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

On a turquoise runner several hundred meters long, this year’s entrants in the Eurovision Song Contest meet the press before the official opening of ESC week.

The pirate gang at Circus Mircus represents Georgia.

Amanda Georgia in Tenfjord as she is called, known as Amanda Tenfjord in Norwegian is half Greek and is participating for Greece at this year's ESC.

Amanda Georgia in Tenfjord as she is called, known as Amanda Tenfjord in Norwegian is half Greek and is participating for Greece at this year’s ESC.

Rosa Linn from Armenia.

Rosa Linn from Armenia.

The subwoolfer contributes to the good mood of the turquoise runner in Turin.

The subwoolfer contributes to the good mood of the turquoise runner in Turin.

Ronela Hajati represents Albania.

Ronela Hajati represents Albania.

Sweden's Cornelia Jakobs went for the surprise factor in the runners.

Sweden’s Cornelia Jakobs went for the surprise factor in the runners.

Photo: YARA NARDI / Reuters

England's Sam Ryder is one of the favorites to win this year's Eurovision.

England’s Sam Ryder is one of the favorites to win this year’s Eurovision.

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

Another favorite to win is 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 semifinal rounds. 26 entries advance to the grand final on Saturday.

Artist Brooke sings Irish contribution of the year.

Artist Brooke sings Irish contribution of the year.

Citi Zēni is behind the Latvian contribution

Citi Zēni is behind the Latvian contribution

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

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

Italy's Achille Lauro is one of the favorites to win this year's Eurovision.

Achille Lauro represents San Marino.

Ukraine's Gruppa Kalush Orchestra are the odds favorites this year.

Ukraine’s Gruppa Kalush Orchestra are the odds favorites this year.

The contribution of Montenegro is the artist Vladana with the song

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

Belgian Jeremie Makiese (center) is an artist and football player.  This year's Belgian song is titled

Belgian Jeremie Makiese (center) is an artist and football player. This year’s Belgian song is called “Miss you”.

Portuguese MARO

Portuguese MARO

Photo: MARCO BERTORELLO / AFP

Emma Muscat from Malta contributed with the song «I Am What I Am».

Emma Muscat from Malta contributed with the song «I Am What I Am».

Stefan from Estonia.

Stefan from Estonia.

Among the odds of the year favorites, we find 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 band “We Are Domi” represents the Czech Republic. Two of the three band members are Norwegians.

Czech Group

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

Sheldon Riley represented Australia and was a turquoise runner in a summer outfit.

Sheldon Riley represented Australia and was a turquoise runner in a summer outfit.

Photo: MARCO BERTORELLO / AFP

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

Iceland.

Iceland.

Slovenian ESC Contribution.

Slovenia.

Macedonian.

North Macedonia.

Nadir Rustamli (center) from Azerbaijan.

Nadir Rustamli (center) from Azerbaijan.

Israel.

Michael Ben David from Israel made a slight entrance on the turquoise runner.

“Smart Music Project” from Bulgaria.

Mia Dimši from Croatia.

Mia Dimši from Croatia.

Casper Hatlestad and Benjamin Rekstad play guitar and keyboards, while Czech Dominika Hašková is vocalist.

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

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

“I’ve received a lot of support from Greece, something I’m very happy about, because I wasn’t a famous name there before,” said Tenfjord.

Denmark's REDDI chimes with a flykick!

Denmark’s REDDI chimes with a flykick!

France.

France.

Contract from Serbia.

Contract from Serbia.

Monica Liu represents Lithuania.

Monica Liu represents Lithuania.

Zdob says Zdub & Advahov Brothers of Moldova pulls with the accordion on the turquoise runner.

Zdob says Zdub & Advahov Brothers of Moldova pulls with the accordion on the turquoise runner.

Marius Bear from Switzerland waves to the fans.

Marius Bear from Switzerland waves to the fans.

Poland.

Poland.

WRS Romania.

WRS Romania.

Artist S10 represents the Netherlands.

Artist S10 represents the Netherlands.

Cyprus has sent the artist Andromache.

Cyprus has sent the artist Andromache.

The Norwegian Subwoolfer donation is very popular with the press.

The wolves from the moon did not hesitate to pray when asked to dance in front of the camera.

Subwoolfer dancing on turquoise runner.
Photo: Heiko Junge / NTB

Environmental activists storm runners

An activist from the group Extinction Rebellion stormed a turquoise runner in Turin, but was quickly stopped by security guards on the spot.

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

The environmental activist didn’t come a few meters before being stopped.

Photo: MARCO BERTORELLO / AFP

For Norway to reach the final on Saturday, they will have to progress from the first semifinal on Tuesday.

Bookmakers predict that Norway’s contributing Subwoolfer will end up in 8th place overall so last place should be within reach.

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