(Pocket-lint) - The grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 kicks off in Turin on Saturday 14 May.
After two rivetting semi-finals, held on Tuesday and Thursday, the "big five" of Germany, Italy, Spain, France and the UK will be joined by the 20 qualifiers for a main showdown that promises to be spectacular.
Here's everything you need to know about the grandest, campest live event of them all, including where to watch it live.
What is the Eurovision Song Contest?
Starting in 1956, the Eurovision Song Contest is an annual song writing competition held by the European Broadcasting Union.
Eligible countries submit a song each year, generally chosen by their own populations from among several candidates, with a grand final broadcast around the world.
The songs are then performed live in the hosting country (usually the country of origin of the winner from the previous year). The new winner is then chosen after an international voting period. Scores are aloocated via a combination of expert selection and public voting, with each country choosing its favourites.
In latter years, two semi-finals take place ahead of the grand final due to the number of competitors increasing greatly. Even Australia is invited to take part today.
When does the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 take place?
The grand final of Eurovision 2022 will take place on Saturday 14 May 2022, starting at 9pm CEST (8pm BST).
How to watch the Eurovision Song Contest
Each of the competing countries will broadcast the semi-finals and final of the Eurovision Song Contest on terrestrial TV through one of its major channels - such as the BBC in the UK, ARD/NDR in Germany, and RAI in Italy - the host broadcaster this year. You will be able to watch it with local commentary that way.
You can see a list of all the regional broadcasters here.
Each country's hosting station may also stream the final online. The BBC will through BBC iPlayer, for example. You may need to check your region to see if this is an option near you.
Some countries have access to a YouTube livestream of the final which you can watch below:
Unfortunately, it is blocked in some countries already offering a free online option - such as the UK.
How to catch-up with the semi-finals
If you missed the Eurovision 2022 semi-finals, broadcast on Tuesday 10 and Thursday 12 May respectively, you can catch-up with them via the YouTube streams below:
Eurovision 2022 semi-final 1
Eurovision 2022 semi-final 2
Who is competing in Eurovision 2022 and what's the grand final running-order?
40 countries started out in the Eurovision Song Contest this year. There were 41 originally, but Russia has been banned due to the country's invasion of Ukraine.
After the two semi-finals, 20 qualifiers join the "big five" of Germany, Italy, Spain, France and the UK in the grand final. Here are all the finalists and the running order of when they will perform on the night:
- Czech Republic: We Are Domi - Lights Off
- Romania: WRS - Llámame
- Portugal: MARO - Saudade, Saudade
- Finland: The Rasmus - Jezebel
- Switzerland: Marius Bear - Boys Do Cry
- France: Alvan & Ahez - Fulenn
- Norway: Subwoolfer - Give That Wolf A Banana
- Armenia: Rosa Linn - Snap
- Italy: Mahmood & Blanco - Brividi
- Spain: Chanel - SloMo
- Netherlands: S10 - De Diepte
- Ukraine: Kalush Orchestra - Stefania
- Germany: Malik Harris - Rockstars
- Lithuania: Monika Liu - Sentimentai
- Azerbaijan: Nadir Rustamli - Fade To Black
- Belgium: Jérémie Makiese - Miss You
- Greece: Amanda Georgiadi Tenfjord - Die Together
- Iceland: Systur - Með Hækkandi Sól
- Moldova: Zdob şi Zdub & Advahov Brothers - Trenulețul
- Sweden: Cornelia Jakobs - Hold Me Closer
- Australia: Sheldon Riley - Not The Same
- United Kingdom: Sam Ryder - Space Ma
- Poland: Ochman - River
- Serbia: Konstrakta - In Corpore Sano
- Estonia: Stefan - Hope
Who is favourite to win Eurovision 2022?
According to UK bookmakers, Ukraine is favourite to win the Eurovision Song Contest 2022. It'll certainly be the emotional choice.
It's closely followed in betting terms by the UK, Italy, Sweden, and Spain. You can watch each of the top five favourites through the official videos below.
Ukraine: Kalush Orchestra - Stefania
United Kingdom: Sam Ryder - Space Man
Italy: Mahmood & Blanco - Brividi
Sweden: Cornelia Jakobs - Hold Me Closer
Spain: Chanel - SloMo
You should also look out for Norway's Subwoolfer with "Give That Wolf A Banana". It's the sort of strangeness and fun normally associated with Eurovision and there are a few rumours flying around that it could be the similar Norweigan duo Ylvis behind the masks. Ylvis is made up of the two brothers behind The Fox (What Does The Fox Say?) that stormed the charts in 2013.