ITALY – Team oikotimes is confirmed. The news we had about Turin is now officially confirmed. RAI and EBU confirm now that Torino will host the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest at the Pala Alpitour (Palasport Olimpico or PalaIsozaki) on may 10-12-14.
The Italian city of Turin been chosen as the Host City of the 66th Eurovision Song Contest, having triumphed over 16 other competing bids.
Italy won the right to stage next year’s event when Måneskin gave their country its first win since 1990 with the song “Zitti e Buoni” at this year’s Contest in May.
The Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 will take place at the PalaOlimpico, one of Italy’s largest indoor arenas, on Saturday 14 May with Semi-Finals on 10 and 12 May.
Italian public broadcaster Rai, together with the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), will organize the event next year and will formalize the related agreements together and with the City of Turin in the coming weeks.
Turin was chosen following a strong city bid process. A total of 17 Italian cities and regions competed to host the world’s largest live music event, which reached nearly 190 million viewers on TV and online in 2021.
Eurovision Song Contest Executive Supervisor Martin Österdahl welcomed the choice:
“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.”
Rai’s CEO Carlo Fuortes added:
“We are happy that Turin will host the next edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, the international festival loved by a huge audience in every country.”
“Thanks to the beautiful victory of the Måneskin, the singing competition returns to Italy after 31 years, in a city that has all the characteristics to host such a prestigious event. The choice made by Rai, together with EBU, was not easy given the very high level of the proposals made by the competing cities, which I thank for their enthusiastic participation. From today, an exciting journey begins for Rai and the city of Turin that will lead us to May 2022. A great challenge for Rai and for our country.”
The Mayor of Turin, Chiara Appendino is also excited to bring the Contest to their city in May 2022:
“Hosting the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Turin is, at the same time, a great honour and a great result for our city and our country. After inaugurating a new season of great events, Turin will be a stage for music and culture, in a dynamic and inclusive international event that will involve the whole city. We are delighted to represent Italy in front of such a large audience and we are already preparing to welcome guests from all over Europe. As always, we will be ready.”
Italy will host the Eurovision Song Contest for a third time having previously staged the event in Naples in 1965 and Rome in 1991.
HISTORY OF ANNOUNCEMENTS
- 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 BIDDING PHASE
Between 23 and 28 May 2021, many cities across Italy expressed interest in hosting the contest. Representatives from the cities of Bologna, Milan, Pesaro, Naples, and Turin voiced their interest, as well as the Mayor of Reggio Emilia, Luca Vecchi, who hoped to host the contest in the new RCF Arena, the largest open-air arena in Europe with a capacity of 100,000 spectators. The mayors of Rome, Rimini, and Florence soon after also expressed interest in hosting the contest and were joined by Sanremo, Verona, and Bari. Marco Di Maio, a member of the Italian Chamber of Deputies, also suggested that if Rimini were to host the contest, it should be a co-production with San Marino RTV.
On 7 July 2021, Italian host broadcaster RAI and the EBU launched the bidding process and published a list of criteria and requirements for the host city and venue:
- The venue must be available for at least 6 weeks before the contest and one week after the conclusion of the contest;
- The venue must be indoors with air-conditioning, have a well-defined perimeter and an audience capacity in the main hall of around 8,000 – 10,000 during the event;
- The venue must have a main hall with the capacity to house the set and all other requirements needed to produce a high-level broadcast production and have ample space within easy access of the main hall to support additional production needs, such as a press centre, delegation spaces, dressing rooms, artist facilities, staff facilities, hospitality, audience facilities, etc.;
- The host city must have an international airport no more than 90 minutes from the city;
- The host city must have over 2,000 hotel rooms in the area close to the event.
- In the first phase of this process, any interested cities were to present their bid through certified email by 12 July 2021, after which RAI and the EBU would proceed to send all of them a bid book with more detailed requirements for the cities to submit their plans for review.
On 9 July 2021, the city of Turin officially announced its bid. On the same day, the city of Pesaro did the same, proposing the Vitrifrigo Arena as a possible venue to host the event.
They were followed by Bologna and Jesolo on 12 July, and Rimini and Bertinoro (jointly with Forlì and Cesena) on 13 July.
On 13 July 2021, RAI announced that 17 cities had submitted their bid for hosting the contest and would be provided the following day with the bid books. They had until 4 August 2021 to draft and submit their detailed plans, which 11 cities did.
On 24 August 2021, it was reported that Bologna, Milan, Pesaro, Rimini and Turin would be the cities that remain in the running to host the contest.