Well, it just turned midnight in Central Europe, and with that, there’s only one thing we have to say
LET THE 2022 EUROVISION SONG CONTEST SEASON BEGIN!!!
With it, we are only about eight months in, until we head to Italy for the 66th edition of the competitions. Host broadcaster RAI is certainly working hard to ensure we have a great competition. It has been 30 YEARS!!! since Italy last hosted the competition in 1991, where Carola won with her entry “Fångad av en stormvind”.
What to expect in Italy
After winning the Eurovision Song Contest, Italy will have the honor of hosting the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest. 17 cities have placed a bid to host the 66th edition of the contest, with five cities remaining in contention. At the time of writing, it was reported that the host city is set to be revealed imminently.
Who will we see or won’t see in Italy?
With the 2022 Eurovision season just starting, some countries have already confirmed that they will be participating in next year’s competition. However, despite confirming their participation, the selection method for their Eurovision 2022 entry, is yet to be confirmed:
- Australia – SBS has announced the return of Eurovision: Australia Decides and will select its Eurovision 2022 representative on February 26.
- Denmark- DR has revealed that DMGP will select its Eurovision 2022 representative and that this will take place on March 5.
- Estonia – Eesti Laul will once again be used to select its Eurovision 2022 representative.
- Finland – UMK will once again be used to select its Eurovision 2022 representative.
- France – Eurovision France, c’est vous qui décidez, will once be used once again to select its Eurovision 2022 representative.
- Germany – The search for the 100-Person Jury to select its entry, commenced earlier in the year.
- Israel – X Factor Israel will be used to select its Eurovision 2022 representative
- Italy – Host Country – Sanremo 2022 is set to take place in February. However, it is yet to be confirmed, if this will be used as Italy’s Eurovision 2022 selection.
- Latvia – LTV confirmed on social media that information about application period for its national selection will be published ‘soon’
- Malta – Despite X Factor Malta being renewed for a third season, it was revealed that a national final will be used to select its Eurovision 2022 representative.
- The Netherlands – Submissions were open until August 31, with further details to be revealed later.
- Norway – Melodi Grand Prix will once again be used to select its Eurovision 2022 representative and is set to conclude on February 19.
- San Marino – “Una voce per San Marino” is set to be used to select its Eurovision 2022 representative.
- Serbia – Beovizija is set to be used to select Serbia’s Eurovision 2022 representative.
- Spain – Festival Internacional de la Canción de Benidorm – will be used to select Spain’s Eurovision 2022 representative.
- Sweden – Melodifestivalen will be used to select Sweden’s Eurovision 2022 representative. The submission period is set to close on September 17.
- Switzerland – SRF has revealed that it will be internally selecting its Eurovision 2022 representative.
- Ukraine – It was just recently announced that UA:PBC has ended its Eurovision partnership with STB, and are looking at options on how it is to select its Eurovision 2022 representative.
The following countries have participated previously, but have not publicly confirmed their participation in next year’s competition:
- Armenia – Despite being set to participate at the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest, Armenia had to wtihdraw from the competition. However, Armenia’s Head of Delegation ‘David Tserunyan’ is currently a member of the Eurovision Reference Group, with a return looking likely.
- Czech Republic – Despite revealing that submissions for ESCZ 2022 are being open later this month, CT is yet to confirm officially, if they will be participating in the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest.
- North Macedonia
- Turkey – It is reported, that TRT is currently in negotiations about a possible return to the competition.
- United Kingdom
The following countries have also confirmed that they will not be participating in next year’s competition.
- Andorra – Despite past Eurovision representatives supporting Andorra’s return, it’s revealed that a return is not currently in the cards.
- Belarus – BTRC’s EBU Membership was suspended, with the EBU confirming that this is indefinite, but is subject to continual review.
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Photo Source: EBU / Andres Putting