Live Eurovision 2022 Final: Updates as Spain, Norway, Italy and UK compete

Subwoolfer from Norway sings Give That Wolf A Banana at Eurovision 2022

The Eurovision 2022 final takes place tonight (Saturday 14 May) and for the first time in years the UK has a chance to claim the top prize.

Sam Ryder, a singer-songwriter who rose to fame on TikTok, is representing the UK with his song “Space Man”, and is currently one of the favorites to win.

“It’s been phenomenal,” he said. The Independent of the support it received. “The whole team has been working hard across Europe, using as much time as possible to do TV, radio, singing on street corners… Everywhere we’ve been, there’s been nothing but kindness and good vibes.” Read more about him here.

He is facing stiff competition, however, in the form of Sweden’s Cornelia Jakobs and Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra. In all, 25 countries participate in the final. The latest odds can be found here.

A trio of famous presenters will be leading the proceedings tonight, with pop singer Mika joining fellow Italian TV presenters Alessandro Cattelan and Italian singer Laura Pausini on stage.

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Italians Mahmood and Blanco sing ‘Brividi’

This song, whose title means “Shivers”, is played entirely in Italian. If you’re interested in what the lyrics mean (they’re very poetic), you can check out the Italian and English versions below:

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Viewers react to Norway’s performance

The Eurovision Grand Final is just around the corner – and the “strange” performances have already begun.

This year’s event is being hosted by Italy after Italian rock band Maneskin won the 2021 competition. Twenty-six artists gathered in Turin to represent their countries in the grand final.

Fans were “disturbed” by Finland’s entry.

Finnish rock band The Rasmus – behind their 2003 hit “In the Shadows” – performed their song “Jezebel”.

Viewers took to Twitter to share their reactions to the song.

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Marius Bear’s ballad is certainly on the softer side of things…

Next up is Marius Bear representing Switzerland!

The singer’s ballad, while certainly emotional, is definitely the calmer side of tonight’s performances – especially given Finland’s wild performance that preceded it…

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It’s The Rasmus for Finland with ‘JEZEBEEEEEEEEL’

It’s Finnish rock stars The Rasmus with “Jezebel”

Fans were delighted when the group behind the 2003 hit “In the Shadows” returned with their song “Jezebel,” which vocalist Lauri Ylönen describes as “an homage, a homage, to the strong women of today who own their bodies, who are responsible for their sensuality, their sexuality and who are determined to be equal.”

He co-wrote the track with Desmond Child, who has several high-profile rock songwriting credits to his name, including Joan Jett’s “I Hate Myself for Loving You”, Aerosmith’s “Angel”, Alice Cooper’s “Poison”. , Ricky Martin’s “Livin’ la Vida Loca”, and Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ On a Prayer”.

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Portugal performs the moody, introspective “Saudade, Saudade”

To calm things down a bit is the entry of Portugal MARO with the ethereal “Saudade, Saudade”. I can’t see it doing very well on the leaderboard, but it’s creating a pause before what comes next…

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Romania’s WRS continues with “Llámame”

I absolutely love this guy! The Buzău-born artist started out as a dancer before performing with several Romanian pop stars. Clearly he’s also able to handle the stage perfectly well on his own…

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Czech Republic starts well

What an amazing performance by We Are Domi from the Czech Republic and their song “Lights Off”! It’s not easy to go first, but they’ve proven that you can do it and still put on a fantastic show.

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A reminder: you can decide who wins Eurovision 2022!

UK fans can’t vote for Sam Ryder, but they can vote for their other favorite Eurovision contestants!

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And here are our finalists!

Take a look at the order of execution while admiring everyone’s costumes:

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