Not that Måneskin and Blind Channel necessarily started a trend, but the first entry for the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest has been released and it’s a rock song. Bulgaria will be represented in Turin by the sort-of-supergroup Intelligent Music Project and their song “Intention”.
Members of the common framework include experienced rock frontman Ronnie Romero from Chile and Stoyan Yankoulov, who took 5th place at ESC 2007 with “Voda” before meeting with semi-final kismet in his second visit to the contest in 2013.
See what you think of “Intention” here:
Elsewhere in the Eurovision world, several countries are making a similarly early start in their selection processes for 2022. For example, Estonia will hold the last of its televised quarter-finals this Saturday evening, although the grand final of Eesti Laul will not actually take place until mid-February.
By contrast, the Czech Republic will select its entry before Christmas. The seven competing entries can be viewed on the ESCZ 2022 website and public voting is open until Wednesday 15 December.
And, of course, Albania will give us its entry before New Year. The songs for the 60th edition of Festivali i Këngës are all available in a playlist on broadcaster RTSH’s YouTube channel.
Finally for this update, two of the most anticipated shows of the on-season – Melodifestivalen and Sanremo – have teased us with the names of the participating artists next year. While Sweden is offering us everyone from Cazzi Opeia to Shirley Clamp, the hearts of more… experienced fans will no doubt beat harder at the knowledge that Italy could be represented by returning artists from the 1969, 1970 and 1971/73 contests in the form of Iva Zanicchi, Gianni Morandi and Massimo Ranieri. Bellissimo!
Why not join us in the #esc chat on Saturday evening? We’ll be watching the Estonian quarter-final together live, before watching and voting on the Czech contenders in order to make them eligible for our SongHunt 2022, which will begin early in the New Year as usual!
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