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Eurovision Draws Set Semi-Final Performance Dates for Russia & Azerbaijan

By Timucin Turksoy January 28, 2022

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A total of 41 countries will take part in Eurovision Song Contest 2022 / Courtesy

Italy’s Turin city hosted this week the allocation draws for the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 participant countries, including Azerbaijan and Russia. 

According to the results, the contestant from Russia will perform in the first semi-final on May 10, while the Azerbaijani entry will take the stage in the second semi-final on May 12.

This year’s song contest will bring together performers from 41 countries. Semi-final qualifiers will have a chance to perform again in the Grand Final on May 14. Six countries, including France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the host country, are automatically pre-qualified for the final show. Rock band Maneskin’s triumph at the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest brought the show to Italy.

Europe’s biggest music show will be held in Turin’s Pala Olimpico sports and concert complex.

Meanwhile, singers and entries from both Russia and Azerbaijan have yet to be confirmed. Submission of songs for the Eurovision Song Contest in Azerbaijan will expire on January 31. The national selection in Russia will take place on February 12.

At the last year’s contest, Manizha from Russia and Azerbaijan’s Efendi ranked 9 and 20, respectively.

Since making a debut in ESC in 2008, Azerbaijan has been sending singers to Europe’s biggest song competition each year. Over the past years, representatives of the country have repeatedly made it through to the Eurovision finals. 

In 2011, El & Nikki duet from Azerbaijan won the contest with their “Running scared” song, bringing the grand show to the country. A year later, the 57th edition of the Eurovision took place at the flamboyant Crystal Hall concert arena at the Caspian Sea promenade in the capital city Baku.

Russia has been one of the most successful nations competing at the Eurovision Song Contest in recent years. Alongside Sweden, Russia has been a record-holder for the number of top-five finishes since it first joined the competition in 1994. In 2008, Russia’s singer Dima Bilan won the contest for performing the “Believe” song.