Eurovision 2022

#Eurovision 2022- A Look back & Review

So, after all the build up, all the excitement, the dust has settled on Eurovision 2022 and we now have to wait to see, not only which city we will be travelling to next year , but also there is a possibility that we may even have to wait to find out which country, following Ukraine’s victory with Kalush Orchestra and their song “Stefania”. In the meantime , while we are awaiting further news on plans for the 2023 contest, we at Eurovision Ireland have decided to take a look back at Eurovision 2022 its highs and lows and our own personal favourite moments of the contest . Our Eurovision Ireland regular, Sarah , posed five questions about the contest , here they are and our responses to them,including Sarah’s own answers.

What results did you find the most surprising in the Grand Final and do you think we got the right winner?

John

“We probably got the right result. Ukrainian songs are always popular, so they would always have done well this year. I was surprised that Spain did so well with the juries – I can see its televoter appeal, but I thought the juries might go a different way.”

Sarah

“I was surprised to see France score so poorly with the televote and finish 24th overall. I always thought that given the upbeat nature of the song, the dark, dramatic staging and the song being in a dialect unique to a region of France, it was something a bit different that would catch the eyes and ears of televoters. I think that going so early in the running order and then other, very strong songs being on later on, meant that it got forgotten very quickly and didn’t do them any favours. As for the winner, considering that Ukraine were favourites with the bookies for weeks meant that their win was no great surprise, it is unfortunate that given the very sad events in Ukraine that there will always be those who will say that they won on a sympathy vote. I feel that even without the current situation, Ukraine would still have done very well.”

Richard

“I find France finishing so low quite a surprise. Whether the use of a minority language (which I would love to see more of) was part of this instead of the French language, I’m not sure. Any other year, the UK would have won. However , the true winner was crowned.”

James

“I’m still stunned that France finished outside the top 10, not only that but second to last?! That was not deserved at all!! Poland was another one that surprised me by not finishing higher but that’s always the problem with a strong year at Eurovision -15 songs that all deserve top 10 ,at least 5 of them are going to be casualties! As for the winner, it was almost a given before Te Deum even started that Ukraine would top the televote by a landslide. I’m glad they did so well and it’s quite a record breaking result to get!”

Bogdan

“For me, the most surprising results in the Grand Final came from France, Poland and Romania.All three deserved a better result than what they got. I am happy that Ukraine won and I know their win is a controversy for some, but I am not thinking about that, I am thinking about Eurovision-A Song Contest which brings the people of Europe together: I felt that on that night.”

Thinking of the contest as a whole, were there any countries who did well, who you didn’t think would ? And which countries do you think deserved to do well , but didn’t ?

John

“I was pleasantly surprised to see Portugal’s ninth place. They scored very steadily without arousing too much interest. I expected slightly better from Estonia and Poland. France’s 24th place also surprised me.”

Sarah

“I always had a feeling that Serbia had the ingredients to do well, but at the same time worried that because of the song being in Serbian and not all the lyrics in English being subtitled, that Europe wouldn’t “get it”. I was happy to have my fears unfounded when Konstrakta came in in 5th place! Disappointed not to see Poland get into the top 10, I was convinced that Ochman’s vocals and performance as a whole would get him into the top 5. Probably putting him performing after the UK , who also had a great vocalist, didn’t do him any favours.”

Richard

“I didn’t expect Serbia to crack the Top 5 but it thoroughly deserved it on the night. Like France, I feel the Czech Republic deserved better results.”

James

“I must admit that when Switzerland, Iceland and Portugal all qualified from Semi final 1, I was quite surprised! I had factored in at least one of them qualifying ,thanks to a lot of Jury love ( I imagined it would be Portugal)but when all three came out ….Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying they didn’t deserve to, it was nice to have some more mellow entries in the final. Conversely, I thought Ireland and North Macedonia both gave really strong performances in Semi Final 2 and should have been amongst the finalists-sadly they are countries we don’t often see in the Grand Final .”

Bogdan

“I wasn’t expecting Portugal to be in the top 10 and for certain , Switzerland to be in the final..Related to my previous answer, I was seeing both France and Romania finishing in the top 10”.

Do you think Italy did a good job of hosting Eurovision 2022? What do you think they could have done better?

John

“It was a typical Italian contest. It worked well, but a bit rough around the edges. If it wasn’t rough around the edges, I’d have been disappointed. It was a pity the sun backdrop didn’t quite work as expected, but a good song shouldn’t need gimmicks and the like to shine through.”

Sarah

“I think when Italy won the contest last year and we knew they would be hosting this year, those of us who were around way back in 1991, remembered the chaotic presentation of that edition of the contest, held in Rome and probably had nightmares of similar happenings this year. While the show was far better than that of 1991, it was not without its moments in the build up to the contest with planned kinetic sun not working, meaning some delegations were faced with very last minute changes to their stagings. I felt that the show went on way too long, especially when opening each of the three shows, it shouldn’t take 15 minutes before we get to the first song. There were also, in my view, too many breaks during the show. Apart from that , the show was enjoyable .”

Richard

“Italy’s hosting of the Eurovision 2022 contest was questionable as a press member at times, however, as a viewer, wasn’t as bad. As a viewer, the shows could have flowed better, but I feel this is down to a lack of additional rehearsals – which could have been easily achievable .”

