Around the Continent 2022 – Week 35

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.


Ronela Hajati has released a revamped version of her song “Sekret” for Eurovision 2022:

You can watch the official video-clip here:

Last Saturday, Sheldon Riley won “Australia Decides 2022

He will perform the song “Not The Same” at Eurovision 2022

The full results can be shown here:


The Austrian entry for Eurovision 2022 will be released on Friday, the 11th of March 2022.


DJ Lumix and the singer Pia Maria will perform a dance pop song named “Halo

You can listen to the snippet of the song here:

Nadir Rustamli is working on the final preparations for his Eurovision 2022 entry.
According to Azerbaijani media, and especially the website 12xal, we can reveal the following details:

  1. Ictimai TV has received around 300 demo versions
  2. 6 songs were shortlisted for the final round.
  3. The song for Eurovision 2022 was chosen by a professional jury.
  4. Final preparations for the video-clip are underway.
  5. The song will be released next week

According to RTBF, the Belgian entry will be released on Thursday, the 10th of March 2022.
The song will be revealed on Vivacité between 8:00 and 9:00 CET.

You can listen to a snippet from the song here:

According to the greek media, the singer Andromachi will represent Cyprus at Eurovision 2022.
Her song will be released on the 9th of March 2022.

It has been said that her song will include Ethnic elements, including bouzouki.
Alex Papaconstantinou is probably the songwriter.


On Saturday (5th of March 2022), Denmark will hold its selection for Eurovision 2022 – “Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2022“.
The hosts are Tina Müller and Martin Brygmann.

8 artists will perform in the following running order:

  1. Patrick Dorgan – Vinden suser ind (Eng: The wind is blowing in)
  2. Conf3ssions – Hallelujah
  3. Der var engang  En skønne dag (Eng: someday)
  4. Fuld Effekt  Rave med de hårde drenge (Eng: Rave with the tough boys)
  5. Josie Elinor & Jack Warren – Let me go
  6. Morten Fillipsen – Happy Go Lucky
  7. REDDI  The Show
  8. Juncker – Kommet for at blive (Eng: come to stay)

You can read Doron‘s review here:

Links for the digital platforms playlist

YouTube
Spotify
Apple Music

Last Saturday, The Rasmus won “UMK 2022“. Therefore they will perform the song “Jezebel” at Eurovision 2022:

France will broadcast “C’est Vous Qui Décidez 2022” on Saturday.
Stéphane Bern & Laurence Boccolini will host the show

The results will be determined by 2 rounds:

Round 1 – The public will choose 5 songs and another song will be chosen by the jury panel
Round 2 – The resuls will be determined by 50% public vote and 50% jury voting

The 12 competing acts will perform in the following running order:

  1. SOA – Seule
  2. Joan – Madame
  3. Saam – Il est où ?
  4. Elia – Téléphone
  5. Marius – Les Chansons d’Amour
  6. Hélène in Paris – Paris mon amour
  7. Joanna – Navigateur
  8. Alvan & Ahez – Fulenn
  9. Julia – Chut
  10. Cyprien Zeni – Ma Famille
  11. Pauline Chagne – Nuit Pauline
  12. Elliott – La tempête

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

YouTube [Studio versions + Live performances]
YouTube Live Performances

The members of the jury panel will be:

You can read Doron‘s review of the songs here

Germany held its national selection for Eurovision 2022 –Germany 12 Points“.
They performed in the running order:

  1. Malik Harris – “Rockstars
  2. Maël & Jonas – “I Swear To God
  3. Eros Atomus – “Alive
  4. Emily Roberts – “Soap
  5. Felicia Lu – “Anxiety
  6. Nico Suave & Team Liebe – “Hallo Welt

According to Greek media, including MEGA TV (Greek TV), the Greek entry for Eurovision 2022 will be revealed on the 10th of March 2022

She will sing an emotional indie-pop ballad, probably under the title “Die Together“.
Amanda wrote the song following a meaningful break-up.

