Back in June, representatives from Rai travelled to Geneva to meet with the EBU’s Eurovision Reference Group. Following the meeting, Italian Head of Delegation Simona Martorelli stated that the first task ahead was to select a host city. Last month, the bidding process was officially launched, with the publication of the criteria for eligible host cities. After 17 became 11, now only 5 candidates remain.
With the announcement that only five host city candidates, it has been stated that the final decision is due to be made next week. Now, it has been suggested by Il Resto del Carlino that the host city will be announced by Rai on Monday 30 August.
Note: this is not official and has not been confirmed by Rai or the EBU, however, the broadcaster had previously stated that the host city would be announced by the end of August.
The 5 cities that remain in contention to host Eurovision 2022 are:
Unsurprisingly, all 3 of the proposed cities that meet all of the requirements – Bologna, Milan and Turin – remain in contention. In recent days, the representatives from the broadcaster have been visiting each of the remaining candidate cities to assess their facilities.
Eurovision 2022 so far
A total seventeen Italian cities submitted their candidacy to host the Eurovision Song Contest 2022. However, only 3 of these proposed cities meet all of the requirements. Notably, Verona, Naples and Bari did not submit bids after initially expressing interest.
The cities in the running are:
The provincial capitals that are in the running are:
Meanwhile, the following municipalities have submitted bids:
Acireale (Catania) Bertinoro di Romagna (Forlì – Cesena) Jesolo (Venice) Palazzolo Acreide (Syracuse) Sanremo (Imperia)
After submitting their initial bids, each candidate received a more detailed document ahead of the next stage. Six of the above were then eliminated from the process following a meeting of the Board of Directors (
struck through). Rai, in coordination with the EBU, will select the host city by the end of August.
The hosting line-up has yet to be revealed, but Alessandro Cattelan and Chiara Ferragni are currently the rumoured frontrunners.
Måneskin won the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 with “Zitti E Buoni”, taking us to Italy for the first time since 1991. We will report as the selection process continues!
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