This section looks at the Eurovision Song Contest from a presentational point of view - logos, graphics, captions, postcards, scoreboards etc. On this page we look at 2022. If you're more interested in the music, click here for our review of the contest in 2022.
The 2022 contest was hosted from Turin's PalaOlimpico. The presenting line-up was reduced back down to a trio - television presenter Alessandro Cattelan and singers Laura Pausini and Mika. The theme was 'The Sound of Beauty'.
The postcards featured a virtual drone named 'Leo', who was seen filming various locations around Italy. As in 2021, the competing artists did not physically appear in the postcards, instead being seen projected onto landmarks and scenery. Images of the UK's Sam Ryder were superimposed onto shots of the lakeside town of Orta San Giulio.
The stage design incorporated cascading water at the edges, and a backdrop named 'The Sun Within' - unfortunately there were technical problems with the 'kinetic sun' element, with the arches unable to move as planned. It was not possible for this to be fixed in time for the live broadcasts, forcing some entrants to alter their staging at relatively short notice.
Technical problems were also alledgedly the reason for Eurovision supervisor Martin Österdahl announcing the maximum points for three countries rather than their national spokespersons - though as detailed in our review section, there would seem to be an entirely different reason for their non-appearance...
The UK's jury spokesperson, television presenter AJ Odudu, was all present and correct, however, and her announcement of the UK jury's scores was the first to come from the BBC's base at Salford. The BBC's semi-final coverage, hosted by Scott Mills and Rylan, returned to its original home of BBC3, with it having been reactivated as a broadcast channel earlier in the year. Due to cost cutting, their coverage incorporated far fewer BBC-produced inserts than in previous years.