After months of bids, declarations and speculation, the host city of the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest has been announced! Turin has beaten out 16 other potential host cities to succeed Rotterdam as the host city for Eurovision.
The frontrunner from the very start, today it has been confirmed that Turin will host the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest! Back in June, Turin City Council had unanimously supported the city’s bid and pledged to support bringing the contest to Turin.
Turin is the perfect Host City for the 66th Eurovision Song Contest.
As we saw during the 2006 Winter Olympics, PalaOlimpico exceeds all the requirements needed to stage a global event of this scale and we have been very impressed with the enthusiasm and commitment from the City of Turin who will welcome thousands of fans next May.
This will be the first Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Italy in 30 years and, together with our Host broadcaster Rai, we are determined to make it a special one.Martin Österdahl, Eurovision Song Contest Executive Supervisor
With the host city confirmed, we may still have a few months to wait until the hosting line-up is revealed. For reference, the hosts for Eurovision 2020/21 weren’t revealed until December.
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 met all of the requirements. Notably, Verona, Naples and Bari did not submit bids after initially expressing interest.
The cities in the running were:
The provincial capitals that were in the running were:
Meanwhile, the following municipalities also 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. Then, the remaining 11 candidates were cut to five. Rai, in coordination with the EBU, agreed to select the host city by the end of August…but ended up being delayed until October.
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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