Eurovision 2022 final LIVE: Graham Norton SLAMS ‘boring’ Mika as Sam Ryder could WIN due to cryptic running order reason

THE Eurovision final has kicked off with another round of hopeful musicians battling it out to represent their nations at the grand final.

A shortlist of 25 bands will perform in front of the live Eurovision audience in the northern Italian city of Turin, while millions more watch on television around the world.

But in the first quarter of the show, Graham Norton slammed the judges as boring – and when he turned his attention to Mika he said: “Where has he been hiding?”.

He also couldn’t contain his laughter as he watched co-host Laura Pausini play a medley of hits – and criticised the pair’s wooden presenting skills.

The Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra is heavily tipped to win by bookmakers, which are giving the group that mixes traditional Ukrainian rhythms, costumes and dance moves with contemporary hip hop a 60% chance of winning.

Meanwhile, the UK’s Sam Ryder hopes to achieve a high score in this evening’s final with epic power ballad Space Man.

The winner is chosen in equal parts by panels of music experts in each competing nation and votes by the viewing public, leaving room for an upset.

Sam Ryder and Sweden’s Cornelia Jakobs are each given a 10% shot while the Italian duo of Mahmood & Blanco have a 6% chance of winning.

The contest kicks off at 8pm on BBC One.

Read our Eurovision 2022 live blog below for the latest updates…

  • Eurovision audience sing along in unison at Italy’s performance

    The audience at the grand final of the Eurovision song contest sang along with Italy’s entrant Mahmood and Blanco, who gave an emotional performance singing Brividi.

    Graham Norton, who is once again anchoring the contest on BBC One, said: “Wow that is stunning.

    “The whole Pala Olimpico was singing along with every word, I cannot overstate what a hit the song is.”

    Reigning Eurovision Song Contest champion Italian rock band Maneskin will be taking to the stage to perform their new single Supermodel.

  • Germany’s song pretty forgetable

    Germany has taken to the stage with Malik Harris playing Rockstars.

    It’s cheesy, watery Eminem style rap just didn’t help the wishy washy nature of the track.

  • Ukraine’s song has played

    What did you think of the song from Kalusha Orchestra?

  • 10 songs in!

    Wow! 10 songs in!

    Graham is right though – we’re not even halfway and it’s all starting to blur into one.

    But Spain’s Latin-inspired r’nb track Slo-Mo, by Chanel, woujldn;t be out of place in the Billboard charts.

    Nice nunber! And the crowd are roaring!

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  • Graham Norton can’t contain his laughter at Mika and Laura Pausini

    But in the first quarter of the show, Graham Norton slammed the judges as boring – and when he turned his attention to Mika he said: “Where has he been hiding?”.

    He also couldn’t contain his laughter as he watched co-host Laura Pausini play a medley of hits during the opening of the show – and criticised the pair’s wooden presenting skills.

  • Italian sensations Mahmood and Blanco step on to stage

    Mahmood and Blanco are fpying the flag for the home nation.

    Brividi’ is already a huge hit in several European countries already and has been at number one in Italy for 10 weeks. 

    The rehearsals did not have the best vocals – and nor does the main performance.

    Disappointing stuff!

  • Cryptic scheduing reason means Sam COULD win

    Sam will be the 22nd artist to take to the stage as part of the competition, nestled in between Australia’s Sheldon Riley, who is performing Not The Same, and Poland’s Ochman with River.

    Czech Republic will open the night, while Estonia will be the final country to be represented.

    Already things are looking good, with last year’s winner Maneskin coming out on top after getting number 24 in the draw, however, it goes a little deeper than that.

    Going further back, the UK’s last winning entry Katrina and the Waves – who stormed to victory with Love Shine A Light in 1997 – came out on top as the 24th performer on the night.

  • Give That Wolf a Banana?

    First prize for the weirdest song of the night goes to Subwoolfer – Give That Wolf A Banana.

    But hurry up and give that wolf a nana before he east his Grandmother.

    We heard the word “yum” 90 times then. Wow!

  • France hit the stage

    Alvan & Ahez are perofmring their hit Fulenn.

    It starts a little unmemorable in comparsion to some of the bangers.

    But then it whips out a synth bassline.

    Vocals are well out of tune though.

