This May will see the 66th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest take place in Turin, Italy. Forty-one countries will be participating – 36 of them will battle it out in two Semi-Finals. The Grand Final on Saturday 14 May will see 25 countries vie for the top spot. The host nation this year, Italy, is a member of the so called “Big Five”, these being the five countries who contribute the biggest share of the budget to the contest, the others being Spain, France, Germany and the UK, and all get automatic qualification to the Final. For the last two editions of the contest the UK entry has finished in last place: Michael Rice in 2019 and James Newman in 2021, with the latter having the distinction of scoring no points whatsoever. Let’s hope that the UK’s Sam Ryder with Spaceman will do better this year.
The Eurovision Song Contest has the reputation of being high camp and kitsch, but in the last few years it does seem to have turned a corner music wise with the last two winners, Arcade in 2019 and Zitti E Buoni in 2021, both receiving critical acclaim.
Here are ten entries from the class of 2022 that are worth watching out for in this year’s contest.