The video clip was recorded on the Island of Symi:

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 a 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

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

Germany will hold tonight (4th of March 2022) its national selection for Eurovision 2022 – “Germany 12 Points“.

6 artists will take part in the selection in the following running order:

  1. Malik Harris – “Rockstars
  2. Maël & Jonas – “I Swear To God
  3. Eros Atomus – “Alive
  4. Emily Roberts – “Soap
  5. Felicia Lu – “Anxiety
  6. Nico Suave & Team Liebe – “Hallo Welt

Barbara Schöneberger will host the show at Studio Berlin Adlershof.
The results will be determined by public voting (SMS, online and phone voting). Public radio voting opened on the 28th of February 2022. 50% of the results will be determined by the preliminary votes and 50% from the online votes during the show.

The show will include some special guests:

  • Conchita Wurst (Eurovision 2014, winner) – Austria
  • Jamala (Eurovision 2016, winner) – Ukraine
  • Jane Comerford (Eurovision 2006, lead singer of Texas Lightning) – Germany
  • Thomas Hermanns – German spokesperson at Eurovision 2005 – 2008
  • Bülent Ceylan – German comedian and Kabarett artist

The second semi-final of “Söngvakeppnin 2022” will take place on Saturday (the 5th of March 2022).

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

5 artists will perform in the following running order:

  1. Markéta Irglová – Mögulegt / Possible (English Version)
  2. SUNCITY & SANNA – Hækkum Í Botn / Keep It Cool (English Version)
  3. Reykjavíkurdætur (Daughters of Reykjavík) – Tökum Af Stað / Turn This Around (English Version)
  4. Katla – Þaðan Af / Then Again (English Version)
  5. Hanna Mia and The Astrotourists – Séns Með Þér / Gemini (English Version)

According to the Söngvakeppnin regulation, each song will be performed in the Icelandic language in the semi-finals.

2 of them will qualify for the final, based on the public vote.

Playlists

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

You can read Doron’s review here:

Last week, the 2 qualifiers were:

Sigga, Beta and Elín – Með Hækkandi Sól

Stefán Óli – Ljósið 

The revamped version of “I.M” by Michael Ben David will be released soon alongside an official video-clip.
Based on our information, the new version will feature trumpet playing as well.

Here is the snippet from the video-clip:

On the 19th of February 2022, Emma Muscat won “MESC 2022” with the song “Out of Sight

However, it seems that TVM might use the same way as in 2016.
This means that even though the singer won with “Out of Sight“, she might perform another song at Eurovision 2022.
According to rumors, the one who is responsible for the new song will be Borislav Milanov. He is a Bulgarian composer who was involved in several Eurovision entries like:

  • Malta (2019 and 2020)
  • North Macedonia 2017
  • Serbia 2017
  • Bulgaria (2011, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2020)
  • Germany 2020
  • Austria 2018
  • Azerbaijan 2019

Emma published this photo on her Instagram, suggesting she is in the recording studio with her “MESC 2022” trophy:

Vladana will perform the song “Breathe” at Eurovision 2022

The premiere of the song will be in the show “Montenegro, dodici punti”.
The special guests in the show are:

  1. Andrea – The singer will represent North Macedonia at Eurovision 2022 with “Circles
  2. Knez – Represented Montenegro at Eurovision 2015
  3. Nina Zizic – Represented Montenegro at Eurovision 2013 (Together with Who See)
  4. Luka Vojvodić – The singer was part of the group who represented Montengro at Eurovision 2016 and part of the group who represented Serbia & Montengro at Eurovision 2005
  5. Tamara Vujačić – Part of the group D Mol who represented Montengro at Eurovision 2019


S10 will perform the song “De Diepte” at Eurovision 2022


Subwoolfer released an official video clip of “Give That Wolf A Banana

Portugal will broadcast the 2 semi-finals of “Festival da Canção 2022”

The hosts are:

