Politicians from 3 cities in Italy have already expressed an interest and intention to host the Eurovision Song Contest 2022.
Less than 24 hours since recording their first victory in over 30 years, policitians from the cities of Milan, Bologna and Pesaro have publically announced that they would like their city to be the host of Eurovision 2022 and intend to contact the Italian broadcaster.
Milan was the first city to express an interest and it came from Pierfrancesco Maran, the councillor for Urban Planning and Agriculture. A quick post on Facebook shortly after Måneskin’s victory congratulated the band and expressed his hope that Milan could host the contest. Milan is also where RAI have an important television production centre and the city has hosted other international events, such as the 2015 EXPO.
Next to register an interest was the city of Bologna, in the heart of Emilia-Romanga. Here it was Matteo Lepore, the councillor for Culture, Sport and ‘Civic Imagination’ who expressed his desire for Bologna to host the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest. He announced his intentions to write to RAI as soon as possible. Bologna, which has the title of UNESCO – City of Music has plenty of concert venues and arenas, which could make them an appealing choice.
Finally, it was the city of Pesaro who entered their name into the ring. Pesaro lies in the Eastern coast of Italy, not far from neighbouring San Marino. The mayor of the city, Matteo Ricci, proposed the Vitrifrigo Arena as the potential host venue.
It will be a long time until we get the confirmation of which city should host, and we expect to hear other cities expressing an interest over the coming days.
Source: Eurofestival News (In Italian) // Image Source: EBU
Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest
Italy debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1956 and has participated a total of 42 times to date. Italy returned to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2011 having last participated in the contest in 1997, the country has withdrawn from the contest on a number of occasions in the past. Italy has won the contest three times, the first time being in 1964 and the latest being in 2021. Italy’s hosting of the contest in 1991 has been remembered as one of the most chaotic contests to date. Since their return in 2011 Italy has finished in the top 10 on eight occasions.