Montenegro – RTCG
  •  Netherlands – AVROTROS
  •  North Macedonia – MKRTV
  •  Norway – NRK
  •  Poland – TVP
  •  Portugal – RTP
  •  Romania – TVR
  •  Russia – RTR
  •  San Marino – SMRTV
  •  Serbia – RTS
  •  Slovenia – RTVSLO
  •  Spain – TVE
  •  Sweden – SVT
  •  Switzerland – SRG / SSR
  •  Ukraine – UA:PBC
  •  The United Kingdom – BBC

We are all happy to see Armenia back in the contest.
The broadcast hasn’t released any official announcement regarding Eurovision 2022 participation.
In the years 2007 – 2011, 2013, 2017, and 2018, the country held a national selection.
While in the years 2006, 2014 – 2016, and 2019, the country has chosen internally.
In the coming weeks, we will probably learn more about the selection process for Eurovision 2022

Is it possible that the singer Saro Gevorgyan, who won the “New Wave 2021” will be internally selected?

In the following video, we’re able to see the Armenian singer Saro Gevorgyan getting a proposal from Philipp Kirokorov to represent the country at Eurovision.
It seems that Kirokorov would like to compose the song.

Another country that was silent this year was Austria.
Austrian broadcaster ORF has said nothing about the selection process for Eurovision 2022.
However, unofficial sources in the local media, claim that the broadcaster has already approached 4 different artists.
Based on these rumors (again: nothing official), one of the names in the running is Parov Stelar (as a performer or featuring another artist).

At the moment, it seems that Austria will remain silent for another 2-3 months.

After stepping out of the Greek internal selection, just before the deadline ended, it seems Kalomira had another destination.
According to reports in the Greek media, the Greek – American singer has approached CyBC to suggest herself as a potential representative. 
However, it seems that the Cypriot broadcaster aims to select a song composed by a Cypriot musician.

The songs she planned to submit for Eurovision have been written by foreign musicians, like Mohombi from Sweden.

Czech broadcaster Ceska Televize has confirmed that the Czech entry for Eurovision will be chosen by Eurovision Song CZ 2022 which will be held in December 2021.

Here are the full details regarding the selection:

  1. The selection will be an online one
  2. 6-8 artists will participate in the selection
  3. In the final, we will watch pre-recorded performance of the songs (and not the video clips themselves)
  4. The pre-recorded performances will be released in the beginning of December 2021.
  5. The results will be determined by 50% international jury, 25% international public voting, and 25% Czech public voting
  6. The grand final will be held on December 2021, so Czech Republic will be one of the first countries to reveal their song and artist for Eurovision 2022

A few days ago, we learned that Mikolas Jozef (who represented Czech Republic at Eurovision 2018 and ended up 6th) submitted a song for the national selection this year.

Mikolas is one of the most popular singers in his country. Moreover with his entry, Czech Republic has achieved its best result at Eurovision

The submission window for “Eesti Laul 2022” has just closed last Wednesday.
Estonian broadcaster ERR has revealed some interesting details regarding its submission this year:

  1. A total of 202 songs were submitted
  2. 84 songs are in Estonian, while the other 118 songs are in foreign languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish and a fictional language.
  3. 7 of thr artists have already represented Estonia in the past.
  4. Some of the song writers are well known Estonian musicians, composers and lyricists

About the Selection Process

  1. This year, “Eesti Laul” will have 4 quarter-finals, 2 semi-finals, and a grand final.
  2. Out of 202 songs, 40 songs will be shortlisted for the quarter-finals.
  3. The initial plan is to build a line-up of 20 songs in Estonian and 20 songs in other languages.
  4. A jury panel of 17 music experts will rank the songs without knowing who are the singers, composers and lyricists behind them.
  5. 10 songs will be included in each quarter-final. 5 of them will qualify for the semi-finals: 3 will be chosen by the public and 2 others by the jury.
  6. In the quarter-finals, songs won’t be performed live. We will watch the video clips of each one of them.
  7. As always, the semi-finals will have 2 rounds, where in the first round winners (jury votes and TV viewer’s phone votes combined) will qualify for the grand final and 2nd round decided by the public vote.
  8. Each semi-final will include 10 songs and only 5 of them will qualify.
  9. In the grand final, the 10 competing songs will face 2 rounds vote. The first round will be determined by 50% public vote and 50% jury voting.
  10. 3 artists will qualify for the “Superfinal,” which will only be determined by a public vote.
  11. The dates of the shows are:
  • Quarterfinal 1:November 20th 2021
  • Quarterfinal 2:November 27th 2021
  • Quarterfinal 3:December 4th 2021
  • Quarterfinal 4:December 11th 2021
  • Semi Final 1: 3rd February 2022
  • Semi Final 2: 5th February 2022
  • Grand Final: 12th of February 2022

Tomi Rahula, the producer of “Eesti Laul 2022″ said:

“The interest in Estonian Song has been extremely high this year, as we have received 202 songs”

The submission window for Eurovision 2022, has closed yesterday (the 22nd of October 2021).
Interested artists have had over a month to submit their entries.
The Irish broadcaster has limited each writer to one song. Also, RTE mentioned that artists should have stage experience.
The chosen acts will be performed in the “Late Late” TV Show.

