Everything you need to know about the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest

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Kalush Orchestra attend the turquoise carpet of the 66th Eurovision Song Contest.
Kalush Orchestra attend the turquoise carpet of the 66th Eurovision Song Contest.
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  • The 2022 Eurovision Song Contest kicks off in Turin, Italy, on Tuesday.
  • The 66th edition of the global phenomenon will feature dazzling performances from 40 different countries, excluding Russia.
  • Here are all the details about when and where you can watch it.


The campiest and most outrageous competition on the music calendar is back – the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest kicks off in Turin, Italy, on Tuesday. 

According to E! News, the event will return to full capacity after last year's event was limited to an audience of 3 500 in Rotterdam due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Here is everything you need to know:

Who is participating?

The 66th edition of the global phenomenon is themed The Sound of Beauty and will feature dazzling performances from 40 different countries, excluding Russia.

The European Broadcasting Union - which produces the event - banned the country from participating after the country invaded Ukraine in February.

Armenia and Montenegro are returning after their absences from the last year's competition. 

In addition, participating countries include past winners like Netherlands, Sweden and Ukraine, plus smaller entries like Azerbaijan, North Macedonia and San Marino.

By Ukrainian folk-rap group Kalush Orchestra, Stefania has been tipped by bookmakers to win the cult competition. Still, with Eurovision – whose riot of pop, outrageous outfits and international relations drew 180 million viewers across Europe last year – anything is possible.

How can I watch it?

For the second straight year, Peacock is the exclusive home of Eurovision in the United States, both live and on-demand.

However, audiences in South Africa can still tune into the world's largest live music event via their YouTube channel.

The first semi-final streams on Tuesday, 10 May. The second semi-final streams on Thursday, 12 May, with the grand finale set to stream on Saturday, 14 May. 

All three events start at 21:00 SAST.

How does voting work?

The singing competition has been responsible for helping to launch the careers of artists like Céline Dion, ABBA and Olivia Newton-John.

It features artists representing primarily European countries, with each country submitting a song to be performed live. 

Professional juries and televoters from each competing country cast votes to determine a winner.

Since 2016, the professional juries and televoters have been allowed to award a separate set of points from 1 to 8, 10 and 12. This means the top 10 countries in both the jury and televote will receive points.

Twenty-five acts will advance to the grand finale. 

Italy, France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom – known as "The Big Five" – automatically advance to the grand finale and will be joined by the top 10 favourites from both semi-finals.

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