EUROVISION 2022. The Eurovision final takes place live from Turin this Saturday, May 14, 2022. Who are the candidates? What songs will they perform? Who are the bookmakers’ favourites? Find all the information about the European singing competition on our dedicated page.
15:11 – How was the French group selected for the Eurovision 2022 final?
It was on Saturday March 5, at the end of the Eurovision France program, that the group Alvan et Ahez was designated French flag bearer with the song Fulenn. In total, twelve candidates were in the running during this tele-hook, hosted by Laurence Boccolini and broadcast on France 2.
14:55 – What are France’s chances of winning Eurovision 2022?
For this 66th edition of Eurovision, it is Ukraine and Kalush Orchestra which is acclaimed, with a 59% chance of winning, a figure which increases as the final approaches. As for France, you have to go down to 16th place in the ranking of bookmakers, who estimate the chances for Alvan & Ahez to win at less than 1%.
14:36 - What does the leader of the group Kalush Orchestra think of the song he will perform during Eurovision?
“Since the beginning of the war, (the song) has taken on an even wider resonance, because many mothers miss their children. This song has come closer to the hearts of many Ukrainians. But we also hope that many people around the world will be able to identify with this title”, explains Oleh Psiuk to Entertainment TV.
14:18 – What does the song Stefania from the Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra mean?
It is with the song Stefania that the Ukrainian group Kalush Orchestra will try to win Eurovision 2022. Originally, the song, composed long before the Russian invasion, was written by Oleh Psiuk in tribute to his mother. But today, the lyrics sound completely different: “I will always find my way home, even if all the roads are destroyed,” sings the band, for example.
13:59 – What is the musical journey of Kalush Orchestra, the Ukrainian group in the final of Eurovision 2022?
The first song of the now named Kalush Orchestra, Ne marynouï, was released on October 17, 2019, followed by a second clip, Ty honych. In 2021, the group publishes two albums, Hotin and Ïo-Ïo. In February 2022, the training took part in the Ukrainian selection for Eurovision, a program called Vidbir, in which it ranked second. But after the withdrawal of the winner after a controversy linked to a trip to Crimea and Russia, it is Kalush Orchestra which becomes the Ukrainian standard bearer in Turin, with the song Stefania.
13:42 – Who makes up the Ukrainian group Kalush Orchestra, favorite of Eurovision?
The group Kalush Orchestra, formed in 2019, consists of six members: rapper Oleh Psiuk (recognizable by his pink bob), Ihor Didenchuk, Vlad Kurochka (the three original members of the formation), Vitalii Duzhyk, Tymofii Muzychuk and Oleksandr Slobodianyk . It is the rapper Oleh Psiuk who initiates the project, initially baptized Kalouch, in reference to his birthplace, in the west of Ukraine.
13:24 – Will Ukraine and Russia face off in Eurovision?
At war since the start of the Russian invasion on February 24, 2022, Ukraine still participates in the Eurovision Song Contest. Kalush Orchestra and the song Stefania seem to seduce punters. Facing them, there will be no Russian competition: the country of Vladimir Putin was banned from Eurovision at the start of the war, despite the desire of the organizers to remain apolitical.
13:07 – What are the bookmakers’ predictions for the Eurovision 2022 final?
The Ukrainians of the group Kalush Orchestra seem well on their way to winning. With more than a 60% chance of winning the Eurovision Song Contest, according to bookmakers’ betting rankings, the Ukrainian outfit seem to be flying above the competition. The second in the ranking, England, only has an 11% chance of winning according to bettors.
12:48 – Who are the candidates for Eurovision 2022?
25 countries are participating in the Eurovision 2022 final. Australia, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Poland, Romania, Serbia and Sweden qualified in the last semi-final. They join Switzerland, Armenia, Iceland, Lithuania, Portugal, Norway, Greece, Ukraine, Moldova and the Netherlands, as well as members of the Big Five who have already qualified (France, Germany , Italy, Spain, United Kingdom), in the final.
