Around the Continent 2022 – Week 38

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.


Finally, we have the full playlist of Eurovision 2022 on all platforms:




Last Tuesday, EBU published the running order for the Eurovision 2022 semi-finals:

Head of the Contest, Twan Van De Nieuwenhuijzen, gave an interview to the Dutch NPO Radio 5 this week.
Twan Van De Nieuwenhuijzen (who acted as head of the Eurovision 2021 contest and was invited by RAI to extend his role for one more year) together with the show producers, was the one to decide about the running order of Eurovision 2022 semi-final.
The guidelines in deciding the running order were:

  • Create diversity between music genres, in the flow of the show
  • Consider the staging plans that each country has. So for example, countries with complicated staging will perform close to the start or end of the show or before/after commercial break.
  • He mentioned that the reason Albania was chosen to open was the memorable beat in the song.
  • Latvia has been chosen to perform after Albania, due to differences in the staging concept between the countries: Albania will probably rely on dark staging, dark close with use of lights. Meanwhile Latvia will bring a fresh and colorful staging.
  • Albania will bring upbeat ethnic pop, which is very different from the funky pop Latvia has.
  • He hinted that Finland has an ambitious staging.
  • The United Kingdom will bring a surprising staging concept – “Something to keep your eyes on”.

(Eurovision 2021 stage crew, credit: NPO/NOS/AVROTROS NATHAN REINDS)

In addition, it was revealed that the stage crew will have only 35 seconds between 2 performances to prepare the stage. Therefore, the Italian crew will get the help of some of the Dutch people who have done so in 2021.
As part of the security, water won’t be allowed

The stage for Eurovision 2022 is under construction!

Tickets for Eurovision 2022 will be available starting Thursday, the 7th of April 2022.
The number of tickets will be depend on the Covid situation and regulations in Italy.

Eurovision 2022 postcards will be given in a similar mechanism to Eurovision 2021.
Postcards will be shown ahead of each performance. Each country will have a different postcard. The aim is to tell us a little bit about the artist’s character, and namely to promote the host country.
This means that the artists will film their appearances in front of a green screen, outside of Italy.
These films will be combined with Italian sites.
20 Italian regions will be featured in the postcards this year – 2 postcards for each region.
According to Agrigentonotizie, one of the Italian sites to be included is Scal dei Turchi

Known regions and sites to date are:

  • Ravenna
  • Terni & the Marmore falls in Umbria
  • Civita di Bagnoregio in Lazio
  • Perugia
  • Sicily
  • Naples
  • Venice

One of the interval acts will be a duet of 2 of the hosts: Mika and Laura Pausini.
They will sing together in semi-final 2

Mia Dimšić has released an official video clip for the Croatian version of her Eurovision 2022 song.
The Croatian version is named “Netko Drugi” (In Eng: someone else).

Circus Mircus has released an official video clip for “Lock Me In

Greek Eurovision website EurovisionFun has revealed some details about the planned staging of the Greek performance at Eurovision 2022.
Fokas Evangelinos will be the artistic director of Greece this year.
Amanda will be accompanied by 5 women on stage. They will wear white tunics.

The stage will refer to Erechtheion and the Caryatids

Celia Kritharioti will be responsible for the dressing.

Michael Ben David has revealed he will be joined by 5 dancers on the Eurovision 2022 stage.
One of them will be Tomer Tenenboym who has already experienced dancing on the Eurovision stage. He was a backing dancer for Israel at Eurovision 2015 and 2017.
In 2019, he was one of the dancers to accompany Netta in her interval act.
Israel will hire an international choreographer who has worked with Dua Lipa in the past.
Marvin Dietmann will be the artistic director of the performance.

