Around the Continent 2022 – Week 33

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.

General

Italian broadcaster RAI has revealed the concept and design for Eurovision 2022 stage:

You can read about the concept here

Ronela Hajati uploaded a snippet of the new version of “Sekret” to her Instagram story.
The lyrics will include words from 3 languages: Albanian, English and Spanish

In addition, she shared some photos from the official video clip:

According to Anna Ohanyan (The Head of Public Relations and Digital Communication at AMPTV),
the country hasn’t selected its Eurovision 2022 representative yet:


We haven’t yet reached the final stage. The name of the participant is not decided yet. We will officially announce his/her name when there is a final decision

However, Armenian media suggested that  Rosa Linn (Rosa Kostandyan) might represent the country. Other names that were raised earlier are: Kamil Show, Athena Manoukian and Saro Gevorgyan

The Armenian song and artist will be known in the second week of March 2022


11 artists will participate in the Australian selection for Eurovision 2022 – “Australia Decides 2022” which will be held on Saturday, the 26th of February 2022

You can find the full playlists on the following different digital platforms:

YouTube
Spotify
Apple Music

Myf Warhurst and Joel Creasey will host the show:

Nadir Rustamli, the winner of the last edition of “The Voice of Azerbaijan” will represent Azerbaijan at Eurovision 2022. His entry will be released in the second week of March 2022

Jeremie Makiese (who will represent Belgium) has revealed some moments behind the scenes of making his Eurovision 2022 entry. It seems like we will get a ballad in the English language. The melody is based on piano, violin and electric guitar.

Dora 2022” will be held this Saturday, the 19th of February 2022.
14 artists will take part in the selection:

You can listen to each one of them by clicking on the song title:

  1. Mila Elegović – Ljubav
  2. Mia Negovetić – Forgive Me (Oprosti)
  3. Marko Bošnjak – Moli za nas
  4. Jessa – My Next Mistake
  5. Zdenka Kovačiček – Stay on the Bright Side
  6. Tina Vukov – Hideout
  7. Roko Vušković  Malo kasnije
  8. Bernarda – Here for Love
  9. Erik Vidović – I Found You
  10. ToMa – In the Darkness
  11. Elis Lovrić – No War
  12. Ella Orešković – If You Walk Away
  13. Tia – Voli me do neba
  14. Mia Dimšić – Guilty Pleasure

The full playlist can be found here: YouTube

The results of “Dora 2022” will be determined by 50% national jury voting and 50% public vote.
The national jury will be composed of 10 different regional jury panels. Each regional panel will consist of 3 members.
The 10 different regions are: Zagreb, Rijeka, Split, Zadar, Vukovar, Osijek, Knin and Šibenik, Čakovec and Varaždin, Pula, and Dubrovnik.
In the case of a tie, the public vote will determine the winner.

You can read Doron‘s review here

Stefan Airapetjan won “Eesti Laul 2022” and therefore will represent Estonia at Eurovision 2022 with the song “Hope


You can watch his live performance here:


In addition, ERR published the full results for the final and semi-finals:

Semi-Final 1 – Round 1 Resluts

Semi-Final 1 – Round 2 Results

ArtistSongPublic VoteRank
Elina Nechayeva“Remedy”20911
Merilin Mälk“Little Girl”17722
Kaia-Liisa Kesler“Vaikus”12123
Alabama Watchdog“Move On”3954
Helen“Vaata minu poole”3755
Triin Niitoja and Frants TikerpuuLaululind3606

Semi-Final 2 – Round 1 Results

Semi-Final 2 – Round 2 Results

ArtistSongPublic VoteRank
Minimal Wind feat. Elisabeth Tiffany“What to Make of This”13571
Evelin Samuel“Waterfall”12452
Maian“Meeletu”11533
Boamadu“Mitte kauaks”8874
Púr Múdd and Shira“Golden Shores”8395
Jyrise“Plaksuta”5856

Grand Final Round 1 Results

Grand Final – Round 2 Results

  1. Stefan won with 62% of the votes,
  2. Minimal Wind ft. Elisabeth Tiffany ended in the 2nd place with 31% of the votes
  3. ELYSA ended in 3rd place with 6% of the votes


