Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Eurovision Drinking Game - 2022


Now, I apologise that I am so very late with the rules this year. The simple truth is that I got hit pretty hard by Covid-19 a month ago and I've still not recovered. Which means there is a chance that - whisper it - this might be the first year in quite some time that I don't play the Eurovision drinking game. Or I could just throw caution to the wind and decide that since my head is pretty addled already, what harm could one little 70cl bottle of vodka really do? 

Either way, this is also the first Eurovision since I ditched Facebook and Instagram so I won't be providing live commentary this year. I've not missed either in the five months since I left them behind, but I must say, I am going to miss being able to share my thoughts, as they inextricably degenerate through the evening...

But, enough about me - you're here for the rules, right?

Now, as with all the previous years, some of the rules are a tad UK-centric so, if you intend to play this in another country, just ignore rules 1 and 28 and knock back two shots before you get started for good measure. Or, watch it on BBC and pretend to be British for the night so you too can feel our pain.

Finally, I need to issue my (now) customary words of warning; this game is based upon the consumption of a great deal of strong alcohol. I cannot, therefore, be held responsible for your health (or lack of) if you stringently follow the rules of my game and drink yourself into oblivion. You play this game entirely at your own risk...


A. A shot glass for every person playing (probably best to have a couple of spares in case people get overexcited).

B. The national drink of Italy is apparently Campari   which, frankly is a little tame for the hardened veterans of the Eurovision drinking game. I would therefore recommend avoiding Campari altogether and rely instead upon the ever welcoming support of vodka or tequila. The bottom line, pick something suitably alcoholic and to your tastes.


The rules are really very simple. You take a sip of your chosen spirit:

1) Any time the British entry - Sam Ryder - is mentioned. Drink an entire shot if they mention the fact he's a TikTok star.

2) The host(s) demonstrate that the secret of comedy is timing. By having none.

3) The host(s) attempts to sing.

4) The host(s) pretends to be surprised at something that's going on in what is clearly a vaguely-rehearsed piece of improvisation.

5) The host(s) loses track of their autocue or mess up their timing.

6) The video shown before an act manages to put you off the act before they've even taken the stage. Drink a shot if it seems they've just decided to reuse an old tourism advert.

7) The singer is barefoot.

8) A country is represented by a singer from somewhere else in the world. Drink an entire shot if a country is represented by what seems to be a random person (or persons) scooped up off the streets and then pushed out on stage.

9) The act involves people on stage banging large drums or objects acting as large drums. Drink a shot if person playing aforementioned drum is bare chested.

10) An item of clothing is removed on stage. Drink an entire shot if it is removed by someone else.

11) The act is bald. Drink an entire shot if they are also female.

12) The act possesses a large moustache. It has to be said, there has - in recent years - been a dearth of large moustaches. I may have to start a petition soon...

13) Someone is wearing sequins.

14) The act is dressed in leather. Drink an entire shot if they are dressed in leather and have a large moustache.

15) If you hear a language used other than that of the nation who is singing (for example, English words in a song by Ukraine). One sip per language. If in any doubt, just take a sip.

16) You recognise the song immediately as being a blatant rip off of a previous winner of Eurovision.

17) The song is clearly an attempt to be 'hip' and 'contemporary' - and thus sounds like something that might have charted at the outer reaches of the Top 40 more than a decade ago.

18) The song is an ode to world peace. Drink three shots immediately if children appear on stage.

19) There are dancers on stage who, by their movements and lack of synchronicity, appear to have perhaps had three dance lessons as a child and have never heard the song before tonight. Take a shot if they're wearing an especially outlandish costume.

20) People are pretending to play instruments on stage. Drink an entire shot if they take a pretend solo.

21) Every time there's some kind of pyrotechnic on stage.

22) Every time someone employs the use of a wind machine.

23) If the act attempts to distract attention from the paucity of quality in their offering by getting some kind of celebrity on stage with them (for reference: see Germany in 2009 who employed the services of Dita von Teese to absolutely no effect whatsoever).

24) Every time you come to the realisation that the light show/LCD screen is considerably more interesting than the act that's currently on the stage.

25) Every time a former Eurovision entrant appears during the interval act.

26) Every time there is an awkward silence and/or miscommunication between the hosts and the people reading out the votes. Drink an entire shot if the votes get mixed up. 

27) Every time one of the people reading out the results of a country’s voting attempts to secure their 15 seconds of fame by babbling on incoherently and generally delaying things and winding a few hundred million people up. Drink an entire shot if they try to milk things even further by singing.

28) Every time it’s "Royaume-Uni? Nil point!". Drink a shot each time, at the end of a voting round, the UK is in last place overall.

29) Every time a country gives top marks to someone for geographic, political or ethnic reasons.

30) If there is any alcohol left once the show is finished and you’re physically capable of coordinating the movement of alcohol from the bottle to your mouth...take a sip!

As ever, have fun and please don't blame me for the excessive pain and misery you will have to endure...not to mention the apocalyptic hangover you'll be suffering the day after!!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hello, just wanted to say I absolutely love these drinking games and have been playing along with them for YEARS. I’ve introduced lots of friends to them and they love them and find them hilarious. So THANK YOU for updating them every year. It definitely does not go unnoticed!

Hoping for some rules for 2023 :)