Eurovision 2022 LIVE: Time and how to watch as final kicks off in Turin TONIGHT with high hopes for UK's Sam Ryder

EUROVISION returns tonight with another round of hopeful musicians battling it out to represent their nations at the grand final.

A shortlist of 25 bands will perform in front of the live Eurovision audience in the northern Italian city of Turin, while millions more watch on television around the world.

The Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra is heavily tipped to win by bookmakers, which are giving the group that mixes traditional Ukrainian rhythms, costumes and dance moves with contemporary hip hop a 60% chance of winning.

Meanwhile, the UK's Sam Ryder hopes to achieve a high score in this evening's final with epic power ballad Space Man.

The winner is chosen in equal parts by panels of music experts in each competing nation and votes by the viewing public, leaving room for an upset.

Sam Ryder and Sweden's Cornelia Jakobs are each given a 10% shot while the Italian duo of Mahmood & Blanco have a 6% chance of winning.

The contest kicks off at 8pm on BBC One.

Read our Eurovision 2022 live blog below for the latest updates…

  • Joseph Gamp

    Has Spain ever won Eurovision Song Contest?

    Spain has won the Eurovision Song Contest twice, since first appearing in 1961.

    Spain's first victory was won by Spanish pop singer Massiel with the song La la la – beating Cliff Richard's song Congratulations.

    Their second victory came a year later in 1969, when Spanish singer Salomé and the song Vivo cantando won joint first prize with UK contestant Lulu, French contestant Frida Boccara and contestant Lenny Kuhr, representing the Netherlands.

  • Joseph Gamp

    What song is Chanel singing at Eurovision 2022?

    The song SlowMo is a Latin pop and reggaeton song, incorporating both Spanish and English lyrics.

    SlowMo is composed by songwriters who have worked with artists such as Madonna, Black Eyed Peas, Ricky Martin, Britney Spears, Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj.

    Chanel confessed to watching and dreaming about participating in the Eurovision Song Contest since being a young child.

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    Who is Spain's Eurovision entry Chanel?

    Chanel Terrero Martínez, known as Chanel Terrero, is a 30 year old singer.

    She was was born in Havana, Cuba but moved to Catalonia in Spain as a young child with her family.

    The Eurovision contender has always had a passion for performing – she enrolled in dance, gymnastics, singing and acting since the age of six.

    As a teenager she began working in the musical theatre industry, where she starred in Spanish productions of The Lion King, Flashdance, The Bodyguard and Mamma Mia.

    She also has a number of Spanish TV and film appearances under her belt, as well as dancing with Shakira at the 2010 MTV Europe Music Awards.

  • Joseph Gamp

    When is the Eurovision 2022 final?

    The Eurovision 2022 final is taking place TONIGHT (Saturday, May 14, 2022).

    It will be held at Italy's PalaOlimpico Arena in Turin.

    The event will be broadcast live from 8 pm on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

    Graham Norton will once again be presenting and commentating on the Eurovision for the BBC.

    Last year's winners Måneskin will be back to treat fans to an exclusive performance of their latest single Supermodel.

    According to the bookies, Ukraine's Kalush Orchestra are tipped as the favourites to win, but the UK isn't far behind.

  • Joseph Gamp

    When were the Eurovision Song Contest semi-finals?

    The first Eurovision semi-final took place on Tuesday, May 10, at 8 pm on BBC One.

    This is where all the countries took part excluding France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom.

    The second semi-final aired on Thursday, May 12, at the same time and saw each country perform across the two semi-finals for a chance to win one of the ten spaces in tonight's final.

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    Who are Ukraine's Kalush Orchestra?

    The Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra is heavily tipped to win by bookmakers, which are giving the group that mixes traditional Ukrainian rhythms, costumes and dance moves with contemporary hip hop a 60% chance of winning.

    Their song, Stefania, was written as a tribute to the frontman's mother, but has transformed since Russia's invasion on Feb. 24 into an anthem to the war-ravaged nation, as lyrics take on new meaning.

    "I'll always find my way home, even if all roads are destroyed," Kalush Orchestra frontman Oleh Psiuk wrote.

    The six-member, all-male band received special permission to leave the country to represent Ukraine and Ukrainian culture at the music contest. One of the original members stayed to fight, and the others plan to return as soon as the contest is over.

  • Joseph Gamp

    When is Eurovision 2022 and how to watch it?

    The final of Eurovision 2022 will take place on Saturday, May 14 in Turin, Italy.

    There have already been two semi-finals on May 10 and May 12.

    The show is being presented by Alessandro Cattelan, Laura Pausini and Mika.

    It will be shown live on BBC One from 8pm until midnight hosted and commentated by national treasure Graham Norton.

    You can also watch live on BBC iPlayer as well as catch up on the semi-finals.

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