ESC 2022 – Selezioni Nazionali – 1ª Semi-Finale

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La selezione dei partecipanti all’Eurovision Song Contest spetta alle emittenti televisive competenti dei singoli stati. A loro spetta la scelta del metodo di selezione: una selezione interna (quindi cantante e/o brano vengono scelti dall’emittente stessa), come accade solitamente per San Marino o Australia, oppure può organizzare un festival musicale (il pubblico sceglie un vincitore che viene invitato a partecipare all’Eurovision Song Contest), come accade in Norvegia (Norsk Melodi Grand Prix), Svezia (Melodifestivalen), Italia (Festival di Sanremo), Grecia (Ellinikós Telikós) e molti altri. Il vincitore dell’eventuale festival però non è obbligato a partecipare all’Eurovision Song Contest né tanto meno è obbligato ad esibirsi con la canzone vincitrice, ad esempio Iva Zanicchi ha vinto il Festival di Sanremo nel 1969, in coppia con Bobby Solo, con la canzone “Zingara”, ma all’Eurovision Song Contest si presentò da sola con il brano “Due grosse lacrime bianche”. Con il tempo buona parte delle emittenti sta abbandonando la selezione interna in favore del festival musicale.

I partecipanti non devono obbligatoriamente avere vincoli di nazionalità (ad esempio nel 1988 la Svizzera vinse con la cantante canadese Céline Dion) e le canzoni non hanno restrizioni riguardanti la lingua (anche se nelle prime edizioni vigeva un obbligo di cantare in una delle lingue ufficiali del proprio paese).

L’Eurovision Song Contest 2021 sarà la 65ª edizione dell’annuale concorso canoro e si terrà presso l’Ahoy Rotterdam a Rotterdam, nei Paesi Bassi.

Il 18 marzo 2020 l’Unione europea di radiodiffusione (UER) ha annunciato la cancellazione dell’edizione 2020 a causa della pandemia di COVID-19 che ha coinvolto diverse regioni del mondo tra cui, più duramente, la Cina e l’Europa. Successivamente è stato annunciato che la manifestazione verrà riorganizzata nel maggio 2021 e sono in corso discussioni con le emittenti olandesi NPO, NOS, AVROTROS, incaricate di organizzare la precedente edizione, e la città di Rotterdam sulla riorganizzazione dell’evento nella stessa città o meno.

Il 16 maggio 2020, durante la trasmissione dello show Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light, è stato confermato che la città Rotterdam avrebbe ospitato l’evento.

A seguito della cancellazione l’UER ha valutato la possibilità di consentire ai brani selezionati di competere nel 2021; tuttavia, il 20 marzo 2020, è stato confermato dal gruppo di referenza che, in conformità al regolamento, ciò non sarebbe avvenuto, lasciando però la possibilità alle singole emittenti di selezionare nuovamente i rappresentanti annunciati per il 2020.

Il 16 maggio 2020 l’EBU-UER e AVROTROS hanno confermato che lo slogan ufficiale dell’evento resterà Open Up, il medesimo pianificato per l’edizione annullata.

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Eurovision Song Contest 2021 ← Eurovision Song Contest 2022 → Eurovision Song Contest 2023 Contest

Albania • Armenia • Australia • Austria • Azerbaigian • Belgio • Bulgaria • Croazia • Cipro • Repubblica Ceca • Danimarca • Estonia • Finlandia • Georgia • Grecia • Islanda • Irlanda • Israele 

• Country: 🇦🇱 Albania

• National selection:

  • Selection process: Festivali i Këngës 60 (Festivali i Këngës në RTSH 2022)
  • Selection date(s): Semi-finals (Gjysmëfinalet): 27 December 2021 (Contestants night), 28 December 2021 (Nostalgia night)  I Final (Finalja): 29 December 2021 (Eurovision night)
  • Host venue: Pallati i Kongreseve, Tirana
  • Presenter(s): Ardit Gjebrea, Isli Islami, Kelvi Kadilli, Xhemi Shehu, Jonida Maliqi
  • Host broadcaster: RTSH
  • Participants: 20
  • Number of entries:
  • Selection entrant: Ronela Hajati
  • Selection song: Sekret
  • Selected songwriter(s): Ronela Hajati, Marko Polo

• Final performance: 

  • Semi-final result: 1º SF 1: 
  • Final result: 

Albania is scheduled to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Turin, Italy. Its entry will be selected through the national selection competition Festivali i Këngës, which will be organised by Radio Televizioni Shqiptar (RTSH) in December 2021.

Background: Prior to the 2022 contest, Albania participated in the Eurovision Song Contest seventeen times since its first entry in 2004. The nation’s highest placing in the contest, to this point, was fifth place, which was achieved in 2012 with the song “Suus” performed by Rona Nishliu. Albania achieved its second-highest placing during their first participation in 2004, with the song “The Image of You” by Anjeza Shahini finishing in seventh place. During its tenure in the contest, the nation failed to qualify for the final seven times, with the 2016 and 2017 entries being the most recent non-qualifiers. Since 2018, it managed to qualify for the final in both the 2018 and 2019 contests, as well as in the 2021 contest, with Anxhela Peristeri finishing 21st place with “Karma”. In July 2021, the national broadcaster of Albania, Radio Televizioni Shqiptar (RTSH), confirmed Albania’s participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Italy. RTSH broadcasts the contest within Albania and organises the selection process for the nation’s entry. Since its debut in 2004, it has consistently selected its entry through the long-standing competition Festivali i Këngës.

Before Eurovision: 

Festivali i Këngës 60: The Festivali i Këngës 2021 was the 60th edition of the annual Albanian music competition Festivali i Këngës. It was organised by Radio Televizioni Shqiptar (RTSH) at the Palace of Congresses in Tirana, Albania, and consisted of two semi-finals on 27 and 28 December, respectively, and the final on 29 December 2021. The three live shows were hosted by Ardit Gjebrea, Isli Islami, Jonida Maliqi, Kelvi Kadilli and Xhemi Shehu. Ronela Hajati with the song “Sekret” emerged as the winner of the contest and will thus represent Albania in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Turin, Italy.

Radio Televizioni Shqiptar (RTSH) organised the 60th edition of Festivali i Këngës in order to select the nation’s representative for the Eurovision Song Contest 2022. The competition consisted of two semi-finals on 27 and 28 December, respectively, and the final on 29 December 2021. The three live shows were hosted by Albanian presenters Ardit Gjebrea, Isli Islami, Kelvi Kadilli, Xhemi Shehu and singer Jonida Maliqi. From 5 July 2021 to 15 October 2021, interested artists were able to submit their entries to the broadcaster. A provisional list of 20 artists was released on 9 November 2021, as shortlisted by a jury panel consisting of Ardit Gjebrea, Arta Marku, Elton Deda, Klodian Qafoku, Marjan Deda, Redi Treni and Zefina Hasani to compete in the semi-finals of the contest. Their songs were made available to listen on the RTSH’s official YouTube channel on 3 December 2021.

Format: The 60th edition of Festivali i Këngës was organised by Radio Televizioni Shqiptar (RTSH) in order to determine Albania’s representative for the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Turin, Italy. The contest consisted of two semi-finals on 27 and 28 December and the grand final on 29 December 2021. The three live shows were hosted by Albanian presenters Ardit Gjebrea, Isli Islami, Kelvi Kadilli, Xhemi Shehu and singer Jonida Maliqi. In contrast to the prior year’s outdoor location due to the ongoing pandemic of COVID-19, the contest was again held as per tradition at the Palace of Congresses in Tirana, Albania.

Contestants: RTSH opened an application period for interested artists and composers to submit their applications between 2 July and 30 September 2021 to the broadcaster before extending it to 15 October 2021. A provisory list of 20 artists followed on 9 November 2021, shortlisted by a jury panel consisting of Ardit Gjebrea, Arta Marku, Elton Deda, Klodian Qafoku, Marjan Deda, Redi Treni and Zefina Hasani to compete in the semi-finals of the contest. Their songs were made available to listen to on the RTSH’s official YouTube channel on 3 December 2021.

Participants: Established artists

Participants: Established artists
Artist Song Composer(s) Lyricist(s)
Alban Ramosaj (Alban Kamerolli) “Theje” (Break It) Marko Polo Alban Ramosaj
Denis Skura “Pse nuk flet, mama?” (Mother, Why Don’t you Speak?) Petrit Sinameti  Petrit Sinameti
Endri and Stefi Prifti (Endri dhe Stefi Prifti) “Triumfi i jetës” (The Triumph of Life) Jetmir Barbullushi Zhuliana Jorganxhi
Evi Reçi “Më duaj” (Love Me) Flamur Shehu Zhuljana Jorganxhi
Gjergj Kaçinari (Kachinari) “Në ëndërr mbete ti” (You Remain in Dreams) Gjergj Kaçinari Gjergj Kaçinari
Janex (Xhejn Kumrija) “Deluzional” (Delusional) Janex Janex
Kastro Zizo (Klevis Bega) “Kujë” (Mourn) Kastro Zizo Kastro Zizo
Kelly “Meteor” (Meteor) Kelly Kelly
Mirud (Durim Morina) “Për dreq” (Damn) Kledi Bahiti Mirud
Rezarta Smaja “E jemja nuse” (The Bride of Mine) Shkodra Elektronike Shkodra Elektronike
Ronela Hajati “Sekret” (Secret) Marko Polo Ronela Hajati
Sajmir Çili “Nën maskë” (Under The Mask) Sajmir Çili Pandi Laço
Shega (Giorgio Fusco, Saverio Guzzetta, Rosa Alongi, Giorgio Ciulla, Alessandro Ferrantelli) “Një” (One) Giorgio Fusco  Giorgio Fusco
Urban Band (Andi Tanko, Jurgen Cara, Dritan Hekurani, Sajmir Tatushi) “Padrejtësi” (Injustice) Urban Band Urban Band

Participants: New artists

Participants: New artists
Artist Song Composer(s) Lyricist(s)
Eldis Arrnjeti “Refuzoj” (I Refuse) Bujar Daci Eldis Arrnjeti
Ester Zahiri “Hiena” (Hyena) Kledi Bahiti Kledi Bahiti
Kejsi Rustja “Vallëzoj me ty” (Dance With You) Kejsi Rustja Kejsi Rustja
Olimpia Smajlaj “Dua” (I Want) Genti Lako Olimpia Smajlaj
Viola Xhemali “Eja si erë” (Come As The Wind) Sokol Marsi Sokol Marsi
Xhuliana ‘Xhuli’ Pjetraj “Baladë” (Ballad) Enis Mullaj Eriona Rushiti

Semi-finals (Shows):

Semi-final 1 (Contestants night): The first show took place on 27 December 2021 at 21:00 (CET). Three out of six contestants of the New artists section were selected by a seven-member jury panel, consisting of Anxhela Peristeri, Agim Doçi, Anxhela Faber, Osman Mula, Rozana Radi, Olsa Toqi and Olti Curri, to advance to the third show of the contest. However, all 14 contestants of the Established artists section advanced to the third show with no qualifications taking place beforehand.

Contestants night–27 December 2021
Draw Artist Song
1
Kelly Meteor
2
Mirud Për dreq
3
Urban Band Padrejtësi
4
Evi Reçi Më duaj
5
Kastro Zizo Kujë
6
Ester Zahiri Hiena” – Qualifier
7
Viola Xhemali Eja si erë
8
Eldis Arrnjeti Refuzoj” – Qualifier
9
Kejsi Rustja Vallëzoj me ty
10
Xhuli Pjetraj Baladë
11
Olimpia Smajlaj Dua” – Qualifier
12
Shega Një
13
Gjergj Kaçinari Në ëndërr mbete ti
14
Denis Skura Pse nuk flet, mama?
15
Endri and Stefi Prifti Triumfi i jetës
16
Janex Deluzional
17
Ronela Hajati Sekret
18
Sajmir Çili Nën maskë
19
Rezarta Smaja E jemja nuse
20
Alban Ramosaj Theje

Semi-final 2 (Duet night / Nostalgia night): The second show took place on 28 December 2021 at 21:00 (CET). The contestants performed in a duet with previous personalities of Festivali i Këngës except the three newcomers, who presented acoustic versions of their songs.

Duet night–28 December 2021
Draw Artist(s) Song
1
Evi Reçi and Liljana Kondakçi Më duaj
2
Denis Skura and Bashkim Alibali  Pse nuk flet, mama?
3
Rezarta Smaja and Irma Libohova E jemja nuse
4
Ester Zahiri Hiena
5
Eldis Arrnjeti Refuzoj
6
Olimpia Smajlaj Dua
7
Alban Ramosaj and Gjergj Leka  Theje
8
Janex and Pirro Çako Deluzional
9
Shega and Gili  Një
10
Kastro Zizo and Justina Aliaj  Kujë
11
Urban Band and Kozma Dushi  Padrejtësi
12
Endri, Stefi Prifti and Myfarete Laze  Triumfi i jetës
13
Mirud and Afërdita Zonja Për dreq
14
Ronela Hajati and Sabri Fejzullahu  Sekret
15
Gjergj Kaçinari and Mihrije Braha Në ëndërr mbete ti
16
Kelly and Aleksandër Gjoka  Meteor
17
Sajmir Çili and Luan Zhegu  Nën maskë

Final (Eurovision night): The third and final night of Festivali i Këngës took place on 29 December 2021 at 21:00 (CET). For the first time, the contestants were permitted to perform in English or any other language. The winner of the contest was determined by the combination of the votes by a seven-member jury panel, consisting of Anxhela Peristeri, Agim Doçi, Anxhela Faber, Osman Mula, Rozana Radi, Olsa Toqi and Olti Curri. Before the end of the contest, Ronela Hajati with “Sekret” emerged as the winner and was thus announced as Albania’s representative for the Eurovision Song Contest 2022.

Eurovision night – 29 December 2021
Draw Artist Song
1 Olimpia Smajlaj Dua
2 Denis Skura Pse nuk flet, mama?
3 Kelly Meteor
4 Sajmir Çili Nën maskë
5 Ester Zahiri Hiena
6 Kastro Zizo Kujë
7 Urban Band Padrejtësi
8 Gjergj Kaçinari Në ëndërr mbete ti
9 Evi Reçi Më duaj
10 Mirud Për dreq
11 Endri and Stefi Prifti Triumfi i jetës
12 Ronela Hajati Sekret” – Winner
13 Shega Një
14 Janex Deluzional
15 Alban Ramosaj Theje” – Second place
16 Eldis Arrnjeti Refuzoj” – Third place
17 Rezarta Smaja E jemja nuse” – Third place

Promotion. An accompanying music video for “Sekret” was uploaded on the official YouTube channel of the Eurovision Song Contest on 4 March 2022.

At Eurovision: The Eurovision Song Contest 2022 is scheduled to take place at the PalaOlimpico in Turin, Italy, and will consist of two semi-finals held on the respective dates of 10 and 12 May and the grand final on 14 May 2022. According to the Eurovision rules, all participating countries, except the host nation and the “Big Five”, consisting of France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom, are required to qualify from one of two semi-finals to compete for the final; the top 10 countries from their respective semi-finals progress to the grand final. Prior to the semi-final allocation draw, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) split the competing countries into six different pots based on voting patterns from previous contests, with countries with favourable voting histories put into the same pot. On 25 January 2022, the allocation draw was held at Palazzo Madama in Turin that placed each country into one of the two semi-finals, as well as which half of the show they would perform in. Therein, it was announced that Albania is scheduled to perform in the first half of the first semi-final of the contest.

• Country: 🇦🇲 Armenia

• National selection:

  • Selection process: Internal Selection 2022
  • Selection date(s): Artist:11 March 2022 Ι Song: 19 March 2022
  • Host venue:
  • Presenter(s):
  • Host broadcaster: ARMTV (AMPTV)
  • Participants: –
  • Number of entries:
  • Selection entrant: Rosa Linn
  • Selection song: Snap”
  • Selected songwriter(s): Rosa Linn, Larzz Principato, Jeremy Dusoulet, Allie Crystal, Tamar Kaprelian, Courtney Harrell

• Final performance: 

  • Semi-final result: 17º SF 1: 
  • Final result:

Armenia is set to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Turin, Italy, having internally selected Rosa Linn to represent the country with the song “Snap”, which was written by Linn herself along with Larzz Principato, Jeremy Dusoulet, Allie Crystal, Tamar Kaprelian and Courtney Harrell.

Background: Prior to the 2022 contest, Armenia has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest thirteen times since its first entry in 2006. Its highest placing in the contest, to this point, has been fourth place, which the nation achieved on two occasions: in 2008 with the song “Qélé, Qélé” performed by Sirusho and in 2014 with the song “Not Alone” performed by Aram Mp3. Armenia has, to this point, failed to qualify to the final on three occasions, in 2011, 2018 and 2019, the latter with the song “Walking Out” performed by Srbuk. The nation briefly withdrew from the contest in 2012 due to long-standing tensions with then host country Azerbaijan.

The Armenian national broadcaster, Public Television of Armenia (AMPTV), broadcasts the event within Armenia and organises the selection process for the nation’s entry. Armenia has used various methods to select the Armenian entry in the past, such as internal selections and a live televised national final to choose the performer, song or both to compete at Eurovision. Between 2014 and 2016, the broadcaster internally selected both the artist and the song, while the national final Depi Evratesil was organized in 2017 and 2018. The broadcaster opted to internally select the Armenian entry in 2019, and for the later-cancelled 2020 contest, the Armenian entry was once again chosen via Depi Evratesil, where Athena Manoukian emerged as the winner with the song “Chains on You”.

Armenia had originally planned to participate in the 2021 contest, but ultimately withdrew due to social and political crises in the aftermath of the 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh war. On 20 October 2021, it was announced that Armenia will return to the contest in 2022.

Before Eurovision:

Internal selection. AMPTV determined their entrant for the 2022 contest internally. Candidates rumoured to be in the running were Athena Manoukian, Saro Gevorgyan, Kamil Show and Rosa Linn, of which the latter was rumoured by several Armenian media sites to have been officially selected by AMPTV. However, on 15 February 2022, AMPTV dismissed the claims that Linn had been selected, stating that no decision had been made yet and that an announcement would come in March. On 4 March, it was reported in several Armenian media outlets that Rosa Linn and Saro Gevorgyan were the two singers in the running to represent the nation at the contest.

Rosa Linn was announced as the chosen entrant on 11 March 2022, with her competing song “Snap” released on 19 March, along with the official music video which was directed by Aramayis Hayrapetyan.

“I think we’ve all been at a snapping point, where it felt like there’s no way out and that the entire world is just crumbling down around you. You start questioning everything, including yourself. I have been there. And what I realized was that I had the strength to shape my reality – it just took getting out of my own way and finding inner-peace. It’s all about self-love and accepting that you are enough. Writing “Snap” was a form of therapy for me and I hope that it can be that for others who are also going through hard times.”, — Rosa Linn

At Eurovision: According to Eurovision rules, all nations with the exceptions of the host country and the “Big Five” (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) are required to qualify from one of two semi-finals in order to compete for the final; the top ten countries from each semi-final progress to the final. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) split up the competing countries into six different pots based on voting patterns from previous contests, with countries with favourable voting histories put into the same pot. On 25 January 2022, an allocation draw was held which placed each country into one of the two semi-finals, as well as which half of the show they would perform in. Armenia has been placed into the first semi-final, to be held on 10 May 2022, and has been scheduled to perform in the second half of the show.

