Politicians in Turin have begun their push to bring the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 to the city next May.
Two motions have been submitted in Turin to see the city push to host the Eurovision Song Contest 2022. The first motion was presented by M5S councilors Andrea Russi and Serena Imbesi who spoke of the importance of Eurovision in terms of bringing tourists to the city, the motion stated a 37% increase in tourists to Lisbon thanks to the contest.
The second motion was presented by the Lega Nord and focused on the potential economic impact of the contest on Turin, and the event’s ability to relaunch entertainment, catering, and the hotel sector in the city.
Councilor for Tourism and Commerce Alberto Sacco thanked both councilors for their proposals and stated that:
Turin has the credentials to successfully host the event, but we must wait to know the requests that the organizers will make to Rai. After having “conquered” a Ryanair air base and the ATP Finals – concluded the commissioner – we hope to get another victory.
The two motions were progressed to the next stage of debate in the City Council which will see the motions voted on. This stage will enable local politicians to show the level of support that a bid for Turin to host Eurovision has.
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).
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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Italy returned to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2011 having last participated in the contest in 1997, the country has withdrawn from the contest on a number of occasions in the past.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.