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I’ve probably already given some of the answers in my preamble, but if you have a few minutes to spare while we wait for things to fall into place in Turin, why not try our Eurovision quiz from yesterday?

If you don’t know, unbelievable as it may seem, but Mike is one of the presenters of tonight’s show. Yes, the real Mika. He has already tweeted behind the scenes tonight.

Angelica Frey reached out to us earlier in the week to watch the entries and what the favorites might be. But there were a few clashes in the semi-finals, and some have already fallen by the wayside. You can catch his preview here: Sexy vegetables, banana-eating wolves and Meghan Markle’s hair – who to watch at Eurovision 2022

Here’s your running order for tonight, which the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has put handy on a social media graphic so I don’t have to type it all out.

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The running order of the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 Photography: EBU

I remember last year promising to participate in the comments, and then everything goes by so quickly that it is impossible for me. So if you want to get in touch with me – especially with pictures from your Eurovision party tonight – then tweet me @MartinBelam is your best bet. I’ll have a Tweetdeck column open and I’ll see it (probably). I have already put together suggestions for Eurovision Bingo, but I welcome any additional ideas.

Welcome to our live coverage of the Eurovision Song Contest 2022

доброго вечора з лондона! It’s Ukrainian for “Good evening from London!”, and I’m glad you can join me for our live coverage of the 66th Eurovision Song Contest.

I have to start by being totally honest with you. Chances are we’re about to spend four hours of the biggest and most scintillating musical extravaganza on the planet, just to find out exactly how much Kalush Orchestra from Ukraine will win with their song Stephanie.

Was the song popular with Eurovision fans during the preparation? Yes. Will Ukraine’s victory be seen as a gesture of solidarity with their nation in much of Europe? Yes. Is this really the best song we’ll see tonight? Well …

Kalush Orchestra with Stefania

It all starts at 9pm in Turin, which is 8pm in the UK, and is around 90 minutes away. If you’re joining us from Australia, I can’t wait to hear in the comments if you decided to set your alarm clock at a silly time in the morning to get up and watch it, or if you ransacked all night at Eurovision. .

Even if the outcome seems to be obvious, there is plenty of entertainment to be had. We have 25 songs ahead of us. the UKthe entrance of is not advised to change terribly, and Norway and Moldova sent the kind of Eurovision entries you’ll see on music video shows for years to come. If you like moody downtempo songs of misery sung by women, there’s a bumper crop. Some of the stagings, as always, are spectacular, and there’s a song that begins by asking “What could be the secret to Meghan Markle’s healthy hair?”

So come join me. We’ll of course be playing Eurovision Bingo – drink optional – and the commentary on this live blog is always lively and fun. I’m really looking forward to it.

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