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Eurovision live updates: Ukraine seen as favorites to win as grand final kicks off in Italy




The final round of the Eurovision Song Contest is underway in Italy, with Ukraine tagged as favorites to win.

Follow all the performance, fashion and drama on our live blog.

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By Andrew McGarry

16.Belgium: Jrmie Makiese Miss You

A male vocalist stands center stage while four backup singers/dancers stand around him leaning forward.
Jrmie Makiese is the Belgian participant this year in Turin with the song Miss You (Getty)

Jrmie rose to prominence when he won The Voice Belgium last year. Fair enough, also he has a beautiful voice.

He started singing in church choirs when he was young and Jrmie would have said that this song which mixes soul and gospel / R’n’B and a little more dance is about his faith and his hope to help make big decisions.

He’s a solid performer, but I think that will get lost a bit in the reshuffle, in terms of upvoting. I don’t expect this to end up on the left side of the board.


Sometimes I feel down / Sometimes I drink / Sometimes I fall / Sometimes I hurt /

One day I’m cool / One day I’m cold / And I tried to escape my past / Let go of all the sadness you left behind /

By Danielle Maguire

I’m not sure about this topping…

The scruffy look made him look more emotionally haunted.

By Andrew McGarry

15.Azerbaijan: Nadir Rustamli fade to black

A male singer stands on the steps singing Eurovision with red and yellow lights coming on behind him.
Nadir Rustamli wants to be the first Azerbaijani artist to win Eurovision since Eli and Nikki in 2011.

Another nerve-wracking piano ballad this time from Azerbaijan.

Nadir Rustamli seems to be the Azerbaijani version of Daniel Radcliffewith a better voice even though I’m afraid he needs to lay down in the middle of the song.

This number swells nicely in the middle, and there’s a big falsetto, but after a bit of Spandau Ballet vocals, the ending leaves you wanting more.

I don’t know if it will really turn out well.


Remains this story barely begun / Can’t you stay? You really don’t want to be part of it? /

It hurts so fast / when love goes wrong

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14. Lithuania: Monika Liu Sentimentai

A singer performs at Eurovision in a long sequined purple dress with twinkling white lights behind her.
Monika Liu was a surprise qualifier for the Eurovision Grand Final with her jazzy Sentimentai number for Lithuania. (AP)

This jazzy, cabaret-style act was seeded last of 40 countries in the bet to win Eurovision but made it through to the final, prompting gasps from fan media in Turin when the name was read out.

Another in the endless list of heartbreaking numbers, it features Monika in one of the pageant outfits, with twinkling stars/lights behind her.

She sparkles too, despite the talk of her long-lost love and “drowning in a sea of ​​clouds,” she delivers with a wink, a sway, and a smile.

It’s on Monika’s performance and personality that it goes. Unfortunately I am thinking of Lithuania, it will be the right side of the ranking at the end of the contest.


You, it’s you, it’s you / A face seen long ago / Why are you laughing like a clown / At my glassy eyes?

A million roses like feelings / Drowning in a sea of ​​clouds

By Danielle Maguire

I feel like I’ve heard that before…

This chorus reminds me of this Flashlight song from Pitch Perfect 2.

By Andrew McGarry

13. Germany: Malik Harris – Rockstars

German performer Malik Harris hits a drum pad with a stick while singing and carrying a guitar.
German multi-instrumentalist Malik Harris performs at Eurovision this year with his song Rockstars. (AP)

Another spin on the theme of angst is the nostalgic look at the good old days probably 5, 10 years ago.

Malik is a one-man band, literally! There are instruments all over the stage for it, although no live instruments can be played at Eurovision, so it will mimic playing but not singing.

Germany is one of the “Big Five” with Italy, Spain, UK and France – meaning they don’t have to qualify for the semi-finals every year. This shows.

To be fair, he has an Eminem-like flow with his rapping, but overall I don’t see that doing business with voters.


Now life ain’t the same / I sit and miss and reminisce about the old innocent days /

When I was afraid of nobody / Now I’m afraid of being nobody

By Andrew McGarry

Ok, everybody breathe… now it’s time for Germany

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Huge response from the crowd there.

Singer Oleh Psiuk says “I ask all of you, please help Ukraine, Mariupol, help us. Now.”

A moment of emotion.

By Danielle Maguire


Damn it’s good.

By Andrew McGarry

12. Ukraine: Kalouch Orchestra – Stefania

A Ukrainian group in traditional costumes dances and plays instruments at Eurovision while a breakdancer in front of the stage.
The members of the Kalush Orchestra received a special dispensation to leave Ukraine to perform the song Stefania at Eurovision. (Getty)

Here we are! It’s that old Eurovision favorite, Ukrainian hip-hop folk combo.

