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Eurovision 2022: why are UK results to be broadcast from Salford, when is final of song contest, how to watch

The finale for the Eurovision Song Contest is coming up this weekend.

The Eurovision Song Contest final is an exciting night that sees millions of people tune in from around the world.

The contest will be held in Turin, Italy following on from Italian band Måneskin’s success at the 2021 contest. It is the first time in 31 years that the contest will be held in Italy.

So, why are the results from the UK jury being broadcast from Greater Manchester?

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Here’s everything you need to know about the contest this weekend.

When is the Eurovision Song Contest finale?

The grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 is scheduled to take place on Saturday 14 May at 8pm.

How can I watch the Eurovision Song Contest?

The event will be broadcast live on BBC One, BBC iPlayer and other BBC channels. The coverage is set to begin at 8pm.

As usual Graham Norton will return to present and commentate on the final for the BBC coverage.

Why are the UK results being broadcast from Salford?

Millions of viewers across Europe will tune into the Grand Finale this weekend, in which they will see a brand new location for where the UK’s jury will announce their results.

This year, and for the first time ever, the BBC’s production moved to its new home at dock10 in Salford, Manchester. The location will beam the results from the UK jury to Turin, Italy.

The facility dock10 has hosted a number of major events in British media in recent months, for example, they hosted the live broadcast of Comic Relief.

The BBC coverage of the Tokyo Summer Olympics and Beijing Winter Olympics was also broadcast from dock10.

During the feed, viewers will see Manchester thanks to drone footage. Darren Deans, head of marketing for dock10 has said that organising the footage has been ‘great fun’.

“The North West of England is famously renowned for its unrivalled musical heritage not just in the UK but across the globe, so it is fitting that from now on the region will be part of the biggest music contest on the planet,” said Rachel Ashdown, commissioning editor at the BBC.

How can I vote in the Eurovision Song Contest?

To vote for your favourite act during the final you can do so via the BBC Eurovision page or app.

You can also vote by calling the telephone numbers that appear on the screen throughout the show.

The acts will be listed in order of performance when voting opens. You can vote for one act at a time and there is a limit on how many times you can vote.

What is the Eurovision Song Contest?

Sam Ryder is this year's entry from the United Kingdom.

The Eurovision Song Contest is an international songwriting competition organised annually by the European Broadcasting Union that represents primarily European countries.

The first contest was held on 24 May in 1956, in which the world saw seven nations participate. Now over 40 countries participate in the contest.

The following countries will take part in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022:

  • Albania 
  • Armenia 
  • Australia 
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belgium 
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia 
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland 
  • France
  • Germany 
  • Georgia 
  • Greece
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Israel 
  • Italy 
  • Latvia 
  • Lithuania 
  • Malta
  • Moldova
  • Montenegro 
  • The Netherlands
  • North Macedonia
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania 
  • San Marino
  • Serbia 
  • Slovenia 
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Ukraine
  • United Kingdom