• Country: 🇦🇺 Australia

• National selection: 

  • Selection process: Eurovision – Australia Decides Gold Coast 2022
  • Selection date(s): 26 February 2022
  • Host venue: Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, Gold Coast, Queensland
  • Presenter(s): Myf Warhurst, Joel Creasey
  • Host broadcaster: SBS
  • Participants: 11
  • Number of entries:
  • Selection entrant: Sheldon Riley
  • Selection song: “Not the Same”
  • Selected songwriter(s): Sheldon Riley, Cam Nacson, Timi Temple

• Final performance: 

  • Semi-final result: 8º SF 2: 
  • Final result:

Australia will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Turin, Italy. The Australian broadcaster Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) is organising Eurovision – Australia Decides to select the artist and song which will represent Australia at the 2022 contest. This will be held on 26 February 2022.

Australia debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2015 by invitation from the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) as a “one-off” special guest to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Eurovision. On 17 November 2015, the EBU announced that SBS had been invited to participate in the 2016 contest and that Australia would once again take part. In 2015, Australia was guaranteed a spot in the final of the contest and was allowed to vote during both semi-finals and the final; however, from the 2016 contest and onwards, Australia would have to qualify to the final from one of two semi-finals and could only vote in the semi-final in which the nation was allocated to compete.

Background: Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) has broadcast the Eurovision Song Contest since 1983, and the contest has gained a cult following over that time, primarily due to the country’s strong political and cultural ties with Europe. Paying tribute to this, the 2014 contest semi-finals included an interval act featuring Australian singer Jessica Mauboy. Australian singers have also participated at Eurovision as representatives of other countries, including Olivia Newton John (1974, United Kingdom), two-time winner Johnny Logan (1980 and 1987, Ireland), Gina G (1996, United Kingdom), and Jane Comerford as lead singer of Texas Lightning (2006, Germany).

Tying in with the goal of Eurovision – to showcase “the importance of bringing countries together to celebrate diversity, music and culture”, the 2015 theme of “Building Bridges”, and arguing that they could not hold “the world’s biggest party” to celebrate the 60th edition of Eurovision without inviting Australia, the EBU announced on 10 February 2015 that the country would compete at that year’s edition as a special guest participant. Along with the “Big 5” (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom), and the host country of Austria, Australia was given automatic entry into the final to “not reduce the chances” of the semi-final participants. On 17 November 2015, the EBU announced that SBS had been invited to participate in the 2016 contest and that Australia would once again take part, however they would have to qualify for the final from one of two semi-finals and could only vote in the semi-final in which the nation was competing. On 12 February, SBS signed a contract securing Australia’s spot at the contest until 2023. In 2021, Australia was represented by Montaigne and the song “Technicolour”. The country ended in fourteenth place in the first semi-final with 28 points, not progressing to the final for the first time. On 16 June 2021, SBS confirmed Australia’s participation in the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest, with Eurovision – Australia Decides again choosing the entry.

Before Eurovision: Eurovision – Australia Decides will be the national final in order to select the Australian entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2022. The competition will take place at the Convention and Exhibition Centre in Gold Coast on 26 February 2020, hosted by Myf Warhurst and Joel Creasey. Ten artists and songs will compete with the winner being determined by a combination of public and jury voting. The show will be broadcast on SBS as well as streamed online at SBS On Demand.

Competing entries: On 26 August 2021, SBS announced an open submission for interested songwriters to submit their songs online until 26 September 2021. Over half of the composers or songwriters of a song were required to be citizens or permanent residents of Australia and songs were required to be in English or an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander language. Ten songs were selected for the competition from the received submissions and performers of the selected songs were determined by SBS in consultation with the songwriters. These acts are being announced in three sets: the first on 28 October 2021,[8] the second on 26 November 2021, and the third on 14 December 2021.

Simultaneous to the final artist reveal, it was announced that a eleventh ‘wildcard artist’ would be selected through a TikTok contest. Candidates were required to send a live vocal performance clip of any particular song, up to one minute long, with submissions opened until 16 January 2022. Erica Padilla was the selected candidate.

Competing entries
Artist Song Songwriter(s)
Andrew Lambrou “Electrify” Andrew Lambrou, Joseph de la Hoyde, Nick de la Hoyde, Tim de la Hoyde
Charley “I Suck at Being Lonely” Claire Howell, James Vincent, Thomas Walter Jordan, Jonathan Dreyfus
Erica Padilla “To the Bottom” Erica Padilla, Isabella Padilla, Ally Eley, Sean Carey
G-Nation “Bite Me” Erin McKellar, Leea Nanos, Michael Paynter
Isaiah Firebrace and Evie Irie “When I’m with You” Isaiah Firebrace, Evie Irie, Taka Perry
Jaguar Jonze (Deena Lynch) “Little Fires” Deena Lynch, Louis Schoorl, PJ Harding
Jude York “I Won’t Need to Dream” Jude York, Billy Stonecipher
Paulini (Pauline Curuenavuli) “We Are One” Rick Price, John Capek
Seann Miley Moore “My Body” Ianna Rogers, Imogen Jones, Vanessa Rogers, Sean Carey
Sheldon Riley (Sheldon Hernandez) “Not the Same” Sheldon Riley, Cam Nacson, Timi Temple
Voyager (Daniel Estrin, Simone Dow, Scott Kay, Ashley Doodkorte, Alex Canion) “Dreamer” Alex Canion, Ashley Doodkorte, Daniel Estrin, Scott Kay, Simone Dow

Final: The final took place on 26 February 2022. The combination of public votes (50%) and a five-member jury (50%) selected the winner. The jury consisted of Alexandra Rotan from Keiino, Darren Hayes of the group Savage Garden, Millie Petriella from APRA AMCOS, Emily Griggs, the SBS Head of Food and Entertainment, and Creative Director and producer Paul Clarke. Moreover, for the first time, the public votes were ranked. According to producer Paul Clarke, the most points an act could get was the same amount that such act could get from the jury. The official running order for the final was revealed on 24 February 2022. 

In addition to the performances of the competing entries, the show was opened by Keiino, who represented Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019, and Montaigne, who represented Australia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2021. Montaigne also performed as an interval act together with David Byrne.

Final – 26 February 2022
Draw Artist Song Jury Televote Total Place
1 G-Nation “Bite Me” 11 45 56 5
2 Erica Padilla “To the Bottom” 20 25 45 9
3 Seann Miley Moore “My Body” 18 5 23 11
4 Charley “I Suck at Being Lonely” 33 30 63 4
5 Andrew Lambrou “Electrify” 16 35 51 7
6 Sheldon Riley “Not the Same” 50 50 100 1
7 Paulini “We Are One” 32 20 52 6
8 Jaguar Jonze “Little Fires” 51 40 91 3
9 Isaiah Firebrace and Evie Irie “When I’m with You” 35 10 45 10
10 Voyager “Dreamer” 37 60 97 2
11 Jude York “I Won’t Need to Dream” 32 15 47 8

At Eurovision: According to Eurovision rules, all nations with the exceptions of the host country and the “Big Five” (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) are required to qualify from one of two semi-finals in order to compete for the final; the top ten countries from each semi-final progress to the final. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) split up the competing countries into six different pots based on voting patterns from previous contests, with countries with favourable voting histories put into the same pot. On 25 January 2022, an allocation draw was held which placed each country into one of the two semi-finals, as well as which half of the show they would perform in. Australia has been placed into the second semi-final, to be held on 12 May 2022, and has been scheduled to perform in the first half of the show.

• Country: 🇦🇹 Austria

• National selection:

  • Selection process: Internal Selection 2022
  • Selection date(s): Artist: 8 February 2022 Ι Song: 11 March 2022
  • Host venue:
  • Presenter(s):
  • ost broadcaster: ÖRF
  • Participants – Number of entries:
  • Selection entrant: Lumix feat. Pia Maria
  • Selection song: “Halo”
  • Selected songwriter(s): Anders Nilsen, Gabriele Ponte, Luca Michlmayr, Rasmus Flyckt, Sophie Alexandra Tweed-Simmons

• Final performance: 

  • Semi-final result: 13º SF 1: 
  • Final result:

Austria  is scheduled to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Turin, Italy, with the song “Halo” written by Anders Nilsen, Gabriele Ponte, Luca Michlmayr, Rasmus Flyckt and Sophie Alexandra Tweed-Simmons. The song was performed by Lumix, which is the artistic name of DJ and producer Luca Michlmayr, featuring Pia Maria. On 8 February 2022, the Austrian broadcaster Österreichischer Rundfunk (ORF) announced that they had internally selected Lumix and Pia Maria to compete at the 2022 contest, while “Halo” was presented to the public on 11 March 2022.

Background: Prior to the 2022 contest, Austria has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest fifty-three times since its first entry in 1957. The nation has won the contest on two occasions: in 1966 with the song “Merci, Chérie” performed by Udo Jürgens and in 2014 with the song “Rise Like a Phoenix” performed by Conchita Wurst. Following the introduction of semi-finals for the 2004 contest, Austria has featured in only seven finals. Austria’s least successful result has been last place, which they have achieved on eight occasions, most recently in 2012.[4] Austria has also received nul points on four occasions; in 1962, 1988, 1991 and 2015.

The Austrian national broadcaster, Österreichischer Rundfunk (ORF), broadcasts the event within Austria and organises the selection process for the nation’s entry. ORF confirmed their intentions to participate at the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest on 20 October 2021. From 2011 to 2013 as well as in 2015 and 2016, ORF set up national finals with several artists to choose both the song and performer to compete at Eurovision for Austria, with both the public and a panel of jury members involved in the selection. In 2014 and since 2017, ORF has held an internal selection to choose the artist and song to represent Austria at the contest.

Before Eurovision: 

Internal selection. Artists were nominated by the ORF Eurovision Song Contest Team, which collaborated with music expert Eberhard Forcher who worked on the selection of the Austrian entries since 2016, to submit songs to the broadcaster. In November 2021, Forcher revealed that four artists had been shortlisted: an electronic duo from South Tyrol and active in Vienna, an electro-swing and EDM band with a female singer, a funk band from Styria, and a DJ and producer with a female singer. A final decision was to be made by December 2021 but later delayed to late January 2022. The 24 artists involved in the selection were revealed on 4 February 2022 and consisted of:

  • Anger 
  • Benny König
  • Candlelight Ficus
  • Christl
  • !DelaDap
  • Der traurige Gärtner
  • Diego Federico
  • Fred Owusu
  • Freude
  • Gary Lux
  • Lumix
  • Matthias Nebel
  • Max the Sax
  • Miblu
  • Popmaché
  • Poxrucker Sisters
  • Rian
  • Rydell
  • Selina Maria (Sålina)
  • Serenity
  • Sladek
  • Slomo
  • Teodora Spirić
  • Visions of Atlantis

On 27 January 2022, it was reported that two entries had ultimately been shortlisted: “Das Meer” performed by Anger and “Halo” performed by Lumix. On 8 February 2022, “Halo” performed by Lumix featuring Pia Maria was announced by ORF as the Austrian entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 during the radio show Ö3-Wecker, aired on Ö3. “Halo” was written by Lumix himself together with Anders Nilsen, Gabriele Ponte, Rasmus Flyckt and Sophie Alexandra Tweed-Simmons. The presentation of the song took place on 11 March 2022 during Ö3-Wecker.

At Eurovision: According to Eurovision rules, all nations with the exceptions of the host country and the “Big Five” (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) are required to qualify from one of two semi-finals in order to compete for the final; the top ten countries from each semi-final progress to the final. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) split up the competing countries into six different pots based on voting patterns from previous contests, with countries with favourable voting histories put into the same pot. On 25 January 2022, an allocation draw was held which placed each country into one of the two semi-finals, as well as which half of the show they would perform in. Austria has been placed into the first semi-final, to be held on 10 May 2022, and has been scheduled to perform in the second half of the show.

• Country: 🇦🇿 Azerbaigian

• National selection: 

  • Selection process: Internal Selection 2022
  • Selection date(s): Artist: 16 February 2022 Ι Song: 21 March 2022
  • Host venue:
  • Presenter(s):
  • Host broadcaster: İTV
  • Participants – Number of entries:
  • Selection entrant: Nadir Rustamli
  • Selection song: “Fade to Black”
  • Selected songwriter(s): Andreas Stone Johansson, Anderz Wrethov, Sebastian Schub, Thomas Stengaard

• Final performance: 

  • Semi-final result: 4º SF 2: 
  • Final result:

Azerbaigian  is set to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Turin, Italy, having internally selected Nadir Rustamli to represent the country with the song “Fade to Black”. 

Background: Prior to the 2022 contest, Azerbaijan has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 13 times since its first entry in 2008. Azerbaijan has won the contest on one occasion in 2011 with the song “Running Scared” performed by Ell and Nikki. Since their debut in 2008, Azerbaijan has had a string of successful results, qualifying to the final and placing in the top ten each year until 2014, including a third-place result in 2009 with the song “Always” performed by AySel and Arash and a second-place result in 2013 with the song “Hold Me” performed by Farid Mammadov. However, in 2018, Azerbaijan placed eleventh in the semi-final with the song “X My Heart” performed by Aisel, making it the first occasion that Azerbaijan did not participate in a Eurovision final since their debut in 2008. In 2019, Chingiz with “Truth” brought Azerbaijan back into the top 10, finishing in 8th place with 302 points. For the 2021 contest, Samira Efendi was internally selected to represent Azerbaijan with the song “Mata Hari”. Efendi went on to qualify for the grand final, finishing in 20th place with 65 points.

Before Eurovision:

Internal selection. On 30 December 2021, the Azerbaijani broadcaster İctimai Television (İTV) opened a song submission period for interested composers to submit their songs into the Azerbaijani selection until 31 January 2022. All entrants were to provide a brief description of themselves as part of their submission. Six songs were shortlisted from around 300 submissions, which will be offered to the chosen artist for selection.

Nadir Rustamli was announced as the selected artist on 16 February 2022, during İTV’s breakfast show Sabahın xeyir, Azərbaycan (“Good morning Azerbaijan”). Rustamli’s entry, titled “Fade to Black”, was officially released on 21 March.

At Eurovision: According to Eurovision rules, all nations with the exceptions of the host country and the “Big Five” (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) are required to qualify from one of two semi-finals in order to compete for the final; the top ten countries from each semi-final progress to the final. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) split up the competing countries into six different pots based on voting patterns from previous contests, with countries with favourable voting histories put into the same pot. On 25 January 2022, an allocation draw was held which placed each country into one of the two semi-finals, as well as which half of the show they would perform in. Azerbaijan has been placed into the second semi-final, to be held on 12 May 2022, and has been scheduled to perform in the first half of the show.

• Country: 🇧🇪 Belgio

• National selection:

  • Selection process: Internal Selection 2022
  • Selection date(s): Artist: 15 Settembre 2021 Ι Song: 10 March 2022
  • Host venue:
  • Presenter(s):
  • Host broadcaster: RTBF
  • Participants: –
  • Number of entries:
  • Selection entrant: Jérémie Makiese
  • Selection song: “Miss You”
  • Selected songwriter(s): Jérémie Makiese, BGRZ, Manon Romiti, Paul Ivory, Silvio Lisbonne

• Final performance: 

  • Semi-final result: 16º SF 2: 
  • Final result:

Belgium is scheduled to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Turin, Italy, having internally selected Jérémie Makiese to represent the country with the song “Miss You”.

Background: Prior to the 2022 contest, Belgium has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 62 times since its debut as one of seven countries to take part in the inaugural contest. Since then, the country has won the contest on one occasion in 1986 with the song “J’aime la vie” performed by Sandra Kim. Following the introduction of semi-finals for the 2004 contest, Belgium has been featured in only seven finals. In 2021, Hooverphonic represented Belgium with the song “The Wrong Place”. The song qualified to the grand final, where it ended 19th out of 26.

The Belgian broadcaster for the 2022 contest, who broadcast the event in Belgium and organise the selection process for its entry, is Radio Télévision Belge de la Communauté Française (RTBF). RTBF, along with its Flemish counterpart Vlaamse Radio- en Televisieomroeporganisatie (VRT), have alternated in selecting the Belgian entry using national finals and internal selections in the past.

Before Eurovision:

Internal selection. RTBF announced on 15 September 2021 that they had internally selected Jérémie Makiese to represent Belgium in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022; the first broadcaster to do so for the 2022 edition. His entry for the contest, “Miss You”, was released on 10 March 2022.

At Eurovision: According to Eurovision rules, all nations with the exceptions of the host country and the “Big Five” (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) are required to qualify from one of two semi-finals in order to compete for the final; the top ten countries from each semi-final progress to the final. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) split up the competing countries into six different pots based on voting patterns from previous contests, with countries with favourable voting histories put into the same pot. On 25 January 2022, an allocation draw was held which placed each country into one of the two semi-finals, as well as which half of the show they would perform in. Belgium has been placed into the second semi-final, to be held on 12 May 2022, and has been scheduled to perform in the second half of the show.

• Country: 🇧🇬 Bulgaria

• National selection:

  • Selection process: Internal Selection 2022
  • Selection date(s): 25 November 2021 
  • Host venue:
  • Presenter(s):
  • Host broadcaster: BNT
  • Participants: –
  • Number of entries:
  • Selection entrant: Intelligent Music Project/Интелиджънт мюзик проджект ( Ronnie Romero/Рони Ромеро, Bisser Ivanov/Бисер Иванов, Slavin Slavchev/Славин Славчев, Ivo Stefanov/Иво Стефанов, Dimiter Sirakov/Димитър Сираков e Stoyan Yankoulov – Stundzhi / Стоян Янкулов – Стунджи)
  • Selection song: “Intention”
  • Selected songwriter(s): Milen Vrabevski

• Final performance: 

  • Semi-final result: 7º SF 1: 
  • Final result:

Bulgaria is set to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Turin, Italy. On 25 November 2021, the Bulgarian broadcaster BNT announced that the supergroup Intelligent Music Project had been internally selected to compete at the contest with the song “Intention”, which was presented to the public on 5 December.

Background: Bulgarian public broadcaster BNT debuted at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2005. The country initially struggled to qualify for the final, with their only success being in 2007 when Elitsa & Stoyan achieved 5th place in the final with the song “Water”. In 2014, after a six-year non-qualification streak, the country withdrew from the contest due to financial problems. Bulgaria returned in 2016, when Poli Genova represented the country with the song “If Love Was a Crime”, achieving 4th place. The country’s success continued in 2017, when Kristian Kostov achieved the country’s best result to date, 2nd place, with the song “Beautiful Mess”.

In 2019, Bulgaria once again did not participate in the contest due to limited finances, but returned in 2020 backed financially by a sponsor. The broadcaster internally selected Victoria Georgieva to represent the country with “Tears Getting Sober”, before the 2020 contest was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Georgieva instead represented her country in 2021 with “Growing Up Is Getting Old”, which achieved 11th place in the final with 170 points.

BNT broadcasts the event within Bulgaria and organises the selection process for the nation’s entry. In the past, BNT had alternated between both internal selections and national finals in order to select the Bulgarian entry. The broadcaster has opted for an internal selection process since 2016, except on their absence from the contest in 2019.

