The Eurovision circus has started in Turin – NRK Culture and entertainment

On a turquoise runner hundreds of meters long, this year’s Eurovision Song Contest entrants met the press ahead of the official opening of ESC week.

The Circus Mircus pirate gang represents Georgia.

Amanda Georgiadi Tenfjord, as she is actually called, known as Amanda Tenfjord in Norway, is half-Greek and is competing for Greece in this year's ESC.

Amanda Georgiadi Tenfjord, as she is actually called, known as Amanda Tenfjord in Norway, is half-Greek and is competing for Greece in this year’s ESC.

Rosa Linn from Armenia.

Rosa Linn from Armenia.

Subwoofer contributed with good humor on the turquoise racer in Turin.

Subwoofer contributed with good humor on the turquoise racer in Turin.

Ronela Hajati represents Albania.

Ronela Hajati represents Albania.

Swede Cornelia Jakobs went for the shock factor on the runner.

Swede Cornelia Jakobs went for the shock factor on the runner.

Photo: YARA NARDI/Reuters

Briton Sam Ryder is one of the favorites to win Eurovision this year.

Briton Sam Ryder is one of the favorites to win Eurovision this year.

Another favorite to win, the Spanish artist Chanel, here in a red dress with a long veil.

Another favorite to win, the Spanish artist Chanel, here in a red dress with a long veil.

Mahmood & BLANCO represent Italy under ESC and are one of the favorites to win.

Mahmood & BLANCO represent Italy under ESC and are one of the favorites to win.

Malik Harris represents Germany.

Malik Harris represents Germany.

Artists from 40 countries will go through two semi-finals. 26 participants qualify for the grand finale on Saturday.

Artist Brooke sings this year's Irish contribution.

Artist Brooke sings this year’s Irish contribution.

Citi Zēni is behind Latvia's contribution

Citi Zēni is behind Latvia’s contribution

LUM!  X and Pia Maria from Austria are behind the song

LUM! X and Pia Maria from Austria are behind the song “Halo”

Italian Achille Lauro is one of the favorites to win Eurovision this year.

Achille Lauro represents San Marino.

Ukraine's Gruppa Kalush Orchestra is the ratings favorite this year.

Ukraine’s Gruppa Kalush Orchestra is the ratings favorite this year.

The contribution from Montenegro is the artist Vladana with the song

The contribution from Montenegro is the artist Vladana with the song “Breathe”.

Belgian Jeremie Makiese (centre) is both an artist and a footballer.  This year's Belgian song is called

Belgian Jeremie Makiese (centre) is both an artist and a footballer. This year’s Belgian song is called “Miss you”.

MARO in Portuguese

MARO in Portuguese

Photo: MARCO BERTORELLO / AFP

Emma Muscat from Malta contributes with the song “I Am What I Am”.

Emma Muscat from Malta contributes with the song “I Am What I Am”.

Stefan from Estonia.

Stefan from Estonia.

Among this year’s odds favorites are Ukraine, Italy, Great Britain, Sweden and Spain.

Mahmood & BLANCO represent Italy under ESC and are one of the favorites to win.

Mahmood & BLANCO represent Italy under ESC and are one of the favorites to win.

Photo: YARA NARDI/Reuters

Three “Norwegian contributions”

The group “We Are Domi” represents the Czech Republic. Two out of three band members are Norwegian.

The Czech group

The Norwegian-Czech group “We are Domi” represents the Czech Republic. Casper Hatlestad (left) on guitar and Benjamin Rekstad on keyboard. Singer Dominika Hašek is the daughter of former NHL player Dominik Hašek.

Sheldon Riley represents Australia and came on the turquoise runner in a summer outfit.

Sheldon Riley represents Australia and came on the turquoise runner in a summer outfit.

Photo: MARCO BERTORELLO / AFP

The group

The band “The Rasmus” is behind this year’s Finnish contribution.

Iceland.

Iceland.

Slovenian ETUC contribution.

Slovenia.

Fruit salad.

North Macedonia.

Nadir Rustamli (center) from Azerbaijan.

Nadir Rustamli (center) from Azerbaijan.

Israel.

Israeli Michael Ben David made a small entry on the turquoise runner.

“Intelligent Music Project” from Bulgaria.

Mia Dimšić from Croatia.

Mia Dimšić from Croatia.

Casper Hatlestad and Benjamin Rekstad play guitar and keyboard, while Czech Dominika Hašková is the singer.

– We feel that we are receiving extra love. Both from the Czech Republic and Norway. So it’s twice as much fun, says Rekstad.

Norwegian-Greek Amanda Tenfjord, or Amanda Georgiadi Tenfjord as her full name is, is representing Greece in this year’s Eurovision.

– I received a lot of support from Greece, which made me very excited, because I was not a household name there before, says Tenfjord.

Danish REDDI tinkles with flykick!

Danish REDDI tinkles with flykick!

France.

France.

The Serbia contract.

The Serbia contract.

Monika Liu represents Lithuania.

Monika Liu represents Lithuania.

Zdob says the Zdub & Advahov brothers from Moldova arrived with an accordion on the turquoise runner.

Zdob says the Zdub & Advahov brothers from Moldova arrived with an accordion on the turquoise runner.

Marius Bear from Switzerland greets the fans.

Marius Bear from Switzerland greets the fans.

Poland.

Poland.

Romanian WRS.

Romanian WRS.

The artist S10 represents the Netherlands.

The artist S10 represents the Netherlands.

Cyprus sent the artist Andromaque.

Cyprus sent the artist Andromache.

Norway Subwoofer’s contribution was popular with the press.

The Moon Wolves didn’t hesitate to pray when they were told to dance for the cameras.

Subwoofer dances on the turquoise runner.
Photo: Heiko Junge/NTB

An environmental activist stormed the runner

An activist from the group Extinction Rebellion stormed the turquoise runner in Turin, but was quickly stopped by the vigilantes on site.

An activist from the global environmental movement Extinction Rebellion (CR) is led away after disrupting arrivals for the opening ceremony of the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 on May 8, 2022 at the Palalpitour in Turin.  (Photo by Marco BERTORELLO / AFP)

The environmental activist did not walk several meters before being arrested.

Photo: MARCO BERTORELLO / AFP

For Norway to reach the final on Saturday, they must qualify from the first semi-final on Tuesday.

The bookmakers are predicting that the Norwegian contribution Subwoofer will finish in 8th place overall so a final place should be within reach.

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