  •  Sónia Araújo + Jorge Gabriel [Semi-Final 1]
  • Tânia Ribas de Oliveira + José Carlos Malato [Semi-Final 2]
  • Filomena Cautela + Vasco Palmeirim [Final]
  • Inês Lopes Gonçalves [Green Room]

Semi-Final 1 – 5th of March 2022

  1. Os Quatro E Meia – Amanhã
  2. TheMisterDriver – Calisun 
  3. Diana Castro – Ginger Ale
  4. FF – Como É Bom Esperar Alguém
  5. Norton – Hope 
  6. Aurea – Why?
  7. Kumpania Algazarra – A Minha Praia
  8. MARO – saudade, saudade
  9. Valas & Os Astronautas – Odisseia
  10. Fado Bicha – ​​Povo pequenino

Semi-Final 2 – 7th of March 2022

  1. Os Azeitonas  Solta a Voz e Canta
  2. Cubita – Uma Mensagem Tua 
  3. Inês Homem de Melo – Fome de Viagem
  4. SYRO – Ainda nos Temos 
  5. Pepperoni Passion – Código 30
  6. Milhanas – Corpo de Mulher
  7. O Vampiro Submarino – Ao Lado de Mim
  8. Jonas – Pontas Soltas 
  9. Blacci – Mar No Fim 
  10. Pongo e Tristany – DÉGRÁ.DÊ 

The jury panel will consist of 7 members:

  1. Dino D’Santiago: Kady‘s songwriter at the “Festival da Canção 2020″
  2. Dulce Pontes:  Portugal’s representative at the Eurovision 1991
  3. Miguel Cadete: Editorial Director of Blitz
  4. Pedro Granger: Actor and presenter, moderator of press conferences at Eurovision 2018
  5. Surma: “Festival da Canção 2019″ finalist
  6. Tatanka: Lead singer of The Black Mamba, representatives of Portugal at Eurovision 2021
  7. Teresa Salgueiro: Singer

You can find the full playlists here:

YouTube
Spotify
Apple Music


Romania will hold its national selection “Selecţia Naţională 2022” on Saturday, the 5th of March 2022.

Eda Marcus and Aurelian Temișan will host the show, while Ilinca Băcilă (who represented Romania at Eurovision 2017, as part of a duo) will be the green room host.

10 artists will perform in the final:

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

The results will be determined by a weight of 5/6 jury voting and 1/6 public vote

The show will feature several special guests:

Jamala – The singer who represented Ukraine at Eurovision 2016 and won the trophy. She will perform the song “1944“:


And 7 of Eurovision 2022 participants:

  • 🇦🇱 Albania: Ronela Hajati
  • 🇧🇬 Bulgaria: Intelligent Music Project
  • 🇲🇩 Moldova: Zdob și Zdub & Frații Advahov
  • 🇲🇪 Montenegro: Vladana Vucinic
  • 🇨🇿 Czech Republic: We Are Domi
  • 🇲🇰 North Macedonia: Andrea
  • 🇪🇪 Estonia: Stefan

All studio versions can be played HERE on all platforms:

Spotify

AppleMusic

YouTube

Achille Lauro relreased the official audio (and lyrics video) of his Eurovision 2022 entry – “Stripper“:

Serbia broadcasts its national selection “Pesma za Evroviziju ’22″ this week.

Dragana Kosjerina and Jovan Radomir hostthe show with the help of Kristina Radenković and Stefan Popović in the green room


The participants of semi-final 2 are:

