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How to watch the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 semi-finals and final

The final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 kicks off in Turin on Saturday 14 May.

Two semi-finals will also take place today, 10 May, and Thursday 12 May to decide on which 20 nations will join the "big five" of Germany, Italy, Spain, France and the UK in the weekend showdown.

Here's everything you need to know about the grandest, campest live event of them all, including where to watch it live.

What is the Eurovision Song Contest?

Starting in 1956, the Eurovision Song Contest is an annual song writing competition held by the European Broadcasting Union.

Eligible countries submit a song each year, generally chosen by their own populations from among several candidates, with a grand final broadcast around the world.

The songs are then performed live in the hosting country (usually the country of origin of the winner from the previous year) and a winner chosen after each country scores its favourites. This is through a combination of expert selection and public voting.

In latter years, there are two semi-finals ahead of the final due to the number of competitors increasing greatly. Even Australia is invited to take part today.

When does the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 take place?

The first semi-final of Eurovision 2022 will take place Tuesday 10 May 2022, starting at 9pm CEST (8pm BST).

The second will take place on Thursday 12 May 2022, starting at the same time - 9pm CEST (8pm BST).

The final of Eurovision 2022 will take place on Saturday 14 May 2022, also starting at 9pm CEST (8pm BST).

How to watch the Eurovision Song Contest

Each of the competing countries will broadcast the semi-finals and final of the Eurovision Song Contest on terrestrial TV through one of its major channels - such as the BBC in the UK.

You will be able to watch it with local commentary that way.

However, you can also watch each semi-final and the final on YouTube, at the top of this page or via the videos below.

We currently have the first semi-final at the top of the page as that's the first to be shown. We will update that as the competition progresses.

The second semi-final is here:

While the stream of the grand final is here:

Who is competing in Eurovision 2022?

40 countries are competing in the Eurovision Song Contest this year. There were 41 originally, but Russia has been banned due to the country's invasion of Ukraine.

The running order for the first semi-final is as follows:

  1. Albania: Ronela Hajati - Sekret
  2. Latvia: Citi ZÄ"ni - Eat Your Salad
  3. Lithuania: Monika Liu - Sentimentai
  4. Switzerland: Marius Bear - Boys Do Cry
  5. Slovenia: LPS - Disko
  6. Ukraine: Kalush Orchestra - Stefania
  7. Bulgaria: Intelligent Music Project - Intention
  8. Netherlands: S10 - De Diepte
  9. Moldova: Zdob şi Zdub & Advahov Brothers - Trenulețul
  10. Portugal: MARO - Saudade, Saudade
  11. Croatia: Mia Dimšić - Guilty Pleasure
  12. Denmark: REDDI - The Show
  13. Austria: LUM!X feat. Pia Maria - Halo
  14. Iceland: Systur - Með Hækkandi Sól
  15. Greece: Amanda Georgiadi Tenfjord - Die Together
  16. Norway: Subwoolfer - Give That Wolf A Banana
  17. Armenia: Rosa Linn - Snap

Here's the running order for the second semi-final:

  1. Finland: The Rasmus - Jezebel
  2. Israel: Michael Ben David - I.M
  3. Serbia: Konstrakta - In Corpore Sano
  4. Azerbaijan: Nadir Rustamli - Fade To Black
  5. Georgia: Circus Mircus - Lock Me In
  6. Malta: Emma Muscat - I Am What I Am
  7. San Marino: Achille Lauro - Stripper
  8. Australia: Sheldon Riley - Not The Same
  9. Cyprus: Andromache - Ela
  10. Ireland: Brooke - That's Rich
  11. North Macedonia: Andrea - Circles
  12. Estonia: Stefan - Hope
  13. Romania: WRS - Llámame
  14. Poland: Ochman - River
  15. Montenegro: Vladana - Breathe
  16. Belgium: Jérémie Makiese - Miss You
  17. Sweden: Cornelia Jakobs - Hold Me Closer
  18. Czech Republic: We Are Domi - Lights Off

10 from each of the semis will qualify (through voting) for the grand final. As senior members of the EBU, Germany, Italy, Spain, France and the UK automatically qualify for the final each year. They are generally joined by that year's host nation too, but as well as one of the "big five" Italy is also hosting this time around.

Who is favourite to win Eurovision 2022?

According to UK bookmakers, Ukraine is favourite to win the Eurovision Song Contest 2022. It'll certainly be the emotional choice.

It's closely followed in betting terms by Italy, Sweden, the UK, and Spain. You can watch each of the top five favourites through the official videos below.

Ukraine: Kalush Orchestra - Stefania

Italy: Mahmood & Blanco - Brividi

Sweden: Cornelia Jakobs - Hold Me Closer

United Kingdom: Sam Ryder - Space Man

Spain: Chanel - SloMo

You should also look out for Norway's Subwoolfer with "Give That Wolf A Banana". It's the sort of strangeness and fun normally associated with Eurovision and there are a few rumours flying around that it could be fimilar Norweigan duo Ylvis behind the masks. Ylvis is the brotherly two behind The Fox (What Does The Fox Say?) that stormed the charts in 2013.

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