YLE reveals running order for “UMK 2022

  1. The Rasmus – Jezebel
  2. Isaac Sene – Kuuma jäbä
  3. Olivera – Thank God I’m an Atheist
  4. BESS – Ram pam pam
  5. Younghearted – Sun numero
  6. Cyan Kicks – Hurricane
  7. Tommi Läntinen – Elämä kantaa mua

The hosts of the show are Paula Vesala and Miisa Rotola-Pukkila:

The full playlists can be found on different digital platforms:

YouTube
Spotify
Apple Music

The results will be determined by a combination of 50% international jury and 50% public vote

You can read Doron’s review of the songs here:

The 12 songs from “C’est vous qui décidez 2022, Eurovision 2022” were released:

You can find the full playlists on the following different digital platforms:

YouTube [Studio versions + Live performances]
YouTube Live Performances

The national selection will be held on Saturday the 5th of March 2022.
 Stéphane Bern & Laurence Boccolini will host the show.


The members of the jury paenl will be:

One of them is Gjon’s Tears who represented Switzerland at Eurovision 2020 + 2021

This time, 12 artists will perform in the first round.
6 of them will qualify for the second round: 5 acts will be selected by the public and 1 wild card will be given by the jury.


Amanda Tenfjord will perform a Indie-pop ballad with the title “Die Together

You can read the leaked lyrics here:

I’m in you’re back seat
You are driving me crazy
You’re in fully control
It’s like always know so
Are you having a good time
Doesn’t seem like you’re all fine
We don’t laugh anymore
And when we cry we do it on our own

It’s been a lovely year for us
Yeah that’s what they say
It’s been a hell of year
And we’ve been living in fear
Close to giving up

But if we die together now
We will always have each other
I won’t lose you for another
And if we die together now
I will hold you till forever
If we die together die together now

I love you, say that you love me too
That’s the only way we can get out of this hell we made
(Pre-chorus)
It’s been a lovely year for us
Yeah that’s what they say
It’s been a hell of year
And we’ve been living in fear
Close to giving up

But if we die together now
We will always have each other
I won’t lose you for another
And if we die together now
I will hold you till forever
If we die together die together now

Take my heart and rip it out
Bring it to the other side
Take my heart and rip it out
Bring it to the other side
Take my heart and rip it out…

But if we die together now
We will always have each other
I won’t lose you for another
And if we die together now
I will hold you till forever
If we die together die together now


The song will probably be released during March 2022

The Icelandic selection “Söngvakeppnin 2022” will start next week. Here are the full details:

Semi – Final 1 [26th of February 2022]

Semi- Final 2 [5th of March 2022]

Björg Magnúsdóttir, Jón Jónsson and Ragnhildur Steinunn Jónsdóttir will be the hosts

Playlists

YouTube (Iceland Versions)
YouTube (English Versions)
Official Website
Apple Music


The team behind the Israeli song for Eurovision 2022 considers to make a revamp for the song “I.M“. However, nothing is official

The winners of “Supernova 2022” are Citi Zēni. They will perform the song “Eat Your Sallad

The combined results (jury+public vote) are:

  1. Citi Zeni-”Eat Your Salad”
  2. Aminata-”I’m Letting You Go”
  3. Bujans-”He,She,You and Me”
  4. Miks Galvanovskis -“I’m Just a Sinner”
  5. Elina Gluzonva-”Es Pabiju Tur”
  6. Mes Jus Milam-Ritch Itch
  7. Bermundu Divsturis-”BAD”
  8. Inspo-”A Happy Place”
  9. Raum-”Plans”
  10. Linda Ruseniece-”Pay My Own Bills”
  11. Miks Dukurs-”First Love”

The full results are:

Monika Liu is the winner of “Pabandom iš naujo 2022“.