James

“Italy and Turin both did a fine job of hosting Eurovision 2022.I know some fans complained about the stage sun not working and how that ruined the show…personally, I barely noticed! Every host city brings something different to Eurovision and even if you don’t like it, next year someone different is hosting and they’ll do it differently, so why worry? I did love the living Green Room and the waterfall on the stage, felt like those were really nice touches. Can we get a waterfall every year please?”

Bogdan

“I think Italy did a decent job at hosting Eurovision 2022. I am sure they must have put a lot of effort into it but I must applaud the audience in the arena. They were absolutely amazing! What could they have done better? Well, to make sure that all parts of the stage worked (that sun was a let-down).

Do you think the hosts did a good job of presenting the contest?

John

“Alessandro, Laura and Mika were typical hosts with the usual jokes and banter that you can see coming a mile off. Mika, in particular, impressed. I thought he was an odd choice to host but he proved he was up to the job.”

Sarah

“They were ok, but I felt that we have seen better. Mika, for me stole the show and despite many probably thinking he was an odd choice to host, I felt he did the best out of all three presenters.”

Richard

“I think the choice of hosts was questionable, especially when it came to the English language. Mika achieved the hosting role the most and was able to express his character and charisma at the same time “.

James

“Eurovision hosts don’t have it easy – they have to keep the biggest TV show on the planet moving, be ready for anything to go wrong (and it will!) and try not to make it all look like they are not panicking!! I think for the most part, our hosts this year did a good job-even if some of the sketches ( especially in the final, bizzarely!) felt awkward and forced. Laura and Alessandro both seemed like a lot of fun, but I think Mika stole the show in many ways. He’s a natural as a host and that medley was awesome!”

Bogdan

“I will start by saying that I absolutely LOVE Laura Pausini and her songs. However the star who stood out presenting was Mika; I felt he had positive energy on stage .”

What , for you , were your favourite moments or highlights from all three shows as a whole?

John

“There were a few standout moments. Brooke acquitted herself well, despite some earlier misgivings. Yes, she didn’t make the final but she definitely didn’t disgrace herself. Sam Ryder’s second place, thankfully disproved a whole load of theories and his subsequent UK chart performance is a testament to that .My highlight of highlights though was from Diodato. He finally got to sing “Fai Rumore” on the big stage . It’s one of my favourite Eurovision songs of all time and I’m convinced would have won in 2020. I still get goosebumps when he sings it.”

Sarah

“My favourite moments were quite a few. Hearing the many “douze points” and high scores coming the way of the UK and feeling ecstatic about it all, not something I have been able to feel about a UK entry for a very long time. I was so happy to see Sam win the Jury vote and at one stage believed the UK could actually win overall. In an exceptional year, Sam did well to come second overall. My highlights were seeing Diodato perform “Fai Rumore” on the Eurovision stage for the first time, making up for missing out in 2020. Such a powerful performance, I can see why it became a kind of anthem for Italians during the Covid -19 lockdown. If Eurovision 2020 had gone ahead, he may have won! I also really enjoyed seeing Gigliola Cinquetti, singing her winning song from 1964 “Non ho l’eta”. I wonder how many are still around today , who saw that win so long ago ?”

Richard

“Firstly, Sam Ryder reversing the UK’s fortunes. Ireland, while not qualifying, has progressed in leaps and bounds. Brooke thrived while performing in front of a large audience. Finally, Diodato. If he had been able to perform competitively in 2020, we would have been in Italy for sure last year.”

James

“Oh there are always so many highlights to a Eurovision Song Contest and 2022 was no different. I must admit it was nice to see UK and Spain do so well again after years of much more modest (or no) success. Moldova’s mental musical romp about trains coming second in the televote also shows that we love to be entertained and not all Eurovision songs have to be serious or have a message – they are allowed to just be fun! Also, given that Eurovision is about harmony and co-operation, there was something special about France giving 12 points to their usually mortal enemy, the UK… and that’s before we get on to Ukraine’s record-breaking televote score, 28 sets of 12 points and at least 7 points from all countries. Simply amazing ! “

Bogdan

“I have several moments that will stay in my heart. I will start with Diodato’s moment ( made me very emotional ) and continue with Romania qualifying for the final. Sam Ryder’s fantastic performance, Chanel’s extremely hot performance and of course, Moldova giving us the uplifting moment when we needed to have one “

So, those are the views of the Eurovision Ireland Team as we close the door on Eurovision 2022. What do you think ? Do you agree with us? Do you have a special memory of Eurovision 2022 ? .

We at Eurovision Ireland have enjoyed bringing you coverage of the Eurovision 2022 season and would like to thank you for following us.We hope you have enjoyed it as much as we have enjoyed bringing you the coverage! Eurovision 2022 may be over but worry not dear readers, we have much in store to keep you all entertained in the post Eurovision season, building up to the start of the National Final season for 2023, which usually happens any time towards the end of the year. We will also be turning our attentions later this year to the forthcoming Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Yerevan ,Armenia ,so look out for news and coverage from us on that ! For now , “arrivederci Italia” !

Author : Sarah Rudman

Source : Eurovision Ireland ,Eurovision.TV

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