For Eurovision Song Contest 2022, Azerbaijan will be the last country to reveal their entry with the release planned for March 21st. But does releasing the song last help the country’s chances in the contest? Let’s find out!
|2021||🇲🇹 Malta: Destiny – Je me casse||March 15th||7th in final|
|2020||🇷🇺 Russia: Little Big – UNO||March 12th||contest cancelled|
|2019||🇦🇲 Armenia: Srbuk – Walking Out||March 10th||DNQ (16th in semifinal)|
|2018||🇬🇪 Georgia: Ethno-Jazz Band Iriao – For You||March 13th||DNQ (18th in semifinal)|
|2017||🇦🇲 Armenia: Artsvik – Fly with me||March 18th||18th in final|
|2016||🇧🇬 Bulgaria: Poli Genova – If Love Was a Crime||March 21st||4th in final|
|2015||🇲🇪 Montenegro: Knez – Adio||March 17th||13th in final|
|2014||🇷🇺 Russia: Tolmachevy Sisters – Shine||March 19th||7th in final|
|2013||🇮🇹 Italy: Marco Mengoni – L’essenziale||March 18th||7th in final|
|2012||🇬🇧 United Kingdom: Engelbert Humperdinck – Love Will Set You Free||March 19th||25th in final|
“Save the best for last” has not been the case at Eurovision, if we look at the statistics. For the past ten years, the song that was released last has never won the contest. Poli Genova came the closest after finishing fourth in the final in 2016. Interestingly, the song that was released as the last song for the contest has finished seventh in the final three times.
Notably, in 2014, the winning entry “Rise Like a Phoenix” by Conchita Wurst was the second-last song to be released. Also in 2011, “Running Scared” by Ell & Nikki was released as the second-last song before Belarus revealed their new song, after having to replace their original entry after it was disqualified.
For Eurovision Song Contest 2022, Azerbaijan’s song is the last song to be released. Nadir Rustamli’s entry will be released on Monday, March 21st.
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