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June 2, 2021

Gooseberry season? No way, countries are making plans!

You thought the summer was gooseberry season for Eurovision fans? You thought there was no news? You are wrong! Apart from the annual plagiarism accusation adressed to the winner (Dutch band The Vendetta’s and their song “You want it, you got it“) no less than 10 countries are making plans for 2022. AndorraSusanne Georgi, who took part in the 2009 contest, is planning actions to get Andorra back in Eurovision. She does that every year, but especially for 2022 she is very positive. The public broadcaster of Andorra had made clear that there are no plans for a return; however, nothing is official yet. GermanyAt German broadcaster NDR, they have the feeling that somehow they are doing something wrong. Jendrik Sigwart was not the big hit they were hoping for. The Germans will investigate what went wrong, in order to do it better in 2022. FinlandThere will be a Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK, New Music Competition) again in 2022. It will be held in february. It is likely to have the same system as in 2020 and 2021, with more than one artist. FranceIf there are any changes in the French selection “Eurovision France, c’est vous qui décidéz”, there will only be small changes. That is what French tv-station France2 announced. And they have a reason: they became 2nd this year! IsraelAgain, Israeli broadcaster Kan will not organize the national selection. They haven’t done that since the broadcaster was established in 2018. So far, talent show “HaKokhav Haba L’Eurovizion” was the national selection method. However, rumour has it that the X-Factor winner might be the Eurovision contestant in 2022. To be continued… IrelandThe Irish broadcaster RTÉ wants to let the public make the choice, but how? A national final is expensive. An online version could be an alternative. And beside there is Sinéad O’Connor (photo). The singer of “Nothing compares 2u” and many other songs expressed her astonishment about the fact that she was never asked to do the job. Reactions from RTÉ-officials were positive. Also, to be continued… NorwayThe contest is open already! Everyone who wishes to represent Norway can submit songs to NRK. In January and February, a series of Melodi Grand Prix contests will take place. SerbiaOf course it was different this year, as Serbian TV wanted to give Hurricane a 2nd chance. However, the national final Beovizija will be the contest to select the 2022 song. In what format this will happen exactly, is not known yet. SwedenNo big changes are expected in Sweden. However, one small change is already announced. Every year, since 2012, the winner of the radio talent show P4 Nästa got a wildcard for Melodifestivalen. However, next year that will not be the case. If participants of P4 Nästa want to participate in Melodifestivalen, they just have to submit their songs like everybody else. The NetherlandsDutch broadcaster Avrotros already asked everyone to submit songs for the 2022 contest. A committee will select the best song out of it. Avrotros only wants complete songs with demo to be submitted. We can already take one name from the list: Davina Michelle, the singer you have seen in the first semifinal entre act, says that she is not ready to do the job in 2022. Of course, we will keep you updated! photo credits: Leah Pritchard, Wikimedia Commons

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