The new season of “X – Factor Israel” will be aired a week from now: Saturday the 30th of October 2021 on “Reshet 13“.

The 4 finalists are already known, but haven’t been revealed yet. We gave some hints on their identity here.

The third season of “X – Factor Israel” will feature 5 judges:

Netta Barzilai (Eurovision 2018 winner)
Ran Danker
Miri Mesika
Aviv Geffen
Margol (Margalit Tzanani)

While the show will be hosted by Liron Weizman

According to Israeli broadcaster KAN,  around 130 songs were submitted for the Israeli selection process.

How will the selection process work?

A committee will review and listen all of the 130 song submissions with selecting 8 songs for the finalists of the The X-Factor Israel. Each finalist will have to perform 2 original songs in the grand final of “X – Factor Israel“. In the super-final, each contender will fight on the right to represent Israel with only one of those 2 songs.
The grand final of “X – Factor Israel” will be broadcast towards the end of January 2022.

the selection process for Israel in Eurovision 2022 will be a little bit similar to the method used in Eurovision 2016. Back then, each one of the finalists of “Hacochav Haba Le’Eurovision” performed an original song. The winner was Hovi Star who performed the song “Made Of Stars

Its been announced by Italian broadcaster RAI that more than 700 submissions have been received for Amadeus and musical commission for ”Sanremo Giovani” and here are some details:

  1. There is total 649 soloists (270 women and 379 men) and 62 groups/bands
  2. The Lazio region has 119 submissions ,Lombardy region has 104 submissions, the South area has 242 submissionsthe North area has 229 submissions and the Center region has 209 submissions.
  3. 31 submissions came from abroad.

Amadeus expressed the happiness:

“It is a new beginning and, to all the girls, boys and musical groups who have signed up for Sanremo Giovani, my good luck and a special thank you for the double commitment they have undertaken that of preparing an unreleased song for Sanremo Giovani and another with which to dream of the stage of the Festival. Now, as in the past, it will be a fascinating undertaking to select the most beautiful songs: the journey towards the Ariston Theatre has begun. now on, music and lyrics will fill our working days “.

Live auditions will be held on 8th November 2021 in Rai Radio headquarters in Via Asiago.30 finalists from Live audition round will perform to artistic commission which will have to make own assessments and they will be added to winner of the Castrocaro Festival,Simo Veludo.

At the end of the live auditions only 8 groups and artists will be chosen where another 4 from the Sanremo Area.

The country hasn’t released a statement regarding Eurovision 2022.
We have learned about the participation of the country, only from the EBU’s announcement.
Moldova used to reveal plans only in January.
Therefore, it is still possible that we will get a national selection for Eurovision 2022, with a limited submission window.

Even though RTCG mentioned the word competition in its statement 2 days ago, we are now ready to say that the country won’t hold a national selection for Eurovision 2022.
Ivan Maksimović (the head of entertainment of RTCG) was interviewed in Dvedne.
In the interview he mentioned 2 main reasons why “Montevizija” won’t be part of the selection process for Eurovision 2022.
He said that financial issues, as well as Covid-19 restrictions lead them to go in another direction.
You can read his statement here:

“The first reason is related to the costs involved in organizing the competition, and it is a large amount that, for example, can be redirected to other projects. The second reason concerns the corona virus pandemic. We do not know what will be and how it will be, so no we would like to get into a situation where we are exposed to several months of efforts in that environment and then the competition will be uncertain.

Next week, we will probably get an official statement from the broadcaster.
As it seems for now, Montenegro will have an internal selection for Eurovision 2022.

Ivan has also hinted that foreign authors and composers will have the opportunity to submit songs, as long as a singer from Montenegro will perform the song.
He added that Montevizija might be back in the future, not only as a selection process for Eurovision, but also as a music festival

The country has not released a statement regarding Eurovision 2022 participation.
we learned about its participation from the list of participating countries that was published by the EBU.
In the years 2016 – 2021, the act was chosen via an internal selection. Therefore, it is possible we will see another internal selection this year.

