The Italian capital Rome, has this afternoon expressed its interest in bringing the Eurovision Song Contest back to the city.
Virginia Raggi, the Mayor of Rome, has this afternoon given her support to bring the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 to the city. She tweeted this afternoon:
“Rome is proud of its people. Next year Italy will host #EurovisionSongContest 2022. Rome is the perfect stage to relaunch the challenge.”
Rome last hosted the Eurovision Song Contest in 1991, following the last time that Italy won the contest in Zagreb. Rome currently has one indoor arena the PalaLottomatica which hosted the 1960 Olympic Games Basketball tournaments, it holds up to 11,200 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: EBU / Thomas Hanses | Source: Virginia Raggi
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Italy returned to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2011 having last participated in the contest in 1997, the country has withdrawn from the contest on a number of occasions in the past.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.