  1. Srđan Lazić – Tražim te
  2. Julijana Vincan – Istina i laži
  3. Marko Nikolić – Dođi da te volim
  4. Zoe Kida – Bejbi
  5. Orkestar Aleksandra Sofronijevića – Anđele moj 
  6. CHEGI & Braća Bluz Bend – Devojko sa plamenom u očima
  7. Euterpa – Nedostaješ
  8. Dušan Svilar – Samo ne reci da voliš 
  9. Ivana Vladović i Jovana Stanimirović – Prijaće ti
  10. Gift – Haos
  11. Zejna Murkić – Nema te
  12. Sara Jo – Muškarčina
  13. Marija Mirković – Požuri, požuri
  14. Rocher Etno Band – Hajde sad nek’ svak’ peva
  15. Vasco – Znaš li
  16. Tijana Dapčević – Ljubi, ljubi doveka
  17. Gramophonedzie – Počinjem da ludim
  18. Naiva – Skidam

9 of them will qualify for the final, based on 50% public vote and 50% jury voting.


Semi-final 1 qualifiers are:

  1. Biber – Dve godine i šes’ dana
  2. Zorja – Zorja 
  3. LIFT – Drama
  4. Aca Lukas – Oskar
  5. Konstrakta – In Corpore Sano
  6. Ivona Pantelić – Znam
  7. Angellina – Origami
  8. Marija Mikić – Ljubav me inspiriše
  9. Ana Stanić – Ljubav bez dodira


This means that 18 artists (9 of the each semi-final) will particiapte in the final on Saturday, the 5th of March 2022. The running order will be:

  1. Semi-final 2 qualifier
  2. Semi-final 2 qualifier
  3. Semi-final 2 qualifier
  4. Semi-final 2 qualifier
  5. Semi-final 2 qualifier
  6. LIFT – Drama
  7. Semi-final 2 qualifier
  8. Zorja – Zorja 
  9. Aca Lukas – Oskar
  10. Semi-final 2 qualifier
  11. Semi-final 2 qualifier
  12. Ana Stanić – Ljubav bez dodira
  13. Biber – Dve godine i šes’ dana
  14. Angellina – Origami
  15. Semi-final 2 qualifier
  16. Ivona Pantelić – Znam
  17. Marija Mikić – Ljubav me inspiriše
  18. Konstrakta – In Corpore Sano

Chanel, the winner of “Benidorm Fest 2022“, has started working on the video clip of “Slomo“:

The 5th semi-final (or “Second-chance) of “Melodifestivalen 2022” will take place on Saturday, the 5th of March 2022.
8 artists (who came in 3rd and 4th places in the 4 semi-finals) will compete on 4 spots in the final.
They were divided into 2 groups (each one of 4 artists).
2 artists will qualify from each group.

Group 1

  1. Tone Sekelius – My Way
  2. Alvaro Estrella – Suave
  3. Danne Stråhed – Hallabaloo
  4. Anna Bergendahl – Higher Power

Group 2

  1. THEOZ – Som du vill
  2. Lisa Miskovsky – Best to Come
  3. Lillasyster  Till Our Days Are Over
  4. Cazzi Opeia – I Can’t Get Enough

They will join the 8 acts already qualified in the earlier rounds:

  • Cornelia Jakobs – Hold Me Closer
  • Robin Bengtsson – Inocent Love
  • Liamoo – Bluffin
  • John Lundvik – Änglavakt
  • Faith Kakembo – Freedom
  • Anders Bagge – Bigger Than The Universe
  • Klara Hammarström – Run To The Hills
  • MEDINA – In I Dimman

All the songs participating can be streamed in all platforms HERE:

YouTube
Spotify
Apple Music

Switzerland will reveal its artist and song for Eurovision 2022 on Tuesday, the 8th of March 2022.

What we do know up to now is that the entry was chosen in a similar process of selecting 2019 and 2020 entries combining the broadcast opinions together with a 100 audience panel and an international expert jury. Among the jury this time some familiar faces to the Eurovision fans such as Gabriela Horn (A.K.A PÆNDA) who represented Austria in 2019, Ilinca Bacilli (Romania 2017), and Tinkara Kovač (Slovenia  2014). The International jury full list can be found here

According to rumors, the singer Zian may represent Switzerland this year


You can listen to one of his songs (not the one for Eurovision, if so):

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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