As Måneskin won the Eurovision title for Italy in May with the song Zitti e buoni, 2022 will be Italy’s turn to host the event. Bids for the 66th song contest are underway, with the winning venue to be unveiled next month.
In total, 17 Italian cities launched official bids to host the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest after Rome band Måneskin won the title for Italy.
Large cities including Bologna, Genoa, Florence, Milan, Rome, Turin and Trieste submitted their bids to state broadcaster RAI.
They were joined by provincial capitals Alessandria, Matera, Pesaro, Rimini and Viterbo.A number of smaller cities and towns also put themselves forward. They were: Acireale (Catania), Bertinoro di Romagna (Forlì – Cesena), Jesolo (Venice), Palazzolo Acreide (Siracusa) and Sanremo (Imperia).
RAI Will announce the winner at the end of August.
Who are the top contenders?
This will be Italy’s first hosting of Eurovision in three decades. But who are the top contenders?
Rome was one of the first to launch their bid. They hosted the last Italian Eurovision after Toto Cutugno won in 1990.
Rome mayor Virginia Raggi put the capital forward as the “perfect stage to relaunch the challenge.”
Turin mayor Chiara Appendino was quick off the mark, too. She assures her administration is already preparing the official bid. RAI earmarked Turin as a potential venue in 2017. That year, the favourite, Italy’s Francesco Gabbani did not win, so everything went on the backburner.
Milan is another strong candidate. It has experience of hosting large events, particularly Expo in 2015.