Before Eurovision:

Internal selection. In mid-September 2021, Intelligent Music Project founder Milen Vrabevski revealed to Radio Plovdiv (Радио Пловдив) that they had been selected to represent Bulgaria at the Eurovision Song Contest 2022. No official confirmation came until 25 November, when BNT announced the group as their representative for 2022 with the song “Intention”.

Among the members of the group is Stoyan Yankulov (Стоян Янкулов), who previously represented Bulgaria in the Eurovision Song Contest together with Elitsa Todorova in 2007 where they placed fifth with the song “Water”, and in 2013 where they failed to qualify for the final with the song “Samo shampioni“, and Chilean rock musician Ronnie Romero, who has been the lead singer of several bands, including Rainbow.

At Eurovision: According to Eurovision rules, all nations with the exceptions of the host country and the “Big Five” (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) are required to qualify from one of two semi-finals in order to compete for the final; the top ten countries from each semi-final progress to the final. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) split up the competing countries into six different pots based on voting patterns from previous contests, with countries with favourable voting histories put into the same pot. On 25 January 2022, an allocation draw was held which placed each country into one of the two semi-finals, as well as which half of the show they would perform in. Bulgaria has been placed into the first semi-final, to be held on 10 May 2022, and has been scheduled to perform in the first half of the show.

• Country: 🇭🇷 Croazia

• National selection:

  • Selection process: DORA 2022. (Hrvatski izbor za pjesmu Eurovizije)
  • Selection date(s): 19 February 2022
  • Host venue:
  • Presenter(s): Franka Batelić Ćorluka, Elizabeta Brodić, Duško Ćurlić
  • Host broadcaster: HRT
  • Participants: –
  • Number of entries:
  • Selection entrant: Mia Dimšić
  • Selection song: “Guilty Pleasure”
  • Selected songwriter(s): Mia Dimšić, Vjekoslav Dimter, Damir Bačić

• Final performance: 

  • Semi-final result: 11º SF 1: 
  • Final result:

Croatia will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Turin, Italy, with “Guilty Pleasure” performed by Mia Dimšić. The Croatian broadcaster Hrvatska radiotelevizija (HRT) is organised Dora 2022 on 19 February 2022 to select the artist and song which will represent Croatia at the contest..

Background: Prior to the 2022 contest, Croatia has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest twenty-six times since its first entry in 1993. Croatia’s highest placing in the contest, to this point, has been fourth place, which the nation achieved on two occasions: in 1996 with the song “Sveta ljubav” performed by Maja Blagdan and in 1999 “Marija Magdalena” performed by Doris Dragović. Following the introduction of semi-finals for the 2004 contest, Croatia had featured in seven finals. In 2021, Croatia was represented by Albina and the song “Tick-Tock”. The country ended in eleventh place in the first semi-final with 110 points, not progressing to the final.

Before Eurovision: 

Dora 2022: The national broadcaster HRT organised Dora 2022 in order to select the nation’s representative for the Eurovision Song Contest 2022. The competition consisted of fourteen entries competing in one final held on 19 February 2022 at the Marino Cvetković Sports Hall in Opatija and hosted by Duško Ćurlić, Elizabeta Brodić and Croatia’s 2018 representative Franka Batelić. No live audience was allowed to attend the event as a measure to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, with HRT reserving to change the dispositions if they deem it appropriate. For the same reasons, any artists who tested positive for the disease did not perform live and the recording of their dress rehearsal were used instead.

Voting: On 2 February 2022, the voting system which would be put in place in the contest was revealed.

The winner of Dora 2022 was determined by the votes of ten regional juries and of the public, each accounting for 50% of the result. In case of a tie, the public vote would take precedence. The juries consisted of three members each (one HRT music employee, one member of the Croatian Composers’ Association and one member of the Croatian Music Union), in representation of the following regions:

  • Zagreb
  • Čakovec and Varaždin
  • Rijeka
  • Pula
  • Osijek
  • Zadar
  • Knin and Šibenik
  • Split
  • Dubrovnik
  • Vukovar

On the dress rehearsal, held on 18 February, each jury member ranked the songs from 1st to 14th, with the three rankings of each jury being summed into one. The first ten songs in each jury ranking were then respectively awarded 12, 10, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 points and 1 point.

The public was able to vote by phone call or SMS, with a maximum of 10 votes allowed per voter. The percentage of votes received by each entry was applied to a total of 580 points to be distributed accordingly.

Competing entries: On 27 October 2021, HRT opened a submission period for artists and composers to send their entries to the broadcaster until 25 November 2021, later extending the deadline until 12 December 2021. 184 entries were received by the broadcaster during the submission period. Unlike in 2021, the winning song may no longer undergo a major revamp following victory, with only minor modifications allowed with permission from the broadcaster. The 14 selected songs were revealed on 17 December 2021, along with 4 reserve songs to compete if one or more of the 14 already selected songs could not: “3AM” by Karlo Vudrić, “Gladiator” by Vlatka Burić Dujmović Vyan, “What If” by Totalni Optimizam, and “Ghost” by Stella Scholaja. The songs were released on 10 February 2022.

Artist Song Language Songwriter(s)
Bernarda (Bernarda Brunović, Bernarda bruno) “Here for Love” English Bernarda Brunović, Adriana Pupavac, Andreas Björkman, Karl Persson, Jonas Ekdahl, Aidan O’Connor
Elis Lovrić “No War” English Anthony Kukuljan, Elis Lovrić, Sandi Bratonja
Ella Orešković “If You Walk Away” English Siniša Reljić
Eric Vidović (ERIC) “I Found You” English Eric Vidović, Filip Vidović, Gordan Dragić
Jessa “My Next Mistake” English Silvio Pasarić, Jessica Atlić-McColgan
Marko Bošnjak Moli za nas Croatian Vlaho Arbulić, Mihovil Šoštarić
Mia Dimšić “Guilty Pleasure” English Mia Dimšić, Vjekoslav Dimter, Damir Bačić
Mia Negovetić “Forgive Me (Oprosti)” English, Croatian Andreas Stone Johansson, Denniz Jamm, Laurell Barker, Mia Negovetić
Mila Elegović Ljubav Croatian Bruno Krajcar
Roko Vušković Malo kasnije English Predrag Martinjak, Roko Vušković, Jan Šinjor Cvetković
Tia Voli me do neba Croatian Vlaho Arbulić, Mihovil Šoštarić
Tina Vukov “Hideout” English Rejhan Okanović, Tomislav Gojanović, Josipa Vujević
ToMa (Tomislav Marić) “In the Darkness” English Adriana Pupavac, Andreas Björkman, Tomislav Marić, Aidan O’Connor, Samuel Runsteen
Zdenka Kovačiček “Stay on the Bright Side” English Adi Karas, Elvis Sršen NoA, Zvonimir Bajević, Jurica Hotko

Brani di riserva

Artista Brano Lingua Compositori
Karlo Vudrić 3AM Karlo Vudrić
Stella Scholaja Ghost Stella Scholaja
Totalni Optimizam What If Marko Mihaljević, Neil Patrick O’Hagan
Vlatka Burić Dujmović Gladiator Ronny Svendson, Anne Judith Stokke Wik, Nermin Harambašić

Final: On 24 January 2022, the HRT hosted the running order allocation draw on the local TV show Kod Nas Doma with Branimir Mihaljević and Barbara Kolar as hosts. The final took place on 19 February 2022. The winner, “Guilty Pleasure” performed by Mia Dimšić, was determined by a 50/50 combination of votes from ten regional juries and a public televote. The viewers and the juries each had a total of 580 points to award. Each jury group distributed their points as follows: 1-8, 10 and 12 points. The viewer vote was based on the percentage of votes each song achieved through telephone and SMS voting. For example, if a song gained 10% of the viewer vote, then that entry would be awarded 10% of 580 points rounded to the nearest integer: 58 points. Ties were decided in favour of the entry ranked higher by the public televote.

Final – 19 February 2022
Draw Artist Song Jury Televote Total Place
Phone SMS Total Points
1 Mila Elegović Ljubav 3 1,145 246 1,391 12 15 14
2 Mia Negovetić “Forgive Me (Oprosti)” 81 5,278 2,226 7,504 60 141 3
3 Marko Bošnjak Moli za nas 71 7,161 6,342 13,503 108 179 2
4 Jessa “My Next Mistake” 8 794 332 1,126 9 17 12
5 Zdenka Kovačiček “Stay on the Bright Side” 31 1,691 812 2,503 20 51 9
6 Tina Vukov “Hideout” 33 2,130 726 2,856 23 56 8
7 Roko Vušković Malo kasnije 8 717 356 1,073 9 17 13
8 Bernarda “Here for Love” 64 3,710 2,201 5,911 47 111 4
9 Eric Vidović “I Found You” 59 3,610 1,797 5,407 43 102 5
10 ToMa “In the Darkness” 43 1,856 1,203 3,059 25 68 7
11 Elis Lovrić “No War” 64 2,350 1,382 3,732 30 94 6
12 Ella Orešković “If You Walk Away” 11 1,466 643 2,109 17 28 10
13 Tia Voli me do neba 13 832 525 1,357 11 24 11
14 Mia Dimšić “Guilty Pleasure” 91 13,388 7,271 20,659 166 257 1

At Eurovision: According to Eurovision rules, all nations with the exceptions of the host country and the “Big Five” (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) are required to qualify from one of two semi-finals in order to compete for the final; the top ten countries from each semi-final progress to the final. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) split up the competing countries into six different pots based on voting patterns from previous contests, with countries with favourable voting histories put into the same pot. On 25 January 2022, an allocation draw was held which placed each country into one of the two semi-finals, as well as which half of the show they would perform in. Croatia has been placed into the first semi-final, to be held on 10 May 2022, and has been scheduled to perform in the second half of the show.

• Country: 🇨🇾 Cipro

National selection:

  • Selection process: Selezione Interna 2022
  • Selection date(s): 9 March 2022
  • Host venue:
  • Presenter(s):
  • Host broadcaster: CyBC
  • Participants – Number of entries:
  • Selection entrant: Andromache (Andromache Dimitropoulou,  Ανδρομάχη Δημητροπούλου)
  • Selection song: Ela
  • Selected songwriter(s): Alex Papaconstantinou, Arash, Eyelar Mirzazadeh, Fatjon Miftaraj, Filloreta “Fifi” Raçi, Geraldo Sandell, Giorgos Papadopoulos, Robert Uhlmann, Viktor Svensson, Yll Limani

• Final performance: 

  • Semi-final result: 9º SF 2: 
  • Final result:

Cyprus is set to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Turin, Italy, having internally selected Andromache to represent the country with the song “Ela“, which was written by Alex Papaconstantinou, Arash, Eyelar Mirzazadeh, Fatjon Miftaraj, Filloreta “Fifi” Raçi, Geraldo Sandell, Giorgos Papadopoulos, Robert Uhlmann, Viktor Svensson and Yll Limani.

Background: Prior to the 2022 contest, Cyprus has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest thirty-seven times since the island country made its debut in the 1981 contest. Its best placing was at the 2018 contest where Eleni Foureira placed second with “Fuego“. Before that, Cyprus’s best result was fifth, which it achieved three times: in the 1982 competition with the song “Mono I Agapi” performed by Anna Vissi, in the 1997 edition with “Mana Mou” performed by Hara and Andreas Constantinou, and the 2004 contest with “Stronger Every Minute” performed by Lisa Andreas. Cyprus’ least successful result was in the 1986 contest when it placed last with the song “Tora Zo” by Elpida, receiving only four points in total. However, its worst finish in terms of points received was when it placed second to last in the 1999 contest with “Tha’nai Erotas” by Marlain Angelidou, receiving only two points. After returning to the contest in 2015 following their one-year absence from the 2014 due to the 2012–13 Cypriot financial crisis and the broadcaster’s budget restrictions, Cyprus has qualified for the final of all the contests in which it has participated. This includes its latest participation in 2021, when Elena Tsagrinou with “El Diablo” ended 16th in the final with 94 points.

The Cypriot national broadcaster, CyBC, broadcasts the contest within Cyprus and organises the selection process for the nation’s entry. Cyprus has used various methods to select its entry in the past, such as internal selections and televised national finals to choose the performer, song or both to compete at Eurovision. In 2015, the broadcaster organised the national final Eurovision Song Project, which featured 54 songs competing in a nine-week-long process resulting in the selection of the Cypriot entry through the combination of public televoting and the votes from an expert jury. Since 2016, however, the broadcaster has opted to select the entry internally without input from the public. 

Before Eurovision:

Internal selection. In September 2021, CEO of Panik Records George Arsenakos claimed that the label had signed an agreement with CyBC to establish a national final in order to select the Cypriot entrant for 2023. In January 2022, it was announced an agreement between the two parties is already in place for the 2022 selection and that the performance of the chosen act will be staged by Marvin Dietmann and Dan Shipton, both having previous experience at Eurovision.

Greek singer Andromachi Dimitropoulou, former contestant of The Voice of Greece, was rumoured to be the selected representative for Cyprus. The Cypriot radio programme Good Morning Show reported that the name of their national representative ended with -machi, and in addition to this, Dimitropoulou is signed with Panik Records. Dimitropoulou was officially announced as the Cypriot entrant with the song “Ela” on 9 March 2022 during the RIK 1 programme Ola ston Aera, where the music video, shot on 5 March in Athens, was also premiered.

At Eurovision: According to Eurovision rules, all nations with the exceptions of the host country and the “Big Five” (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) are required to qualify from one of two semi-finals in order to compete for the final; the top ten countries from each semi-final progress to the final. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) split up the competing countries into six different pots based on voting patterns from previous contests, with countries with favourable voting histories put into the same pot. On 25 January 2022, an allocation draw was held which placed each country into one of the two semi-finals, as well as which half of the show they would perform in. Cyprus has been placed into the second semi-final, to be held on 12 May 2022, and has been scheduled to perform in the first half of the show.

• Country: 🇨🇿Repubblica Ceca

• National selection:

  • Selection process: Eurovision Song CZ 2022
  • Selection date(s): 16 December 2021
  • Host venue:
  • Presenter(s):
  • Host broadcaster: ČT
  • Participants –
  • Number of entries:
  • Selection entrant:We Are Domi (DOMI)
  • Selection song: “Lights Off”
  • Selected songwriter(s): Einar Eriksen Kvaløy, Abi F Jones
    Dominika Hasek, Casper Hatlestad, Benjamin Rekstad

• Final performance: 

  • Semi-final result: 18º SF 2: 
  • Final result:

The Czech Republic is scheduled to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Turin, Italy with the song “Lights Off” written by Einar Eriksen Kvaløy, Abi F Jones, Dominika Hasek, Casper Hatlestad and Benjamin Rekstad. The song was performed by Norwegian-Czech Electronic music trio We Are Domi. The Czech broadcaster Česká televize (ČT) organised the national final Eurovision Song CZ 2022 in order to select the Czech entry for the 2022 contest. Seven entries competed in the national final and the winner, “Lights Off” performed by We Are Domi, was announced on 16 December 2021 following the combination of votes from a twelve-member international jury panel, an international public vote and a Czech public vote.

Background: Prior to the 2022 contest, Czech Republic has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest nine times since its first entry in 2007. The nation competed in the contest on three consecutive occasions between 2007 and 2009 without qualifying to the final. After Gipsy.cz performing the song “Aven Romale” placed 18th (last) in their semi-final failing to score any points in 2009, the Czech broadcaster withdrew from the contest between 2010 and 2014 citing reasons such as low viewing figures and poor results for their absence. Since returning to the contest in 2015 and qualifying to the final for the first time in 2016, Czech Republic has featured in three finals. In 2021, the country failed to qualify to the final with the song “Omaga” performed by Benny Cristo.

The Czech national broadcaster, Česká televize (ČT), broadcasts the event within Czech Republic and organises the selection process for the nation’s entry. The broadcaster has used both national finals and internal selections to select the Czech Eurovision entry in the past. ČT confirmed their intentions to participate at the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest in September 2021. The broadcaster later confirmed in October 2021 that the Czech entry for the 2022 contest would be selected through a national final.

Before Eurovision: 

Eurovision Song CZ 2022: Eurovision Song CZ 2022 was the national final organised by ČT in order to select the Czech entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2022. Seven entries participated in the competition which took place online between 7 and 15 December 2021. The winner was announced on 16 December 2021.

Competing entries: Artists and composers were able to submit their proposals to the broadcaster between 16 September 2021 and 30 September 2021. Songwriters of any nationality were able to submit songs, however artists were required to have Czech citizenship and at least one of the lead vocalists of a duo or group were required to have Czech citizenship for groups of a maximum of six. The broadcaster received over 150 submissions at the closing of the deadline. ČT selected seven entries from the submissions received and the selected finalists were presented to the public during a press conference held on 6 December 2021 at the ČT Headquarters in Prague.

Artist Song Songwriter(s)
ANNABELLE “Runnin’ Out of Freakin’ Time” Annabelle, Marcel Procházka, Ondrej Fiedler, Tom Oehler
Elis Mraz (Eliška Mrázová) “Imma Be” Elis Mraz
GIUDI “Jezinky” Amelie Siba, Jitka Martiriggiano, Joshua Banwell
Jordan Haj  & Emma Smetana (Jordan Haj Hossein a Emma Smetanová) “By Now” Jordan Haj
Skywalker (Honza Kučera, Tom, David a Damián) “Way Down” Damian Kucera, David Machalický, Jan Kucera, Lucas Woodland, Tomáš Rothschedl
The Valentines (Jan Doležal, Ondřej Čepek a Matěj Novotný) “Stay or Go” Jan Doležal
We Are Domi (DOMI: Dominika Hašková, Casper Hatlestad a Benjamin Rekstad) “Lights Off” Einar Eriksen Kvaløy, Abi F Jones, Dominika Hasek, Casper Hatlestad, Benjamin Rekstad

Final: Seven entries competed and the winner, “Lights Off” performed by We Are Domi, was determined by the combination of votes from a twelve-member international jury panel (50%), an international public vote (25%) and a Czech public vote (25%). Both international and Czech users were able to vote via the official Eurovision Song Contest app between 7 and 15 December 2021, and the winner was announced on 16 December 2021.

