When an artist wants to take part in the Eurovision Song Contest, they have to go through a national selection in the country, they will represent. These selections are often organised by the national broadcaster themselves. Some broadcasters will choose their participant in a closed forum, this is called an internal selection. Other countries use big TV shows with public voting to decide who will represent them at the Eurovision Song Contest. In some countries, it’s one big show and in other countries they will have many heats and/or semi-finals before they get to the final.
National selection 2022 overview
Below you find a quick overview of the latest news regarding the selections for the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest. The contest will be held in Italy following Måneskin’s victory in May 2021.
In alphabetical order:
🇩🇰 Denmark: There’s no Dansk Melodi Grand Prix news just yet
In Denmark, they are working on the plans for the 2022 Melodi Grand Prix. No host city or end dates for submission have been announced just yet. It probably won’t be long though.
🇫🇮 Finland: Submission window for UMK open six days in September 2021
From the 1st to the 6th of September, Finnish broadcaster YLE will accept potential songs for their national final Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK). No date has been mentioned yet, but February or March 2022 are most likely.
🇳🇴 Norway: Melodi Grand Prix 2022 to take place in January and February – Submission window open until 15th of August
Norwegian broadcaster NRK want to prioritise Norwegian music, and strongly encourage that all songs minimum have one Norwegian songwriter on it. Once again, their Melodi Grand Prix selection will consist of preliminary heats and a final. Songs can be submitted up until the 15th of August 2021. The broadcaster will, in addition, also approach people in the music industry themselves.
🇷🇸 Serbia: Beovizija to select Serbian Eurovision participant in February 2022
The submission window opens in June 2021 and close in Mid-November. In February 2022, Serbian broadcaster RTS will host Beovizija 2022 to decide who will represent Serbia at the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest.
🇸🇪 Sweden: There’s no Melodifestivalen 2022 news just yet
We are still waiting for the first news regarding the Swedish national selection. Per tradition, they will select their entry via Melodifestivalen. The series of shows usually include four preliminary heats, one second chance heat and finally a grand final. Among fans, this show which is also called Melfest and Mello, is rated as one of the highlights of the national final season.
🇳🇱 The Netherlands: A committee to select Dutch 2022 entry – open song submission
Until the 31st of August, Dutch artists can submit their potential Eurovision entries. Maximum three per artists. A special committee, which includes 2021 Eurovision host Jan Smit and former Dutch commentator Cornald Maas, will select the artist and song. Broadcaster AVROTROS says that they are hoping for an artist with a personal story, in any genre.