The 2022 Eurovision Grand Final airs Sunday 15 May at 7:30pm on SBS and SBS On Demand.
Prime-time broadcasts will air on Friday May 13 and Saturday May 14 at 8:30pm, and Sunday May 15 at 7:30pm.
Australia’s Sheldon Riley has been voted through Semi Final 2 of the Eurovision Song Contest, and will compete for Australia in the Grand Final on Sunday 15 May on SBS and SBS On Demand.
Grand Final Running Order:
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 MAN
Poland: Ochman – River
Serbia: Konstrakta – In Corpore Sano
Estonia: Stefan – Hope
Last week Mediaweek spoke to Paul Clarke, director of Blink TV about bringing the glitz and glamour of Eurovision to Australia – and bringing Australia to Eurovision.
Back in February, Clarke was one of the jury members for Eurovision – Australia Decides, held on the Gold Coast.
“Creatively it was a real bullseye. We’ve got a lot of great songs, and some really exciting new artists.
“I was overjoyed that Sheldon won, it’s a really personal song and I thought the staging just felt like epic Eurovision. I was really delighted about the way it all came off personally.”
This year makes a grand re-entrance for Australia, who had to compete remotely last year when Montaigne was unable to travel to Rotterdam due to covid restrictions. For Clarke, this year’s contest is unfinished business.
“Trying to get through last year from Australia was like trying to hit a tennis ball to the other side of the world, it was just such a big ask. I thought Montaigne carried herself with real grace, and she was very stoic through all that and a wonderful representative. I was so proud of her. It stung like a bluebottle when we didn’t get through to the grand final.
“This year just to be able to go back and do something extraordinary on the stage is really important to us. We want to do something memorable.”
Taking to the stage for Australia this year is Melbourne-based singer-songwriter Sheldon Riley.
“When you meet Sheldon, he’s the most friendly person, he’s just so warm,” says Clarke. “He’s so excited about this whole process and is just completely into it.
“In some ways, he was genetically engineered for Eurovision because it’s a place that really allows people to be themselves on a stage and just to turn the volume right up on what they want to say and who they want to be. I’m very excited to be able to deliver him a moment that will just stay with him for the rest of his life.”
For Clarke, rallying Australia behind Eurovision has been simple, as Australians are competitive and love to recognise themselves on the world stage.
“There’s always been a love for seeing your representatives do well if you’re Australian, whether you’re watching the cricket team, or the rugby team, or the Matildas. We’re a long way geographically from the rest of the world and you just really want to be represented well.
“It’s also the same in music, it’s wonderful to be on the other side of the world and hear an Empire of the Sun song, or a Daniel Johns song coming up on Paris radio, it’s just so exciting, just really thrills you.”