The international jury panel consisted of:

  • Victor Crone – represented Estonia in 2019
  • Tix – represented Norway in 2021
  • Maraaya – represented Slovenia in 2015
  • The Black Mamba – represented Portugal in 2021
  • Manizha – represented Russia in 2021
  • Blind Channel – represented Finland in 2021
  • Go_A – represented Ukraine in 2021
  • Daði Freyr – represented Iceland in 2021
  • Gjon’s Tears – represented Switzerland in 2021
  • Jay Aston – represented the United Kingdom in 1981 as a part of Bucks Fizz
  • Paul Harrington – represented Ireland in 1994 with Charlie McGettigan
  • Charlie McGettigan – represented Ireland in 1994 with Paul Harrington
Eurovision Song CZ 2022 – 7–15 December 2021
Draw Artist Song Jury Public Total Place
Votes Points Czech Intl.
1 We Are Domi “Lights Off” 120 12 3 6 21 1
2 Giudi “Jezinky” 69 6 4 5 15 3
3 Annabelle “Runnin’ Out of F* Time” 84 8 1.5 1.5 11 6
4 Elis Mraz “Imma Be” 92 10 5 2 17 2
5 The Valentines “Stay or Go” 57 4 1 1 6 7
6 Jordan Haj and Emma Smetana “By Now” 49 3 6 3 12 4
7 Skywalker “Way Down” 69 6 2 4 12 5
Detailed International Jury Votes
Draw Song
EST

NOR

SVN

POR

RUS

FIN

UKR

ISL

SUI

UK

IRL1

IRL2
Total
1 “Lights Off” 12 12 4 12 10 4 12 12 12 10 10 10 120
2 “Jezinky” 2 8 2 3 4 12 6 10 10 2 8 2 69
3 “Runnin’ Out of Freakin’ Time” 6 2 10 8 3 6 10 3 8 12 12 4 84
4 “Imma Be” 8 10 12 6 12 10 4 4 6 8 6 6 92
5 “Stay or Go” 10 4 6 2 2 3 3 6 3 3 3 12 57
6 “By Now” 4 6 3 4 6 2 2 2 2 6 4 8 49
7 “Way Down” 3 3 8 10 8 8 8 8 4 4 2 3 69

At Eurovision: According to Eurovision rules, all nations with the exceptions of the host country and the “Big Five” (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) are required to qualify from one of two semi-finals in order to compete for the final; the top ten countries from each semi-final progress to the final. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) split up the competing countries into six different pots based on voting patterns from previous contests, with countries with favourable voting histories put into the same pot. On 25 January 2022, an allocation draw was held which placed each country into one of the two semi-finals, as well as which half of the show they would perform in. The Czech Republic has been placed into the second semi-final, to be held on 12 May 2022, and has been scheduled to perform in the second half of the show.

• Country: 🇩🇰Danimarca

• National selection:

  • Selection process: Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2022
  • Selection date(s): 5 March 2022
  • Host venue:Jyske Bank Boxen in Herning
  • Presenter(s): Tina Müller, Martin Brygmann
  • Host broadcaster: DR
  • Participants: –
  • Number of entries:
  • Selection entrant: REDDI
  • Selection song: “The Show”
  • Selected songwriter(s): Chief 1, Ihan Haydar, Julia Fabrin, Remee Jackman, Siggy Savery

• Final performance: 

  • Semi-final result: 12º SF 1: 
  • Final result:

Denmark is scheduled to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Turin, Italy, with “The Show” performed by Reddi. The Danish broadcaster DR organised the national final Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2022 in order to select the Danish entry. Eight songs competed in a televised show where the winner was selected over two rounds of public voting.

Background: Prior to the 2022 contest, Denmark has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest forty-nine times since its first entry in 1957. Denmark has won the contest, to this point, on three occasions: in 1963 with the song “Dansevise” by Grethe and Jørgen Ingmann, in 2000 with “Fly on the Wings of Love” by the Olsen Brothers, and again in 2013 with “Only Teardrops” by Emmelie de Forest. In the 2021 contest, “Øve os på hinanden” performed by Fyr og Flamme failed to qualify Denmark to the final; the last time the nation has failed to qualify to the final is in 2016.

The Danish national broadcaster, DR, broadcasts the event within Denmark and organises the selection process for the nation’s entry. DR confirmed their intentions to participate at the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest on 1 July 2021. Denmark has selected all of their Eurovision entries through the national final Dansk Melodi Grand Prix. On 27 August 2021, the broadcaster announced that Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2022 would be organised in order to select Denmark’s entry for the 2022 contest.

Before Eurovision: 

Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2022: Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2022 was the 52nd edition of Dansk Melodi Grand Prix, the music competition that selects Denmark’s entries for the Eurovision Song Contest. The event was held on 5 March 2022 at the Jyske Bank Boxen in Herning, hosted by Tina Müller and Martin Brygmann. The show was televised on DR1 as well as streamed online at the broadcaster’s streaming service DR TV and the official DR website. The national final was watched by 985,000 viewers in Denmark.

Format: Eight songs, all accompanied by the DR Grand Prix orchestra, competed in one show where the winner was determined over two rounds of public voting. In the first round, the top three songs qualified to the superfinal, during which the winner was determined. Viewers were able to vote via SMS or a mobile application specifically designed for the competition. Prior to the show, the public was provided with one free vote on the app to cast a vote each day between 28 February 2022 and 4 March 2022, while viewers using the app during the show were provided with two free votes.

Competing entries: DR opened a submission period between 27 August 2021 and 29 October 2021 for artists and composers to submit their entries. The broadcaster stated that the competition would seek out songs that “represent the quality and breadth of the Danish music scene” with emphasis on songs that “have the potential to represent Danish music and Danish culture in the most distinguished way at the Eurovision Song Contest”. A six-member selection committee selected eight songs from the entries submitted to the broadcaster. The committee was composed of Lars Trillingsgaard (head of music strategy for DR), Lotte Friis (radio host on DR P4), Maria Fantino (radio host on DR P3), Andrew Jensen (radio host on DR P4), Mathias Buch Jensen (head of music of DR P3) and Bettina Skriver (producer of Dansk Melodi Grand Prix). The competing artists and songs were officially presented on 10 February 2022 during the DR radio programmes P3 BuffetenFormiddag på 4’erenP4 Play and Det gode selskab på P5.

Artist Song Songwriter(s)
Conf3ssions “Hallelujah” Jon Nørgaard, Moh Denebi, Nikolaj Pellegrini, Patrick Dalton, Rachel Furner
Der Var Engang En skønne dag Claus Reenberg, Emma Pi, Rasmus Hedeboe
Fuld Effekt Rave med de hårde drenge Alexander Scott Dyrbye, Claus Waldorff Thomsen, Kasper Bruhn Nielsen, Zachary Rune Dyrbye
Josie Elinor and Jack Warren “Let Me Go” Benjamin Rosenbohm, Julie Aagaard, Katrine Brixen, Mikkel Martinus Sørensen
Juncker Kommet for at blive Christian Juncker
Morten Fillipsen “Happy Go Lucky” Kasper Holm Larsen, Morten Fillipsen, Rasmus Rydahl
Patrick Dorgan Vinden suser ind Daniel Scheffmann, Jeppe Kronback, Ole Bjørn Heiring Albertsen, Patrick Dorgan
Reddi “The Show” Chief 1, Ihan Haydar, Julia Fabrin, Remee Jackman, Siggy Savery

Final: The final took place on 5 March 2022. The running order was determined by DR and announced on 20 February 2022.[13] In the first round of voting the top three advanced to a superfinal based on a public vote. The top three songs of the pre-show vote were each awarded with 10% of the votes, while the top three songs of the SMS and app vote during the show were each awarded with 12% and 78% of the votes, respectively. The three superfinalists were “Hallelujah” performed by Conf3ssions, “Let Me Go” performed by Josie Elinor and Jack Warren and “The Show” performed by Reddi. In the superfinal, the winner, “The Show” performed by Reddi, was selected solely by the public vote via SMS (24%) and app (76%).

In addition to the performances of the competing entries, the competition was opened by Danish Eurovision Song Contest 2021 representative Fyr og Flamme.

Final – 5 March 2022
Draw Artist Song Public Vote Place
Pre-show SMS App Total
1 Patrick Dorgan Vinden suser ind 0% 5
2 Conf3ssions “Hallelujah” 10% 12% 78% 100% 1
3 Der Var Engang En skønne dag 0% 5
4 Fuld Effekt Rave med de hårde drenge 10% 12% 22% 4
5 Josie Elinor and Jack Warren “Let Me Go” 10% 78% 88% 3
6 Morten Fillipsen “Happy Go Lucky” 0% 5
7 Reddi “The Show” 12% 78% 90% 2
8 Juncker Kommet for at blive 0% 5
Superfinal – 5 March 2022
Draw Artist Song Public Vote Place
SMS App Total
1 Conf3ssions “Hallelujah” 6% 26% 32% 2
2 Reddi “The Show” 9% 28% 37% 1
3 Josie Elinor and Jack Warren “Let Me Go” 9% 22% 31% 3

At Eurovision: According to Eurovision rules, all nations with the exceptions of the host country and the “Big Five” (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) are required to qualify from one of two semi-finals in order to compete for the final; the top ten countries from each semi-final progress to the final. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) split up the competing countries into six different pots based on voting patterns from previous contests, with countries with favourable voting histories put into the same pot. On 25 January 2022, an allocation draw was held which placed each country into one of the two semi-finals, as well as which half of the show they would perform in. Denmark has been placed into the first semi-final, to be held on 10 May 2022, and has been scheduled to perform in the second half of the show.

• Country: 🇪🇪Estonia

• National selection:

  • Selection process: Eesti Laul 2022
  • Selection date(s): Quarter-finals: 20 November 2021, 27 November 2021, 4 December 2021, 11 December 2021 I Semi-finals: 3 February 2022, 5 February 2022 I Final: 12 February 2022
  • Host venue:
  • Presenter(s): Tanel Padar ja Eda-Ines Etti (Quarter-final 1), (Quarter-final 2), (Quarter-final 3), (Quarter-final 4), (Semi-finals), (Final)
  • Host broadcaster: ERR
  • Participants – Number of entries:
  • Selection entrant: Stefan
  • Selection song: Hope”
  • Selected songwriter(s): Stefan Airapetjan, Karl-Ander Reismann

• Final performance: 

  • Semi-final result: 12º SF 2: 
  • Final result:

Estonia is scheduled to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Turin, Italy, with “Hope” performed by Stefan. The Estonian broadcaster Eesti Rahvusringhääling (ERR) organised the national final Eesti Laul 2022 in order to select the Estonian entry for the contest.

The national final consisted of seven shows: four quarter-finals, two semi-finals and a final. Ten songs competed in each quarter-final and semi-final and five qualified from each show as determined by a jury panel and public vote. In the final, the winner was selected over two rounds of voting, the first involving both a jury and the public, and the second and ultimate entirely decided by the public.

Background: Prior to the 2022 contest, Estonia had participated in the Eurovision Song Contest twenty-six times since its first entry in 1994, winning the contest on one occasion in 2001 with the song “Everybody” performed by Tanel Padar, Dave Benton and 2XL. Following the introduction of semi-finals for the 2004, Estonia has, to this point, managed to qualify to the final on seven occasions. In 2021, “The Lucky One” performed by Uku Suviste failed to qualify Estonia to the final where the song placed thirteenth in the semi-final.

The Estonian national broadcaster, Eesti Rahvusringhääling (ERR), broadcasts the event within Estonia and organises the selection process for the nation’s entry. ERR confirmed Estonia’s participation at the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest on 27 August 2021. Since their debut, the Estonian broadcaster has organised national finals that feature a competition among multiple artists and songs in order to select Estonia’s entry for the Eurovision Song Contest. The Eesti Laul competition has been organised since 2009 in order to select Estonia’s entry and on 28 August 2021, ERR announced the organisation of Eesti Laul 2022 in order to select the nation’s 2022 entry.

Before Eurovision:

Eesti Laul 2022: Eesti Laul 2022 was the fourteenth edition of the Estonian national selection Eesti Laul, which selected Estonia’s entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2022. The competition consisted of forty entries competing in four quarter-finals and two semi-finals, leading to a ten-song final on 12 February 2022. All shows were broadcast live on ETV, on ETV+ with Russian commentary as well as streamed online at the broadcaster’s official website err.ee. The final was also broadcast in Spain on Ten as well as via radio in Estonia on Raadio 2 with commentary by Kristo Rajasaare, Margus Kamlat, Erik Morna and Robin Juhkental.

Format: The format of the competition included four quarter-finals on 20 November, 27 November, 4 December and 11 December 2021, two semi-finals on 3 and 5 February 2022 and a final on 12 February 2022. Ten songs competed in each quarter-final and five from each quarter-final qualified to the semi-finals. Ten songs competed in each semi-final and the top five from each semi-final qualified to complete the ten song lineup in the final. The results of the quarter-finals were determined solely by public televoting for the first three qualifiers and votes from a professional jury for the fourth and fifth qualifiers, while the results of the semi-finals were determined by the 50/50 combination of jury and public voting for the first qualifiers and a second round of public televoting for the remaining qualifiers. The winning song in the final was selected over two rounds of voting: the first round results selected the top three songs via the 50/50 combination of jury and public voting, while the second round (superfinal) determined the winner solely by public televoting.

Competing entries: On 2 September 2021, ERR opened the submission period for artists and composers to submit their entries up until 20 October 2021 through an online upload platform. Each artist and songwriter was able to submit a maximum of five entries. Foreign collaborations were allowed as long as one of the songwriters were Estonian and that there were a maximum of two foreign songwriters, one being the composer and one being the lyricist. A fee was also imposed on songs being submitted to the competition, with €50 for songs in the Estonian language and €100 for songs in other languages. 202 submissions were received by the deadline, of which 84 were in Estonian with the remaining in English, French, Spanish, Italian and an imaginary language. A 17-member jury panel consisting of Andi Raig, Bert Järvet, Eda-Ines Etti, Eric Kammiste, Heili Klandorf, Henri Laumets, Hugo Martin Maasikas, Jürgen Pärnsalu, Kadiah, Kaspar Viilup, Kerli Kivilaan, Lauri Laubre, Leonardo Romanello, Liis Lemsalu, Meelis Meri, Tarmo Hõbe and Thea Paluoja selected 40 quarter-finalists from the submissions and ten of the selected songs were announced each week on the ETV entertainment program Ringvaade, between 15 November 2021 and 7 December 2021.

Among the competing artists were previous Eurovision Song Contest entrants Evelin Samuel, who represented Estonia in 1999, Lauri Pihlap, who represented Estonia as member of 2XL in 2001 together with Tanel Padar and Dave Benton, Anna Sahlene, who represented Estonia in 2002, Ott Lepland, who represented Estonia in 2012, Stig Rästa, who represented Estonia in 2015 with Elina Born, and Elina Nechayeva, who represented Estonia in 2018. Alabama Watchdog, Andrei Zevakin, Ariadne, Desiree, Elysa, Emily J., Grete Paia, Helen, Inga Tislar (lead singer of deLulu), Jaagup Tuisk, Kéa, Lauri Liiv (lead singer of Black Velvet), Little Mess, Maian, Merilin Mälk, Meisterjaan [et], Púr Múdd, Shira, Sulev Lõhmus (percussionist of Black Velvet), Stefan, Traffic, Triin Niitoja and Wiiralt have all competed in previous editions of Eesti Laul. Little Mess’ entry was co-written by Tanja, who represented Estonia in 2014, and the entry from Stig Rästa was co-written by Victor Crone, who represented Estonia in 2019.

Artist Song Composer(s)
Alabama Watchdog “Move On” Ken Einberg, Taaniel Pogga, Sven Seinpere
An-Marlen Lõpuks muutub Ingel Marlen Mikk, Sander Sadam, Alvar Antson
Andrei Zevakin feat. Grete Paia Mis nüüd saab Andrei Zevakin, Henry Orlov, Grete Paia
Anna Sahlene “Champion” Anna Sahlene, Nicklas Ecklund, Dagmar Oja, Kaire Vilgats
Ariadne “Shouldn’t Be Friends” Liina Ariadne Pedanik, Martti Hallik, Sofi Meronen, Aleksi Liski
Black Velvet “Sandra” Sven Lõhmus
Boamadu Mitte kauaks Peeter Priks, Keith Mutvei
deLULU “Music Saved My Soul” Taavi Paomets, Mairo Marjamaa, Inga Tislar
Desiree Siiani Hannes Agur Vellend, Desiree Mumm, Kretel Kopra
Dramanda Tule minu sisse Amanda Hermiine Künnapas, Hendrik Põlluste
Eleryn Tiit Tunnete keel Karl Killing, Gevin Niglas, Eleryn Tiit, Aron Blom
Elina Nechayeva “Remedy” Sven Lõhmus
Elysa “Fire” Linnea Deb, Ellen Benediktson, Andreas Stone, Elisa Kolk, Indrek Rahumaa
Emily J. “Quicksilver” Vallo Kikas, Emili Jürgens, Ani Nnebedum, Aleksanteri Hulkko
Evelin Samuel “Waterfall” Glen Pilvre, Priit Pajusaar, Katrin Pärn
Fiona and Me “Feel Like This” Fiona and Me
Goodreason “Three Days Ago” Hele-Mai Mängel
Helen Vaata minu poole Karl Killing, Gevin Niglas, Merili Käsper, Helen Randmets
Jaagup Tuisk Kui vaid Jaagup Tuisk, Rita Bavanati, Lauri Räpp
Jessica “My Mom” Steven Ilves, Jessica Rohelpuu
Jyrise Plaksuta Rauno Jürise, Tuomas Lehtinen, Mairo Virolainen, Sander Valge
Kaia-Liisa Kesler Vaikus Kaarel Orumägi [et], Kaia-Liisa Kesler
Kéa “Everytime” Andrei Zevakin, Ketter Orav
Lauri Pihlap “Take Me Home” Lauri Pihlap
Levvis “Let’s Talk About” Aleksei Barudzin
Little Mess Hea päev Timo Vendt, Tanja Mihhailova-Saar, Andra Teede
Maian Meeletu Maian Lomp, Gevin Niglas
Meisterjaan Vahel lihtsalt Jaan Tätte Juunior
Merilin Mälk “Little Girl” Karl-Ander Reismann
Minimal Wind feat. Elisabeth Tiffany “What to Make of This” Paula Pajusaar, Taavi-Hans Kõlar, Elisabeth Tiffany Lepik, Ralf Erik Kollom
Ott Lepland Aovalguses Ott Lepland, Maian Anna Kärmas, Karl-Ander Reismann
Peter Põder Koos lõpuni Peter Põder, Raul Krebs
Púr Múdd and Shira “Golden Shores” Madis Sillamo, Oliver Rõõmus, Joonatan Siiman, Kasper Krogh Vestergaard, Nikolaj Tøth Andersen
Shira “Under Water” Marika Rodionova, Kristi Raias, Johannes Laas
Silver Jusilo Elu rüpes Silver Jusilo
Stefan “Hope” Stefan Airapetjan, Karl-Ander Reismann
Stig Rästa “Interstellar” Stig Rästa, Fred Krieger, Victor Crone, Herman Gardarfve, David Lindgren Zacharias
Traffic Kaua veel Karl Killing, Andreas Poom, Fred Krieger, Silver Laas, Vallo Kikas
Triin Niitoja and Frants Tikerpuu Laululind Frants Tikerpuu
Wiiralt Kuradile Hendrik Sal-Saller, Martin Saaremägi

Quarter-finals: Four quarter-finals took place on 20 November, 27 November, 4 December and 11 December 2021 at the ERR studios, hosted by previous Estonian Eurovision Song Contest entrants Tanel Padar and Eda-Ines Etti (first quarter-final), Uku Suviste and Tanja Mihhailova-Saar (second quarter-final), Ott Lepland and Laura Põldvere (third quarter-final), and Getter Jaani and Jüri Pootsmann (fourth quarter-final). In each quarter-final ten songs, revealed five days prior to each show, competed for the first three spots in the semi-finals with the outcome decided upon by a public televote. The remaining two qualifiers were decided by a jury panel between the remaining non-qualifiers. The jury panel that voted in the quarter-finals consisted of Sissi Nylia Benita, Synne Valtri, Egert Milder, Kadri Koppel, Olav Osolin, Bert Järvet, Vaido Pannel and Andres Puusepp. The public vote across the four quarter-finals registered an average of 8,000 votes.