12:30 – Is it certain that Ukraine will win Eurovision this year?
Ukraine is the huge favorite of this Eurovision 2022. The bookmakers estimate that it has almost a 50% chance of emerging victorious tonight. Geopolitics is often involved in the singing competition, and the country at war with Russia can certainly count on the support of voters. Eurovision organizers have already excluded Russia from the competition. According to 20 minutes, nothing is decided, however, since not all countries always vote according to international news, and the public is more likely to vote for the song they like the most, without geopolitical considerations behind it. .
12:06 – Is France favored by the order of passage?
The order of passage is not favorable to France, if we believe the observers and specialists of Eurovision. Alvan and Ahez are the sixth to pass this Saturday. However, it is often preferable to go to the second part of the evening, because the moment is close to the final vote. The viewers, whose vote represents 50% of the result, still have the performance in mind because it is recent.
11:31 – What is the running order in the Eurovision final?
The running order can have a crucial role in determining the Eurovision winner. Indeed, the experts believe that it is more advantageous to spend in the second part of the evening. Bad pick for France, which will pass in the first. For this 2022 final, the order is as follows: Czech Republic, Romania, Portugal, Finland, Switzerland, France, Norway, Armenia, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Ukraine, Germany, Lithuania, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Greece, Iceland , Moldova, Sweden, Australia, United Kingdom, Poland, Serbia, Estonia.
11:03 – Are bookmakers’ predictions reliable?
Every year, the bookmakers give their predictions on the winner of Eurovision. But can we really trust their predictions? Several times in the past, bookmakers have announced the correct winner: this was the case when they predicted the victory of Denmark in 2019 or Italy in 2021. Conversely, a mistake was made in 2018, since the bookmakers were expecting a victory from Cyprus, but Israel eventually won the title. A science that is therefore not immutable!
10:29 – Who are the Eurovision fan favourites?
The Eurovision faithful also expressed their ranking by polling the fan organizations of the different countries (OGAE). For this 2022 edition, Sweden wins the support of the fans of the competition, followed on the podium by Italy and Spain. France is sixth in this fan ranking, while bookmakers’ favorite Ukraine is in 11th place.
10:03 – How do votes work?
The voting stage is a crucial moment in Eurovision. Each country in competition, even those which did not qualify in the semi-finals, is required to award a certain number of points to the ten performances which marked it the most (12 points, 10 points, then 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1). Since 2016, viewers have been asked to vote by SMS, telephone and the Eurovision app, but obviously cannot give a point to their own country.
Eurovision 2022 punctuates the beginning of May. The final takes place in Turin, this Saturday, May 14, 2022. In France, the event can be followed on France 2 from 9 p.m. Previously, two semi-finals made it possible to select twenty candidate countries for the final. They took place on Tuesday May 10, 2022 and Thursday May 12, 2022, a few days before knowing the winner of this 66th edition.
France is represented by the Breton group Alvan and Ahez at Eurovision 2022. There are four members of this formation: the female trio Ahez Marine Lavigne, Sterenn Diridollou and Sterenn Le Guillou and the musician Alexis Morvan-Rosius, known as Alvan. They were selected on March 5, during the program “Eurovision France: it’s you who decide”. The tricolor group performs on the Turin stage the song “Fulenn”, which means, in Breton, both “spark” and “pretty girl”. It has been since 1977 and the victory of Marie Myriam that France has not won Eurovision.
We do not yet know the ranking of Eurovision 2022. Last year, the Italian group Maneskin won the singing competition with 524 points, saved mainly by public votes. He was ahead of France and Barbara Pravi (2nd with 499 points) and Switzerland (3rd, 432 points) on the podium. The top of the ranking was completed by Iceland (378 points), Ukraine (364 points) and Finland (301 points). Below, find in detail the latest ranking of Eurovision.