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 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.
As at September 2021, not all countries have formally announced their participation, but I include even unconfirmed countries if I think it’s likely they will take part.
Albania’s national song contest, Festivali i Kenges, reaches its 60th edition and will, as usual, be used as the method for selecting Albania’s Eurovision entry. Fest 60 will likely take place towards the end of December (usually shortly before Christmas) and is regarded as the kick off of the national finals season.
Having withdrawn in 2021 due to recent geopolitical events, we are awaiting news on an Armenian return for 2022.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 has not yet publicly confirmed participation at Eurovision 2022, but it seems very unlikely they will not be there.
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
A Bulgarian band has said they have been selected as the entry for 2022 but this has not been confirmed by the official delegation.
The Croatian national selection, Dora, will return for 2022 to determine Croatia’s entry for Eurovision.
No official confirmation yet, but it seems highly unlikely that Cyprus will not be there for the contest in 2022.
It currently looks like the format of the Czech national selection will remain the same for 2022 as it did for 2020, with an online public vote plus jury. Details yet to be confirmed.
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. There will now be four quarter-finals 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 in 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 though the selection method is still to be announced.
Full details of Germany’s selection method have not yet been released, but the broadcaster has begun a search to find 100 members of the public to join a jury to review potential candidate artists and songs.
It seems like that there will be another internal selection for Greece in 2022, but potentially with more transparency or public involvement. Announcement of an artist may take place as early as December.
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.
No announcement yet on Moldovan participation, but I would expect them to be present at the 2022 contest.
The Dutch broadcaster has requested artists to submit (almost ready) songs for consideration. Though it has not been explicitly confirmed, it is then likely to be an internal selection.
No news as yet on whether North Macedonia will participate, though there is no reason to not expect them being there for 2022.
Melodi Grand Prix, the Norwegian national selection, returns on 15 January, with 5 weekly shows 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.
While it is not confirmed yet, it is possible that Romania will hold a national selection for their 2022 entry.
Notoriously late in confirming participation, selection method, and the entry itself, Russia have not yet announced their 2022 attendance but it seems likely they will be at the contest.
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.
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.
While the BBC has not yet formally confirmed participation, this is not unusual at this stage in the season and having being present every year since 1959, it is near inconceivable that the UK will not be at the contest. Rumours and gossip are already in overdrive over the selection and various artists either ruling themselves in or out. Don’t expect much until quite deep into the season though…