Eurovision 2022: Intro
For the days, Pandas, we’ve been hearing Saudade and Biti Zdrava in our brains, and we couldn’t be happier. Let’s see how many of you saw the incredible Eurovision finals on Saturday night. We hope you agree that the show was truly wonderful, powerful beyond belief, and full of unexpected twists and turns. The entire West uniting behind Ukraine, the United Kingdom staging a plot-twist cosmic return to take second place, and Norway proving that bananas aren’t just delicious but also melodic and can quiet down wolves are just a few of the highlights.
This year’s Eurovision Song Contest was held in Turin, Italy, and it was simply spectacular. Ukraine took first place in the Eurovision Song Contest this year. The song “Stefania” by the Kalush Orchestra received a stunning 631 points as the people showed its love and support for Ukraine, which has been invaded by Russia. Ukraine was a heavy favourite to win the competition, with bookies, social media users, and our own social circles all rallying behind the country.
The Kalush Orchestra pleaded with the world to “help Ukraine, help Mariupol, assist Azovstal right now” after receiving special permission to leave the war-torn homeland to compete in the competition. They were referring to soldiers who were putting up a last-ditch defence at the beleaguered city.
Eurovision 2022: Touch
In the meantime, the United Kingdom made a huge return. The United Kingdom received no points in 2021, prompting some to question whether the country would wish to participate again. This year, though, was a complete departure.
‘Space Man,’ a dramatic ballad by Sam Ryder, took the UK to second place in Eurovision. Since 1998, this is the country’s best performance in the song competition. It’s also a hint that Europe (and Australia!) are once again ready to embrace some British culture. Since Brexit, there has been some animosity. Even though we all pretend that the competition is apolitical, the votes (or lack thereof) typically reveal each country’s political preferences and dislikes.
This year, not everything was as straightforward as fans had hoped. Six countries’ votes had to be removed by the European Broadcasting Union, which was in charge of calculating the scores for each country’s song. This occurred after “irregular voting patterns” were discovered. The votes were then substituted with an aggregate result based on voting patterns in nations with similar voting patterns. This occurred in both the second semifinal and the championship game. Azerbaijan, Georgia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, and San Marino were among the countries whose votes were replaced.
The EBU worked with its voting partner to compute a replacement aggregated result for each country affected for both the Second-Semi Final and the Grand Final in order to comply with the Contest’s Voting Instructions (calculated based on the results of other countries with similar voting records). The Independent Voting Monitor acknowledged this process, according to the EBU.
“The EBU takes any suspected attempts to rig the Eurovision Song Contest voting very seriously and reserves the right to withdraw such votes in accordance with the Official Voting Instructions, regardless of whether or not such votes are likely to influence the voting results and/or outcome.”