Quarter-final 1: 

Quarter-final 1 – 20 November 2021
Draw Artist Song Result
1 Traffic Kaua veel Eliminated
2 Jaagup Tuisk Kui vaid Advanced Jury qualifier
3 Kéa “Everytime” Eliminated
4 Fiona and Me “Feel Like This” Eliminated
5 Peter Põder Koos lõpuni Eliminated
6 Stig Rästa “Interstellar” Advanced Public vote qualifier
7 Maian Meeletu Advanced Jury qualifier
8 Little Mess Hea päev Eliminated
9 Boamadu Mitte kauaks Advanced Public vote qualifier
10 Evelin Samuel “Waterfall” Advanced Public vote qualifier

Quarter-final 2: 

Quarter-final 2 – 27 November 2021
Draw Artist Song Result
1 Wiiralt Kuradile Eliminated
2 Desiree Siiani Eliminated
3 Silver Jusilo Elu rüpes Eliminated
4 Kaia-Liisa Kesler Vaikus Advanced Jury qualifier
5 Helen Vaata minu poole Advanced Public vote qualifier
6 Jyrise Plaksuta Advanced Jury qualifier
7 An-Marlen Lõpuks muutub Eliminated
8 Andrei Zevakin feat. Grete Paia Mis nüüd saab Advanced Public vote qualifier
9 Meisterjaan Vahel lihtsalt Eliminated
10 Triin Niitoja and Frants Tikerpuu Laululind Advanced Public vote qualifier

Quarter-final 3: 

Quarter-final 3 – 4 December 2021
Draw Artist Song Result
1 Stefan “Hope” Advanced Public vote qualifier
2 deLULU “Music Saved My Soul” Eliminated
3 Goodreason “Three Days Ago” Eliminated
4 Elina Nechayeva “Remedy” Advanced Public vote qualifier
5 Lauri Pihlap “Take Me Home” Eliminated
6 Levvis “Let’s Talk About” Eliminated
7 Merilin Mälk “Little Girl” Advanced Jury qualifier
8 Anna Sahlene “Champion” Advanced Public vote qualifier
9 Alabama Watchdog “Move On” Advanced Jury qualifier
10 Shira “Under Water” Eliminated

Quarter-final 4

Quarter-final 4 – 11 December 2021 
Draw Artist Song Result
1 Púr Múdd and Shira “Golden Shores” Advanced Jury qualifier
2 Elysa “Fire” Advanced Public vote qualifier
3 Minimal Wind feat. Elisabeth Tiffany “What to Make of This” Advanced Jury qualifier
4 Dramanda Tule minu sisse Eliminated
5 Emily J. “Quicksilver” Eliminated
Aovalguses Advanced Public vote qualifier
7 Eleryn Tiit Tunnete keel Eliminated
8 Jessica “My Mom” Eliminated
9 Ariadne “Shouldn’t Be Friends” Eliminated
10 Black Velvet “Sandra” Advanced Public vote qualifier

Semi-finals: Two semi-finals took place on 3 February 2022 at the Saku Suurhall in Tallinn, hosted by Priit Loog and previous Estonian Eurovision Song Contest entrant Maarja-Liis Ilus. In each semi-final ten songs competed for the first four spots in the final with the outcome decided upon by the combination of the votes from a jury panel and a public televote, with the fifth qualifier decided by an additional televote between the remaining non-qualifiers. The jury panel that voted in the semi-finals consisted of Alar Kotkas, Inger, Rolf Roosalu, Tanja Mihhailova-Saar, Kadri Tali, Villemdrillem, Margus Kamlat, Mari-Liis Männik, Elina Born, Mihkel Mattisen and Maris Järva. The public vote in the first semi-final registered 18,716 votes in the first round and 6,205 votes in the second round, while the public vote in the second semi-final registered 18,195 votes in the first round and 6,066 votes in the second round.

Semi-final 1

Semi-final 1 – 3 February 2022
Draw Artist Song Jury Televote Total Place
Votes Points Votes Points
1 Elysa “Fire”[a] 77 6 5,206 12 18 1
2 Helen Vaata minu poole 13 1 1,773 7 8 8
3 Andrei Zevakin feat. Grete Paia Mis nüüd saab 54 5 2,521 10 15 2
4 Alabama Watchdog “Move On” 52 4 566 1 5 10
5 Merilin Mälk “Little Girl”[b] 78 7 1,058 2 9 7
6 Stig Rästa “Interstellar” 92 12 1,149 3 15 3
7 Triin Niitoja and Frants Tikerpuu Laululind 43 2 1,207 5 7 9
8 Kaia-Liisa Kesler Vaikus 90 10 1,155 4 14 5
9 Elina Nechayeva “Remedy” 50 3 2,414 8 11 6
10 Ott Lepland Aovalguses 89 8 1,667 6 14 4

Semi-final 2:

Semi-final 1 – Second round
Artist Song Televote Place
Alabama Watchdog “Move On” 395 4
Elina Nechayeva “Remedy” 2,091 1
Helen Vaata minu poole 375 5
Kaia-Liisa Kesler Vaikus 1,212 3
Merilin Mälk “Little Girl” 1,772 2
Triin Niitoja and Frants Tikerpuu Laululind 360 6
Semi-final 2 – 5 February 2022
Draw Artist Song Jury Televote Total Place
Votes Points Votes Points
1 Jyrise Plaksuta 40 2 417 1 3 10
2 Maian Meeletu 78 7 1,221 3 10 6
3 Boamadu Mitte kauaks 43 3 1,686 6 9 7
4 Evelin Samuel “Waterfall” 20 1 1,227 4 5 9
5 Black Velvet “Sandra” 56 6 2,261 8 14 3
6 Púr Múdd and Shira “Golden Shores” 48 4 1,079 2 6 8
7 Jaagup Tuisk Kui vaid 87 8 1,269 5 13 4
8 Minimal Wind feat. Elisabeth Tiffany “What to Make of This”[c] 54 5 1,700 7 12 5
9 Stefan “Hope” 116 12 4,752 12 24 1
10 Anna Sahlene “Champion” 96 10 2,583 10 20 2
Semi-final 2 – Second round
Artist Song Televote Place
Boamadu Mitte kauaks 887 4
Evelin Samuel “Waterfall” 1,245 2
Jyrise Plaksuta 585 6
Maian Meeletu 1,153 3
Minimal Wind feat. Elisabeth Tiffany “What to Make of This” 1,357 1
Púr Múdd and Shira “Golden Shores” 839 5

Final: The final took place on 12 February 2022 at the Saku Suurhall in Tallinn, hosted by Priit Loog and previous Estonian Eurovision Song Contest entrant Maarja-Liis Ilus. The five entries that qualified from each of the two preceding semi-finals, all together ten songs, competed during the show. The winner was selected over two rounds of voting. In the first round, an international jury (50%) and public televote (50%) determined the top three entries to proceed to the superfinal. The public vote in the first round registered 69,514 votes. In the superfinal, “Hope” performed by Stefan was selected as the winner entirely by a public televote. The public televote in the superfinal registered 57,197 votes. The jury panel that voted in the first round of the final consisted of Jonathan Perkins (American songwriter and producer), Mr Lordi (Finnish musician), Audrius Giržadas (Lithuanian Eurovision Head of Delegation), Per Sunding (Swedish music producer and musician), Emily Griggs (Australian television producer and director), Natalie Horler (German singer), Lőrinc Bubnó (former Hungarian Eurovision Head of Delegation), Martin Sutton (British musician, songwriter and producer), Marta Cagnola (Italian music journalist and critic), Scarlet Keys (American songwriter) and Lotta Furebäck (Swedish choreographer).

In addition to the performances of the competing entries, the show was opened by Uku Suviste, who represented Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2021, while Eurovision Song Contest 2002 hosts Annely Peebo and Marko Matvere as well as Jüri Pootsmann, who represented Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016, performed as the interval acts.

Final – 12 February 2022
Draw Artist Song Jury Televote Total Place
Votes Points Votes Points
1 Elina Nechayeva “Remedy” 43 1 2,862 4 5 8
2 Andrei Zevakin feat. Grete Paia Mis nüüd saab 55 4 5,147 5 9 6
3 Jaagup Tuisk Kui vaid 48 2 1,577 1 3 10
4 Elysa “Fire” 66 7 14,747 10 17 3
5 Ott Lepland Aovalguses 62 6 2,426 3 9 7
6 Stig Rästa “Interstellar” 53 3 2,284 2 5 9
7 Minimal Wind feat. Elisabeth Tiffany “What to Make of This” 101 12 7,699 8 20 2
8 Stefan “Hope” 85 10 19,641 12 22 1
9 Anna Sahlene “Champion” 69 8 5,668 6 14 4
10 Black Velvet “Sandra” 56 5 7,463 7 12 5
Detailed jury votes
Draw Song Mr Lordi M. Sutton M. Cagnola A. Giržadas P. Sunding N. Horler S. Keys L. Furebäck E. Griggs L. Bubnó J. Perkins Total
1 “Remedy” 4 3 4 7 1 6 2 3 4 4 5 43
2 Mis nüüd saab 1 7 10 3 12 4 4 2 2 3 7 55
3 Kui vaid 3 2 2 10 3 5 7 1 3 10 2 48
4 “Fire” 5 10 1 6 4 8 8 6 5 7 6 66
5 Aovalguses 7 6 6 4 5 7 6 10 7 1 3 62
6 “Interstellar” 10 8 12 2 7 2 3 5 1 2 1 53
7 “What to Make of This” 6 12 7 5 6 10 12 7 12 12 12 101
8 “Hope” 2 5 5 12 10 3 10 12 10 8 8 85
9 “Champion” 12 4 3 8 2 12 5 8 6 5 4 69
10 “Sandra” 8 1 8 1 8 1 1 4 8 6 10 56
Superfinal – 12 February 2022
Artist Song Televote Place
Elysa “Fire” 3,929 3
Minimal Wind feat. Elisabeth Tiffany “What to Make of This” 17,587 2
Stefan “Hope” 35,681 1

Ratings:

Viewing figures by show
Show Date Viewing figures Ref.
Nominal Share
Final 12 February 2022 240,000 20.3%
  • [a] The music video for “Fire” was used after Elysa was tested positive for COVID-19.
  • [b] The music video for “Little Girl” was used after Merilin Mälk was tested positive for COVID-19.
  • [c] The music video for “What to Make of This” was used after Minimal Wind and Elisabeth Tiffany were tested positive for COVID-19.

At Eurovision: According to Eurovision rules, all nations with the exceptions of the host country and the “Big Five” (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) are required to qualify from one of two semi-finals in order to compete for the final; the top ten countries from each semi-final progress to the final. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) split up the competing countries into six different pots based on voting patterns from previous contests, with countries with favourable voting histories put into the same pot. On 25 January 2022, an allocation draw was held which placed each country into one of the two semi-finals, as well as which half of the show they would perform in. Estonia has been placed into the second semi-final, to be held on 12 May 2022, and has been scheduled to perform in the second half of the show.

• Country: 🇫🇮Finlandia

• National selection:

  • Selection process: Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu 2022
  • Selection date(s): 26 February 2022
  • Host venue: Logomo, Turku (Logomossa, Turun)
  • Presenter(s):
  • Host broadcaster: Yle
  • Participants –
  • Number of entries: 7
  • Selection entrant: The Rasmus
  • Selection song: “Jezebel”
  • Selected songwriter(s): Lauri Ylönen, Desmond Child

• Final performance: 

  • Semi-final result: 1º SF 2: 
  • Final result:

Finland will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Turin, Italy, with the song “Jezebel” written by Lauri Ylönen and Desmond Child, and performed by the Rasmus. The Finnish broadcaster Yleisradio (Yle) organised the national final Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu 2022 in order to select the Finnish entry for the contest. Seven entries were selected to compete in the national final on 26 February 2022, where the combination of votes from seven international jury groups and votes from the public selected the winner.

Background: Prior to the 2022 contest, Finland has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest fifty-four times since its first entry in 1961. Finland has won the contest once in 2006 with the song “Hard Rock Hallelujah” performed by Lordi. In the 2021 contest, “Dark Side” performed by Blind Channel managed to qualify Finland to the final and placed sixth, becoming Finland’s equal-second best result in the contest to date, alongside “Tom Tom Tom” by Marion Rung in 1973.

The Finnish national broadcaster, Yleisradio (Yle), broadcasts the event within Finland and organises the selection process for the nation’s entry. Yle confirmed their intentions to participate at the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest on 24 May 2021. Finland’s entries for the Eurovision Song Contest have been selected through national final competitions that have varied in format over the years. Between 1961 and 2011, a selection show that was often titled Suomen euroviisukarsinta highlighted that the purpose of the program was to select a song for Eurovision. However, since 2012, the broadcaster has organised the selection show Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK), which focuses on showcasing new music with the winning song being selected as the Finnish Contest entry for that year. Along with their participation confirmation, the broadcaster also announced that the Finnish entry for the 2022 contest would be selected through Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu 2022.

Before Eurovision:

Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu 2022: Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu 2022 was the eleventh edition of Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK), the music competition that selects Finland’s entries for the Eurovision Song Contest. The competition consisted of a final on 26 February 2022, held at the Logomo in Turku[and hosted by Paula Vesala and Miisa Rotola-Pukkila. The show was broadcast on Yle TV1 with a second audio program providing commentary in Finnish by Mikko Silvennoinen, in Swedish by Eva Frantz and Johan Lindroos, in Simple Finnish by Margit Alasalmi and Pertti Seppä, in Northern Sami by Linda Tammela, in Inari Sami by Heli Huovinen, and in English by Katri Norrlin and Jani Kareinen, as well as online at Yle Areena. The competition was also broadcast via radio on Yle Radio Suomi and with commentary in Swedish by Eva Frantz and Johan Lindroos on Yle X3M. The competition was watched by 1.9 million viewers in Finland, making it the most watched edition of Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu since its establishment in 2012.

Competing entriesA submission period was opened by Yle which lasted between 1 September 2021 and 6 September 2021. At least one of the writers and the lead singer(s) had to hold Finnish citizenship or live in Finland permanently in order for the entry to qualify to compete. A panel of eight experts appointed by Yle selected seven entries for the competition from the 312 received submissions. The experts were Tapio Hakanen (Head of Music at YleX), Anssi Autio (UMK producer), Juha-Matti Valtonen (television director), Samuli Väänänen (Senior Editor at Spotify Finland), Joanna Tzortzis (music editor), Katri Norrlin (music journalist at YleX), Jani Kareinen (music journalist at YleX) and Amie Borgar (Head of Music at Yle X3M). The competing entries were presented on 13 January 2022, while their lyric videos were released between 13 and 21 January 2022.

Final: The final took place on 26 February 2022 where seven entries competed.”Jezebel” performed by The Rasmus was selected as the winner by a combination of public votes (75%) and seven international jury groups from Cyprus, Norway, Serbia, Germany, Spain, the Czech Republic and Italy (25%). The viewers had a total of 882 points to award, while the juries had a total of 294 points to award. Each jury group distributed their points as follows: 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 points. The viewer vote was based on the percentage of votes each song achieved through the following voting methods: telephone, SMS and app voting. For example, if a song gained 10% of the viewer vote, then that entry would be awarded 10% of 882 points rounded to the nearest integer: 88 points. A total of 152,402 votes were cast during the show: 48,546 votes through telephone and SMS and 103,826 votes through the Yle app. 

In addition to the performances of the competing entries, the show was opened by 2021 Finnish Eurovision entrants Blind Channel performing “Dark Side” and “Bad Idea”, while the interval act featured JVG performing their song “Vamos” and Paula Vesala performing her songs “Pulkka” and “Uu Mama”.

Detailed international jury votes 
Draw Song Total
1 “Jezebel” 6 12 10 12 10 6 12 68
2 Kuuma jäbä 2 6 2 6 10 2 28
3 “Thank God I’m an Atheist” 12 4 6 10 6 4 4 46
4 “Ram pam pam” 10 2 12 8 12 2 10 56
5 Sun numero 8 8 4 4 2 8 6 40
6 “Hurricane” 4 10 8 2 8 12 8 52
7 Elämä kantaa mua 4 4
International jury spokespersons
  •  – Elena Tsagrinou
  •  – Keiino
  •  – Bojana Stamenov
  •  – Jendrik
  •  – Rosa López
  •  – Albert Černý
  •  – Marta Cagnola

At EurovisionAccording to Eurovision rules, all nations with the exceptions of the host country and the “Big Five” (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) are required to qualify from one of two semi-finals in order to compete for the final; the top ten countries from each semi-final progress to the final. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) split up the competing countries into six different pots based on voting patterns from previous contests, with countries with favourable voting histories put into the same pot. On 25 January 2022, an allocation draw was held which placed each country into one of the two semi-finals, as well as which half of the show they would perform in. Finland has been placed into the second semi-final, to be held on 12 May 2022, and has been scheduled to perform in the first half of the show.

• Country: 🇬🇪Georgia

• National selection:

  • Selection process: Internal selection 2021
  • Selection date(s): Artist: 14 November 2021 Ι Song: 9 March 2022
  • Host venue:
  • Presenter(s):
  • Host broadcaster: GPB
  • Participants –
  • Number of entries:
  • Selection entrant: Circus Mircus
  • Selection song: “Lock Me In”
  • Selected songwriter(s):

• Final performance: 

  • Semi-final result: 5º SF 2: 
  • Final result:

Georgia is set to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Turin, Italy, having internally selected Circus Mircus to represent the country with the song “Lock Me In”. 

Background: Prior to the 2022 contest, Georgia has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest thirteen times since their first entry in 2007. The nation’s highest placing in the contest, to this point, has been ninth place, which was achieved on two occasions: in Georgia with the song “Shine” performed by Sofia Nizharadze and in 2011 with the song “One More Day” performed by Eldrine. The nation briefly withdrew from the contest in 2009 after the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) rejected the Georgian entry, “We Don’t Wanna Put In”, for perceived political references to Vladimir Putin who was the Russian Prime Minister at the time. The withdrawal and fallout was tied to tense relations between Georgia and then host country Russia, which stemmed from the 2008 Russo-Georgian War. Following the introduction of semi-finals, Georgia has, to this point, failed to qualify to the final on five occasions.

The Georgian national broadcaster, Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB), broadcasts the event within Georgia and organises the selection process for the nation’s entry. Georgia has selected their entry for the Eurovision Song Contest both through national finals and internal selections in the past. In 2013 and 2014, GPB opted to internally select the Georgian entry, in 2015, the Georgian entry was selected via a national final, and in 2016, the artist was internally selected while the song was chosen in a national final. For their 2017 participation, the entry was selected through a national final. In 2018 the artist was internally selected. In 2019, the entry was fully selected through Georgian Idol for the first time ever, and the show was used again to select the singer the following year. However, after the 2020 contest was cancelled, the broadcaster reverted to an internal selection in 2021, when the country was represented by Tornike Kipiani and “You”. The entry failed to qualify from the second semi-final, placing 16th with 16 points.

Before Eurovision:

Internal selection: On 20 September 2021, GPB confirmed their intention to take part in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022. On 11 November 2021, the broadcaster confirmed that they had carried out an internal selection in collaboration with music producers, choosing a group to represent them at the contest. On 14 November 2021, Circus Mircus were announced as the selected entrants. Their entry “Lock Me In” was released on 9 March 2022.

