It’s September 1st which means that any song released from today is eligible to compete in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Italy.
The Eurovision Song Contest 2022 season commences today, with songs commercially released from today eligible to compete next May in Italy. The long process of whittling thousands of songs down to one Eurovision winner commences.
The rules of the Eurovision Song Contest state that for a song to be eligible to compete:
The compositions (lyrics and music) must not have been commercially released before 1 September 2020 (the Release Date).
In case the composition has been made available to the public, for example, but not limited to, on online video platforms, social networks or (semi-) publicly accessible databanks and/or performed publicly, for example, but not limited to during concerts, the Participating Broadcaster must inform the ESC Executive Supervisor, who shall have authority to evaluate whether the composition is eligible for participation in the Event.
In particular, the ESC Executive Supervisor shall assess whether such disclosure prior to the Release Date is likely to give the composition an advantage in the Event vis-à-vis the other compositions.
The ESC Executive Supervisor shall authorise or deny participation of a composition that may have been available to the public as described above, subject to the prior approval of the Reference Group.
Songs that have been performed prior to September 1st have made it to the Eurovision Song Contest before. “1944”, the winner of Eurovision 2016 had been performed 4 months before the 1st September deadline. While “Reqiuem” which represented France in 2017 was performed 18 months before that year’s cut-off date.
The Eurovision Song Contest 2022
The host city of the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 is yet to be announced, but countries across Europe have confirmed participation and selections have commenced across the continent.
To date the following selections have been announced:
- Albania – Festivali i Këngës
- Australia – Eurovision: Australia Decides
- Denmark – Dansk Melodi Grand Prix
- Estonia – Eesti Laul
- Finland – UMK
- France – Eurovision France: c’est vous qui décidez
- Israel – X Factor Israel
- Italy – Festival de Sanremo
- Norway – Melodi Grand Prix
- San Marino – Una voce per San Marino
- Serbia – Beovizija
- Sweden – Melodifestivalen
The following countries have announced plans for selections:
- Czech Republic – Selection has been launched however Ceska Televize is yet to confirm it will compete in Italy
- Latvia – Selection to be announced
- Malta – X Factor Malta to be replaced by a new selection
- Spain – New selection to be held in Benidorm. Name and format to be announced
- Ukraine – New selection to be held replacing Vidbir
The following countries have announced plans for internal selections:
The remaining countries have stated they will be participating:
However, the following nations have ruled out a return to the competition:
- Belarus – Currently expelled from the EBU and not due to be eligible to return to the EBU until 2024
- Bosnia & Herzegovina – Financial difficulties mean participation is currently not viable without private sponsorship
- Luxembourg – No reason stated
- Monaco – No reason stated
- Slovakia – No reason stated
Image Source: EBU / Thomas Hannes