She will represent Lithuania with the song “Sentimentai

The jury voted as follows:

The public voted as follows:

22 artists took part in the semi-final of “MESC 2022″.
16 of them qualified for the final:

The 17 finalists will perform in the following running order:

  1. Baklava Ft Nicole – Electric Indigo
  2. Norbert Bondin – How special you are
  3. Matt BLXCK – Come Around
  4. GIADA (Jade Vella) – REVELACIÓN
  5. Jessica Muscat – Kaleidoscope [wildcard winner]
  6. Raquel Galdes Briffa – Over You
  7. Nicole Hammett – A Lover’s Heart
  8. Miriana Conte – Look what you’ve done now
  9. Nicole Azzopardi – Into The Fire
  10. Sarah Bonnici – Heaven
  11. Enya Magri – Shame
  12. Denise Mercieca – Boy
  13. Emma Muscat – Out Of Sight
  14. Janice Mangion – Army
  15. Mark Anthony Bartolo – Serenity
  16. Aidan Cassar – Ritmu
  17. Richard Micallef – Hey Little

On Saturday, Malta will broadcast the final of “MESC 2022“. The winner will represent Malta at Eurovision 2022.

On Saturday, the 19th of February 2022, Norway will hold the grand final of “Melodi Grand Prix 2022“.


10 artists will compete in the following running order:

  1. Oda Gondrosen – Hammer of Thor [semi-final 3 winner]
  2. NorthKid Someone [automatic qualifiers]
  3. Anna-Lisa Kumoji – Queen Bees [automatic qualifier]
  4. Farida Louise – Dangerous [semi-final 2 winner]
  5. Sofie Fellvjang – Made of Glass [semi-final 4 winner]
  6.  Frode Black Flowers [semi-final 1 winner]
  7. Christian Ingebrigtsen – Wonder of the World [automatic qualifier]
  8. Maria Mohn – Fly [second-chance winner]
  9. Subwoolfer  Give That Wolf A Banana [automatic qualifiers]
  10. Elsie Bay – Death Of Us [automatic qualifier]

You can read Doron’s review here:

The results will probably be determined by 3 rounds (all of them with public voting).
4 artists will qulaify for the second round, while 2 artists will qualify for the third round.

Links to the digital platforms playlist

YouTube
Spotify
Apple Music

Poland will hold its national selection “Tu bije serce Europy! Wybieramy hity na Eurowizję 2022” on Saturday, the 19th of February 2022.

10 artists will compete in the selection in the following running order:

  1. Kuba Szmaikowski – Lovesick
  2. Ania Byrcyn – Dokąd
  3. Siostry Szlachta  Drogowskazy
  4. Lidia Kopania – Why Does It Hurt
  5. Karolina Stanisławczyk & Chika Toro – Move
  6. Karolina Lizer Czysta woda
  7. Unmute Louder Than Decibels
  8. Emilia D ębbska (Mila) – All I Need
  9. Ochman River
  10. Daria Paranoia

The showThe show will be hosted by Rafał Brzozowski (who represented Poland at Eurovision 2021)Ida Nowakowska and Małgorzata Tomaszewska – The three of them hosted Junior Eurovision 2020.

Aleksander Sikora and Marek Sierocki will be backstage / green room hosts.


The show will feature plenty of special guests:

  1. Eldar & Nikki – The winners Eurovision 2011 from Azerbaijan
  2. Kasia Moś – Represented Poland at Eurovision 2017
  3. Sara James – Represented Poland at JESC 2021
  4. Viki Gabor – The winner of JESC 2019 from Poland
  5. Tatiana Okupnik – The lead singer of Blue Café who represented Poland at Eurovision 2004
  6. Justyna Steczkowska – Represented Poland at Eurovision 1995

The results will be determined by 50% public vote and 50% jury public. The jury panel will consist 5 members.

The playlists can be found on different digital platforms:

YouTube
Spotify
Apple Music

You can read Doron‘s review here:

Last Saturday, Romania held the semi-final of “Selecţia Naţională 2022“.

The 10 qualifiers are:

  1. Alex Parker & Erik Frank & Bastien – All This Love
  2. Andrei Petruş – Take me
  3. Cream, Minodora ft. Diana Bucsa – România mea (My Romania)
  4. Petra – Ireligios (Irreligious)
  5. Kyrie Mendél – Hurricane
  6. MØISE – Guilty
  7. Gabriel Basco – One night
  8. VANU – Never give up
  9. WRS – Llámame (Call me)
  10. Dora Gaitanovici – Ana

San Marino has started to broadcast its long selection “Una Voce Per San Marino 2022

18 artists made it to the final: 9 established artists and 9 emerging artists:

