Eurovision 2022: When is it, where can I see it and everything you need to know about Ireland

Anticipation is rising for the Eurovision Song Contest 2022, which is set to start next week.

Rooke Scullion (23) will represent Ireland at this year’s competition in Turin, Italy. Scullion will appear in the second semi-final of the competition on Thursday, April 12.

Here you will find everything you need to know about this year’s competition.

When does it start?

The first semifinal will take place on Tuesday 10th May, a second semifinal on Thursday 12th May and the grand final on Saturday 14th May.

Where can I watch it?

Each show is broadcast in full on RTÉ Two, with commentary from Marty Whelan.

The final will be broadcast on RTÉ One the following Saturday, May 14, from 8 p.m.

Graham Norton will also commentate on the competition on BBC Four.

The full show in its original format will also be streamed live on Eurovision’s YouTube channel.

Where is the show taking place?

This year’s Eurovision takes place in the Italian city of Turin. The event itself will take place at the city’s Arena Pala Olimpico, which has a capacity of 18,500 spectators and is expected to draw tens of thousands of Eurovision fans and visitors to the city during the week of the competition.

The capital of Piedmont is the third Italian city to host the event, after Naples (1965) and Rome (1991), thanks to Måneskin’s grandiose victory in Rotterdam last year.

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This is the first Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Italy in 30 years.

When does Ireland compete?

Ireland will compete alongside 19 other countries including Sweden, Poland, Finland and Malta in the second semi-final.

A total of 40 countries will compete in the semi-finals, with ten acts from each semi-final advancing to the main event.

Traditionally, the Big Five (Germany, France, Spain, Italy and United Kingdom) automatically qualify for the Grand Final on May 14, 2022.

Who represents Ireland?

Derry native Brooke Scullion will represent Ireland at this year’s competition. The 23-year-old flew to Italy on Monday ahead of her May 12 performance.

Scullion’s song That’s Rich was selected on the Late Late Show in February this year.

How long is each show?

Be sure to stock up on snacks as each semi-final is expected to last around three hours. Meanwhile, the final could last more than four hours. Eurovision 2022: When is it, where can I see it and everything you need to know about Ireland

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