Eurovision Song Contest – Everything about the ESC in Turin

With more than 180 million viewers, Euro Vision Song Contest one of the largest singing competitions in the world.

From May 10th to 14th, 2022 the ESC will take place in Turin in the PalaOlimpico. Motto: The Sound of Beauty. This time, performers from 40 countries will take part. The moderators are the pop stars Mika and Laura Pausini. Together with TV and radio presenter Alessandro Cattelans, they are also official hosts.

For Germany is Malik Harris (24) with “Rockstars” there. We’re keeping our fingers crossed!

Russia and Belarus are not coming to Turin. After Russian troops invaded Ukraine, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) excluded Russia from ESC 2022 on February 25. Belarus is also still not allowed to participate.

That’s the ESC story

The European singing competition has changed names a few times since its inception. First it was called Gran Premio Eurovisione Della Canzone Europea, or in Germany until 2001 Grand Prix Eurovision de la Chanson. Since then, the same thing has applied throughout Europe: the Eurovision Song Contest.

What has remained the same since it was founded in 1955: the great excitement and commitment with which the fans follow the contributions and votes. Even if Germany does poorly again. The main thing is to be there!

Incidentally, each participating country even had two titles in the competition at the beginning. As the number of participants increased, it finally became one song per country in 1957.

Facts about the ESC

✔︎ Since 2011, these “Big Five” have always been in the final round without a previous semi-final:

  • Germany
  • France
  • Spain
  • United Kingdom
  • Italy

✔︎ From 1966 to 1972 and from 1977 to 1998, contestants were required to sing in their native language. Since 1999 they have been free to choose their language.

✔︎ The original seven participating countries have now grown to 52. That’s why there has been a semi-final since 2004.

✔︎ The participation record of 43 countries was reached in 2008 in Belgrade. Since then there have even been two semi-finals.

German ESC hope: Malik Harris (24)

German ESC hope: Malik Harris (24) Photo: HANNIBAL HANSCHKE/AFP

All participants of the ESC 2022

40 countries take part in the competition. A total of 17 countries compete in the 1st and 18 countries in the 2nd semi-final. It is about one of the 24 places in the final round in the Palaolimpico on May 14, 2022.

The ESC logo with a heart

Eurovision Song Contest logo for Rotterdam 2020

Eurovision Song Contest logo for Rotterdam 2020Photo: dpa

The Eurovision Song Contest logo has a heart-shaped “V” in the middle. It always shows the flag of the host country. It has existed in this form since 2004. Before that, each host country had a different, individual logo for each contest. From 2004 to 2014, the font had a brush stroke design. Since 2015, it has been made much clearer.

The most important rules of the Eurovision Song Contest

Of the Rule catalog of the ESC is huge and severe. Violations may result in disqualification.

✷ So, for example, in 2021 the participation of the Belarusian group Galasy ZMesta with the song “Ya nauchu tebya” was rejected. The reason: The song violates the non-political attitude of the ESC.

According to the current version of the ESC rules, the following applies to the performers:

  • Performers must be at least 16 years old.
  • Each performer may only compete for one country in a year.
  • A maximum of six people may take part on the stage.
  • The song must be sung live, excluding the backing vocals.
  • The song or performance must not contain any political message or damage the image of the song competition.
  • The song or performance must not contain swearing or commercials.
  • No animals are allowed to take part in the performance.
  • The songs may be published no earlier than September 1 of the previous year (this rule has been in effect since September 1, 2010).
  • It must be an original song, not a cover version of an older song.
  • The length of the contribution may not exceed three minutes
  • The instrumental music is recorded as playback. In 1998, performers were last offered the opportunity to be accompanied live by an orchestra.

Also interesting: Since 1964, a so-called scrutineer (official election observer) has been monitoring the correct allocation of votes.

This is how the ESC participants are determined

Some countries have their own festivals for this, such as the Melodifestival in Sweden or the Festival da Canção in Portugal. However, some radio and television stations also nominate their candidates directly.

For example, Germany winners Nicole (1982) and Lena (2010) were found in national pre-selection shows.

The Eurovision Song Contest on TV

The TV channel ONE shows the semi-finals of the ESC 2022. The final runs in the ERSTE. Here are the dates:

  • Tuesday, May 10, 2022, 9:00 p.m.: 1st semi-final of the ESC 2022 (ONE)
  • Thursday, May 12, 2022, 9:00 p.m.: 2nd semi-final of the ESC 2022 (ONE)
  • Saturday, May 14, 2022, 9:00 p.m.: ESC 2022 final (ARD, ONE)

Before and after the final on May 14, 2022, ERSTE and ONE will show a countdown and an aftershow with moderator Barbara Schöneberger.

You can also watch ESC in the live stream:

  • At the same time as the TV broadcast, the shows are available on or in the ARD media library.
  • If you missed the live broadcasts, you can simply watch the reruns in the media library on demand.

Good to know:

At this year’s ESC, the NDR also offers a barrier-free offer. There is subtitles, audio description and translation for hearing impaired, deaf and blind viewers.

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