I have kept this page up-to-date as we progressed through season, confirming known details of the plans and progress of the national selections, whether they be national finals, or artist and song selections.
All artists and songs for Eurovision 2022 have now been released.
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Having withdrawn in 2021 due to recent geopolitical events, Armenia are making a return in 2022. The song and music video will be released on 19 March.
Eurovision – Australia Decides will return in 2022 having previously been used in 2019 and 2020 to select the Australian entry. It was once again hosted in Gold Coast and took place on 25 and 26 February.
Austria will be participating in Eurovision 2022 and have chosen via an internal selection. The song will be released on 11 March.
Ever present at the contest since their debut in 2008, Azerbaijan will be there in 2022, and have internally selected their artist. The song was released on 21 March.
First out of the blocks in announcing their artist on 15 September, Belgium have internally selected Jérémie Makiese, winner of The Voice Belgique 2021. The song was released on 10 March.
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.
The Croatian national selection, Dora, will return for 2022 to determine Croatia’s entry for Eurovision. The entries were revealed on 10 February and the final took place on 19 February.
Cyprus will be there for the contest in 2022 (and have already announced their 2023 participation). Song and artist was revealed on 9 March.
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 held their long-running national selection show, Dansk Melodi Grand Prix, on 5 March.
Eesti Laul, the Estonian national selection show, underwent significant changes this year. Quarter-finals took place in November, with 40 songs (as music videos rather than live performances) presented across the shows. 20 songs progessed to the live semi-finals on 3 and 5 February, and a grand final of 10 songs took place on 12 February.
The Finnish national selection, Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu, took place on 26 February.
After holding a national final in 2021 and finishing as runners up at Eurovision 2021, Big 5 member France held another public national selection for 2022. The songs were revealed on 17 February and the final took place on 5 March.
Georgian participation was confirmed in September 2021 and an internally selected artist announced in November.
Germany returned to a national final rather than the somewhat complex part internal, part public selection process of the last couple of years. Germany 12 points was the name of the new national final and took place on 4 March. Artists and songs were revealed on 10 February with online voting beginning on 28 February.
The internally selected artist was announced in mid-December (with the 5 potential acts having been announced in the previous month). The song was revealed on 10 March.
Iceland’s national selection, Söngvakeppnin, returned for 2022, with semi-finals taking place on 26 February and 5 March and final on 12 March.
7-times winners Ireland will be back in 2022, and for the first time since 2015, there will be a public national selection. There was a special edition of The Late Late Show on 4 March where the act was voted on.
The 2018 winners selected their artist via the X Factor Israel which began in October and concluded in February.
This year’s hosts, Festival della canzone italiana di Sanremo (aka simply as Sanremo), was used to choose the artist and song. The festival took place from 1 to 5 February.
As with many countries, after selecting internally for 2021, Latvia returned to a national selection for 2022. Supernova consisted of a semi-final on 5 February and final on 12 February.
Lithuania usually selects their entry via a national selection (stretching over several shows) and that has been the case for 2022. Three heats and two semi-finals took place in January and February with the final of Pabandom iš naujo 2022 on 12 February.
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. Malta Eurovision Song Contest took place on 19 February.
Moldova will be present at the 2022 contest and a national final had been scheduled for 5 March. However following the shortlisting of entries, the broadcaster held auditions of the shortlist and internally selected on 29 January.
After withdrawing following the 2019 contest, Montenegro are returning for 2022. Due to shortage of funds, the selection was done internally, using a points-based system to choose from the song submissions. The artist was 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
Song: De Diepte
North Macedonia will participate and held a national selection with a public vote, the first for 6 years. Similar to the Czech Republic’s selection, Za Evrosong, was an online vote and the winner revealed on 4 February.
Melodi Grand Prix, the Norwegian national selection, returned on 15 January, with 5 weekly shows (4 semi-finals and a “second chance” show and the grand final on 19 February.
After initial comments from the Polish broadcaster that suggested the entry would be chosen via an internal selection, it was revealed there would be a national final, Tu bije serce Europy! Wybieramy hity na Eurowizję, held on 19 February. 10 acts competed, and voting was a split of jury and public vote.
The 56th edition of the song festival, Festival da Canção, was used to select the Portuguese entry. Semi-finals took place on 5 and 7 March, and the final on 12 March, and was the last of the televised national finals of 2022.
Romania’s national selection, Selecţia Naţională, returned for 2022, with a televised semi-final on 12 February and then a grand final on 5 March. There were also a series of non-televised rounds/stages before the semi-final, and online public voting was used to shortlist through some of these stages.
Russia has been excluded from the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest due to their invasion of Ukraine.
San Marino will be holding a national selection in San Marino itself, Una voce per San Marino. The final took place on 19 February.
Serbia once again had a national final, albeit with a new name – Pesma za Evroviziju 22. Semi-finals were held on 3 and 4 March and the final on 5 March.
EMA, the Slovenian national selection, will once again be used to select the Slovenian entry. Semi-finals took place on 5 and 12 February with the final on 19 February.
There was a new national selection show to choose the 2022 Spanish entry, called Benivisión, which will took place in Benidorm in January. It has been described as a spiritual successor to the Benidorm International Song Festival.
Melodifestivalen, the biggest national selection of all, returned for 2022. The first semi-final took 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. The song and artist were revealed on 8 March.
Ukraine’s national selection, Ukraine decides, took place on 12 February with 8 acts competing and voting split 50/50 between jury and public vote. The initial winner subsequently withdrew and the offer has been made to the runner up (who were the televote winner). With the current invasion of Ukraine by Russia, it remains to be seen if Ukraine will be able to participate, and members of the band have been called up in the defence of the country.
The UK’s participation was confirmed with Eurovision announcing the 41 (now 40) participants. Very unusually, the BBC announced shortly after what the process for the selection would be for this contest. It is 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. The artist and song were revealed on 10 March.