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Basic guide to Eurovision 2022: how to vote, participating countries and other recurring questions

Latest NewsBasic guide to Eurovision 2022: how to vote, participating countries and other recurring questions

Eurovision 2021 was followed by more than 183 million viewers worldwide. The average screen share in the countries of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU, the international organization of public broadcasters coordinating the festival) was 40.5%, twice the prime time average for the group of stations that make up the UER. Over four million viewers followed the final in Spain (29.4% share). The data refutes any prejudice that Eurovision is an outdated and uninteresting event: the contest is alive as never before and has been able to naturally adapt to new times. We are going through all the basic information to enjoy the 66th European Song Festival which is celebrating its conclusion this Saturday in Turin (Italy).

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Where and when to watch Eurovision?

In Spain, La 1 will broadcast the final live this Saturday from 21:00 (Spanish peninsular time). Tony Aguilar and Giulia Varela will be commentators for the fourth time. In addition to following him on TV, an additional recommendation for the night is to follow Twitter, because Eurovision is a real web party where tweeters unleash their creativity and ingenuity. In fact, it is one of the events with the most tweets every year, with Spain being one of the countries with the most activity. At EL PAÍS we will also be following the gala concert live from 19:00 to analyze and comment on what it provides in itself.

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Who competes and what will be the order of performance in the final?

The final will feature 25 countries, 20 of the two semi-finals on Tuesday and Thursday, and five countries from the so-called Big Five (Spain, France, UK, Germany and Italy) that qualify directly. This year, Russia dropped out of the competition to invade Ukraine. Switzerland, Armenia, Iceland, Lithuania, Portugal, Norway, Greece, Ukraine, Moldova and the Netherlands advanced to the first semi-final. Belgium, Czech Republic, Azerbaijan, Poland, Finland, Estonia, Australia, Sweden, Romania and Serbia were in the second.

The order of operations in the final will be as follows: Spain in 10th place:

Czech Republic, Romania, Portugal, Finland, Switzerland, France, Norway, Armenia, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Ukraine, Germany, Lithuania, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Greece, Iceland, Moldova, Sweden, Australia, UK, Poland, Serbia and Estonian.

What is the Big Five and why is Spain included?

This is the term by which the five countries that contribute the most economically to the EBU are widely known: France, the UK, Germany, Italy and Spain. Being the highest paying ones, they have the privilege of direct access to the final without having to go through the semi-final. The idea for this group originated in 1996 when Germany didn’t make it to the final and her absence caused a major economic problem for the organization, so it was decided that the countries that put the most money into all EBU activities would insure the seat.

Will there be changes due to the pandemic?

After the cancellation of the festival in 2020, the Eurovision Song Contest made some changes for the first time in its history to ensure its celebration. This year’s supply will include anti-covid measures such as PCR and antigen tests every 72 hours, safe distance, use of masks… Of course, full power is back. However, they allowed only a third of the press to be accredited, which usually covers the contest in person.

And because of the war in Ukraine?

Shortly after the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the EBU executive board announced that the participation of the Russian delegation in the festival was prohibited, despite the fact that not long before it had defended its presence. In a statement, they explained that they were based on the rules of the festival and the EBU’s values ​​for it. Russia’s involvement “discredits competition” even though the organization describes itself as an “apolitical” organization dedicated to “protecting the values ​​of cultural competition that promotes exchange and understanding” that “celebrates diversity through music” and that “brings Europe together on one stage.” The situation in Ukraine has made their representatives the favorites, according to the bookies, to win the festival, suggesting that popular support will be reflected in a large number of televoting points.

Kalush orchestra representing Ukraine during the first Eurovision semi-final. DPA via Europa Press (Europa Press)

Apart from Ukraine, what other countries want to win?

The bookmakers are quite reliable when it comes to navigating the days leading up to the festival and having an idea of ​​where the high end rolls will go. We haven’t said this in a long time, but judging by this link, Spain could have finished at the top of the table, even in the top five. Ukraine’s predictable popular support (and the fact that its folklore-rap offering was popular even before the Russian invasion) puts the Kalush Orchestra in the top spot in the betting shops. According to Eurovision World, the UK, Italy and Sweden are the other countries that will overtake Spain in terms of wins. Apparently in rehearsals, in the hype that comes from Turin, United Kingdom, with the song Space Man by singer Sam Ryder, a social media phenomenon, and Italy, the hosts, with Mahmoud and Blanco, sound strong. . In addition to playing at home and being a phenomenon in his country, Mahmoud has already taken second place in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019.

Who is Chanel representing Spain this year?

Chanel Terrero (Havana, Cuba, 31) is a singer, dancer and actress who has worked on TV series and musicals for many years. At the age of three, he moved to Olesa de Montserrat (Barcelona), where he grew up. He has appeared in musicals such as The Lion King, The Bodyguard and Flashdance, he has starred in series such as El secreto de Puente Viejo, El Continental or Gym Tony, and was part of dance troupe Tu cara me sonido. In January, she won the Benidorm Fest, defeating the favorites Rigoberto Bandini and Tanxugueiras in a vote that reached the Congress and in which she received a lot of support from the professional jury. The song he will defend with a big choreographed presence is called SloMo and was written by Leroy Sanchez, Keith Harris, Ibere ​​Fortes, Maggie Sabos and Arjen Tone.

What eurodrama was revealed in this issue?

Eurovision is full of Eurodramas. This year one arrived before the festival even started. One of Italy’s big bets on the stage at Pala Alpitour, Turin’s old Olympic stadium, was a large semi-circular structure that recreated the movements and light of a kinetic sun in the center of the stage and moved as it moved. speeches. In it, delegations could project images from different angles. However, a few days before the celebration of the festival, the organizers admitted that this part of the scenery, made up of seven concentric arches, does not rotate as fast as we would like, and will remain static. This has become a big problem for some of the delegations who had such support in their production and now have a tome that even hides some of their original sets. Spain was not affected.

Why does Australia participate in Eurovision?

It has already become a classic. Since 2015, when she was invited to the 60th anniversary of the Eurovision Song Contest, the ocean country has become another one at the festival. The Eurovision Song Contest has been broadcast in the antipodes since 1983, and there it is a viewer phenomenon, despite being broadcast at dawn. With the exception of 2018, they have always managed to reach the finals and usually place well. However, if he had won, he would not have been able to run the festival and would instead have to choose any broadcaster from EBU member countries to host it. Other non-European countries also participate and have participated in Eurovision. This can be done by EBU members included in the European Broadcasting Area, which includes not only Europe, but also part of Saudi Arabia and the countries bordering the Mediterranean.

How is the voting system organized?

The most exciting part of the Eurovision final is the one in which the voting results are announced. The scoring system has not changed over the years: 50% of the votes from the professional jury, 50% of the votes from the public. But in 2016, the way advertising has changed, so the winner may not be known until the last moment. The jury points are announced by the representative of each country (in the case of Spain this will again be the presenter Nieves Alvarez) who only reads the name of the country to which it awards 12 points. As soon as this first round ends, the points of the popular vote are added up to a figure that collects the points of all countries at the same time for each song. Since 2019, televoting is revealed in the order of the final classification in the professional jury voting round. That is, the one who received the last position will be the first to know his votes from the public, whether there are many or few. Since the criteria for professional juries and home audiences are usually very different, this system always brings surprises and big changes in the classification. Popular voting can be done by phone, SMS or through the official application (at the same price as SMS).

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