EUROVISION. France finished second to bottom in the Eurovision 2022 rankings, won by Ukraine. Alvan from Alvan & Ahez reacted to this result on Twitter.
[Mis à jour le 16 mai 2022 à 14h33] France did not shine at this Eurovision 2022. Alvan and Ahez, the representatives of the tricolor, finished second to last in the classification with just 17 points. A disappointment for France and viewers, but no surprise as Ukraine’s victory had been announced for many weeks and France’s odds of winning were under 1% according to bookmakers.
However, no one expected France to finish so low in the overall standings. Alvan, one of the members of the group, took to Twitter to thank the people who supported the group in this adventure: “We are proud of our journey, of our achievement, of what Fulenn represents. This is not the result we hoped for, but your support is more important to us and we have no regrets. Keep following us, the story has only just begun.”
THANK YOU We are so proud of our journey, of our achievement, of what Fulenn embodies. It’s not the result we hoped for, but your support means the world to us and we have no regrets. Keep following us, it’s just the beginning #bzh pic.twitter.com/WluL7XWHpd
—ALVAN (@alvan_music) May 15, 2022
Following Ukraine’s victory at Eurovision 2022 this Saturday, May 14, 2022, Romania announced a change in its voting. According to TVR, the Romanian public television, the national jury had to award their 12 points to Moldova. But it would have been “replaced” in favor of Ukraine. “We were unpleasantly surprised to find that the vote did not count towards the final standings as the organizers allotted one more round of judging to the contestants in the finals,” TVR wrote in a statement. They are denouncing “a replacement”. [de vote] not calculated transparently”.
Overnight from Saturday to Sunday, the Eurovision organizer EBU found “certain irregular voting patterns identified in the results of six countries” in the second semi-final and final. We do not have any details about these irregularities and the possible consequences for the ranking. Romania was affected as well as Azerbaijan, Georgia, Montenegro, Poland and San Marino. At the last moment, the EBU assigned an alternative result to these six affected countries, using a calculation method that takes into account the results of other countries voting relatively equally. Romania reiterated that it reserved the right to “take measures to rectify the situation”.
Where will Eurovision 2023 take place?
Ukraine’s victory at the Eurovision Song Contest this Saturday, May 14, 2022 raises the question of organizing the next edition of the contest. Custom dictates that the winning country organizes the event the following year. But Ukraine is still at war with Russia and has suffered heavy human and material losses. In his social network Telegram, Volodymyr Zelensky assured: “Ukraine will host Eurovision next year. It will be the third time in history and I hope not the last. We will do everything to one day host the competition in Mariupol “in a free, peaceful and liberated city!”
If Ukraine cannot organize Eurovision 2023, other countries could take over. Sweden has already announced its interest in this perspective. The Big Five countries, ie France, Italy, Spain, Germany and the UK, could also lend themselves as the main sponsors of the event. So far, the EBU has not commented on the organization of the 67th edition of the international singing competition.
All about Eurovision 2022
On Saturday, May 14, 2022, Ukraine was crowned the winner of Eurovision 2022. The country, represented by rap group Kalush Orchestra, has benefited from significant public mobilization since its invasion by Vladimir Putin’s troops. This victory was expected by the bookmakers. Overall, the song “Stefania” ranks at the top of the charts with 631 points.
- Ukraine (631 points)
- United Kingdom (466 points)
- Spain (459 points)
- Sweden (438 points)
- Serbia (312 points)
- Italy (268 points)
- Moldova (253 points)
- Greece (215 points)
- Portugal (207 points)
- Norway (182 points)
- Netherlands (171 points)
- Poland (151 points)
- Estonia (141 points)
- Lithuania (128 points)
- Australia (125 points)
- Azerbaijan (106 points)
- Switzerland (78 points)
- Romania (65 points)
- Belgium (64 points)
- Armenia (61 points)
- Finland (38 points)
- Czech Republic (38 points)
- Iceland (20 points)
- France (17 points)
- Germany (6 points)
Kalush Orchestra, a Ukrainian rap group (three members) formed in 2019 that performed the song “Stefania” during the Eurovision final on May 14, 2022. In parallel, the group released two albums in 2021: Hotin and yo yo. What is ‘Stefania’, the track that Ukrainian group Kalush Orchestra performed in Turin and won at Eurovision 2022, about? With NME, Oleh Psiuk states that this title is a tribute to his mother. But the colorful lyrics gave it a whole new meaning, as Ukrainian audiences associate the mother in question with her country at war. After the singing competition, the members of the group will return to their countries to join the armed forces fighting against Russia. One of them stayed in Kyiv to defend the Ukrainian capital.
