The ESC week starts on Saturday, May 7th, at 9:50 p.m.: As every year, WDR television looks back on “The most beautiful ESC moments: from Abba to Lena”. A day later, One repeats the MDR documentary “Musikgeschichten mit Nicole” from 2020, in which Germany’s first ESC winner Nicole reminisces. A 15-minute film was also recently made to mark the 40th anniversary of their Grand Prix win with A Bit of Peace, in which composer Ralph Siegel and journalist Jan Feddersen reminisce about the evening in Harrogate.
In the night of May 9th, NDR television starts broadcasting this year’s “ESC song check” every day. In four two-hour editions, the moderation duo Alina Stiegler and Stefan Spiegel as well as numerous song checkers such as former ESC candidate Jane Comerford, satirist El Hotzo and former VIVA moderator Nils Bokelberg discuss each individual contribution of the current ESC year. Viewer opinions are also heard. The NDR repeats the song checks streamed live in April during the ESC week deep into the night, they are already available in the media library.
On Tuesday and Thursday at 9:00 p.m. the two semi-finals will be broadcast live from Turin, which will again be broadcast by One this year. Marius Bear for Switzerland and LUM!X feat. Pia Maria for Austria participate in the first semi-final, while the German audience is entitled to vote in the second semi-final. Immediately before the semi-finals, at 8:15 p.m., One is backing the same supporting program as last year. The broadcaster will not be broadcasting ESC specials for the current year this time. Instead, the SWR is also looking at the competition: while the second semi-final is still running on Thursday, observations on the ESC 2022 in Turin are being shared in the culture magazine “Kunscht!”.
The documentary “Malik im ESC-Fieber” shows the way of the German act Malik Harris from the preliminary round to Turin. The man from Landsberg, who will compete in the final with his song “Rockstars”, is in discussion on Tuesday evening at “KiKA LIVE” and on Friday in the ARD quiz “Who knows something?”. There he competes against long-time ESC commentator Peter Urban.
On the evening of the final, Barbara Schöneberger will once again present a supporting program consisting of a countdown program and an after show. ESC fan Thomas Hermanns, singer Max Giesinger and multiple ESC winner Johnny Logan are already known as guests. The final show itself starts at 9 p.m. in the first and in one. Alessandro Cattelan, Grammy award winner Laura Pausini and singer Mika (“Relax, Take It Easy”, “Grace Kelly”) will lead the show in Turin. Guest appearances include last year’s winners Maneskin and the first Italian Grand Prix winner Gigliola Cinquetti.
The official NDR podcast also looks at what is happening at the ESC in Turin every day. From May 9th to 15th, an edition of the “ESC Update” moderated by Thomas Mohr and Marcel Stober will be published in the ARD Audiothek every morning. The three-part series “Eurovision House Party” on YouTube also presents further musical performances by many of this year’s candidates.
All ESC broadcast dates on German television at a glance:
Saturday May 7th
- 9:50 p.m., WDR: “The most beautiful ESC moments: from Abba to Lena” (2017)
Sunday May 8th
- 12:50 a.m., WDR: “The most beautiful ESC moments: from Abba to Lena” (2017)
- 12:00 p.m., One: “Music Stories with Nicole” (2020)
Monday, May 9th
- 1:55 a.m., NDR: “ESC Song Check (1)” (2022)
Tuesday May 10th
- 12:45 a.m., NDR: “ESC Song Check (2)” (2022)
- 8 p.m., KiKA: “KiKA LIVE”: Ben meets ESC candidate Malik Harris
- 8:15 p.m., One: “Spectacular and weird – Best of Eurovision Song Contest” (2018)
- 9:00 p.m., One: First ESC semi-final (live)
Wednesday May 11th
- 1:30 a.m., NDR: “ESC Song Check (3)” (2022)
Thursday May 12th
- 3:45 a.m., NDR: “ESC Song Check (4)” (2022)
- 8:15 p.m., One: “Secret hits – German songs at the Eurovision Song Contest” (2021)
- 9:00 p.m., One: Second ESC semi-final (live)
- 10:45 p.m., SWR: “Kunscht!”: Culture magazine with “Observations on the ESC 2022 in Turin”
Friday May 13th
- 1:40 a.m., One: “Secret hits – German songs at the Eurovision Song Contest” (2021)
- 6:00 p.m., the first: “Who knows something like that?” with Peter Urban and Malik Harris
Saturday May 14th
- 12:30 a.m., NDR: “Malik in ESC fever” (2022)
- 5:15 p.m., One: “Music Stories with Nicole” (2020)
- 6:45 p.m., One: “Spectacular and weird – Best of Eurovision Song Contest” (2018)
- 7:30 p.m., One: “Secret hits – German songs at the Eurovision Song Contest” (2021)
- 8:15 p.m., Das Erste/One: “Countdown for Turin” with Barbara Schöneberger (live)
- 9 p.m., Das Erste/One: ESC Finale (live)
Sunday May 15th
- 12:50 a.m., Das Erste/One: “Aftershow” with Barbara Schöneberger (live)
- 9:40 a.m., One: ESC final (replay)
The ESC program from SRF and ORF
The Swiss and Austrian television programs also feature special programs on the occasion of the Eurovision Song Contest. Before the live shows, SRF relies on the opening program “The Sound of Marius Bear”, which describes his “path from his native Appenzell to Swiss hope”, as well as on special editions of the society magazine “G&G – Faces and Stories”. Guests expected before the final include the two former ESC candidates Francine Jordi and Luca Hänni.
In ORF, before all three live shows, “Mr. Song Contest proudly presents” on the air. Andi Knoll accompanies this year’s Austrian candidate duo, presents other artists of the year and presents Turin’s sights. On Friday, May 13, ORF III will dedicate an entire theme evening to the first Austrian Grand Prix winner, Udo Jürgens. From 8:15 p.m., the new “zeit.geschichte” documentary “Austria’s fateful days – Udo Jürgens’ song contest victory”, the portrait “Udo Jürgens – a life for music” and Udo Jürgens’ last recorded concert from 2014 will be shown .