LIVE – Eurovision 2022: The Ukrainian group, big favorite of the competition, takes turns singing

The colors of the Ukrainian flag appeared briefly

The performance by the Ukrainians from Kalush Orchestra ended in a flash of blue and then yellow, the colors of their flag. The group’s participation in the competition took place under special conditions: since February, Europe has been living to the rhythm of Russia’s violent offensive against Ukraine.

The Ukrainian group, big favorite of the competition, arrives on the podium

This is undoubtedly the most anticipated performance of the evening. The Ukrainians of Kalush Orchestra, big favorites of the competition, who had to get special permission to leave their country at war and perform, in turn perform their song.

Kalush Orchestra
Kalush Orchestra © YouTube screen capture

The Italian Mahmood back, three years after his first participation

Mahmood came in second in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2019 with his song Money† He represents his country again tonight with Chillsin duet with his compatriot Blanco.

Roselyne Bachelot sends her support to Alvan & Ahez

The French representatives of Eurovision 2022 were supported by Roselyne Bachelot. On Twitter, the Minister of Culture of the Castex government expressed her enthusiasm after their performance: “It was great! We are with you”.

Around France!

Alvan & Ahez are the 6th to perform on the stage of the Eurovision 2022 final. The French group interprets its title in Breton, Fulenn, against the background of a pyrotechnic show. Is the loud cheering of the crowd a good sign?

Do you remember them?

The face of the singer of the group representing Finland probably looks familiar to you. And rightly so: it is the group The Rasmus, who achieved international success in 2003 with the song In The Shadows. With “Jezebel” they return to the Eurovision Song Contest.

The singer of The Rasmus
The singer of The Rasmus © YouTube screenshot

Momentarily interrupted with the song from Portugal, “Saudade Saudade”

Singer Maro enchanted the audience with her folk ballad, Saudade Health

The performances begin!

The ball is launched with the Czech Republic and the group We Are Domi, interpreting the title Lights out

We Are Domi singer
The We Are Domi Singer © YouTube Screenshot

Short reminder of the rules…

A little reminder with the trio of facilitators: each participating country can vote… but not for itself.

The trio of animators
The trio of animators © YouTube screenshot

First appearance of the French during the flag parade

Alvan & Ahez, the French candidates, have just appeared on stage for the flag parade.

Alvan & Ahez
Alvan & Ahez © Screenshot France 2

The show begins!

It is 9 pm, the final of Eurovision 2022 starts in the PalaOlimpico in Turin. Follow the evening on BFMTV.com.

Who will present this 66th edition of Eurovision?

This year Laura Pausini, the singer Mika and Alessandro Cattelan, the Italian television personality, present the show on the stage of the PalaOlimpico in Turin. French commentary is provided by Stéphane Bern and Laurence Boccolini.

Who are the 25 countries in the running?

On Saturday evening, a total of 25 countries will compete against each other. Twenty of them were selected during two semifinals, Tuesday 10 and Thursday 12 May. Added to this list are the Big Five, the competition’s largest financial contributors, who are automatically qualified. These are France, Spain, Italy, Germany and the United Kingdom.

How to watch the final?

The evening will be broadcast live on France 2 from 9 p.m. and is presented by Stephane Bernwho presented the evening for the first time in 2010, and Laurence Boccolini, who comments on the Eurovision Song Contest for the second year in a row.

The official Eurovision YouTube account also broadcasts live the ceremony presented in Turin by Mika and Laura Pausini, from the PalaOlimpico sports hall.

What is the running order of the candidates?

Less trivial than it seems, the order of passage during the evening can play a role in the final standings.

It is the Czech Republic that opens the ball tonight, with Lights out, performed by We are Domi. The French move to sixth position and the Ukrainians to twelfth position.

Who are the favourites, a few hours before the final?

If Ukraine dominates the forecasts this year, other candidates, certainly quite far behind, will occupy the bookmakers’ podium.

Sweden and Great Britain compete for second place. A nice revenge for the British, who finished last in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2021 and are represented by Sam Ryder this year.

Italy follows with Mahmood & Blanco and Spain with Chanel.

We are never safe from a good surprise, but the French are way up in the rankings, with their number Fulenn.

Alvan & Ahez represent France

“Adrenaline takes precedence over stress”, the French Alvan & Ahez told us on Thursday. If the candidates, who sing in Breton, have the difficult task of succeeding Barbara Pravi, who offered France a second place in Rotterdam last year, they will approach this participation philosophically.

They would rather “don’t think about the rankings” and assure “it’s not fear, it’s kiff”.

The Ukrainians, big favorites

You wonder if they haven’t already won. The group Kalush Orchestra, which represents Ukraine in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, has a 60% chance of winning, according to bookmakers’ predictions.

they interpret Stefaniawritten by the leader of the group as a tribute to his mother, and has become a real hymn to the motherland.

Their popularity is so great that they were treated to a veritable “standing ovation” for their performance on stage during the first semi-final.

“When you see Ukraine take the stage during the first semi-final, in front of 10,000 people who are screaming, tears in their eyes …,” recalled on BFMTV Mikhail the singerpresenting Eurovision in Turin.

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