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Eurovision semi-finals 2022: Can the UK vote in the second semi-final?

By Megan Nisbet

The second instalment of the Eurovision Song Contestant semi-finals will take place on Thursday, May 12. Viewers will be able to tune into BBC Three from 8pm with hosts Scott Mills and Rylan Clarke to see which countries will go through to the grand finale.

The first semi-final took place on Tuesday and saw 10 countries qualify for the final which will take place in Turin, Italy, on Saturday, May 14. They were Switzerland, Armenia, Iceland, Lithuania, Portugal, Norway, Greece, Ukraine, Moldova and the Netherlands.

Tonight's heat will see 10 more countries join them alongside the Big Five who automatically qualify each year. They are the UK, Italy, France, Germany and Spain, as well as the host nation (Italy this year).

Read more: Eurovision 2022: When is the grand final and what time does it start?

Presenters during the semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 (AFP via Getty Images)

Can the UK vote in the second semi-finals?

Eurovision fans in the UK were not allowed to vote for their favourite acts during Tuesday's first semi-final, but they will be able to on Thursday. This is because the Big Five countries are randomly drawn one semi-final each so voting is as balanced as it can be, reports Express.co.uk.

This year the UK drew the second semi-final with Spain and Germany. France and Italy voted in the first one. Viewers can vote by telephone, SMS and through the Eurovision app. More details will be available during the shows.

The official Eurovision website reads: "Only those countries who take part in the respective semi-final vote, along with three of the six pre-qualified countries. Which countries take part and vote in which semi-final is determined by the so-called Semi-Final Allocation Draw in late January."

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