Next week, Israel will hold the Eurovision promotional event “Israel Calling 2022″.
The artists that have confirmed their arrival so far are:

  1. 🇮🇱 Israel: Michael Ben David
  2. 🇦🇱 Albania: Ronela Hajati
  3. 🇲🇹 Malta: Emma Muscat
  4. 🇩🇪 Germany: Malik Harris
  5. 🇷🇴 Romania: WRS
  6. 🇪🇪 Estonia: STEFAN
  7. 🇲🇪 Montenegro: Vladana Vucinic
  8. 🇫🇷 France: Alvan & Ahez
  9. 🇵🇱 Poland: Ochman
  10. 🇧🇬 Bulgaria: Intelligent Music Project
  11. 🇨🇿 Czech Republic: We Are Dom
  12. 🇲🇰 North Macedonia: Andrea
  13. 🇭🇷 Croatia: Mia Dimšić
  14. 🇦🇲 Armenia: Rosa Linn
  15. 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan: Nadir Rustamli
  16. 🇮🇪 Ireland: Brooke
  17. 🇦🇺 Australia: Sheldon Riley
  18. 🇬🇪 Georgia: Circus Mircus
  19. 🇱🇹 Lithuania: Monika LIU
  20. 🇦🇹 Austria: LUM!X feat. Pia Maria
  21. 🇱🇻 Latvia: Citi Zēni
  22. 🇲🇩 Moldova: Zdob și Zdub & Frații Advahov
  23. 🇷🇸 Serbia: Konstrakta

As part of the Eurovision regulation, Italy will have to shorten “Brividi” to last no more than 3 minutes.
Mahmood and Blanco will sing a shortened version at Eurovision, where the last chorus is shorter.

In the original version, the last chorus was

Nudo con i brividi
a volte non so esprimermi
e ti vorrei amare, ma sbaglio sempre
e ti vorrei rubare un cielo di perle
e pagherei per andar via,
Accetterei anche una bugia
e ti vorrei amare ma sbaglio sempre
e mi vengono i brividi, brividi, brividi.

Now it will be:

Nudo con i brividi
a volte non so esprimermi
e ti vorrei amare, ma sbaglio sempre
e mi vengono i brividi, brividi, brividi.

In addition, the band Rockin’ 1000 will be part of the shows in Turin

Vladana will release an Italian and a Finnish version of “Breathe” with a videoclip in the coming days

The Italian version “Respira” will be released on Monday.

A snippet from the Finnish version “Jää” is already available:

Vladana stated that Montenegro will bring something unprecedented to the stage performance.
The singers reacted:

“I will show the best and unprecedented performance of Montenegro. It will not be just words. You can be sure of that. You will see the harmony of fashion and technology on stage. I will try to give my country the best result”

North Macedonian broadcaster MRT has revealed more details about the country’s plans for Eurovision 2022:

Andrea, who will perform “Circles,” will be joined by 2 backing singers: Renata Kralevska and Ana Petanovska..

Caci Pakovska, who created Andrea‘s outfit for the official video clip, will be responsible for her outfill in Turin as well

The creative director will be Biljana Pasharikovska.
Andrea commented:

This is a very personal project and we’ve decided that the people who know me best should be part of it. Biljana is a person who not only helps me feel the stage as my home, but also gives me support and stability. I would not reveal much about the stage performance, except that the emphasis is on my authentic expression and the movements only support it

Maro has confirmed she will be joined by 5 female backing singers at Eurovision 2022 as well.
However, not all of them have performed with her in the “Festival da Canção 2022“.
Some of them will be singers who competed in the festival this year.

These 5 singers will join Maro:

  1. Diana Castro – competed in the “Festival da Canção 2022” with the song “Ginger Ale” and ended in the 4th place.
  2. Milhanas – competed in the “Festival da Canção 2022” with the song “Corpo de Mulhe” and ended in the 7th place.
  3. Beatriz Pessoa – competed in the “Festival da Canção 2018” with the song “Corpo de Mulhe” and didn’t qualify for the final
  4. Beatriz Fonseca
  5. Carolina Leite

WRS has released a revamped version of his song “Llámame“. This version will be performed at the Eurovision Song Contest

The official audio version of “Disko” by LPS was released today:

Marius Bear gave his first live performance of “Boys Do Cry“.
The performance was part of a show broadcast by Italian-language Swiss broadcaster RSI.

Due to the complicated situation in Ukraine (following Russia‘s invasion of Ukraine‘s territory), the EBU has allowed the Ukrainian broadcaster to use the “Vidbir 2022” recorded performance as the back-up video, in case Kalush Orchestra won’t be able to arrive to Turin

Doron Lahav is 30-year-old, who lives in Israel. Doron has been watching the Eurovision Song Contest since early 2000s. Doron works as a Data Scientist and shows interest in singing and writing.

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