On March 5, 2022, the tele-hook “Eurovision France: You Decide” on France 2 announced the French candidate ahead of Eurovision 2022. It is the group Alvan & Ahez singing their title in Breton “Fulenn” (which means both “spark” and “young girl”) chosen by the jury and the audience. As France is one of the “Big Five”, ie among the countries that contribute most to the organization of the competition from a financial point of view, Alvan & Ahez automatically qualified for the Eurovision final this Saturday, May 14th. 2022. Nevertheless, in the final, the French candidates finished only second to last with 17 points.
- Albania : Ronela Hajati, secretion
- Germany : Malik Harris, rock stars
- Armenia : Rosa Linn, snap
- Australia : Sheldon Riley, Not the same
- Austria : Lum!x and Pia Maria, gloriole
- Azerbaijan : Nadir Rustamli, fade to black
- Belgium : Jeremy Makiese, miss you
- Bulgaria : Smart Music Project, intention
- Cyprus : Andromache, Ela
- Croatia : Mia Dimsic, Guilty Pleasure
- Denmark : Reddi, The show
- Spain : Chanel, slow motion
- Estonia : Stefan, Hope
- Finland : the rasmus, Jezebel
- France : Alvan & Ahez, Fulenn
- Georgia : circus circus, lock me up
- Greece : Amanda Georgiadi Tenfjord, die together
- Ireland : Brooke, That’s rich
- Israel : Michael Ben-David, I AM
- Iceland : Systur (Sigga, Beta & Elin), Með Hækkandi Sól
- Italy : Mahmoud and Blanco, Brividi
- Latvia : CitiZeni, eat your salad
- Lithuania : Monika Liu, Sentimental
- North Macedonia : Andrew, circles
- Malta : Emma Muscat, I am what I am
- Moldova : Zdob și Zdub and Fratii Advahov, Trenuleţul
- Montenegro : Vladana Vucinic, Take a deep breath
- Norway : subwoofer, Give that dog a banana
- Netherlands : S10, From Diept
- Poland : Krystian Ochman, Flow
- Portugal : MARO, saudade saudade
- Czech Republic : We are Domi, lights out
- Romania : WRS, lama
- United Kingdom :SamRyder, spaceman
- San Marino : Achille Lauro, stripper
- Serbia : Contracta, In Corpore Sano
- Slovenia :LPS, disco
- Sweden : Cornelia Jakobs, hold me tighter
- Swiss : Marius Baer, boys cry
- Ukraine : Kalush Orchestra, Stefanie
Russia will not take part in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2022. Organizers have decided to sanction the country for invading Ukraine, removing the Russian candidate from the international singing competition, but also preventing the Vladimir Putin-led country from voting. “In connection with the unprecedented crisis unfolding in Ukraine today, there were fears that a Russian participation this year would discredit the competition. Before making its decision, the EBU took the time to conduct an extensive consultation with its members,” reads a press release from the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), organizer of the event, on February 25, 2022.
Since its creation in 1956, France has won the Eurovision Song Contest five times: 1958, 1960, 1962, 1969 and 1977. Our country is just behind Ireland, which holds the record with seven wins. In 1958, singer André Claveau achieved France’s first victory with the title Dors, mon amour. Two years later, in 1960, artist Jacqueline Boyer won unanimous support with the song Tom Pillibi. In 1962 Isabelle Aubret won the Eurovision Song Contest with the song Un premier amour. In 1969 it was Frida Boccara who won the Eurovision Song Contest with the title Un jour, un enfant. Finally, in 1977, the singer Marie Myriam was the last to win, performing The Bird and the Child, a track that over time has become iconic for audiences.