As with almost every year, Portugal will choose a song and an artist for Eurovision via the traditional music festival “Festival da Canção”.

The submission window opened on the 8th of September 2021 and will close on the 31st of October 2021.
However, we can already reveal that the Portuguese broadcaster RTP has received more than 600 songs!

This is an impressive number of submissions. An optional explanation will probably be the success of the “Festival da Canção 2021″ winners : The Black Mamba who finished 12th in the grand final of Eurovision 2021 with the song “Love Is On My Side

About “Festival da Canção 2022”

  1. In “Festival da Canção 2022″, we will see 20 artists presenting their original songs and fighting for the the right to represent Portugal at Eurovision 2022.
  2. 20 artists will be chosen as follows: 16 composers who have received a special invitation from RTP. The other 4 will be chosen from the submission path (where we already have more than 600 songs)
  3. The Festival will be held in February and March 2022
  4. The festival will include 2 semi-final and a grand final.
  5. 10 artists will compete in each semi-final, 5 of them will qualify for the final.
  6. The results in the semi-finals and grand final will be determined by 50% public vote and 50% national jury.

It’s official – Romania will participate in Eurovision 2022.
The country has some doubts, after 3 consecutive non-qualifying for the final.
The selection method hasn’t been revealed, but according to rumors, it seems Romania will have a national selection for Eurovisono 2022.

According to Swedish news website Aftonbladet, Swedish broadcaster SVT will not use Second Chance. Instead, we will have an additional semi-final.

Photo: Jimmy Wixtrom

Anette Brattstrom who is Melodifestivalen’s project manager said:

”We want the competitors to feel that this is an escalation before the final”.

So this means no more second chance duels. This was SVT’s plans when Melodifestivalen will be redesigned for 2022. According to Aftonbladetת SVT is completely re-doing the festival since 2004 which has gone under name ”Second Chance” and name was scrapped and instead a semi-final was introduced.

Annete Brattstorm also said:

”That’s right, for every year, we want to review the format and make as exciting an experience as possible for our viewers and fallowers in the app, and there we think that the Second Chance and the layout with duels needed to be reviewed.. An escalation before a final is a semi-final so it was quite a given that that was what we would do.”

Anette explain what was the purpose of Second Chance and it is:

”The purpose of the Second Chance from the beginning was that the artist would have the opportunity to redo his number from the competition if you felt that there was something to do differently. But today, almost everything is scratched to perfection so there are no major changes made. Almost no one wants to make changes and then the idea of ​​Second Chance falls. This is what we have experienced that it has not really been an elevation before the final, but rather that it may have had a slightly worse tone.”

This can be counted as biggest remake in Melodifestivalen since 2007 when Andra Chansen became own competition on week before going to final.

How the new semi final will work ?:

The overall number of competing acts will be 28 which will remain the same. During the first 4 semi-finals, two acts will advance direct to the final as normal, while two other acts will advance for the 5th semi-final. The 8 acts in Semi-Final 5 will then be divided into two groups. The two songs that receive the most votes in each group will advance to the grand final of Melodifestivalen 2022.
Therefore, we will have 12 finalists at in recent years.

Aftonbladet has also revealed two names that we will probably see on “Melodifestivalen 2022“:

#1. Robin Bengtsson

Robin Bengtsson has participated 3 times in “Melodifestivalen“.
His most recent participation was in 2020 with the song “Take a Chance“, he ended up 8th in the grand final.
In 2017, Robin won “Melodifestivalen 2017” with the song “I Can’t Go On”. He represented Sweden in Eurovision 2017 and ended up 5th in the grand final.

#2. Liamoo

Liamoo won “Swedish Idol” in 2016. He has participated twice in “Melodifestivalen“.
In 2018, he performed the song “Last Breath” and ended up 8th in the final.
In 2019, he performed a duet with Hanna Ferm. They performed the song “Hold You” and ended up in 3rd place in the grand final.

In November 2021, we will get the full list of participants in “Melodifestivalen 2022“.

 The BBC has confirmed their plans for Eurovision 2022.

For the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 BBC and BBC Studios will be collaborating with TaP Music. Global music publishing and management company behind some of the world’s most successful artists like Dua Lipa, Lana del Rey, and Ellie Goulding

Nothing has been said about the selection process itself.
However, in an interview with the website EuroTrip, it has been hinted that it would be more likely to see a non-established artist representing the UK at Eurovision 2022.

Ben Mawson, one of Tap Music’s managers, said one of the most important criteria will be the ability to fill an arena and be able to perform live.

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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