The Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Turin, Italy this year, with the final scheduled for May 14 at the PalaOlimpico. This follows on from Italy’s win in 2021 with the song titled Zitti e buoni performed by Måneskin, but what can we expect from the 2022 version of the event?
Who Will Win Eurovision 2022?
A look at the latest Eurovision odds 2022 reveals Ukraine as the clear favourite to win, at odds of 8/13. The home nation is listed next, with the odds of an Italian win currently sitting at 5/1. After these countries come Sweden and the UK, with the British song listed at 10/1 to provide the UK with its first win at this event since Love Shine a Light by Katrina and the Waves won it in 1997.
The Ukrainian entry that’s the favourite to win is in the first semi-final on the route to the final stage. There was some controversy over this country’s selection, as the song Tini zabutykh predkiv (Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors) by Alina Pash was initially chosen until it was revealed that her entry wasn’t valid. This song was then replaced by Stefania, by Kalush Orchestra.
The second favourite is the Italian song, which goes straight to the final stage together with the entries from the UK, France, Germany and Spain. Italy chose the winner of this year’s Sanremo Music Festival to represent the country, meaning that Brividi by Mahmood and Blanco is the song the host nation is pinning its hopes on.
As for the UK’s song, which also goes straight to the final, this is now confirmed as Space Man by Sam Ryder. The singer said that he’s been a fan of the Eurovision contest for a long time, and is keen to make the country proud. He’s been travelling around various European countries to promote the song ahead of the big event in Turin.
More About the Event
This will be the 66th time that the Eurovision Song Contest has been held, with Ireland still leading the way in wins thanks to their total seven victories. The 2022 event will be hosted by TV presenter Alessandro Cattelan, together with singers Laura Pausini and Mika.
40 countries will be taking part overall, with semi-finals held on May 10 and 12 whittling the field down to 25 for the final. The theme for this year is The Sound of Beauty, with the visual design for the event based on the Italian garden design and Italian poster art, as well as the colours of the country’s flag.
The opening and interval acts will feature a mixture of musical melodies and humour. A special performance of Grande Amore by Il Volo and songs by Laura Pausini and Mika are expected to be among the highlights of the show, while a presentation of last year’s Eurovision winner by Måneskin should be well-received by the home crowd.
2022’s Eurovision Song Contest looks set to be an exciting event that lets us enjoy some of Europe’s best new music while trying to work out who will win it.
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