ITALY – Yesterday the European Broadcasting Union tweeted a pizza with the Eurovision logo implying directly that the announcement for the 2022 Eurovision city is imminent. This is no surprise as we are already late on this issue having in mind that the latest announcement of the host city in recent years was also September 13th.
- 2013: Announcement for Malmö took place on 8/7
- 2014: Announcement for Vienna took place on 2/9
- 2015: Announcement for Vienna took place on 6/8
- 2016: Announcement for Stockholm took place on 8/7
- 2017: Announcement for Kyiv took place on 9/9
- 2018: Announcement for Lisbon took place on 25/7
- 2019: Announcement for Tel Aviv took place on 13/9
- 2020: Announcement for Rotterdam took place on 30/8
THE PIZZA CONTROVERSY
Social media users didn’t see with a good eye the announcement of the EBU. The use of “pizza” as an Italian identifier was not the best choice for some. The main comment is that Italy is not about pizza, especially with trolls making posts regarding the Mafia and Berlusconi.
The same happened with some Italian press and blogs with frontrunner LA REPUBBLICA which also kinda reacted negatively to the use of “pizza” for the Eurovision 2022 teaser.
Soon 🤫 pic.twitter.com/pooZzKPyf8
— Eurovision Song Contest (@Eurovision) September 8, 2021
MILAN MISSED OUT?
According to bloggers Mediolanum Forum and Palazzo delle Scintille (proposed venues for Eurovision 2022 in the city’s bid) did not convince the RAI executives due to dimensions and internal arrangement. The jinx for Milan continues as the city (like Berlin in 2011 and Copenhagen in 2014) will have a suitable and super new venue soon BUT not on time for the contest. With the provisional name PalaItalia, the venue will be among the places where the 2026 Winter Olympics will take place (alongside Cortina). The upcoming venue will have a capacity of 16,000 spectators and will be built by the German company EVENTIM.
The pizza announcement sparked rumors about the host city. The lack of special dressing in the pizza hinted (for some) that Pesaro is out of the race in which Milan, Bologna, Torino, and Rimini are still in the running.
There are also rumors that tonight (or tomorrow) and during the SEAT MUSIC AWARDS which take place on September 9 and 10, Carlo Conti will make the announcement of the host city. The show is aired at 19:30 on RAI1. For the moment, though, this information has not been verified.
We also remind you that there are constant information reaching oikotimes for the host city without (of course) any possible way to be verified (at the moment)
an original oikotimes text