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Buona sera Europa! Buon giorno Australia! This is Turin calling for the Jury Final of Eurovision 2022!

25 acts will compete tonight in order to impress the National Juries from each country and score as many points to win the Eurovision 2022 trophy!

Eurovision Ireland’s own veteran Bogdan will entertain you tonight with his thoughts and comments on what’s happening LIVE tonight on the stage were 50% of the points will be decided.

Tonight’s running order is as follows:

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 Don’t Cry’

6. France: Alvan & Ahez – ‘Fulenn’

7. Norway: Subwoolfer – ‘Give That Wolf a Banana’

8. Armenia: Rosa Linn – ‘Snap’

9. Italy: Mahmood & Blanco – ‘Brividi’

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’

So sit back, relax and refresh this page to get the latest news as it happens.

LIVE BLOG STARTS HERE!

Good evening Europe! We are live from Turin!

We are now treated to a medley from Laura Pausini. I remember listening to her hits like La Solitudine. I don’t know about, you but I am really excited about this year. So many good acts but there can be only one winner.

In case you didn’t know by now, tonight the jury form all countries are voting and their vote counts as 50% of the total scoring. So smile, you are on the TV screen and convince the juries you are the best!

Now all the countries are presented according to the running order. Love this ‘sea of flags’ like Jessica from Australia called it once. Was about to say that Italy received the loudest cheer but I would’ve been wrong. The loudest cheer was for Spain. Hola mi bebebe, are you team SloMo? (See what I did there?)

The hosts for tonight are of course Laura Pausini, Alessandro Cattelan and Mika. Alessandro is in black, Laura in blue and Mika in white – the flag of Estonia.

And so it begins!

1. Czech Republic: We Are Domi – ‘Lights Off’

We Are Domi are having the great honour of opening the show and they don’t disappoint. After the hype of qualifying last night, they transmit their high energy to the audience and we’re all singing and clapping along. Loots of cheering during the ‘where are you now?’ part. The singer’s outfit now features purple as a main colour. A very good start of the evening.

2. Romania: WRS – ‘Llámame’

Hola mi bebebe! The crowd was already warmed-up by the Czech Republic, but now the temperature is absolutely burning hot! Why? Because of WRS and his catchy latino song. The crowd is clapping, singing along and dancing. You can’t stay still on this bop! You can actually hear the audience singing very loudly. What an amazing achievement for Romania to be back in the Finals! The dance moves are rehearsed to an inch of their life but it looks effortless. WRS is rocking a Superman style hair tonight. Does he want to be the Eurovision hero? To start in the number 2 position he surely needs all the extra help to get as many points as possible.

3. Portugal: MARO – ‘Saudade, Saudade

It’s a delight to hear Saudade again on the stage. There are a couple of ‘whoo’s’ before the singer starts to sing. The crowd is amazing tonight. This nostalgic act shows conveys the Portuguese vibes that we all love. We don’t need a wow factor when you have raw emotion.  The harmonies are on point tonight. Must admit I was singing this and Llamame al day.

4. Finland: The Rasmus – ‘Jezebel’

I love the Rasmus and from yesterday’s night we can see that so does all Europe. As soon as the first beat starts, the audience is clapping along. Never underestimate the influence of the public. Personally, I am not a fan of the big inflatable balls on the stage, but tonight is not about me. The vocals are better tonight and I guess qualifying relit the fire for the Rasmus. Well done guys, you know I will always be a rock fan. However the reaction of the arena at the end wasn’t as hyped as for the previous acts.

5. Switzerland: Marius Bear – ‘Boys Don’t Cry’

Every time I hear this I think of ‘What a wonderful world’. Having said that, I think is far from that. I didn’t have this as a qualifier on Tuesday and even though I love Marius’ voice, I can’t warm up to the song nor to his arms waving in this act. On a positive note, tonight, Marius seems 100% committed. The crowd cheered at about 30% capacity. I’m not shocked.

6. France: Alvan & Ahez – ‘Fulenn’

Now this is an act I was really looking forward to seeing on the main stage. Welcome to the land of dark and magic, the land of Fulenn! The audience is absolutely going nuts and clapping along to these tribal dance. The only downside is that they can’t unfortunately sing-along. But oh my, people are dancing. I join them from my sofa :)) The crowd is cheering with every occasion. This highly energetic and entreating and at the end we have a similar reaction to what we’ve heard for WRS from Romania.

