Can Sam soar to victory? (Picture: Reuters/Yara Nardi)
We’re less than 48 hours away from the Eurovision Song Contest 2022, and the running order has been revealed.
The grand final takes place on Saturday night (May 14) in Turin, Italy with UK entry Sam Ryder hoping to shine in the midst of all the wonderfully over the top glitz and glamour.
We now know what order the acts will perform in this weekend, and it bodes well for our man as he looks to impress with his track Space Man.
He’ll be the 22nd artist to take to the stage as part of the competition, nestled in between Australia’s Sheldon Riley, who is performing Not The Same, and Poland’s Ochman with River.
Czech Republic will open the night, while Estonia will be the final country to be represented.
Already things are looking good, with last year’s winner Maneskin coming out on top after getting number 24 in the draw but it goes a little deeper than that.
Since 2010, the 22nd performer has won twice, with Israel’s winner Netta (2018) and Germany’s Lena (2010) both taking the crown from that spot.
Over the last two decades, the number 19 has also provided two champions – Azerbaijan in 2011 and Greece in 2005 – while 17 (Sweden in 2012, Serbia in 2007 and Finland in 2006) is the only number to result in more winners.
In that time frame, only Turkey’s 2003 victory came from an act placed in single figures in the draw with number four that year, and 13 of the last 20 winners were all drawn in the high teens or early 20s.
Going further back, the UK’s last winning entry Katrina and the Waves – who stormed to victory with Love Shine A Light in 1997 – came out on top as the 24th performer on the night.
Basically, this is a long-winded way of saying that, at least recently, it certainly pays to have a higher number, and so Sam is in a great position to avoid the dreaded nil points and do himself proud.
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His rehearsals have already impressed, with his performance apparently incorporating the biggest prop of the show – a giant light-up metallic structure which divides to look like wings – and a spacesuit.
After the rehearsals and now the running order, Sam’s Eurovision odds have been slashed yet again leaving him as third favourite to win, with the bookies giving him odds as short as 7/1.
The Eurovision grand finals airs Saturday, May 14 at 8pm on BBC One and iPlayer.
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