My annual tradition for creating the national selections page for the coming song contest usually comes in November but with Belgium announcing their artist barely two weeks into the new Eurovision season, this national selections page is being published very early in the season.
I will be keeping this page up-to-date as we progress through season, confirming known details of the plans and progress of the national selections, whether they be national finals, or artist and song selections.
On 20 October 2021, the EBU confirmed that there 41 participating countries (and answered the question of whether certain countries were taking part or not).
Albania’s national song contest, Festivali i Kenges, reached its 60th edition and was, as usual, used as the method for selecting Albania’s Eurovision entry. Fest 60 took place between 27 and 29 December.
Having withdrawn in 2021 due to recent geopolitical events, Armenia are making a return in 2022.
Eurovision – Australia Decides will return in 2022 having previously been used in 2019 and 2020 to select the Australian entry. It will once again be hosted in Gold Coast and take place on 25 and 26 February.
Austria will be participating in Eurovision 2022 though no details yet on the selection process (though it is generally internal).
Ever present at the contest since their debut in 2008, Azerbaijan will be there in 2022, most likely (as is usual) with an internal selection.
First out of the blocks in announcing their artist on 15 September, Belgium have internally selected Jérémie Makiese, winner of The Voice Belgique 2021.
Selected artist: Jérémie Makiese
The rock band Intelligent Music Project have been internally chosen to represent Bulgaria at Eurovision 2022. Their song “Intention” will be released on 5 December. The band includes Stoyan Yankoulov who represented Bulgaria as part of a duo in 2007 and 2013.
Selected artist: Intelligent Music Connection
The Croatian national selection, Dora, will return for 2022 to determine Croatia’s entry for Eurovision.
Cyprus will be there for the contest in 2022 (and have already announced their 2023 participation).
The Czech national selection, ESCZ 2022, was voted for online between 7 and 15 December. The 7 competing artists and songs were revealed on 6 December along with the videos of their “live on tape” performances. The winner was announced on 16 December.
Denmark will be holding their long-running national selection show, Dansk Melodi Grand Prix, on 5 March.
Eesti Laul, the Estonian national selection show, will undergo significant changes this year. Quarter-finals are taking place in November, with 40 songs (as music videos rather than live performances) presented across the shows. 20 songs will progress to the live semi-finals on 3 and 5 February, and a grand final of 10 songs on 12 February.
The Finnish national selection, Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu, will take place on 26 February.
After holding a national final in 2021 and finishing as runners up at Eurovision 2021, Big 5 member France will be holding another public national selection for 2022.
Georgian participation was confirmed in September 2021 and an internally selected artist announced in November.
Selected artist: Circus Mircus
Germany looks to be returning to a national final rather than the somewhat complex part internal, part public selection process of the last couple of years. It is not yet clear if the show will be a live final, but a jury panel will select the five songs to be presented to the public.
The internally selected artist was announced in mid-December (with the 5 potential acts having been announced in the previous month). The song will be revealed at a later date (from a shortlist of 40).
Selected artist: Amanda Tenfjord
Iceland’s national selection, Söngvakeppnin, will return for 2022, taking place in February.
7-times winners Ireland will be back in 2022, and for the first time since 2015, there will be a public national selection. There will be a special edition of The Late Late Show in early 2022, and the winner will be determined with the involvement of the public. Song submissions are currently open until 22 October.
The 2018 winners will be selecting their artist via the X Factor Israel which begins in October and concludes in January. Potential song entries will be performed during the X Factor final.
This year’s hosts, it seems highly likely that the Festival della canzone italiana di Sanremo (aka simply as Sanremo), will be used to choose the artist and song. The festival takes place from 1 to 5 February.
As with many countries, after selecting internally for 2021, Latvia will return to a national selection for 2022.
Lithuania usually selects their entry via a national selection (stretching over several shows). That remains to be confirmed for 2022, but will be the most likely outcome.
There will be a change to the national selection this year for Malta, with a return to a dedicated national selection show, rather than selecting the artist via X Factor Malta as has been the case for the last few years.
Moldova will be present at the 2022 contest and a national final taking place on 5 March.
After withdrawing following the 2019 contest, Montenegro are returning for 2022. Due to shortage of funds, the selection will be done internally, using a points-based system to choose from the song submissions. The artist will be revealed on 4 January.
The Dutch broadcaster had requested artists to submit (almost ready) songs for consideration. Their internal selection of artist was announced in early December.
Selected artist: S10
North Macedonia will participate and will be holding a national final, the first for 6 years.
Melodi Grand Prix, the Norwegian national selection, returns on 15 January, with 5 weekly shows (4 semi-finals and a “second chance” show and the grand final on 19 February.
Comments from the Polish broadcaster suggest that the entry will be chosen via an internal selection.
The 56th edition of the song festival, Festival da Canção, will be used to select the Portuguese entry. The shows will likely take place in late February and early March.
Romania’s national selection, Selecţia Naţională, returns for 2022, with a televised semi-final on 12 February and then a grand final on 5 March. There are also a series of non-televised rounds/stages before the semi-final, and online public voting will be used to shortlist through some of these stages.
Notoriously late in confirming selection method and the entry itself, Russia will be in Turin in 2022.
Apparently, San Marino will be holding a national selection in San Marino itself, Una voce per San Marino. Further details still to come.
The Serbian national selection, Beovizija, will return in February 2022.
EMA, the Slovenian national selection, will once again be used to select the Slovenian entry.
There will be a new national selection show to choose the 2022 Spanish entry, called Benivisión, which will take place in Benidorm in January. It has been described as a spiritual successor to the Benidorm International Song Festival. The 14 entries taking part have been revealed and include former Eurovision artist Azúcar Moreno who finished 5th at the 1990 contest. All 14 entries can be heard in full on RTVE’s website.
Melodifestivalen, the biggest national selection of all, returns for 2022. The first semi-final takes place on 5 February, with the grand final on 12 March.
The Swiss entry will be selected by a panel of 100 viewers and an international jury; however with no public view of the entries, this effectively counts as an internal selection.
Ukraine returns though the format of the national selection is not yet confirmed as the partnership with the broadcaster who arranged the previous few national selections has expired.
The UK’s participation was confirmed with Eurovision announcing the 41 participants. Very unusually, the BBC announced shortly after what the process for the selection would be for this contest. It will be another team up with a music management company, but not BMG this time, but Tap Music, a company dealing with a somewhat more youthful and innovative artist roster (and including Dua Lipa).