7. Norway: Subwoolfer – ‘Give That Wolf a Banana’

The audience has done their homework, as they sing a couple of the verses and clap along. Now, will the jury give that wolf a banana? I am pretty sure they won’t be on everyone’s taste but here we go with another fan favourite. We can hear lots of cheering at the ‘ba-na-nah’ tribal part. The performance is slick and the voices sound as good as they can. Another thumbs up for me and another good reaction from the public.

8. Armenia: Rosa Linn – ‘Snap’

What can I say, Snap is another personal favourite just because I love the solid rhythm and Rosa’s warm voice. She’s such a story teller and tonight she’s making no exception – the crowd loves her and I am thrilled to hear yet again another round of clapping along. Italy, you have an amazing audience – Grazzie! Yes, the clapping could be louder, but I guess the fact that she’s hidden from the direct view of the public in the arena doesn’t help. However, there is a massive cheer and clap once she rips that round wall. This time she ripped the wall in one go. A very good performance from Rosa. This is not going to be easy for the juries.

9. Italy: Mahmood & Blanco – ‘Brividi’

Of course the audience is singing from the first word. What a an amazing feeling. Mahmood is in black with a shirt with white decorations while Blanco is in a black, shiny jumpsuit. I love this song and so does the audience. I am not convinced this is the best rendition I’ve heard of this song, but definitely one of the best I’ve heard since the rehearsals started. At the end, Mahmood and Blanco hugged ( I think everyone was expecting maybe more). A beautiful moment…

10. Spain: Chanel – ‘SloMo’

Hold on! I was expecting to hear Italian, but I wasn’t expecting this. The audience is singing every singe word of SloMo, dancing, wooing and clapping along. No doubt the biggest support that I’ve seen tonight. Is the whole population from Spain in Turin tonight? Surely feels like that. The crowd is fabulous and they literally scream and cheer at 110%. If the winner would be decided by the audience only, this would be without a doubt the winner. Chanel looked great, the choreography was slick and sexy and that was an amazing performance! Excellente!

11. Netherlands: S10 – ‘De Diepte’

I guess we all needed to calm down after Chanel, but the audience refuses to stay passive. They join S10 and sing along to the ‘oooohh aaahhh’ and other parts that do not involve the Dutch language. I like the commitment of all the acts so far. This is a good night for Eurovision. I enjoyed the good connection that she had with the camera and her vocals were the best I’ve heard from her.

12. Ukraine: Kalush Orchestra – ‘Stefania’

We don’t get a break from screaming and clapping tonight as Kalush Orchestra is the next to command the stage. We are with you Ukraine. The performance is on point, the vocals are great as usually and we all sing and clap to the lyrics of Stefania. This was another good act and I am glad the spectators were showing their love by encouraging the artists.

13. Germany: Malik Harris – ‘Rockstars’

Time for Germany to take the stage. What I like about this performance is the fact that they managed to make a big stage feel small and cosy like from a room inside Malik’s house. This is Malik’s letter to the world, but I am afraid after so many ‘wow’ acts, this might get a little bit lost. However, I appreciate his commitment and the good energy that he is transmitting to all of us.

14. Lithuania: Monika Liu – ‘Sentimentai’

My ‘tu tu tu’ song that I absolutely love. You can’t fault Monika’s likeability and her old-fashioned charm. Whenever you’re feeling a bit nostalgic, just play ‘Sentimentai’. The audience is clapping along to some parts of the song, but one can not compare this song with the previous bops that we have witnessed. Having said that, there’s nothing wrong with a more ‘dreamy’ song and having the charismatic Monika smiling at you is always a plus.

15. Azerbaijan: Nadir Rustamli – ‘Fade to Black’

Whilst I think Nadir has a beautiful raspy voice, the song does nothing for me. Screaming about the ‘weather’ is just not my cup of tea. However, being the professional that I am, I will tell you that his voice sounds very good tonight and he’s more relaxed than what I’ve heard yesterday. As a consequence, I feel an improvement from what I’ve heard so far from him at the rehearsals. Also amazing commitment, but poor connectivity with the camera.

16. Belgium: Jérémie Makiese – ‘Miss You’

Is it me or Jeremie’s vocals are not exactly on point tonight? Without the backing vocals that seem to cover his actual voice, this song wouldn’t sound as good. Some parts sound really good, but others I’m not convinced entirely. There were no mistakes at the choreography so that’s a positive thing. The audience cheered at the end, but at about 30%.

