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Eurovision 2022: when does it start and how can I see it?

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It’s that time again – the Eurovision Song Contest returns next week.

After Italian rock band Maneskin won 2021, this year’s event will be hosted by Italy, with 26 artists flocking to Turin to represent their countries in the grand finals. This year’s UK entry will be Sam Ryder. Find out more about the musician here.

Rehearsals are currently underway for the competition, which will take place over three days. The conclusion is the grand finale on Saturday (May 14).

Everything you need to know about the Eurovision 2022 schedule

The semi-finals begin on Tuesday (May 10) as 17 countries battle it out for a place in the grand final.

The group consists of Albania, Bulgaria, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Netherlands, Slovenia, Switzerland, Ukraine, Austria, Croatia, Denmark, Greece, Iceland, Norway, Portugal and Armenia.

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.

The second semi-final follows on Thursday (May 12), in which another 18 countries compete against each other.

The group consists of Australia, Azerbaijan, Cyprus, Finland, Georgia, Israel, Malta, San Marino, Serbia, Belgium, Czech Republic, Estonia, Ireland, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Romania and Sweden.

The Kalush Orchestra from Ukraine will compete in the Eurovision Song Contest

(Maxim Fesenko)

France, Great Britain, Germany, Spain and Italy automatically qualify for the grand final on Saturday (May 14) and therefore do not have to play in the semi-finals.

The grand finale will take place on Saturday (May 14) when the winner will be announced at the Pala Olimpico.

How can I watch Eurovision 2022

All live events start at 20:00 UK time. The Eurovision semi-finals (10th and 12th May) can be followed live on BBC Three with commentary from Scott Mills and Rylan Clark.

The Eurovision Grand Final will be shown on BBC One and BBC iPlayer on Saturday (14 May) from 8pm. It will also be available on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Sounds.

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JOE HERNANDEZ

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