They bring back the sopilka (Ukrainian recorder) last year solo with Go_A. Good time

This song is ostensibly about the mother of one of the Kalush Orchestra members, but much like old Irish (non-Eurovision) songs, there is a tradition of singing about your mother as a proxy for your country or homeland.

So there are the lyrics: “I will always find the way back even if all the roads are destroyed.”

This is likely to get a huge reception in the lobby.


Stefania my mother / the field is blooming but her hair is turning gray /

Mother sing me the lullaby / I want to hear your dear word.

As we said, given current events, there is more to consider here than song or presentation when it comes to Ukraine’s chances in Turin. If that doesn’t run away with the televised vote, I’ll be surprised.

By Andrew McGarry

11. Netherlands: S10 – Depth

A singer stands alone on stage on a box platform with several wide white spotlights reflecting off of it.
Indie-pop artist S10 tries to emulate Duncan Laurence in 2019 by winning Eurovision for the Netherlands with his song De Diepte. (Getty)

In keeping with the widespread theme of angst and/or breakup songs for Eurovision 2022, we bring you the Dutch entry, which aims to join by Duncan Laurence Arcade as recent winners for the Netherlands.

S10 is a prominent Dutch alt-pop artist and she chose to sing in her own language rather than English. Luckily for audiences, S10’s fragile voice makes the script pretty clear.

De diepte, or “the deep” refers to depression and confusion.


Here in the depths I keep hearing your name / oh no, what am I supposed to do? / I’m too involved and I don’t want to let you go

S10’s fragile voice is beautiful, even if there’s a bit too much tadada dadadaadadas here. It’s good enough for the top 10. My only concern is, is it immediate enough to grab viewers’ attention?

By Andrew McGarry

10. Spain: Chanel – SloMo

A Spanish singer claps the air with one hand while singing and leaning on her choristers and dancers.
Chanel’s dancefloor banger SloMo will rock the crowd at PalaOlimpico… but will it get the votes for Spain to win Eurovision for the first time in 54 years? (AP)

Spain is one of the Big Five, and this time they released a Fuego-type banger that gained popularity as the contest approached.

It must be said that the music will move the feet in the room, but the lyrics are a bit average.

The phrase “booty hypnotic” is well-trained and the movement of the scene leaves little to the imagination.

It’s catchy and dynamic and almost lifted the roof off the PalaOlimpico in last night’s jury final, but it leaves me cold, no Fuego here!


I’m just doomed, doomed with my boom, boom / And I made it zoom, zoom on my yummy /

And make no mistake / ladies and gentlemen, I’m always ready / to break hips, to break hearts

Take a video / Watch it in slow motion mo, mo, mo, mo, mo / Booty hypnotic /

By Andrew McGarry

WOW. It was awesome…and the crowd was singing verbatim in the chorus…

By Danielle Maguire

By Andrew McGarry

9. Italy: Mahmood and Blanco – Brividi

Two male singers, one dressed in white and the other in black, stand side by side on stage, look at each other and sing in duet.
Mahmood (left) and Blanco are set for a big reception in their home town for their Eurovision song Brividi for Italy. (AP)

Mahmood is back in Eurovision after his big hit with Soldi who finished second in 2019.

This time he won the San Remo Festival giving the opportunity to go to Eurovision with rising 19-year-old singing/rap star Blanco and a song called Brividi (Shivers).

The song can be read in many ways, but given that it is an emotional ballad/hip-hop mix sung against each other by the two male singers, it is considered by some to be a song. of LGBTQI rupture.

There’s no shortage of emotion, and the harmonies and falsetto voices are stunning, not to mention Blancos spitting lyrics into the bridge. Whatever the result, it is a top-notch effort on the part of the host country.

Wait for the roar for it in the lobby.


I wish I could love you / but I’m always wrong /

I wish I could steal a sky of pearls from you / And I’d pay to leave, I’d even accept a lie /

And I wish I could love you, but I’m always wrong/ And I get chills, chills, chills/

By Danielle Maguire

Damn it’s kinda cringe

By Andrew McGarry

Hell, there’s a really bad filler here on the Italian hand gestures…

I don’t know why – there’s nothing huge that needs to hit the stage for the next entry.

By Danielle Maguire

Oi, those sleeves!

Laura Pausini looks like a disco witch and I love it.

By Andrew McGarry

It’s time for a Eurovision commercial break…

OK, guys, get ready. The next four songs are going to be HUGE… and will probably contain the winner.




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