6 Eurovision Performers to Look Out for in 2022
We’ve watched and listened to all 40 Eurovision performers to determine who you should keep an eye on during this year’s competition.
This month, 40 artists will descend on the Eurovision stage in Turin, Italy, to determine who will be crowned the 2022 winner. With so many musicians to keep track of, we’ve chosen to highlight six acts worth checking out. And who knows? One of these performers might just become the next big thing in music. After all, you still can’t go a day without hearing last year’s winner, Måneskin, on the radio.
If you like what you see here, you can watch condensed versions of all 40 entries in Eurovision’s official participant recap video.
Honorable mention: Zdob şi Zdub & Advahov Brothers (Moldova)
We had to include this entry because of how fun and zany it is. The collaboration between rock band Zdob şi Zdub and folk duo the Advahov Brothers is an energetic musical journey through Eastern Europe. And, in a contest full of diverse and unique talent, this song will surely give Eurovision viewers a reason to smile.
#6: LPS (Slovenia)
There were two questions we had when we first saw LPS perform. First, are these band members as young as they look? And second, what does LPS even mean?
We can happily report that LPS is a teenage pop band whose acronym stands for Last Pizza Slice. Now we’ll be grooving to this funky jam all the way to the nearest pizza parlor.
#5: Systur (Iceland)
Iceland is known for its folksy art pop music scene. After all, the country is home to the likes of Björk, Sigur Rós, and Of Monsters and Men. The sister trio aptly called Systur must hope to add to this musical legacy by making a splash at Eurovision 2022 with their dreamy folk anthem “Með hækkandi sól” (“With the rising sun”).
Side note: If you’re looking for more Icelandic Eurovision entertainment, look no further than the Netflix musical comedy Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga. The film is basically a two-hour advertisement for Eurovision, but it features a strong soundtrack from mostly Nordic-based musicians.
#4: We Are Domi (Czech Republic)
Electropop is a common genre heard in Eurovision, almost to the point where some songs can sound strikingly similar. But We Are Domi’s “Lights Off” is an addictive track with a synth beat worthy of any indoor cycling class. If anything, it’ll definitely get Turin on its feet.
#3: S10 (Netherlands)
S10’s “De diepte” (“The depth”) takes listeners into a darker place than most of the other songs featured here. Even if you don’t understand Dutch, you can certainly feel an overwhelming sense of sorrow in S10’s voice—something that will surely be a change of pace when the singer takes to the semifinal stage.
#2: Ochman (Poland)
First rising to fame after winning the 11th season of The Voice of Poland, Ochman will now take his talents to Eurovision with “River.” The alt-pop ballad is reminiscent of something you’d hear from Imagine Dragons or Hozier, and several betting organizations rank it as a top ten favorite to win this year’s competition.
#1: Subwoolfer (Norway)
As the catchiest song of Eurovision 2022, it’s actually surprising that Subwoolfer’s “Give That Wolf a Banana” has only around four million views on YouTube. But that could easily change should the Norwegian pop group make it to the finals.
Another surprising tidbit is that no one knows the true identities of Subwoolfer’s masked performers. Because the pop group comes from Norway, many suspect Ylvis of “What Does the Fox Say” to be behind it all. Only time will tell, but we’re hoping for a Masked Singer–esque reveal in the final.