At Eurovision: According to Eurovision rules, all nations with the exceptions of the host country and the “Big Five” (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) are required to qualify from one of two semi-finals in order to compete for the final; the top ten countries from each semi-final progress to the final. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) split up the competing countries into six different pots based on voting patterns from previous contests, with countries with favourable voting histories put into the same pot. On 25 January 2022, an allocation draw was held which placed each country into one of the two semi-finals, as well as which half of the show they would perform in. Georgia has been placed into the second semi-final, to be held on 12 May 2022, and has been scheduled to perform in the first half of the show.

• Country: 🇬🇷Grecia

• National selection:

  • Selection process: Selezione Interna 2022
  • Selection date(s): Artist: 15 December 2021 Ι Song: 10 March 2022
  • Host venue:
  • Presenter(s):
  • Host broadcaster: ERT
  • Participants –
  • Number of entries:
  • Selection entrant: Amanda Tenfjord
  • Selection song: Die Together”
  • Selected songwriter(s): Amanda Tenfjord, Bjørn Helge Gammelsæter

• Final performance: 

  • Semi-final result: 15º SF 1: 
  • Final result:

Greece is set to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Turin, Italy, having internally selected Amanda Tenfjord to represent the country with the song “Die Together”.

Background: Prior to the 2022 contest, Greece had participated in the Eurovision Song Contest forty-one times since their debut in 1974. The nation has won the contest on one occasion in 2005 with the song “My Number One” performed by Helena Paparizou. Following the introduction of semi-finals for the 2004 contest, Greece managed to qualify for the grand final with each of their entries for several years. Between 2004 and 2013, the nation achieved nine top ten placements in the final. To this point, Greece in 2016 with Argo’s “Utopian Land” failed to qualify from the semi-finals for the first time ever, being absent from the grand final for the first time since 2000 and marking Greece’s worst result at the contest. In the 2018 contest, Greece failed to qualify for the second time with Yianna Terzi and the song “Oniro mou” finishing 14th in the semi-final. Greece returned to qualifying for the grand final every year since 2019, including the 2021 contest where Stefania and the song “Last Dance” placed 10th with 170 points.

The Greek national broadcaster, Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (ERT), broadcasts the event within Greece and organises the selection process for the nation’s entry. ERT had been in charge of Greece’s participation in the contest since their debut in 1974 until 2013 when the broadcaster was shutdown by a government directive and replaced firstly with the interim Dimosia Tileorasi (DT) and then later by the New Hellenic Radio, Internet and Television (NERIT) broadcaster. Following the victory of the Syriza party at the January 2015 Greek legislative election, a draft proposal was initiated to re-instate ERT as the public Greek broadcaster. On 28 April 2015, the draft was approved and signed into law by the Hellenic Parliament, resulting in the renaming of NERIT to ERT; ERT began broadcasting once again on 11 June 2015. ERT confirmed their intentions to participate at the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest on 6 September 2021. The Greek broadcaster has used various methods to select the Greek entry in the past, such as internal selections and televised national finals to choose the performer, song or both to compete at Eurovision. Since 2018, the Greek entry has been chosen via an internal selection.

Before Eurovision:

Internal Selection: On 7 September 2021, ERT opened a submission period where artists and composers were able to submit up to three songs each until 10 October 2021. Artists were required to be signed to record labels and to indicate the accompanying artistic group as well as the ideas or concept for the song promotion and presentation as part of their proposal. Following the deadline, 25 artists were reported to have submitted a total of more than 40 entries, including Constantinos Christophorou (1996, 2002 and 2005 Eurovision entrant for Cyprus), Ilias Kozas (2013 Eurovision entrant for Greece), Joanne (Ioanna Georgakopoulou, winner of The Voice of Greece 7), Jimmy Sion (runner-up of House of Fame), as well as singers Amanda Tenfjord, Artemis Matafia, Evangelia Psarakis, Good Job Nicky, Kianna, Marseaux, Nikos Ganos, and band Mobvibe.

A seven-member jury panel – chaired by music composer and ERT board member Dimitris Papadimitriou and also including ERT key figures Maria Kozakou, Fotis Apergis and Konstantinos Bourounis, alongside music producers Petros Adam and Giannis Petridis – shortlisted five entrants in late October 2021, following this procedure: each member could pick between 5 and 10 entries, and the ones among these that obtained the majority of the preferences were selected to the following phase. The committee then proceeded to discuss with the acts the details of their potential participation at the ERT headquarters, planning to make their final decision by the end of December 2021. On 17 November 2021, Nancy Zampetoglou and Thanasis Anagnostopoulos announced the shortlisted acts on their ERT program Studio 4. These were: Good Job Nicky, Joanna Drigo, Ilias Kozas, Lou Is (stage name of Louiza Sofianopoulou) and Amanda Tenfjord. 

The latter was ultimately announced as the selected entrant on 15 December 2021, with the entry to be revealed on the first week of March 2022. The related music video was filmed in early February on the island of Symi. In late February 2022, a demo was leaked of the entry, which is reported to be titled “Die Together”. The official reveal of the song took place on 10 March.

At Eurovision: According to Eurovision rules, all nations with the exceptions of the host country and the “Big Five” (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) are required to qualify from one of two semi-finals in order to compete for the final; the top ten countries from each semi-final progress to the final. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) split up the competing countries into six different pots based on voting patterns from previous contests, with countries with favourable voting histories put into the same pot. On 25 January 2022, an allocation draw was held which placed each country into one of the two semi-finals, as well as which half of the show they would perform in. Greece has been placed into the first semi-final, to be held on 10 May 2022, and has been scheduled to perform in the second half of the show.

• Country: 🇮🇸Islanda

• National selection :

  • Selection process: Söngvakeppnin 2022
  • Selection date(s): Semi-finals: 19 February 2022, 26 February 2022 I Final: 5 March 2022
  • Host venue:
  • Presenter(s):
  • Host broadcaster: RÚV
  • Participants – Number of entries:
  • Selection entrant: Systur
  • Selection song: Með hækkandi sól
  • Selected songwriter(s): Lovísa Elísabet Sigrúnardóttir

• Final performance: 

  • Semi-final result: 14º SF 1: 
  • Final result:

Iceland is set to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Turin, Italy, with “Með hækkandi sól” performed by Systur. The Icelandic broadcaster Ríkisútvarpið (RÚV) organised the national final Söngvakeppnin 2022 in order to select the Icelandic entry for the contest. The national final consisted of three shows: two semi-finals on 26 February and 5 March 2022 and a final on 12 March 2022.

Background: Prior to the 2022 contest, Iceland has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 37 times since its first entry in 1986. Iceland’s best placing in the contest to this point was second, which it achieved on two occasions: in 1999 with the song “All Out of Luck” performed by Selma and in 2009 with the song “Is It True?” performed by Yohanna. Since the introduction of a semi-final to the format of the Eurovision Song Contest in 2004, Iceland has failed to qualify to the final seven times. In 2021, Iceland placed fourth in the grand final with the song “10 Years” performed by Daði og Gagnamagnið.

The Icelandic national broadcaster, Ríkisútvarpið (RÚV), broadcasts the event within Iceland and organises the selection process for the nation’s entry. From 2006 to 2020, Iceland’s competitor has been selected by Söngvakeppnin, a televised national competition. Daði og Gagnamagnið won Söngvakeppnin 2020 with “Think About Things”. The song was considered one of the favourites to win, however the contest was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Daði og Gagnamagnið were subsequently internally re-selected to compete in 2021 with the song “10 Years”, finishing in fourth place with 378 points.

Before Eurovision:

Söngvakeppnin 2022Söngvakeppnin 2022 was the national final organised by RÚV in order to select Iceland’s entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2022. It consisted of two semi-finals on 26 February and 5 March 2022 and a final on 12 March 2022. Contrary to previous editions, for which the host venues were the Háskólabíó conference hall and the Laugardalshöll for the semi-finals and final respectively, both located in the capital city Reykjavík, all shows of the 2022 edition were held at the RVK Studios, located also in the city of Reykjavík, and was hosted by Björg Magnúsdóttir, Jón Jónsson and Ragnhildur Steinunn Jónsdóttir.

Competing entries: Between 3 September and 6 October 2021, RÚV opened the period for interested songwriters to submit their entries. Songwriters did not have any particular requirement to meet, and the process was open to all. At the close of submissions, 158 songs had been entered. A selection committee formed under consultation with the Association of Composers (FTT) and the Icelandic Musicians’ Union (FÍH) selected the ten competing entries, all of which were revealed on 5 February 2022.

Söngvakeppnin 2022 – Competing entries
Artist Song Songwriter(s)
Icelandic title English title
Amarosis N/A “Don’t You Know” Már Gunnarsson, Ísold Wilberg
Haffi Haff [af] Gía “Volcano” Hafsteinn Þór Guðjónsson, Steinar Jónsson, Sigurður Ásgeir Árnason
Hanna Mia and The Astrotourists Séns með þér “Gemini” Hanna Mia Brekkan, Sakaris Emil Joensen, Nína Richter
Katla Þaðan af “Then Again” Jóhannes Damian Patreksson, Kristinn Óli S. Haraldsson, Hafsteinn Þráinsson, Snorri Beck
Markéta Irglová Mögulegt “Possible” Markéta Irglová, Sturla Mio Þórisson
Reykjavíkurdætur (Daughters of Reykjavík) Tökum af stað “Turn This Around” Ragnhildur Jónasdóttir, Salka Valsdóttir, Steinunn Jónsdóttir, Þuríður Blær Jóhannsdóttir, Þuríður Kr Kristleifsdóttir
Sigga, Beta and Elín Með hækkandi sól Lovísa Elísabet Sigrúnardóttir
Stefán Óli Ljósið “All I Know” Andri Þór Jónsson, Birgir Steinn Stefánsson, Stefán Hilmarsson
Stefanía Svavarsdóttir Hjartað mitt “Heart of Mine” Halldór Gunnar Pálsson, Magnús Þór Sigmundsson [is]
Suncity and Sanna Hækkum í botn “Keep It Cool” Sveinn Rúnar Sigurðsson, Valgeir Magnússon, Davíð Guðbrandsson, Sanna Martinez, Anders Eriksson, Marc Caplice

Shows:

Semi-finals: Two semi-finals took place on 26 February 2022 and 5 March 2022. In each semi-final, five of the ten competing acts performed, and two entries determined solely by the viewing public through telephone voting progressed to the final. As per the rules of the competition, an additional optional qualifier could be selected by the contest organisers from among the non-qualifying acts, which would also progress to the final. This option was subsequently invoked by the organisers, meaning that a total of five acts qualified for the final.

In addition to the performances of the competing entries, a number of guest performances also featured during the two shows. The first semi-final featured a performance from the Icelandic electronic rock band GusGus and Margrét Rán, who performed a rendition of the 2009 Icelandic Eurovision entry “Is It True?”. The second semi-final featured a performance from Icelandic singer and actress GDRN, who performed the 2003 Icelandic Eurovision entry “Open Your Heart”.

Semi-final 1 – 26 February 2022
Draw Artist Song Votes Place Result
1 Amarosis “Don’t You Know” 7,006 3 Wildcard
2 Stefán Óli Ljósið 7,017 2 Finalist
3 Haffi Haff Gía 4,828 5 Eliminated
4 Stefanía Svavarsdóttir Hjartað mitt 5,613 4 Eliminated
5 Sigga, Beta and Elín Með hækkandi sól 10,788 1 Finalist
Semi-final 2 – 5 March 2022
Draw Artist Song Votes Place Result
1 Markéta Irglová Mögulegt 3,251 4 Eliminated
2 Suncity and Sanna Hækkum í botn 4,170 3 Eliminated
3 Reykjavíkurdætur Tökum af stað 13,137 1 Finalist
4 Katla Þaðan af 5,251 2 Finalist
5 Hanna Mia and The Astrotourists Séns með þér 3,197 5 Eliminated

Final: The final took place on 12 March 2022 and featured the four qualifiers and the wildcard from the semi-finals. It was later revealed that the songs in the final would be performed in the language ​​they would be performing in case they represent the country in Eurovision. Thus, three of the finalists, namely Stefan Oli, Sigga, Beta and Elín, and Katla, decided to perform the Icelandic version of their entries, while Reykjavíkurdætur and Amarosis decided to perform their entries in English.

Two rounds of voting determined the winning song: in the first round, the votes of the viewing public through telephone voting and the votes of a seven-member international jury panel determined two entries which would progress to the second round. The public and jury each accounted for 50% of the result in the first round, with the rankings of each jury member being converted to match the total number of televotes cast by the public. In the second round a further round of televoting was held, with the winner determined by aggregating the results of the first round to the votes received in the second round. Following both rounds of the competition, “Með hækkandi sól” performed by Sigga, Beta and Elín, emerged the winner of Söngvakeppnin 2022 and was selected as Iceland’s entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2022, with the group presented under the new name Systur.

In addition to the competing entries, the show was opened by Birgitta Haukdal, together with Katla Margrét Þorgeirsdóttir, Guðjón Davíð Karlsson, Þórey Birgisdóttir, Björg Magnúsdóttir, Jón Jónsson, Ragnhildur Steinunn Jónsdóttir, and Þröstur Leó Gunnarsson. Moreover, Daði Freyr, who represented Iceland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 together with Gagnamagnið, performed as an interval act. The 2021 Ukrainian representatives Go_A were set to feature as guest performers, however, due to the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine resulting in the band’s inability to travel to Iceland, the 2021 Swedish representative Tusse performed in the final instead. Both Freyr and Tusse were also part of the jury panel.

Final – First round – 12 March 2022
Draw Artist Song Jury Public Total Place Result
1 Katla Þaðan af 15,031 5,972 21,003 5 Eliminated
2 Amarosis “Don’t You Know” 11,921 12,506 24,427 3 Eliminated
3 Reykjavíkurdætur “Turn This Around” 19,437 26,320 45,757 1 Advanced
4 Stefán Óli Ljósið 13,476 9,126 22,602 4 Eliminated
5 Sigga, Beta and Elín Með hækkandi sól 18,141 24,083 42,224 2 Advanced
Detailed Jury Votes
Draw Song Juror 1 Juror 2 Juror 3 Juror 4 Juror 5 Juror 6 Juror 7 Total
1 Þaðan af 2,591 1,814 1,814 2,591 1,555 2,073 2,591 15,031
2 “Don’t You Know” 1,555 2,073 1,555 1,555 1,814 1,814 1,555 11,921
3 “Turn This Around” 1,814 3,110 3,110 2,073 3,110 3,110 3,110 19,437
4 Ljósið 2,073 1,555 2,073 1,814 2,591 1,555 1,814 13,476
5 Með hækkandi sól 3,110 2,591 2,591 3,110 2,073 2,591 2,073 18,141
Jury members (sorted by country)
  •  Finland: Heidi Välkkilä
  •  Iceland: Daði Freyr
  •  Iceland: Ragnheiður Gröndal
  •  Iceland: Sóley Stefánsdóttir
  •  Netherlands: Barry van Cornewal
  •  Norway: Stig Karlsen
  •  Sweden: Tusse
Final – Second round – 12 March 2022
Draw Artist Song Votes Place
First
round
Second
round
Total
1 Reykjavíkurdætur “Turn This Around” 45,757 23,470 69,227 2
2 Sigga, Beta and Elín Með hækkandi sól 42,224 35,156 77,380 1

At Eurovision: According to Eurovision rules, all nations with the exceptions of the host country and the “Big Five” (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) are required to qualify from one of two semi-finals in order to compete for the final; the top ten countries from each semi-final progress to the final. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) split up the competing countries into six different pots based on voting patterns from previous contests, with countries with favourable voting histories put into the same pot. On 25 January 2022, an allocation draw was held which placed each country into one of the two semi-finals, as well as which half of the show they would perform in. Iceland has been placed into the first semi-final, to be held on 10 May 2022, and has been scheduled to perform in the second half of the show.

• Country: 🇮🇪Irlanda

• National selection:

  • Selection process: Eurosong 2022
  • Selection date(s): 4 February 2022
  • Host venue:
  • Presenter(s):
  • Host broadcaster: RTÉ
  • Participants – Number of entries:
  • Selection entrant: Brooke
  • Selection song: That’s Rich”
  • Selected songwriter(s): Brooke Scullion, Izzy Warner, Karl Zine

• Final performance: 

  • Semi-final result: 10º SF 2:  
  • Final result:

Ireland is set to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Turin, Italy with the song “That’s Rich” performed by Brooke. The Irish broadcaster Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ) organised the national final Eurosong 2022 in order to select the Irish entry for the 2022 contest. Six songs faced the votes of a studio jury, an international jury and a public televote which determined the final selection. 

Background: Prior to the 2022 contest, Ireland has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest fifty-three times since its first entry in 1965. Ireland has won the contest a record seven times in total. The country’s first win came in 1970, with then-18-year-old Dana winning with “All Kinds of Everything”. Ireland holds the record for being the only country to win the contest three times in a row (in 1992, 1993 and 1994), as well as having the only three-time winner (Johnny Logan, who won in 1980 as a singer, 1987 as a singer-songwriter, and again in 1992 as a songwriter). In 2011 and 2012, Jedward represented the nation for two consecutive years, managing to qualify to the final both times and achieve Ireland’s highest position in the contest since 2000, placing eighth in 2011 with the song “Lipstick”. Since 2013, only two Irish entries managed to qualify for the final: Ryan Dolan’s “Only Love Survives” which placed 26th (last) in the final in 2013, and Ryan O’Shaughnessy’s “Together” which placed 16th in the final in 2018. The Irish entry in 2021, “Maps” performed by Lesley Roy, once again failed to qualify to the final.

The Irish national broadcaster, Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ), broadcasts the event within Ireland and organises the selection process for the nation’s entry. RTÉ confirmed their intentions to participate at the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest on 6 September 2021. From 2016 to 2021, RTÉ held an internal selection to choose the artist and song to represent Ireland at the contest. For the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest, RTÉ announced on 16 September 2021 the organisation of the national final Eurosong 2022 to choose the artist and song to represent Ireland at the contest. This marked the first time since 2015 that RTÉ had set up a national final to select both the artist and song for the contest.

Before Eurovision:

Eurosong 2022: Eurosong 2022 was the national final format developed by RTÉ in order to select Ireland’s entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2022. The competition was broadcast during a special edition of The Late Late Show held on 4 February 2022 and hosted by Ryan Tubridy.

Competing entries: On 16 September 2021, RTÉ opened a submission period where artists and composers were able to submit their entries for the competition until 22 October 2021. At the closing of the deadline, 320 entries were received. The competing entries were selected through two phases involving two separate jury panels with members appointed by RTÉ; the first phase involved a twelve-member jury panel reviewing all of the submissions and shortlisting 20 to 30 entries, while the second phase involved an alternate jury selecting the six finalists. The finalists were presented between 17 and 21 January 2022 on The Ryan Tubridy Show broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1.

Among the competing artists was Brendan Murray, who represented Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017.

Final: The national final featured commentary from a studio jury panel that consisted of singer-songwriter Caroline Corr, singer Lucia Evans, musician and former contest winner Paul Harrington and presenter Bláthnaid Treacy. Riverdance was the guest performer.[11] Following the combination of votes from the studio jury, an international jury and public televoting, “That’s Rich” performed by Brooke was selected as the winner. The international jury panel consisted of American journalist William Lee Adams, Árný Fjóla (member of 2021 Icelandic representatives Gagnamagnið), Czech screenwriter and former Head of Delegation Jan Frost Bors and Russian Head of Delegation Katerina Orlova.

