Songs and Favorites… What to Know about the Contest

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Forty songs will compete in Turin (Italy), in May, to try to succeed the winners of theEurovision on shut up and good of the Måneskin group that won last year ahead of That’s Barbara Pravi. More than a month from the competition: the first final will take place on May 10. 20 minutes takes stock of the titles that stand out and the trends of this 2022 edition.

a year of ballads

If the 2021 edition was marked by a legion of female artists performing dance/up tempo songs, Eurovision 2022 will be that of ballads. A large quarter of the songs in progress oscillate between the melancholic chorus and the power ballad. Among the most notable are Shaking chillsThe Italians Mahmood and Blanco singing about impossible loves, the (tremendous) The depth with which S10 will represent the Netherlands (there was no Dutch song in the competition since 2010), the unstoppable hold me closer the Swedish Cornelia Jakobs, or the very Belgian proposal “James bondienne”, Miss you by Jérémie Makiese, who could cause an upset in Turin.

To move your hips you will have to lean mainly on Spain and the slow motion by Chanel, about the unusual Norwegian song, Give that wolf a banana of Subwoofer (where it is about feeding a banana to a wolf so that it forgives the grandmother…) or in aura, the excavator from Austria driven by Lum! x and Pia Maria, a piece that, it is quite rare to report, is already broadcast in France on NRJ.

Måneskin’s triumph last year made some countries want to try their hand at rock songs. Namely, Bulgaria (Intention by Intelligent Music Project), Georgia (with the very same “Brit Pop” lock me up) or even Finland, with jezebel of the group The Rasmus that we know in France for the hit In the shadows.

No songs in French and Latin for the first time.

The English language is losing ground in Eurovision. Long considered essential to hope for a good result, it took its place last year: in the final ranking, the Top 3 was made up of one song in Italian and two others in French. If Iceland finished fourth with an English-speaking song, Ukraine completed the Top 5 with a Ukrainian title… In 2021, among the thirty-nine songs in competition, 10 were performed fully or partially in a language other than English. The trend is accentuated this year with fifteen titles that suggest other languages. Namely Albanian, Lithuanian, Romanian, Dutch, Slovenian, Ukrainian, Icelandic, Portuguese, Greek, Italian, Serbian, Spanish, Breton, but also, for the first time in the history of the competition… Latin (in a healthy body of the Serbian group Kontrasta).

There will be, and this is also the first time in Eurovision history, no songs performed wholly or partially in French. When Amaury Vassili represented France in 2011 with lyrics in Corsican, Molière’s language was able to count on Lithuanian Evelina Sasenko with It’s my life. As a reminder, Alvan and Ahez will defend the tricolor occasions with Fulenn, in Breton. This is the second time, after Dan Ar Braz and L’Héritage des Celtes in 1996, that France has submitted a song in this language to the competition.

Who are the favorites and favorites?

More than a month before the competition, it is necessary to consider with caution bookmakers predictions. Generally, they become relevant during the week of the contest, once the artists have rehearsed their performances on stage. However, we can apprehend them as a kind of barometer of the songs that catch their attention. To date, Ukraine is considered the favourite, with a 35% chance of winning. A madness that probably has less to do with the intrinsic qualities of the song. Stephanie by the group Kalash Orchestra mixing folk sounds and rap with the tragedy that is plaguing the country at the moment. Those who bet on Ukraine are undoubtedly counting on the fact that the public and juries can vote for this song as a token of support…

Italy is the second favourite, with a 15% chance of winning. The host country, represented by a duo made up of Mahmood (who had come second alone in Eurovision 2019) and Blanco y su balada Shaking chills, he would thus achieve a double if he won. Third favourite, Sweden with Cornelia Jakobs who, according to bookmakers, has an 11% chance of winning with hold me closera very effective ballad that could achieve consensus on the side of both the public and the juries.

And France? Alvan and Ahez emerge Tuesday in 12th position, more or less the place held by Madame Monsieur and Bilal Hassani, among bookmakers, respectively in 2018 and 2019.

On the fan side, this Wednesday morning, France occupies the eighth position in the ranking of applications. My Eurovision Scoreboard, with about 48,000 points. Sweden leads with 94.4000 points, ahead of Spain (93.500) and Italy (84.000).

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