  • Marius Bear bringing the soul for Switzerland

    Switzerland’s Marius Bear is singing Boys Do Cry. 

    He has a huge, soulful vocal, and this song has a laid-back jazz/blues vibe.

    This first half of the Grand Final is generally quite up-tempo, so these stripped-back ballad breaks provide an opportunity to sit down and marvel at the quality of this year’s singing.

    Also nobody in the Delegation rocks a leather jacket quite like Marius.

  • The return of chart toppers The Rasmus

    Yes, Finnish rockers The Rasmus are back.

    The creators of In The Shadows are back with their new single Jezebel.

    Unfortunately, it’s not very good. Highly unmemorable.

    And while it’s cheesy eighties rock, there’s only so much Judas Priest and Iron Maiden style rawk we can handle.

  • Portugal may be ‘cancelled out by similar artists’

    Graham says Portugal’s number was lovely.

    However, he said they are likely to be forgotten amongst 25 artists.

    Other wsimilar tunes may “cancel them out”, he quips.

  • Eurovision final stats

    The grand final of the Eurovision song contest has kicked off in Turin, Italy.

    There are 25 acts set to perform in front of a 7,000-crowd of fans at the Pala Olimpico arena, vying for the top prize during the climax of the week-long contest.

    This year’s final features the 20 successful nations from the week’s two semi-finals, as well as the so-called big five of the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain.

  • It’s time for an introspective track

    All that partying has left us a bit breathless.

    Next up is Portugal’s MARO – Saudade Saudade

    A very different vibe this one.

  • Romania up next!

    Romania are next on stage – represented by WRS.

    Graham says their track, LLamame, is “irresistible”.

    The Delegation Bubble is already up and dancing, because ‘easing ourselves in gently’ is not a phrase we understand.

    And it’s a nice singalong track – but it’s not exactly fresh or new.

  • Czech Republic up first

    A gothic-inspired house track to kick off the night from We Are Domi.

    Lights Out features pulsing synths, nice hooks, sped up vocals and a slamming beat.

    Nice tune to kick off with.

  • Meet your Eurovision hosts

    Laura Pausini, Allesandro Cattelan and Mika are back! They’ve kept us company through two Semi-Finals, and now they’re our hosts for one more HUGE show.

    In less than four hours we’ll have a 2022 Eurovision winner, but there’s a lot to enjoy between now and then.

    Sit back, relax, and enjoy.

    LET THE EUROVISION SONG CONTEST 2022 BEGIN!

  • Sam Ryder is here!

    The rowd have just roared loudly for UK hopeful Sam Ryder.

    He just ran on stage screaming as he waved the union jack, dressed in a grey jumpsuit.

    Good luck Sam!

  • Let’s meet tonight’s hopefuls!

    “This is the Grand Final of the Eurovision song contest 2022” the tannoy announcement says (albeit rather sinisterly).

    “Clap your hands and stomp your feet” as ALL 25 nations hit the garganutan stage.

    They are making there way down the catwalk stage now.

  • Laura Pashini is still going!

    Grahakma Norton is in stitches as the Italian singer continues to belt out a medley of her fits.

    “It’s a whole album,” laughed Graham.

  • Opening performance from Laura Pashini

    The opening performance is from one of our hosts for the evening, Italian singer Laura Pausini.

    She’s belting out a medley of her biggest songs in multiple languages, with five sets of backing singers and dancers and outfit changes.

  • 1000 people involved in mega perfromance to start show

    They’re playing John Lennon’s ‘Give Peace a Chance’.

  • Show time!

    Time to party with Europe’s most bizzare musical acts.

    Enjoy!

    (Old scholol BBC theme tune – check!)

  • Just 15 minutes until show time

    Strap yourself in, it’s time for another bonkers night of European culture and music.

    The Grand Final kicks off at 8pm and the result will be announced shortly before midnight.

    Stay with us for the latest updates and news as it happens.

  • Has Ukraine ever won Eurovision?

    Ukraine has won the contest twice since making its debut in 2003.

    Their first win came in 2004, when People’s Artist of Ukraine, Ruslana, entered with her self-composed song Wild Dances.

    In 2016 Ukraine once again claimed victory, when singer, songwriter and actress, Jamala won with her song 1944.

    The bookies currently have Ukraine tipped to win the Eurovision Song Contest 2022.

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