Reggio Emilia in northern Italy will discuss whether it will bid to host Eurovision Song Contest 2022 following local interest.
Local media in Reggio Emilia reports that the city will discuss whether it will bid to host Eurovision 2022 in an upcoming meeting of local government. The Mayor of the city Luca Vecchi has already expressed his support for such a move.
A city council informed Reggio Online that:
Other councilors and I will present an official document in the Sala del Tricolore asking the Municipality of Reggio Emilia, the candidacy must be presented by the local public body, to apply to host the Eurovision Song Contest 2022.
The city is likely to bid to host using the RCF Arena, which is the largest outdoor music venue in Europe. Such a bid is most likely going to be rejected by the Italian broadcaster Rai. This is because the bidding process requires an indoor venue for the contest capable of holding around 10,000 people.
Rai will hold a bidding process to determine which city will host the Eurovision Song Contest 2022, details will be revealed in due time. The following cities have already seen local politicians express an interest:
Måneskin and their entry “Zitti E Buoni” won the Eurovision Song Contest 2021. Måneskin is a rock band from Rome, consisting of members Damiano David (lead vocals), Victoria De Angelis (bass), Thomas Raggi (guitar), and Ethan Torchio (drums).
Image Source: Wikimedia – Lorenzo Gaudenzi | Source: Reggio Online
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Italy returned to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2011 having last participated in the contest in 1997, the country has withdrawn from the contest on a number of occasions in the past.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.