17. Greece: Amanda Georgiadi Tenfjord – ’Die Together’

Time for one of my favourite ballads this year. The message is not exactly uplifting, but I absolutely love the multiple vocal layers on this track. Amanda doesn’t disappoint tonight and the commitment in her eyes is mesmerizing – quite haunting. In my opinion, this rendition sounds better than what we’ve heard on Tuesday. The crowd wows and cheers at the key change and when the song is over. Yes, Greece should do well with the juries tonight.

18. Iceland: Systur – ‘Með Hækkandi Sól’

Turin audience is just amazing. The support they show each time there is a ‘clappable’ part of every song, they don’t fail to deliver. This is the case also for country song performed by Systur. I must admit, Iceland qualifying was a pleasant surprise. It just proves that you don’t always need a bop to qualify. This rendition was sweet and dreamy and I think for this reason it just might not be remembered that well when the show will be over.

19. Moldova: Zdob şi Zdub & Advahov Brothers – ‘Trenulețul’

Thank you Moldova for waking up us and the audience! This is brilliant! Everyone is cheering and clapping along. Zdob & Zdub and Advahov Brothers are pure energy on stage and we’re all in for it. You can’t stay still to this one and no one is. They were very clever to include ‘Hey ho let’s go’ in their lyrics. Everyone is shouting that (including myself). I can see this doing extremely well on the televote. The biggest reaction of the public since Spain.

20. Sweden: Cornelia Jakobs – ‘Hold Me Closer’

Now, will we still sing ‘Hey ho let’s go’ or switch to ‘baby bye bye I wish you the best’? Cornelia is doing a brilliant job to connect with the camera (something extremely important in a TV show). Her vocals are on point and indeed, the audience is singing along to ‘Hold me Closer’. However, I think yesterday performance had a bit of an extra oumph. Her screaming towards the end really got the audience go ‘wow’ but I still think she can do better. Still, this is one of my favourites.

21. Australia: Sheldon Riley – ‘Not The Same’

Sheldon doesn’t have an easy task. His song is quite demanding vocally and he is doing a fabulous job tonight in holding those notes. The audience cheers as he climbs the stairs. Towards the end he sounded a bit shouty, but nevertheless a beautiful performance. We didn’t hear a big cheer at the and but I am sure the jury will give Australia their love.

22. United Kingdom: Sam Ryder – ‘SPACE MAN’

You can’t hate Sam Ryder! He is such a charismatic performer with an amazing voice. Sam was born to perform for an audience and I am so happy he is representing the UK this year. He is giving us a solid performance hitting all the notes while the audience goes ‘wow’ a couple of times just to unite in a big cheer at the end. This was definitely a performance worthy to be at least in the top 10 if not higher. Well done Sam, you were great and did your country proud.

23. Poland: Ochman – ‘River’

After a great male singer, time to hear another great male singer, Ochman. The difference between the two performances so far is that the audience seems to know more of the lyrics form Ochaman’s song. What can I say? Another solid performance for this night. However, I just wish he would open his eyes more to connect with the audience watching the TV screen. Vocally, I can’t fault this performance and I think this can do extremely well with the juries.

24. Serbia: Konstrakta – ‘In Corpore Sano’

I don’t know any Serbian but even I find myself singing along to this one. From the jury favourites we are now witnessing one of the fan’s favourite. Your palms can’t stay still when it’s time to clap or wave like a royalty. If I’m being more slow in typing is because I am doing exactly that (clap along) . I’m not sure if everyone understood the message of the song, but everyone clapped along. Such a dramatic and engaging performance from Konstakta! I can see this one doing well with the televoters. A top 10 finish for Serbia is not imposible!

25. Estonia: Stefan – ‘Hope’

What a lovely idea to end with a message of Hope. I’m loving that Stefan is smiling more to the camera tonight. You can see the joy in his eyes and that’s another important element to let shine on a TV show. He is very energetic and transmits a positive vibe to all watching. Everybody is clapping and singing along. Might not be as loud as for Chanel but my, this was a really good choice to end the show. Well done Stefan, your performance was exactly like it should’ve been. You couldn’t have done any better. Repeat exactly that tomorrow and you have the chance for a left side finish.

That was it Europe and Australia, the jury is voting now based on what they’ve seen.

Thank you all for joining me tonight and I hope I hope I hope you’ll vote tomorrow for your favourites.

Good night and enjoy tomorrow’s show!

May the best Eurovision song win.

Author: Bogdan Fedeles

Source: Eurovision Ireland

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