Final – 4 February 2022
Draw Artist Song Jury Televote Total Place
Studio International
1 Patrick O’Sullivan “One Night, One Kiss, One Promise” 6 10 6 22 4
2 Janet Grogan “Ashes of Yesterday” 12 8 4 24 2
3 Brendan Murray “Real Love” 8 2 2 12 6
4 Miles Graham “Yeah, We’re Gonna Get Out of It” 10 6 8 24 2
5 Rachel Goode “I’m Loving Me” 2 4 10 16 5
6 Brooke “That’s Rich” 4 12 12 28 1

 

At Eurovision:  According to Eurovision rules, all nations with the exceptions of the host country and the “Big Five” (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) are required to qualify from one of two semi-finals in order to compete for the final; the top ten countries from each semi-final progress to the final. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) split up the competing countries into six different pots based on voting patterns from previous contests, with countries with favourable voting histories put into the same pot. On 25 January 2022, an allocation draw was held which placed each country into one of the two semi-finals, as well as which half of the show they would perform in. Ireland has been placed into the second semi-final, to be held on 12 May 2022, and has been scheduled to perform in the second half of the show.

• Country:🇮🇱Israele

• National selection:

  • Selection process: L’X Factor per Eurovision (אקס פקטור לאירוויזיון 2022) / The X Factor Israel – Season 4 (אקס פקטור ישראל‎) 2022
  • Selection date(s): October 30, 2021 – February 5, 2022
  • Host venue:
  • Presenter(s): Liron Weizman (לירון ויצמן), Ran Danker (guest host), Guy Zu-Aretz (guest host)
  • Host broadcaster: KAN/IPBC (Reshet 13, רשת 13)
  • Judges: Aviv Geffen (אביב גפן), Netta Barzilai (נטע ברזילי), Margalit “Margol” Tzan’ani (מרגלית “מרגול” צנעני), Ran Danker (רן דנקר), Miri Mesika (מירי מסיקה)
  • Participants – Number of entries:
  • Selection entrant: Michael Ben David
  • Selection song: I.M”
  • Selected songwriter(s): Chen Aharoni, Lidor Saadia, Asi Tal

• Final performance: 

  • Semi-final result: 2º SF 12: 
  • Final result:

Israel will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Turin, Italy with the entry “I.M” performed by Michael Ben David. Israeli broadcaster Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation (IPBC/KAN) collaborated with the commercial broadcaster Reshet in order to select the Israeli entry for the 2022 contest. The fourth season of the reality singing competition The X Factor Israel, which was organised by Reshet, was used to select the Israeli entry. The competition concluded with a final on 5 February 2022 that featured four finalists with potential Eurovision songs that were selected for them through a song selection round in January and February 2022. The winner was selected following the combination of the votes from a public vote and two jury groups.

Background: Prior to the 2022 contest, Israel has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest forty-three times since its first entry in 1973. Israel has won the contest on four occasions: in 1978 with the song “A-Ba-Ni-Bi” performed by Izhar Cohen and the Alphabeta, in 1979 with the song “Hallelujah” performed by Milk and Honey, in 1998 with the song “Diva” performed by Dana International and in 2018 with the song “Toy” performed by Netta Barzilai. Since the introduction of semi-finals to the format of the Eurovision Song Contest in 2004, Israel has, to this point, managed to qualify to the final eleven times, including three top ten results in 2005 with Shiri Maimon and “Hasheket Shenish’ar” placing fourth, in 2008 with Boaz and “The Fire In Your Eyes” placing ninth, and in 2015 with Nadav Guedj and “Golden Boy” placing ninth, in addition to the victory in 2018. Israel has participated in the final for six consecutive years between 2015 and 2021, which included their 2021 entry “Set Me Free” performed by Eden Alene.

The Israeli national broadcaster, Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation (IPBC/KAN) has been in charge of the nation’s participation in the contest since 2018. KAN confirmed Israel’s participation in the contest on 21 February 2021. Between 2015 and 2020, the Israeli entry was selected through the reality singing competition HaKokhav HaBa L’Eurovizion (“The Next Star for Eurovision”) in collaboration with Keshet and Tedy Productions, while in 2021, KAN conducted an internal selection to select the artist that would represent Israel and a national final to select the song for the artist. On 6 April 2021, KAN confirmed that they would cooperate with television channel Reshet 13 in order to select the Israeli entry through the reality singing competition The X Factor Israel.

Before Eurovision: 

The X Factor Israel: The Israeli entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 was selected through the fourth season of the reality singing competition The X Factor Israel. The shows were hosted by Liron Weizman and featured a judging panel composed of Margalit Tzan’ani and Miri Mesika (Groups and Over 25’s), Aviv Geffen (Girls), Eurovision Song Contest 2018 winner Netta Barzilai (Boys) and Ran Danker (Teens). Show creator Simon Cowell was originally announced as a judge but withdrew prior to the competition. The competition took place over three months, which commenced on 30 October 2021 and concluded on 5 February 2022. All shows in the competition were broadcast on Channel 13 as well as online via 13tv.co.il.

Following the audition phase of the competition, 33 contestants advanced after receiving a “yes” from at least four of the five judges. During the Judge Houses and Chairs phase, each member of the judging panel selected from each of their categories four out of eight/nine contestants that advanced from the audition phase. The sixteen remaining contestants then competed during the live shows, which took place over six weeks and resulted in the selection of four finalists following the fifth week. The four finalists were: Eli Huli, Inbal Bibi, Michael Ben David and Sapir Saban.

The X Factor Israel (season 4) (2021–22) / אקס פקטור ישראל (עונה 4)  is the Israeli version of the British television music competition The X Factor. The fourth season started its run on October 30, 2021 on Reshet 13, airing in prime time.

On April 6, 2021, it was announced that the winner of this season will represent Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022.

Contestant progress in the live shows:  Live shows began on December 26, 2021.

.[1] Contestant was nominated for elimination and eventually saved from elimination
.[2] Contestant was nominated for elimination and eventually eliminated
.[3] – Contestant lost the Elimination Chair challenge and was immediately eliminated
Contestant Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Final
Sunday Thursday Sunday Thursday Sunday Tuesday Sunday Tuesday Sunday Thursday Saturday
Michael Ben David Safe N/A N/A Safe N/A Safe N/A Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Winner
Eli Huli Safe N/A N/A Safe Safe N/A Saved[1] N/A Safe N/A N/A Safe 2nd place
Inbal Bibi N/A Safe Safe N/A N/A Safe Safe N/A Safe N/A N/A Saved[1] 3rd place
Sapir Saban N/A Safe N/A Safe Safe N/A N/A Saved[1] Safe Saved[1] Saved[1] 4th[2] Eliminated (week 6, Saturday)
Anna Stefani N/A Safe N/A Saved[1] Safe N/A N/A Safe Safe Safe 5th[2] Eliminated (week 5, Thursday)
Shachar Adawi Safe N/A Safe N/A Saved[1] N/A Safe N/A Safe 6th[2] Eliminated (week 5, Thursday)
Ilay Elmakies Safe N/A Safe N/A N/A Saved[1] N/A 7th[2] Eliminated (Week 4, Tuesday)
Linet N/A N/A Saved[1] N/A N/A Safe 8th[2] Eliminated (Week 4, Sunday)
Shiran & Ron N/A Safe Saved[1] N/A N/A 9th[2] Eliminated (Week 3, Tuesday)
Adi Cohen N/A N/A N/A Saved[1] 10th[2] Eliminated (Week 3, Sunday)
Lia Navipur Safe N/A N/A 11th[2] Eliminated (Week 2, Thursday)
Tarante Groove Machine N/A Safe N/A 12th[2]
Gai’da Abu Awad N/A Safe 13th[2] Eliminated (Week 2, Sunday)
Shahar Admoni Safe N/A 14th[2]
Liron Lev N/A 15th[3] Withdrew (Week 1, Thursday)
Agam Abuchatzeira 16th[3] Eliminated (Week 1, Sunday)
Elisha Nachmias 17th[3]

Song selection round: On 19 September 2021, KAN opened the public song submission with the deadline on 17 October 2021. Two songs per finalist were chosen from 130 submissions by a six-member professional committee with five members from KAN (four radio representatives and one television representative), among them which included the director of KAN music stations Ofri Gopher, and one from Reshet 13. The eight competing songs were presented on Kan Gimel on 30 January 2022 and the public was able to vote through KAN’s official website and mobile application until 3 February 2022. A combination of the votes from the public vote (50%) and two jury groups consisting of The X Factor Israel 2022 judges (25%) and the professional committee (25%) selected one song per finalist to advance to the final, which was revealed during a special televised broadcast titled HaShir Shelanu L’Eurovizion (“Our Song for Eurovision”) on Kan 11, Kan Gimel as well as online via kan.org.il on 3 February.

Song selection round – 30 January 2022 – 3 February 2022
Artist Draw Song Songwriter(s) Jury Professional
committee
Public
vote
Total Result
Michael Ben David 1 “I.M” Chen Aharoni, Lidor Saadia, Asi Tal 25 20 38 83 Selected
2 “Don’t” Ilya Siniaski 0 5 12 17 Eliminated
Eli Huli 3 “Nostalgia” Roby Fayer, Eli Huli 5 10 18 33 Eliminated
4 “Blinded Dreamers” Roby Fayer, Eli Huli 20 15 32 67 Selected
Inbal Bibi 5 “Marionette” Tzlil Klifi, Tal Forer, Mai Cohen 15 10 28 53 Selected
6 “Zaza” May Sfadia 10 15 22 47 Eliminated
Sapir Saban 7 “Head Up” Ella Doron, Yahel Doron, Naama Gali Cohen, Liron Lev 0 10 21 31 Eliminated
8 “Breaking My Own Walls” Gal Joe Cohen, Eyal Yishay, Dikla Dori, Ido Dankner 25 15 29 69 Selected

Final: The final took place on 5 February 2022 in the Menora Mivtachim Arena in Tel Aviv. The winner was selected in two rounds. In the duel round, the four finalists were divided into two duels and each performed a cover song. Two entries progressed forward to the final round, while the two others faced each other off in another duel, which picked the third participant of the final round. In the final round, the three finalists that advanced from the duel round presented their candidate Eurovision entries chosen through the song selection round. The winner was selected by a combination of the votes from a public vote (50%) and two jury groups consisting of The X Factor Israel 2022 judges (25%) and the professional committee (25%).

Duel round – 5 February 2022
Duel Draw Artist Cover song Jury Professional
committee
Public
vote
Total Result
I 1 Inbal Bibi “The Winner Takes It All” 5 0 24 29 Wildcard round
2 Michael Ben David Shnei Meshug’aim” (שני משוגעים) 20 25 26 71 Advanced
II 3 Sapir Saban “Badad” (בדד) 5 10 20 35 Wildcard round
4 Eli Huli “I’ll Be There For You” 20 15 30 65 Advanced
Wildcard round – 5 February 2022
Draw Artist Song Jury Professional
committee
Public
vote
Total Result
1 Sapir Saban “Breaking My Own Walls” 0 15 16 31 Eliminated
2 Inbal Bibi “Marionette” 25 10 34 69 Advanced
Final round – 5 February 2022
Draw Artist Song Jury Professional
committee
Public
vote
Total Place
1 Inbal Bibi “Marionette” 42 44 87 173 3
2 Michael Ben David “I.M” 50 46 118 214 1
3 Eli Huli “Blinded Dreamers” 58 60 95 213 2

The X Factor Israel (season 4): The X Factor Israel is the Israeli version of the British television music competition The X Factor. The fourth season run between October 30, 2021 and February 5, 2022 on Reshet 13, airing in prime time.

On April 6, 2021, it was announced that the winner of this season would represent Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022. Michael Ben David was the selected entrant with the song “I.M”.

Judges and hosts: Liron Weizman (לירון ויצמן) hosts the fourth season. All the members of the judging panel changed from the previous season: Mizrahi singer Margalit Tzan’ani (מרגלית צנעני), singer-songwriter Aviv Geffen (אביב גפן), singer and Eurovision 2018 winner Netta Barzilai (נטע ברזילי), while a fourth and fifth judges revealed to be Ran Danker (רן דנקר) and Miri Mesika (ומירי מסיקה), making it the first season of X Factor Israel to feature five judges instead of four.

Show creator Simon Cowell was originally announced as a judge for the season before pulling out.

Finalists: 

Auditions: The auditions started on October 30, 2021 and ended on December 12. Contestants need to get “yes” from at least four of the five judges in order to qualify.

Among the contestants were: Inbal Bibi, a competitor of season 1 of The X Factor Israel; Adi Cohen and Liron Lev, a finalist and a competitor of Kokhav Nolad season 2; Linet, a singer who participated in the Kdam Eurovision 1993; Sapir Saban, who won in season 4 of The Voice Israel; Shachar Adawi, a competitor of Rising Star season 6; the hip hop duo Ido B Zooki; Amit Ben Zaken, the brother of The X Factor Israel season 1 finalist Eden Ben Zaken; Gai Sims, the son of basketball player Willie Sims; Shira Atias, the cousin of representor of Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 Nadav Guedj; Shimi Tavori, a singer who participated in the Kdam Eurovision 1991 and 1993; Yifat Ta’asa, the ex-wife of singer Arik Sinai [he]; Eli Huli, another finalist of The Voice Israel season 4; songwriter Maya Simantov; Ahtaliyah Pierce, a competitor of the second season of The Voice Israel; Zohar Raziel, a competitor of American Idol and Rising Star season 5; basketball player brothers Ben and Nimrod Altit; Daniel Pruzansky, a member of Kids.il, the band that represented Israel in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2012; Maor Titon, a competitor of season 1 of The Voice Israel; Yohai Moreno, the brother of late Lieutenant colonel Emanuel Moreno; Michael Rose (formerly Misha Soukhinin), a member of rock band Distorted Harmony which was also a competitor of the second season of The Voice Israel; Inbar Yochananof, a member of the Voca People; Shalva Berti, a singer who participated in the Kdam Eurovision 1985, 1992 and 1995; Hadar Lee, a competitor of season 2 of The X Factor Israel; and Danna Reuveni, the granddaughter of poet Ehud Manor. TV host Guy Zu-Aretz participated in the auditions as well, but only as a cameo.

Draw Performer Song Judges’ vote Result
Danker Barzilai Mesika Geffen Tzan’ani
Audition 1 (October 30, 2021)
1 Cama Camila “Sweet Dreams” Yes Yes Yes No Yes Advanced
2 Ilay Elmakais “Etz Yarok MiPlastic” Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Advanced
3 Micheal Ben David “Juice” / “Ima” Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Advanced
4 Saray Adar “Veich Shelo” No No Yes Eliminated
5 Anna Stefani “Soldi” Yes Yes Yes Yes Advanced
6 Inbal Bibi “Time After Time” Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Advanced
7 Elisha Nachmias “Yesh Li Sikui” Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Advanced
Audition 2 (November 1, 2021)
1 Adi Cohen & Liron Lev “Nothing Compares 2 U” Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Advanced
2 Abigail Moyal “Shlach Li MalAch” Yes Yes Yes Yes Advanced
3 Roei Edri “Mesiba” No Yes No Eliminated
4 Gali Ben Shoshan “Akşam Olmadan”[5] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Advanced
5 Linet “Shemesh” Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Advanced
Audition 3 (November 4, 2021)
1 Tarante Groove Machine “Yaleli” Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Advanced
2 Shahar Admoni “Ulai” Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Advanced
3 Men Yahel “BilAdaich” Eliminated
4 Sapir Saban “Hopelessly Devoted to You” Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Advanced
5 Yuval Levkovski “Hard to Say I’m Sorry” Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Advanced
Audition 4 (November 7, 2021)
1 Shachar Adawi “Hello” Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Advanced
2 Ido B Zooki “Ba Kalil” No Yes Yes Yes Yes Advanced
3 Anna Shpitz “Soon We’ll Be Found” Yes No Yes No Yes Eliminated
4 Amit Ben Zaken “Lo Bikashti Milkhama” Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Advanced
Audition 5 (November 9, 2021)
1 Uriah Azari “Nishba” Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Advanced
2 May Maya Malul “Ad SheTa’azov” No No Eliminated
3 Gai Sims “Just the Two of Us” Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Advanced
4 Stevie June “Dancing On My Own” Yes Yes Yes Yes Advanced
5 Amit Shetach “Cuckoo” Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Advanced
Audition 6 (November 11, 2021)
1 Itay Paz “The Boxer” Yes No Yes Yes Yes Advanced
2 Zehava Cohen “Fug Al Nahal” Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Advanced
3 Yoav Dalal “Im Tirtzi” Eliminated
4 Shira Atias “Jealous” Yes Yes Yes Yes Advanced
5 Shimi Tavori “Khipasti Shirim Latzet LaOlam” Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Advanced
Audition 7 (November 14, 2021)
1 Ron Vaknin “Omed BaSha’ar” Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Advanced
2 Hila Segev “Zan Nadir” No Yes Yes No Eliminated
3 Nadir Hawa “Save Your Tears” Yes Yes Yes Yes Advanced
4 Yifat Ta’asa “The Greatest Love of All” No No Eliminated
5 Tal Tzuker “Kashe Bil’adecha” No No Yes Eliminated
6 Eli Huli “Everybody’s Changing” Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Advanced
Audition 8 (November 16, 2021)
1 Petahya Levi “HaIm Lihiyot Bach MeOhav” Yes Yes No Yes No Eliminated
2 Maya Simantov “Can’t Help Falling in Love” Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Advanced
3 Mor Chenson “Sex Bomb” Yes No Yes No Eliminated
4 Shaya Avitan “In a Matter of Speaking” Yes Yes Yes Yes Advanced
5 Guy Zu-Aretz “Mistovev” N/A Not competing
Audition 9 (November 18, 2021)
1 Eitiel Zini “At Heruti” Yes No No Eliminated
2 Gai’da Abu Awad “Ala Bali” Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Advanced
3 Tzlil Halaf “Yeladim Ka’ele” No No Eliminated
4 Udi Tzabari “HaMe’antezet” No Yes Yes No Yes Eliminated
5 Chen Hazot “Banadik” Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Advanced
6 Libi (Reut Naftali) “Don’t Start Now” Yes No Yes Yes Yes Advanced
Audition 10 (November 21, 2021)
1 Ruth Hatuma “Sipur Machur” Yes Yes Yes No Yes Advanced
2 Avraham Hatuma “Yesh Dvarim SheRatziti Lomar” Yes Yes Yes No Yes Advanced
3 Dganit Dado “Toy” Eliminated
4 Ahtaliyah Pierce “Versace on the Floor” Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Advanced
5 Beast Crew “Imale” Yes Yes Yes Yes Advanced
6 Agam Abuhatzira “Ulai” Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Advanced
Audition 11 (November 23, 2021)
1 Dan Biton “Ksh’At Atzuva” Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Advanced
2 Pazi (Paz Epstein) “Ro’a Lecha Ba’Eynaim” Yes Yes Yes No No Eliminated
3 Anna RF “Azal HaMlai” Yes Yes No No Yes Eliminated
4 Netta Rosenvelt “Safe and Sound” No Yes Yes Yes Yes Advanced
5 Almog Fadida “Ma Ata Rotze MiMeni” Yes Yes Yes No Yes Advanced
6 Lia Nevipoor “Wrecking Ball” Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Advanced
Audition 12 (November 25, 2021)
1 Yahali Akunis “Tel Aviv Ze Ani VeAt” Yes Yes Yes No Yes Advanced
2 Zohar Raziel “Arcade” No Yes Yes Yes Yes Advanced
3 Ben Altit “Ima Im Hayiti” Eliminated
4 Nimrod Altit “Fast Car” No No Eliminated
5 Shirel Ahiel “Anyone” Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Advanced
6 Shiran and Ron “FadayTak” Yes Yes Yes Yes Advanced
Audition 13 (November 28, 2021)
1 Noy Azoulay “I Have Nothing” Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Advanced
2 Daniel Pruzansky “A Yiddishe Mamme” No No Eliminated
3 Liza Orman “Umbrella” Yes Yes Yes No Yes Advanced
4 Maor Titon “Hayit Li Sheket” / “Aba” Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Advanced
Audition 14 (November 30, 2021)
1 Rabotai “Shevet Achim Ve Achayot” Eliminated
2 Tomer Almog “I Have Nothing” Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Advanced
3 Dor Dahan “Ale Karan Sheli” Eliminated
4 Noam Azut “Ani Gitara” Yes Yes Yes No Yes Advanced
5 Yalin Ali “Another Love” Eliminated
6 Yohai Moreno “Tisha’ari Levad” Yes No Yes Yes Yes Advanced
Audition 15 (December 2, 2021)
1 Orian Atia “Leylotai” Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Advanced
2 Dahlia Hershofet “What’s Up?” Eliminated
3 Noam Banai “I Need a Dollar” Yes Yes Yes Yes No Advanced
4 Noam Levi “Juice” Yes No No Eliminated
5 Gute Gute “Rezulutzia Orginal” No No Eliminated
6 Aviv Kharazi “Metzi’ut Akheret” Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Advanced
Audition 16 (December 5, 2021)
1 Snir Hadad “Johnny” Eliminated
2 Daniel Mamyev “Mima At Mefakhedet” Yes Yes Yes No Yes Advanced
3 Toosha (Netta Alexeli) “Don’t You Worry ‘bout a Thing” Yes Yes Yes No Yes Advanced
4 Orian Ron “Mangina” Eliminated
5 Orr Alkalai “Latet VeLakakhat” No No Eliminated
6 Michael Rose “Tornado” Yes No Yes Yes Yes Advanced
Audition 17 (December 7, 2021)
1 Leah Masihid “Nihiye Beseder” Yes Yes Yes Yes No Advanced
2 Inbar Yochananof “Levitating” Yes Yes Yes Yes Advanced
3 Orr Barak “I Need You” No No Eliminated
4 Bisan Abu Laban “Hallelujah” Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Advanced
5 Ben Tzur “Lashuv Habaita” Yes Yes Yes No Yes Advanced
6 Shalva Berti “Tu te reconnaîtras” Eliminated
Audition 18 (December 9, 2021)
1 Loren Dervis “Halev Sheli” / “Rise Up” Yes Yes Yes Yes Advanced
2 Ido Biton “Derech HaShalom” No No Eliminated
3 Tomer Maya “Fallin'” Advanced
Hadar Lee Eliminated
4 Alex Rosvitzev “Let My People Go” Eliminated
5 Semi Ohayon “Pisa MiZikhroni” Eliminated
6 Dafna Reuveni “Mishehu” Yes Yes Yes Yes Advanced
Audition 19 (December 12, 2021)
1 Yovel Adar “Eyfo At” No No Eliminated
2 Elyakir Keren “Lo Ani Hu HaIsh” No No Yes Eliminated
3 Nofar Shuker “Shir Tikva” Yes Yes Yes Yes No Advanced
4 Dana Vais “This Love” Yes No No Eliminated
5 Omer Shuker “Fly Me to the Moon” Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Advanced

