• Hayley Bessell

Eurovision 2022: The opening and interval acts for the semi-finals and Grand Final


Måneskin - Italy - Grand Final - Eurovision Song Contest 2021 - Rotterdam Ahoy — EBU / THOMAS HANSES

This year at Turin, we have been promised some fantastic opening and interval acts with a distinct Italian flavour so let's have a look at what the organisers have in store for us!


Semi-final 1 - 10 May


The first interval act for semi-final 1 will see a medley performed by Italian musicians Benny Benassi (DJ) and Dardust (pianist), English indie-pop group Sophie and the Giants and Italian conductor Sylvia Catasta (who has previously conducted at the San Remo Festival in 2020). No further details are available as to what the medley will be.


Benny Benassi / Photo credit: edm.com

In big news for Eurovision fans the other interval act is Diodato. He will finally have his moment to shine and will perform his stunning song 'Fai rumore'. Diodato was one of the favourites to win the 2020 Contest which was sadly cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.



Semi-final 2 - 12 May


One of the interval acts will be a duet, performed by Eurovision 2022 presenters Laura Pausini and Mika. Laura has had a long and very successful music career in Italy since 1993 where she won a best newcomer award at the San Remo Festival. Mika we will all remember from his huge hit in 2007 'Grace Kelly'. Multi-lingual Mika is Lebanon-born but grew up in France and the United Kingdom and now resides in Italy where he hosts a TV show.



Recently announced and sure to be a real treat for Eurovision fans is Il Volo who are set to perform their iconic 2015 entry 'Grand Amore' at the semi-final 2 and the other interval act. The dramatic ballad about all things love finished in 3rd place in Vienna but was a crowd favourite and took out the televote win.




Grand Final - 14 May


The Grand Final is set to be opened by the biggest band on the planet, Rockin' 1000, who are a group of rock musicians primarily from Italy. It is made up of 1000 musicians playing music and singing. The group have even recorded a rock version of Eurovision anthem ‘Te Deum’ to be used in Rai's promotion of the Eurovision Song Contest.


Rockin' 1000 at Piazza San Carlo, Turin, Image credit: EBU

The first Italian winner of the Eurovision Song Contest, Gigliola Cinquetti, will perform her beautiful 1964 song 'Non ho l’età'. Sadly the original footage of her performance has been lost but a video has been made featuring snippets of the footage and other images of the performance. Cinquetti was just 16 years when she won the contest and went on to compete in San Remo 11 more times as well as co-hosting the 1991 Eurovision Song Contest with Toto Cutugno in Rome.



Mika will also perform again on Grand Final night, and it is said to be a medley of songs. Laura Pausini will also return to the stage to do a medley of her hits over her long career as a singer.


Image credit: Måneskin

To top it all off, last year's winners Måneskin will return to the Eurovision stage to perform a medley of their songs including their 2021 winning song ‘Zitti E Buoni'. Måneskin have truely been taking the music world by storm since their win last year in Rotterdam and are now in the process of recording their next album.


There will also be a lot of other small features and segments throughout the shows.


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