The 66th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest starts tonight!
17 songs will be in competition but only 10 will qualify for Saturday’s Grand Final. The show starts at 9:00 p.m. IT IS, live from the Pala Olimpico Arena in Turin, Italy. The hosts are Mika, Laura Pausini and Alessandro Cattelan. The running order was decided by the Italian producer RAI on the basis of a draw.
Thursday, the semi-final 2 will find the last 10 qualified on 18 songs.
After the 17 songs of the first semi-final, a one-minute preview of two of the five pre-qualified countries will be broadcast: France and Italy. These extracts were recorded yesterday during the rehearsals of the jury.
Opening: Leo, the flying machine
It all starts in an inventors’ laboratory. There is a man who tries to build what appears to be an electronic device but apparently fails when the device explodes. But a few seconds later, he begins to fly thanks to the magic of the music, leaving the man in a state of shock. It’s a drone.
This is a reference to Gepetto (Pinocchio’s father) as well as Leonardo da Vinci, who had already suggested the creation of flying machines.
The inventor in his laboratory understands that the device will not harm him and allows him to leave his room and fly over Turin. The drone is called “Leo, the flying machine” and it flies to the Pala Olimpico arena where the show officially begins.
We are now inside the arena where we will travel through space and witness the creation of the sun (which we still call this “black structure” in the middle of the scene) is the central element of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.
This is the part where it all really begins. There is a blue environment filled with lasers and the dancers “play” on the lasers to the famous aria “Nessun Dorma” from Puccini’s opera “Turandot”.
The music switches to a different version of last year’s winner, “Zitti E Buoni” by Måneskin, performed by a woman surrounded by dancers. After the guitarist leaves, another woman takes the stage to sing the theme sound, “The Sound of Beauty”.
Many wide angles are used to show the majesty of the Eurovision Song Contest stage. Fire, smoke and fireworks also help.
A voice announces the hosts: Laura Pausini, Alessandro Cattelan and Mika are greeted with applause. It doesn’t take long for Laura, in her long pink dress, to say the magic words: “Good evening, Europe! Hello, Australia!”
The unifying power of music is one of the topics covered during this first approach, giving rise to a three-way hug by the facilitators.
Still on stage, the hosts introduce the competition and reinforce a few notes the audience should know.
LET THE EUROVISION SONG COMPETITION 2022 BEGIN!
Before each of the 17 songs, we’ll see a little “postcard” as the stage prepares for the song. Each of the 17 postcards presents the same idea:
Leo, the drone is in charge of taking us through the different places of Italy and the postcard as a whole. Each map starts in the blue sky with a few white clouds and gives rise to a specific region or city in Italy. Images of the acts, in the form of holograms, are shown at these various locations and in the end, it is Leo’s job to project the final moving hologram of the act.
After song number 6 (Ukraine), the first commercial break of the evening takes place:
For viewers without commercials, Laura Pausini and Mika remind you that you have to wait until the very end of the show to vote. A video promoting the city of Turin is shown.
It makes a joke and says that the city of Turin was built a long, long time ago just for the Eurovision Song Contest. This is the clue to talk about the scene and how it was built. Among other things, it is said that the amount of cables used at this year’s event would be enough to complete 14 towers of Pisa. Many thanks are addressed to the volunteers and technicians: “Vini Vedi Eurovici”.
After song number 12 (Denmark), the second commercial break takes place:
In this commercial break, Mika delivers an uplifting message about love and acceptance: “We’re gorgeous! We’re weird!” he says.
It’s time to see what happened on the red (turquoise) carpet of the opening ceremony, with several shots of the many acts.
Interval Act: The Sound of Dance and Diodato
Once all 17 songs have been played, it’s time to start voting. All countries in semi-final 1 as well as the two qualified countries, France and Italy, can vote in this semi-final.
In new outfits, the four presenters explain the rules and hasten to open the vote:
EUROPE! START VOTING NOW!
A summary is followed. After that, the trio is reunited and performs the very first interval act: “La danse de la beauté”. The atmosphere turns into a live disco and a journey through the popular beings of Italian music. The segment is guided by Dardust, he is accompanied by flautist Sylvia Catasta, Benny Benassi and Sophie and the Giants.
Again, the main elements are used to make it even more impressive with heavy use of fire, smoke and fireworks. Before the second recap, a tribute to Rafaella Carrà is made.
EUROPE! STOP VOTING NOW!
The voting is now closed and it’s time for Diodato to finally have his chance on the Eurovision stage with a superb rendition of his song “Fai Rumore”. For those who don’t know, Diodato was supposed to represent Italy at Eurovision 2020. With the show cancelled, he didn’t get a chance to sing at Eurovision. This is the first time that we see the black structure move on the stage.
Now is the time to remember some iconic Eurovision entries. In a segment titled “Eurovision Confidential”, footage from Elena Tsagrinou (Cyprus 2021) and TIX (Norway 2021) is used to show great contrasts within the show. Many other entries are stored.
At the end, Alessandro is joined by Malèna to talk about his victory in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2021. Footage of his performance and his moment of victory is broadcast and shortly after a promotion in the Armenian capital Yereven where the show will be held in December this year.
There are five countries that are automatically pre-qualified for the Grand Final, i.e. the “Big-5” countries: France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom. United.
Before the announcement of the result, we are presented with two of the five countries pre-qualified for the Grand Final. These two countries will also broadcast and vote in Semi-Final 1.
In this semi-final, it is France and Italy.
A short interview with the two artists is followed by a preview of their songs recorded last night.
We are ready to know the 10 qualifiers, and Martin Österdahl, the boss who oversees everything related to Eurovision, announces that everything is ready for the announcement of the qualifiers.
THE 10 QUALIFIED SONGS FOR THE GRAND FINAL ARE…
GOOD NIGHT EUROPE!
The voting procedure will be the same as for the previous five editions. Each country will have two sets of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10 and 12 points to be awarded. A set for the jury of each country and a set for the televote of each country.
- The 10 songs with the most points will qualify for the Grand Final
- Each of the 17 countries participating in Semi-Final 1 will vote
- Pre-qualified countries France and Italy will broadcast and vote in semi-final 1
- Each country has a national jury which awarded a series of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10 and 12 points.
- Each country will have a televote which also results in a set of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10 and 12 points
- The vote will not be revealed until the end of the grand final on Saturday
- Only the 10 qualified songs will be revealed in random order
- Televoters and national juries have equal weight in the vote
- The national juries voted last night (Monday May 9) during the second dress rehearsal