Eurovision 2022: When is the final and where to watch?

The Eurovision Song Contest is back with the grand finale broadcast live on RTÉ One tonight from 8pm.

Following Italian rock band Maneskin’s victory in 2021, this year’s event will be hosted by Italy, with 26 artists flocking to Turin to represent their countries in the grand finals.

Unfortunately, Ireland’s new signing Brooke Scullion did not progress past her semi-final on Thursday night.

Meanwhile, Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra is heavily backed by bookmakers, who give the group, which mixes traditional Ukrainian rhythms, costumes and dance moves with contemporary hip-hop, a 60 percent chance of winning.

Everything you need to know about the Eurovision 2022 schedule

The first semi-final started on Tuesday with 17 countries battling for a place in the grand final.

The countries that made it to the first semi-final were Armenia, Greece, Iceland, Lithuania, Moldova, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Switzerland and Ukraine.

The qualifiers in the second semi-final, which took place on Thursday, were Australia, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Poland, Romania, Serbia and Sweden.

France, Great Britain, Germany, Spain and Italy belong to the so-called “Big Five”, which automatically qualify for the grand final on Saturday (May 14) and therefore do not have to compete in the semi-finals.

Russia blocked

In February it became known that the European Broadcasting Union had excluded Russia from participating.

“The decision reflects concern that, given the unprecedented crisis in Ukraine, including a Russian entry in this year’s competition would bring the competition into disrepute,” said the EBU, which earlier announced it had no plans to involve Russia in it to prevent them from participating before they reverse their testimony.

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