  1. Aaron Sibley (United Kingdom 🇬🇧) – Pressure
  2. Achille Lauro (Italy 🇮🇹) – Stripper
  3. Alessia Labate (Italy 🇮🇹) – World Falls Down
  4. Burak Yeter (Turkey 🇹🇷) & Alessandro Coli (Italy 🇮🇹) – More Than You
  5. Cristina Ramos (Spain 🇪🇸) – Heartless Game
  6. Camille Cabaltera (Italy 🇮🇹) – Move ‘Em Like You Never Did
  7. Elena & Francesco Faggi (Italy 🇮🇹) – Nothing Can Blow Me Out
  8. Farby & Labiuse (Italy 🇮🇹) feat. Miodio (San Marino 🇸🇲) – Blu
  9. Francesco Monte (Italy 🇮🇹) – Mi ricordo di te (Adrenalina)
  10. Ivana Spagna (Italy 🇮🇹)– Seriously in Love
  11. Kurt Cassar (Malta 🇲🇹) – Tears of Gold
  12. Maria Chiara Leoni (Italy 🇮🇹) – Tiramisù
  13. Mate (Italy 🇮🇹) – DNA
  14. Matteo Faustini (Italy 🇮🇹) –L’ultima parola
  15. Sebastian Schimdt (Germany 🇩🇪) – Running
  16. Tony Cicco & Deshedus & Alberto Fortis (Italy 🇮🇹) – Sono un uomo
  17. Valerio Scanu (Italy 🇮🇹) – Io credo
  18. Vina Rose (Italy 🇮🇹) – Sweet Denial

9 Established Artists:

  1. Achille Lauro – Italian singer who participated in “Festival Di Sanremo 2022″.
  2. Farby & Labiuse feat. Miodio [Miodio represented San Marino in their debut at Eurovision 2008]
  3. Tony Cicco & Deshedus & Alberto Fortis
  4. Matteo Faustini – Italian singer who participated in “Festival Di Sanremo 2020″.
  5. Ivana Spagna – Italian singer who became known in 1980s
  6. Blind – withdrawn due to illness
  7. Valerio Scanu – The winner of “Festival Di Sanremo 2010″
  8. Burak Yeter & Alessandro Coli – Burak is a Turkish DJ that rose to fame in 2016, after releasing a hit that became successful in Europe.
  9. Francesco Monte
  10. Cristina Ramos – winner of “Spain’s Got Talent” in 2016

9 Emerging Artists:

  1. Aaron Sibley (United Kingdom 🇬🇧) – Pressure [46 points]
  2. Sebastian Schimdt (Germany 🇩🇪) – Running [44 points]
  3. Camille Cabaltera (Italy 🇮🇹) – Move ‘Em Like You Never Did [44 points]
  4. Vina Rose (Italy 🇮🇹) – Sweet Denial [43 points]
  5. Maria Chiara Leoni (Italy 🇮🇹) – Tiramisù [42 points]
  6. Alessia Labate (Italy 🇮🇹) – World Falls Down [42 points]
  7. Kurt Cassar (Malta 🇲🇹) – Tears of Gold [41 points]
  8. Mate (Italy 🇮🇹) – DNA [40 points]
  9. Elena & Francesco Faggi (Italy 🇮🇹) – Nothing Can Blow Me Out [40 points]

The results will be determined by a jury panel of 7 members

The grand final hosts are Senhit and Jonathan Kashanian 

Another line-up change in “Pesma za Evroviziju 2022”:

Goca Tržan needed to withdraw from the contest due to health reasons:

Instead of her,  CHEGI & Braća Bluz Bend will perform the song “Devojko sa plamenom u očima”. They are allocated to perform in the 6th spot in semi-final 2.

Slovenia will hold the final of “EMA 2022” on Saturday, the 19th of February 2022.
12 artists will compete in the following running order:

  1. Anabel – Tendency
  2. Stela Sofia – Tu In Zdaj (Eng: Here and Now)
  3. Manouche – Si Sama? (Eng: Are You Alone?)
  4. Leya Leanne – Naked
  5. BQL – Maj (Eng: Maט)
  6. Gušti feat. Leyre – Nova Romantika (Eng: New Romantica)
  7. July Jones – Girls Can Do Anything
  8. David Amaro – Še Vedno So Lepa (Eng: You’re Still Beautiful)
  9. LPS Disko (Eng: Disco)
  10. Hauptman – Sledim (Eng: I’m Following)
  11. LUMA – All In
  12. Batista Cadillac – Mim Pravil (Eng: Mim Rules)

