Everything is ready for the start of the 66th edition of Eurovision Song Contest which will be broadcast live from Olympic Pala of Turin and broadcast in prime time on RaiUno on 10 and 12 May (with the two semifinals) and May 14with the grand finale. Laura Pausini, Alessandro Cattelan And Mika they opened the dance yesterday with the two tests, in the evening there was the audience present, presenting the first 17 countries in the competition. Italy is represented by Mahmood and Blanco with the winning song of Sanremo “Chills“And will come into play on Saturday, together with the others”Big 4”Spain, France, Germany and the United Kingdom. In addition to RaiUno with the comment by Gabriele Corsi and Cristiano Malgiogliowith the participation of Carolina Di Domenico, the live Eurovision Song Contest 2022 will also be broadcast by Rai Radio 2 and available on RaiPlay and Rai Italia. From the first tests yesterday warm applause for Ukraine with the Kalush Orchestra unleashed and overwhelming on the notes of “Stefania”, The iconic Norwegian band Subwoolfer that with “Give That Wolf A Banana”They will unleash the building and finally Greece with the powerful voice of Amanda Georgia of Tenfjord on the notes of “Die Together”Seems to want to mortgage the victory.
THE TOP 17 COMPETING COUNTRIES – THE LADDER
Albania: Ronela Hajati – Sekret, Latvia: Citi Zēni – Eat Your Salad, Lithuania: Monika Liu – Sentimentai, Switzerland: Marius Bear – Boys Do Cry, Slovenia: LPS – Disko, Ukraine: Kalush Orchestra – Stefania, Bulgaria: Intelligent Music Project – Intention, Netherlands: S10 – De Diepte, Moldova: Zdob şi Zdub & Advahov Brothers – Trenulețul, Portugal: Maro – Saudade, Saudade, Croatia: Mia Dimšić – Guilty Pleasure, Denmark: Reddi – The Show, Austria: Lum! X feat. Pia Maria – Halo, Iceland: Systur – Með Hækkandi Sól, Greece: Amanda Georgiadi Tenfjord – Die Together, Norway: Subwoolfer – Give That Wolf A Banana and Armenia: Rosa Linn – Snap
THE RULES AND VOTING
Each participating country appoints a “qualified national jury”By five music professionals. The votes of the jury represent 50% of the vote of that specific countryto this is added another 50% of the weight entrusted to televoting. Important condition is that it is not possible for a country to vote for itself either with juries or with televoting. The ranking of the two Semifinals is therefore made up of 50% televoting and 50% national juries. Only the countries involved in that specific semi-final can participate in the voteplus 2 of the 5 directly admitted to the final: then France and Italy for tonight. So the jury assigns 12 points to the first favorite song, 10 points to the second and 8 to the third, 7 points to the fourth and so to go down, with the tenth song to 1 point. The same procedure is carried out for the votes collected by televoting. The two rankings are then combined. Ten countries pass through each semifinal.
THE GUESTS OF THE FIRST SEMIFINAL
The Pala Olimpico in Turin will turn into a great nightclub, with the greatest successes of Italian dance, thanks to the exhibition of Dardustaccompanied by the DJ-producer Benny Benassi and from Sophie and The Giants. Guest of the evening will be Diodato which will give a special version of “Make Noise”, Winning song of the Sanremo 2020 Italian Song Festival, accompanied by the Eurovision dance troupe coordinated by Laccio. A unique performance.
THE NUMBERS OF EUROVISION
The project involves 80 technicians, 28 camera operators, 40 specialized, 50 costume designers, make-up artists and hairdressers, 12 directors and assistants, 18 set designers, 5 machinists, 12 organizing inspectors. And then, 2 twins OB-Vans connected to the Technical Operations Center, a total of one hundred and eighty kilometers of cables, twelve media servers for managing video content, 24 cameras to tell the public every single detail of the performance.
THE ORGANIZATION INSIDE AND OUTSIDE THE PALAZZETTO
The center of the event takes place inside the Pala Olimpico with the scenography by Francesca Montinaro which reproduces a huge sun on the stage. In recent days, the Spanish delegation has criticized the functioning of the scenography. Not far away, in the Olympic Park itself, two structures connected to each other to the main body, which will host, until May 15, the Bull of Delegations and the Press center. Inside, a welcome desk, a lounge area, a reception area for national and international press, with a counter managed by Rai and Ebu, as well as 3 interview rooms, 3 radio studios, 1 studio for digital content and photos. The press area has five hundred desks for accredited journalists in attendance, while another thousand accredited will be able to follow all the events online or on the Ebu YouTube channel. Also in the press area, there is also a platform for cameras and a backstage photographic area, 2 dressing rooms for the reception and preparation of delegations before press meetings. In the conference room which can accommodate 350 guestsall press meetings take place until 15 May.