The Eurovision Song Contest is back for 2022 and will undoubtedly showcase some of the continent’s most eccentric pop talents.
This year, the UK’s hopes are riding on Sam Ryder, a former TikTok sensation, who will perform an original song, Space Man.
A total of 25 countries will take part in the competition’s grand final next Saturday (May 14), featuring the ten best-ranked entries from two semi-finals this week (on May 10 and 12, respectively). The remaining five entries are reserved for automatic byes to the “Big Five”, the competition’s five biggest funders, which include the UK and host nation Italy. All 40 participating countries, including the countries that have been eliminated in the semi-finals, will have the chance to vote for the winner of the final.
Since its inception in 1956, Eurovision has featured some of the most interesting, unconventional and downright weird acts Europe has to offer, and this year is expected to be no different.
From the theater’s Michael Ball to the Russian Grandmas in 2012, our writers take a look back at the most memorable and hair-raising acts to grace the competition’s stage…