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“The later the better?”: how the songs released last have done in the contest?

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!

YEARENTRYRELEASE DATERESULT
2021🇲🇹 Malta: Destiny – Je me casseMarch 15th7th in final
2020🇷🇺 Russia: Little Big – UNOMarch 12thcontest cancelled
2019🇦🇲 Armenia: Srbuk – Walking OutMarch 10thDNQ (16th in semifinal)
2018🇬🇪 Georgia: Ethno-Jazz Band Iriao – For YouMarch 13thDNQ (18th in semifinal)
2017🇦🇲 Armenia: Artsvik – Fly with meMarch 18th18th in final
2016🇧🇬 Bulgaria: Poli Genova – If Love Was a CrimeMarch 21st4th in final
2015🇲🇪 Montenegro: Knez – AdioMarch 17th13th in final
2014🇷🇺 Russia: Tolmachevy Sisters – ShineMarch 19th7th in final
2013🇮🇹 Italy: Marco Mengoni – L’essenzialeMarch 18th7th in final
2012🇬🇧 United Kingdom: Engelbert Humperdinck – Love Will Set You FreeMarch 19th25th 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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Sami Luukela

I started watching Eurovision back in 2006, when I was only 10 and couldn't stay up to see Lordi winning. I attended my first contest in 2013 in Malmö. I'm studying journalism and I love music — you will probably never see me without my headphones on.

2 Comments

  1. That’s true! However it was not confirmed to be Italy’s entry until late March with other songs also being rumoured to be the selected entry.

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