The Eurovision Song Contest is a staple of spring. After a long wait, the world’s cheesiest singing competition is back for another year.
Last year, Italian rock band Måneskin took the crown, and they have been one of the first winning acts in years to break out into international fame. Now, all eyes are turning to their successor.
We’ve rounded up all the information on the Eurovision Song Contest, including how to tune in from outside Europe, who is taking part, the UK representing act, and more.
(Amazon has given Alexa a Eurovision song as a bit of fun. Just say “Alexa, sing your Eurovision song” to hear it on any Alexa-enabled device.)
When is Eurovision 2022 and where is it being held?
The Eurovision grand final will take place on Saturday 14 May 2022 at 8pm BST/9pm CET/3pm ET in Turin, Italy.
The semi-finals have already aired, and the grand final will last for around four hours – get those snacks in.
The winning song from last year is below. Måneskin will be taking to the stage once again to perform their newest song, Supermodel.
How to watch the Eurovision Song Contest in the UK
As per previous years, you’ll be able to tune in to the Grand Final of Eurovision 2022 on BBC One. Graham Norton will be returning for his usual hilarious commentary.
You’ll also be able to watch the show live on the
BBC One website, on iPlayer shortly after the broadcast or on the BBC iPlayer app on your tablet or smartphone.
You can also listen to the contest on BBC Radio 2.
How to watch the Eurovision Song Contest from the US
If you’re in the US, then the best way to watch the Eurovision Song Contest is via
Peacock. An ad-supported plan costs $5.99 per month, whilst an ad-free one costs $9.99 per month. However, new users can get a seven-day free trial, so you should be able to watch Eurovision for free.
If you’re outside of the US or UK, you should be able to watch via YouTube, where the
official Eurovision channel will be livestreaming the whole show, including both semi-finals.
If you’d rather get the official BBC coverage (and Graham Norton’s biting commentary) then the best way to watch Eurovision in the US is to
install a VPN, which you can use to watch the whole thing online on the
BBC website. Our current top VPN recommendation is
SurfShark, which has a good balance of price, reliability, and features, but check out our full guide to the
best VPN for streaming if you want to consider other options.
Once you’ve chosen your VPN, just head to the
BBC website, make an account and watch the song contest live.
You will need a UK postcode that is tied to an address with a TV licence. You can find further instructions in our guide to watching
BBC iPlayer abroad.
Alternatively, you can use a VPN to watch the livestream on YouTube – as this won’t be available to US viewers.
How to vote in the Eurovision Song Contest
The easiest way to vote for your favourite act in the Eurovision Song Contest is by downloading the app onto your smartphone or tablet. It’s available from
Google Play, the
iOS App Store and the
Windows Store, and it’s free to download.
Once you’ve got the app, you’ll be able to find out more about the participants from the countries taking part, and you’ll also be able to find out the latest Eurovision news.
But more importantly, you can cast your vote using the app simply by clicking on the vote button and choosing your favourite. You can vote multiple times, but you cannot vote for the country you are voting from.
It’s worth noting that you can only vote if you’re in one of the 40 participating countries – so US fans can only observe, we’re afraid.
Eurovision Song Contest 2022 finalists
There are 40 countries participating in Eurovision 2022, but only 25 made it through to the Grand Final. Italy is the host country and automatically gets a slot in the grand final as one of the Big 5. It will be joined by Germany, France, Spain and the United Kingdom.
Both Italy and (shockingly) the UK currently have good odds with the bookies. However, the current favourite to win is Ukraine.
Eurovision 2022 finalists running order
Czech Republic: Lights Off by We Are Domi
Romania: Llámame by WRS
Portugal: Saudade, saudade by Maro
Finland: Jezebel by The Rasmus
Switzerland: Boys Do Cry by Marius Bear
France: Fulenn by Alvan & Ahez
Norway: Give That Wolf a Banana by Subwoolfer
Armenia: Snap by Rosa Linn
Italy: Brividi by Mahmood & Blanco
Spain: SloMo by Chanel
Netherlands: De Diepte by S10
Ukraine: Stefania by Kalush Orchestra
Germany: Rockstars by Malik Harris
Lithuania: Sentimentai by Monika Liu
Azerbaijan: Fade To Black by Nadir Rustamli
Belgium: Miss You by Jérémie Makiese
Greece: Die Together by Amanda Tenfjord
Iceland: Með hækkandi sól by Systur
Moldova by Trenuleţul by Zdob şi Zdub & Fraţii Advahov
Sweden: Hold Me Closer by Cornelia Jakobs
Australia: Not the Same by Sheldon Riley
United Kingdom: Spaceman by Sam Ryder
Poland: River by Ochman
Serbia: In Corpore Sano by Konstrakta
Estonia: Hope by Stefan
You may notice that Russia is missing from the list of countries. They have been expelled from the competition due to the invasion of Ukraine.
Hannah Cowton is a Senior Staff Writer at Tech Advisor and Macworld, working across entertainment, consumer technology and lifestyle. Her interests and specialities lie in streaming services, film and television reviews and rumours, gaming, wearables and smart home products. She's also the creator of The London Geek, a geek culture and lifestyle blog.