The Eurovision Song Contest is back again for 2022 and will no doubt showcase some of the continent’s most eccentric pop talent.
This year the UK’s hopes ride on Sam Ryder, a former TikTok sensation, who will be performing an original song, Space Man.
Twenty-five countries in total will compete in the competition’s grand final this Saturday (14 May), with the ten best-ranked entries from two semi-finals this week (on 10 and 12 May respectively) going through. The remaining five entries are reserved for automatic byes for the “Big Five”, that is competition’s five-largest financial backers, including the UK and host nation Italy. All 40 participating countries, including those knocked out in the semis, will get a chance to vote for the winner of the final.
Since its inception in 1956, Eurovision has displayed some of the most interesting, unconventional and down-right strange acts that Europe has had to offer, and this year is expected to be no different.
From theatre’s Michael Ball to the Russian grannies in 2012, here, our writers look back at the most memorable and cringe-worthy acts to have graced the competition’ stage…