• Hayley Bessell

Eurovision 2022: What's happened this week



Now that the National Final season is over, you would think we can sit back and relax a bit, but oh no... there is still plenty going on in the lead up to Turin!


We have 38 entries but are still waiting for Armenia (out this weekend) and Azerbaijan (date TBC) to round out the 40 entries.


But even with the 38 songs, there have been quite a few updates and revamps.


Let's recap what has been going on:


Spain


This week the official video for Chanel's 'Slo Mo' was released. Just like her Benidorm Fest performance, Chanel shows off her impressive choreography and sultry dance moves. If her previous performances and this video are anything to go by, we can expect an electric performance from Chanel in Turin!



Malta


Confirming hints from the artist herself accompanied by rumours of a new song for the Maltese entrant, this week it was confirmed that Emma Muscat's song chosen at the national final would be replaced with 'I am What I Am'. Once announced, a video was also released. Emma is on the song writing credits for the song she will take to Turin.



Israel


Israel X-Factor winner and Israel's Eurovision 2022 representative Michael Ben David has released a revamped version and video of his song 'I.M'. 'I.M' was one of the first songs released for the season in early February.



Iceland


With Söngvakeppnin 2022 only just held on the weekend, the trio that won their place to the Turin competition have had a slight rebrand. Sisters Sigga, Beta and Elín will now be performing their song ''Með hækkandi sól' as Systur, which in Icelandic means "sisters". Let's hope they can avoid a dreaded 'nul points' like 'S!sters' did in 2019!



Ukraine


A question on the tip of everyone's tongue is "will the Kalush Orchestra perform at Eurovision"? According to a Reuters article on 14 March, the band still plans to represent Ukraine at Turin. While several of the group are supporting the war efforts, they do plan to meet to practice their song. If they are unable to travel to Turin, a live-on-tape performance will be used, however this is yet to be filmed.



Also, in a very fitting move, the Italian broadcaster RAI has announced that the theme for the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest will be "peace", saying:


"The themes of peace will be at the center of this edition of Eurovision. We have three presenters who fill us with pride – Laura Pausini, Alessandro Cattelan and Mika – who are perfectly complementary and will bring a lot of themselves into the construction of the show. We want to bring important content to the event, which speaks of peace and are appropriate for this delicate moment."

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