Everything is ready for the third and final appointment with Eurovision Song Contest 2022 sold out at the Pala Olimpico in Turin. The Grand Finale of the international event, starting tonight at 9 pm on Rai Uno (scheduled to end at 00:50) with the usual introduction at 8:30 pm with Gabriele Corsi and Cristiano Malgioglio, sees 25 countries competing, including the Italy with Mahmood and Blanco ready to sing their “Chills”, shortened to 3 minutes as per regulation. But first the Rockin ‘1000 musical collective and then Laura Pausini will open the great show. Pausini will propose a medley of her successes by changing her dress: she will go from orange to white, then to blue, yellow and black. The songs will be: “Benvenuto”, “Io Canto”, “La Solitudine”, “Le cose che vivi” and the last single “Box”. In the lineup before the 22nd song, the artist will also sing a cappella “Nel blu painted di blu” for a special tribute to Domenico Modugno.
“Each color represents five different moments in my career and I wanted to associate them with the reference songs ”, explained the singer in the last press conference with the conductors. Mika will also propose a medley with her hits (including of course “Grace Kelly”) and then she will sing the new single “Yo Yo”. It will be a show in the show with the artist then surrounded by the 40 elements of the corps de ballet at the end for a hymn to love and peace. “Eurovision is a huge program to organize. The first two semifinals went very well, today’s test (yesterday, ed) was tough, but we took her home. – added Mika – Saturday will be the third big show in just one week. I do not hide it is tiring, we are tired, but confident, because there is no two without three ”.
Exceptional guests – during the voting of the competing countries – will be i Maneskin And Gigliola Cinquetti, winners of the Eurovision Song Contest, respectively in 2021 with “Zitti e Buoni” and in 1964 with “I am not old”. But even before that, the three conductors with the corps de ballet will be the protagonists of a gag linked to body language and Italian gestures. An intervention by Samantha Cristoforetti directly from space is also expected.
The Maneskins skip rehearsals for a problem – There was great anticipation yesterday for Maneskin’s rehearsals but the band did not show up on stage because Damiano is limping and on crutches (“We’ll break the stage anyway”, he promises on social networks), due to a retort during the recordings of the new video “Supermodel”. Yesterday they were replaced by stunts, but greeted by “buuh” from the public, so much so that Cattelan had to intervene to calm the spirits. On the stage of the Pala Olimpico in Turin, Maneskin should present their new single “Supermodel”, inspired by their American period and by the emptiness of certain characters obsessed with popularity and success. Space also for a tribute to Elvis Presley.
The order of exit of the 25 countries – 1. Czech Republic (We Are Domi – “Lights Off”) 2. Romania (WRS – “Llámame”) 3. Portugal (MARO – “Saudade, Saudade”) 4. Finland (The Rasmus – “Jezebel”) 5. Switzerland (Marius Bear – “Boys Do Cry”) 6. France (Alvan & Ahez – “Fulenn”) 7. Norway (Subwoolfer – “Give That Wolf A Banana”) 8. Armenia (Rosa Linn – “Snap”) 9. Italy (Mahmood & Blanco – “Chills”) 10. Spain (Chanel – “SloMo”) 11. Netherlands (S10 – “De Diepte”) 12. Ukraine (Kalush Orchestra – “Stefania”) 13. Germany (Malik Harris – ” Rockstars ”) 14. Lithuania (Monika Liu -“ Sentimentai ”) 15. Azerbaijan (Nadir Rustamli -“ Fade To Black ”) 16. Belgium (Jérémie Makiese -“ Miss You ”) 17. Greece (Amanda Georgiadi Tenfjord -“ Die Together “) 18. Iceland (Systur -” Með Hækkandi Sól “) 19. Moldova (Zdob şi Zdub & Advahov Brothers -” Trenulețul “) 20. Sweden (Cornelia Jakobs -” Hold Me Closer “) 21. Australia (Sheldon Riley -” Not The Same “) 22. United Kingdom (Sam Ryder -” Space Man “) 23. Poland (Ochman -” River “) 24. Serbia (Konstrakta – “In Corpore Sano”) 25. Estonia (Stefan – “Hope”)
Rules and voting – Each participating country nominated a “qualified national jury” of five music professionals. The votes of the 40 total juries represent 50% of the vote of that specific country, to this is added another 50% of the weight entrusted to televoting. An important condition is that it is not possible for a country to vote for itself either with juries or with televoting. The ranking is made up of 50% televoting and 50% by national juries. 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 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.
Ukraine and Sweden favorites, but Norway is unknown – It will be one three-way fight for the final victory at Eurovision. According to some rumors and bettors it seems that not only Ukraine with the Kalush Orchestra, but also Sweden with Cornelia Jakobs have some chances. The latter liked not only the song but also the performance without too many frills. The Norwegians Subwoolfer with their yellow wolf masks conquered not only social networks with their sympathy but also the public at the Pala Olimpico who – at each exit – applauded with conviction to the group that unleashed a wild dance on stage. The outsiders? It could be Sam Ryder from the United Kingdom who can boast a Tik Tok base of almost 12.5 million followers and then the Spanish Chanel. It’s Italy? It is given in fourth or fifth place, but the final performance with some adjustments on the stage of lights and direction, details that emerged in the last rehearsals last night, could make the difference and make Mahmood and Blanco gain a few more places.