ITALY – The 2022 Eurovision host city announcement will delay even further according to what sources now speculate. The announcement which is the most delayed one in the history of the contest is going to take place after the municipal elections. This is why EBU and RAI are not making any comments or statements in order to avoid political games behind it.
So, if this is the case (which according to tour sources is), we cannot expect news about host cities before the election of a Mayor to the five cities which are in the final phase.
Now, let’s clarify that the first round of the municipal elections is set for 3-4 October. If we have elected Mayor on the night of 4/10 then the following days we could expect developments. If no majority is achieved in any of the five bidding cities, we will have to wait for the runoff (second round) of the municipal elections set for October 17-18.
Let’s have a look at the current standings for the municipal elections in the five bidding cities. Information is given for understanding the procedure and not aiming to make a political post.
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