Judge Houses: The Judge Houses have begun on December 14, 2021. The judges will have to chose from each of their categories 3 out of their 8 members (asides the Groups and Over 25’s group, which consists 9 members).

Key: [1] – Eliminated in the judges’ house

Top 33 – Judges’ houses
Category (mentor) Acts
Girls (Geffen) Shira Atias[1] Toosha (Netta Elkasalsi)[1] Inbal Bibi Abigail Moyal[1] Ruth Hatuma[1] Sapir Saban Anna Stefani Gai’da Abu Awad
Boys (Netta) Gai Sims[1] Yohai Moreno[1] Micheal Ben David Eli Huli Amit Ben Zaken[1] Shachar Adawi Elisha Nachmias Aviv Kharazi[1]
Groups and Over 25’s (Mesika and Margol) Shimi Tavori[1] Cama Camila[1] Linet Adi Cohen & Liron Lev Maya Simantov[1] Tarante Groove Machine Stevie June[1] Ido B Zooki[1] Shiran and Ron
Teens (Danker) Amit Shetach[1] Liza Orman[1] Agam Abuhatzira Ron Vaknin[1] Lia Nevipoor Omer Shuker[1] Shahar Admoni Ilay Elmakais

Key:

[a] – Received a chair and passed to the Live Shows
[b] – Received a chair, was later replaced and eventually eliminated
[c] – Didn’t receive a chair and was eliminated
Draw Performer Song Mentor’s decision Switched with
December 14, 2021 – Girls (Aviv Geffen)
1 Shira Atias[b] “Crazy in Love” Put in chair 1
2 Ruth Hatuma[c] Al Tevakesh Eliminated
3 Anna Stefani[a] “The Sound of Silence” Put in chair 2
4 Toosha (Netta Elkasalsi)[b] “Breathe Me” Put in chair 3
5 Inbal Bibi[a] “Killing Me Softly with His Song” Put in chair 4
6 Gai’da Abu Awad[a] Alesh Put in chair 3 Toosha (Netta Elkasalsi)
7 Abigail Moyal[c] Sadot Eliminated
8 Sapir Saban[a] Ruah Yam Put in chair 1 Shira Atias
December 16, 2021 – Groups and Over 25’s (Miri Mesika and Margalit Tzan’ani)
1 Cama Camila[b] “Crazy” Put in chair 1
2 Adi Cohen & Liron Lev[a] “When We Were Young” Put in chair 2 → Moved to chair 1 Cama Camila
3 Ido B Zooki & Omer Gani[c] Ma Tzipit Eliminated
4 Linet[a] Yalnız Değilsin (Khomot Kheimar)” Put in chair 3
5 Stevie June[b] “I’m So Excited” Put in chair 4
6 Maya Simantov[b] “Alone” Put in chair 4 Stevie June
7 Shimi Tavori[c] “Without You” Eliminated
8 Shiran and Ron[a] “Hotline Bling” Put in chair 4 Maya Simantov
9 Tarante Groove Machine[a] “Make Hafla (Not War)” Put in chair 2 Adi Cohen & Liron Lev
December 19, 2021 – Boys (Netta Barzilai)
1 Elisha Nachmias[a] Kotzim Put in chair 1
2 Gai Sims[b] Kapara Sheli Put in chair 2 → Moved to chair 3 Michael Ben David
3 Michael Ben David[a] “California Dreamin'” Put in chair 3 → Moved to chair 2 Gai Sims
4 Yohai Moreno[c] “Blues Knaani” Eliminated
5 Eli Huli[a] “Broken Strings” Put in chair 4
6 Aviv Kharazi[b] Lekh Im HaEmett Shelkha Put in chair 3 Gai Sims
7 Shachar Adawi[a] “Just the Way You Are” Put in chair 3 Aviv Kharazi
8 Amit Ben Zaken[c] Im Ata Gever Eliminated
December 23, 2021 – Teens (Ran Danker)
1 Omer Shuker[b] “Eternal Flame” Put in chair 1
2 Amit Shetach[b] Neshima Put in chair 2
3 Liza Orman[b] “You Don’t Own Me” Put in chair 3
4 Ron Vaknin[b] Rotza Shalom Put in chair 4
5 Shahar Admoni[a] Lavan BeHalom Shahor Put in chair 2 Amit Shetach
6 Agam Abuchatzeira[a] “Space Oddity” Put in chair 3 Liza Orman
7 Ilay Elmakies[a] Klum Lo Taim Put in chair 4 Ron Vaknin
8 Lia Navipur[a] Yafa KiLvana Put in chair 1 Omer Shuker

Live shows: Live shows began on December 26, 2021.

Results summary: 

Color key
[1] – Contestant was nominated for elimination and eventually saved from elimination
[2] – Contestant was nominated for elimination and eventually eliminated
[3]  – Contestant lost the Elimination Chair challenge and was immediately eliminated
Contestant Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Final
Sunday Thursday Sunday Thursday Sunday Tuesday Sunday Tuesday Sunday Thursday Saturday
Michael Ben David Safe N/A N/A Safe N/A Safe N/A Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Winner
Eli Huli Safe N/A N/A Safe Safe N/A Saved[1] N/A Safe N/A N/A Safe 2nd place
Inbal Bibi N/A Safe Safe N/A N/A Safe Safe N/A Safe N/A N/A Saved[1] 3rd place
Sapir Saban N/A Safe N/A Safe Safe N/A N/A Saved[1] Safe Saved[1] Saved[1] 4th[2] Eliminated (week 6, Saturday)
Anna Stefani N/A Safe N/A Saved[1] Safe N/A N/A Safe Safe Safe 5th[2] Eliminated (week 5, Thursday)
Shachar Adawi Safe N/A Safe N/A Saved[1] N/A Safe N/A Safe 6th[2] Eliminated (week 5, Thursday)
Ilay Elmakies Safe N/A Safe N/A N/A Saved[1] N/A 7th[2] Eliminated (Week 4, Tuesday)
Linet N/A N/A Saved[1] N/A N/A Safe 8th[2] Eliminated (Week 4, Sunday)
Shiran & Ron N/A Safe Saved[1] N/A N/A 9th[2] Eliminated (Week 3, Tuesday)
Adi Cohen N/A N/A N/A Saved[1] 10th[2] Eliminated (Week 3, Sunday)
Lia Navipur Safe N/A N/A 11th[2] Eliminated (Week 2, Thursday)
Tarante Groove Machine N/A Safe N/A 12th[2]
Gai’da Abu Awad N/A Safe 13th[2] Eliminated (Week 2, Sunday)
Shahar Admoni Safe N/A 14th[2]
Liron Lev N/A 15th[3] Withdrew (Week 1, Thursday)
Agam Abuchatzeira 16th[3] Eliminated (Week 1, Sunday)
Elisha Nachmias 17th[3]

Live show details: 

Week 1: 

Sunday (December 26): 

Week 1 Sunday results
Contestant Order Song Results
Boys (Netta Barzilai)
Michael Ben David 1 “It’s a Sin” Safe
Shachar Adawi 2 Holem Kmo Yossef Safe
Elisha Nahmias 3 Kol Ma SheYesh Li Eliminated
Eli Huli 4 “Heathens” Safe
Teens (Ran Danker)
Agam Abuchatzeira 1 “Heart of Glass” Eliminated
Ilay Elmakies 2 Nag’at Li BaLev Safe
Shahar Admoni 3 Paskol Hayai Safe
Lia Navipur 4 “The Middle” Safe

Thursday (December 30):

Week 1 Thursday results
Contestant Order Song Results
Girls (Aviv Geffen) & Groups and Over 25’s (Miri Mesika and Margalit Tzan’ani)
Sapir Saban 1 “Believe” Safe
Anna Stefani 2 “Save Your Tears” Safe
Shiran & Ron 3 “Lost on You” Safe
Gai’da Abu Awad 4 Nizahta iti Acol Safe
Tarante Groove Machine 5 Ailet Hen Safe
Liron Lev 6 Tikun Klali Withdrew
Inbal Bibi 7 Leilot shel Yare’ah Male Safe

Week 2: 

Sunday (January 2): 

Week 2 Sunday results
Contestant Order Song Results
Ilay Elmakies 1 At Va’Ani Safe
Shiran & Ron 2 Belev Ehad Saved
Inbal Bibi 3 Ne partez pas sans moi Safe
Shahar Admoni 4 “Arcade” Eliminated
Gai’da Abu Awad 5 “Heroes” Eliminated
Linet 6 “My Number One” / “Ani Ana Saved
Shachar Adawi 7 “Diva” Safe

Thursday (January 6): 

Week 2 Thursday results
Contestant Order Song Results
Tarante Groove Machine 1 “Set Me Free” Eliminated
Adi Cohen 2 “Rise Like a Phoenix” Saved
Michael Ben David 3 Emor Shalom Safe
Anna Stefani 4 “Euphoria” Saved
Lia Navipur 5 Fuego Eliminated
Eli Huli 6 “Toy” Safe
Sapir Saban 7 Shvil Habriha Safe

Week 3:

Sunday (January 9): 

Week 3 Sunday results
Contestant Order Song Score Results
Eli Huli 1 Tipa Tipa 87 Safe
Adi Cohen 2 Alimut 78 Eliminated
Sapir Saban 3 Ne’ari Shuva Elai 84 Safe
Anna Stefani 4 “Hello” 80 Safe
Shachar Adawi 5 Ani Esh 79 Saved

Tuesday (January 11):

Week 3 Tuesday results
Contestant Order Song Score Results
Inbal Bibi 1 Akhshav Meunan 94 Safe
Shiran & Ron 2 Yama 80 Eliminated
Linet 3 Lesham 92 Safe
Michael Ben David 4 Etz Yarok MiPlastic 88 Safe
Ilay Elmakies 5 Yoman Masa 86 Saved

Week 4: 

Sunday (January 16):

Week 4 Sunday results
Contestant Duel Order Song Score Results
Round 1
Inbal Bibi I 1 “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” 93 Safe
Eli Huli 2 HaPerakh BeGani 92 Round 2
Shachar Adawi II 3 “Man in the Mirror” 89 Safe
Linet 4 “Someone like You” 75 Round 2
Round 2
Eli Huli III 5 “Perfect” None Saved
Linet 6 Dil Yarası” / “Tipat Mazal” Eliminated

Tuesday (January 18): 

Week 4 Tuesday results
Contestant Duel Order Song Score Results
Round 1
Michael Ben David I 1 Gadal Li Ktzat Zakan 91 Safe
Sapir Saban 2 Ve’ani Kore Lakh 82 Round 2
Anna Stefani II 3 “Nothing Else Matters” 89 Safe
Ilay Elmakies 4 HaGole 64 Round 2
Round 2
Sapir Saban III 5 Shnei Yeladim BaOlam None Saved
Ilay Elmakies 6 Ahava Kazo Eliminated

Week 5: 

Sunday (January 23): 

Week 5 Sunday results
Contestant Duel Order Song Score Results
Round 1
Inbal Bibi I 1 “No” 97 Round 2
Shachar Adawi 2 “Hey Jude” 81 Thursday
Michael Ben David II 3 Efes Ma’amatz 81 Round 2
Anna Stefani 4 “Human” 69 Thursday
Eli Huli III 5 “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” 92 Round 2
Sapir Saban 6 Egrof 76 Thursday
Round 2
Michael Ben David 7 Bo’er Bi HaShinuy 44 Thursday
Eli Huli 8 “Angels” 56 Final
Inbal Bibi 9 Shkiot Adumot 50 Final

Thursday (January 27): 

Week 5 Thursday results
Contestant Duel Order Song Score Results
Round 1
Michael Ben David I 1 “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)” 89 Round 2
Sapir Saban 2 Basof Mitraglim LeHakol 86 Saved (Round 2)
Shachar Adawi II 3 “Born This Way” 72 Eliminated
Anna Stefani 4 “Take Me to Church” 77 Round 2
Round 2
Anna Stefani  – 5 HaKol Yahol Likrot 48 Eliminated
Michael Ben David 6 “Idontwannabeyouanymore” 54 Final
Sapir Saban 7 “Pouch” / “Aramam 48 Saved (Final)

Song selection round: Each of the four finalists was given two songs as selected from a public submission by a six-member committee (made up of the director of IPBC/Kan’s radio stations, three radio representatives, one television representative and one representative of Reshet 13). The assessment to choose the songs began by mid-November 2021.

On 30 January 2022, the eight songs that qualified for the selection were revealed. Viewers were invited to vote on one of two songs given to each finalist, with voting open to the public on Kan’s website and app. On 3 February 2022, each finalist performed both songs they were given during a special selection show, alternatively titled Hashir Shelanu L’Eurovizion (“Our Song for Eurovision”), which was broadcast on Kan 11, Kan Gimel and Kan’s digital platforms. The finalists’ chosen songs were determined by the viewers (50% of the vote), the judges (25% of the vote) and the professional committee (25% of the vote).

Song selection round – 30 January 2022 – 3 February 2022
Artist Song Songwriter(s) Jury Professional committee Public
vote
Total Results
Michael Ben David “I.M” Chen Aharoni, Lidor Saadia, Asi Tal 25 20 38 83 Selected
“Don’t” Ilya Siniaski 0 5 12 17 Not selected
Eli Huli “Nostalgia” Roby Fayer, Eli Huli 5 10 18 33 Not selected
“Blinded Dreamers” Roby Fayer, Eli Huli 20 15 32 67 Selected
Inbal Bibi “Marionette” Tzlil Klifi, Tal Forer, Mai Cohen 15 10 28 53 Selected
“ZaZa” May Sfadia 10 15 22 47 Not selected
Sapir Saban “Head Up” Ella Doron, Yahel Doron, Naama Gali Cohen, Liron Lev 0 10 21 31 Not selected
“Breaking My Own Walls” Gal Joe Cohen, Eyal Yishay, Dikla Dori, Ido Dankner 25 15 29 69 Selected

Final: The final was held on 5 February 2022 and took place in the following format: in the first stage, the four finalists performed a special cover version of an existing song they have chosen. Immediately after the first performance, one finalist was be eliminated. In the second stage, the remaining three finalists performed the song that was chosen for them to perform at Eurovision. The results are determined by the viewers (50% of the vote), the judges (25% of the vote) and the professional committee (25% of the vote).

Duel round – 5 February 2022
Duel Draw Artist Cover song Jury Professional committee Public vote Total score Result
Round 1
I 1 Inbal Bibi “The Winner Takes It All” 5 0 24 29 Round 2
2 Michael Ben David Shnei Meshug’aim 20 25 26 71 Final round
II 3 Sapir Saban “Badad” 5 10 20 35 Round 2
4 Eli Huli “I’ll Be There For You” 20 15 30 65 Final round
Round 2
III 1 Sapir Saban “Breaking My Own Walls” 0 15 16 31 4th – Eliminated
2 Inbal Bibi “Marionette” 25 10 34 69 Final round
Final round – 5 February 2022
Draw Artist Song Jury Professional committee Public vote Total score Place
1 Inbal Bibi “Marionette” 42 44 87 173 3
2 Michael Ben David “I.M” 50 46 118 214 1
3 Eli Huli “Blinded Dreamers” 58 60 95 213 2

Contestant progress in the live shows: According to Eurovision rules, all nations with the exceptions of the host country and the “Big Five” (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) are required to qualify from one of two semi-finals in order to compete for the final; the top ten countries from each semi-final progress to the final. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) split up the competing countries into six different pots based on voting patterns from previous contests, with countries with favourable voting histories put into the same pot. On 25 January 2022, an allocation draw was held which placed each country into one of the two semi-finals, as well as which half of the show they would perform. Israel has been placed into the second semi-final, to be held on 12 May 2022, and has been scheduled to perform in the first half of the show.

Marvin Dietmann, who will also work on the staging for Cyprus, was announced as the artistic director for the Israeli performance. A revamped version of the song was released on 14 March 2022.