August 9, 2022

2022 Basics

A look at the basics of the 2022 Song Contest and the key landmarks in the build-up.

Venue

The contest will be staged in Turin’s Pala Alpitour arena.  The arena was constructed for the 2006 Winter Olympics when it staged the Ice Hockey.  In November 2021 it was the venue for the ATP Tennis Tour Finals.

Presenters

Alessandro Cattelan

Laura Pausini

Mika

Entrants

Forty countries are scheduled to compete, with all 2021 entrants returning with the exception of Russia, who were thrown out after the invasion of Ukraine, while Armenia and Montenegro return after an absence.  The Big Five nations (Italy, France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom) have direct entry to the final whilst the remaining countries will compete in the semi-finals with 10/17 and 10/18 in each qualifying for the final.

Dates

January 2022

25 – Semi-Final Allocation Draw

May 2022

10 – First Semi Final

12 – Second Semi Final

14 – Grand Final