The hosts of the show will be  Melani Mekicar and Bojan Cvjetićanin

The results will be determined by 50% national jury and 50% public vote.
It seems like the broadcster will follow the same voting method as in “EMA 2017”, with one round of voting only (in contrast to 2018 – 2020 where a “Super-Final” took place)

On Saturday, the 19th of February 2022, SVT will broadcast the 3rd semi-final of “Melodifestivalen 2022

7 artists will compete on 2 spots in the final.
While the 3rd and 4th place will have to wait for the “second chance” round.
all the 3 remaining artists will be eliminated.

  1. Cazzi Opeia (Moa Carlebecker) – “I Can’t Get Enough“ [audio snippet] [video snippet]
  2. Lancelot – Lyckligt Slut (Eng: Happy End) [audio snippet] [video snippet]
  3. Lisa Miskovsky – Best to come [audio snippet] [video snippet]
  4. Tribe Friday – “Shut Me Up” [audio snippet] [video snippet]
  5. Faith Kakembo – “Freedom“ [audio snippet] [video snippet]
  6. Linda Bengtzing – “Fyrfaldigt hurra!” (Eng: Four times hurray!) [audio snippet] [video snippet]
  7. Anders Bagge – “Bigger Than The Universe“ [audio snippet] [video snippet]

The main host of “Melodifestivalen 2022” will be Oscar Zia

He will be joined by various co-hosts along with the shows.

“Melodifestivalen 2022” full dates are:

Semi-Final 1 – 5th of February 2022 – Avicii Arena, Stockholm 
Semi-Final 2 – 12th of February 2022  Avicii Arena, Stockholm 
Semi-Final 3 – 19th of February 2022  Avicii Arena, Stockholm 
Semi-Final 4 – 26th of February 2022 – Friends Arena, Stockholm
Andra Chansen – 5th of March 2022 – Friends Arena, Stockholm
Final – 12th of March 2022 – Friends Arena, Stockholm

Last Saturday, Alina Pash won “Vidbir 2022″ with the song “Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors” (Тіні Забутих Предків).

However, the singer chose to withdraw from representing the country at Eurovision 2022

In 2014, Crimea (which previously has been under the control of Ukraine), was conquered by Russia.
One of the rules in Ukraine suggests that Ukrainian citizens are forbidden to reach Crimea by crossing the border from the Russian side. That means that flying to Crimea via Russia is forbidden by law.


However, it seems that Alina Pash has visited Crimea in 2015 while crossing the border from the Russian side.
Previously, Alina‘s team has supplied some documents that prove she had entered Crimea via the Ukrainian border. However, the broadcaster Suspline has some doubts about the authenticity of the documents.

The singer has released an official statement oh her Instagram profile:

The grammar of Ukraine, and the definition of the language of Ukraine, are the mainstay of the tradition of Ukraine in the world.
This is a story that you want to read – it’s not the one that’s written in your song.

I’m an artist, not a politician. I do not have an army of pilgrims, mendicants, or priests, and they have all the atonement of men, and they have many things to do; pogrom. This is the most commonly used form that can be used to create your own site.

I do not have a virtual window and the heater. Вилувна вина зараз – this award, which was awarded in the 2014 crown.

There is no such thing as a butter in this brownie story. This is the list of candidates for which you will be taking part in the Eurovision Song Contest. In the room. I did not like it.

We agree with the Suspicion and the Pamphlet of all documents.

If you want to share everything, you can download it and download it, you can write a song and it will be sent to you. Thank you!

We are working on our history, and we are trying to find out if 

Congratulations! Thank you very much!

The singer stated that she can’t protect herself anymore.
She sees the whole story as politics taking over art and music, and this is the main reason why she chose to remove her candidacy for Eurovision 2022.

It is still unknown who will represent Ukraine at Eurovision 2022.
However, it is clear that the artist will be among “Vidbir 2022” participants.
There’s a possibility that the country will withdraw from Eurovision 2022 (as happened in 2019 with Maruv). The broadcaster has already approached the Kalush Orchestra (who finished in 2nd place), but until they sign a contract, nothing is official.

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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