Turin has submitted its bid to host the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 to the Italian public broadcaster Rai.
The Mayor of Turin Chiara Appendino has announced that the city has formally bid to host the Eurovision Song Contest 2022. Posting on social media she said:
I signed the application letter yesterday.
We are talking about the most followed non-sporting event in the world.
With hundreds of millions of spectators, worldwide visibility of our Turin and indisputable economic repercussions.
With the extraordinary victory of the Måneskin at the last Eurovision it is up to Italy to host the next edition.
We are applying because our city has all the credentials and we believe it is the best option in the field on which to make the choice.
We have spaces with suitable capacities, in the heart of the city and easily accessible.
As far as hospitality is concerned, our accommodation offer is able to accommodate the thousands of people that the event will attract.
But – among others – there is another fundamental point that should lead to choosing Turin: we will already be a proven stage for international events that we have brought here in recent years, capable of putting the skills of an entire city at the service of ‘Eurovision.
Not only. Also thanks to these events, Turin has recently become a Ryanair hub, guaranteeing even more air connections between Turin and the rest of the world.
We are ready and determined. As always, we will do our best to bring Eurovision to Turin and leave this legacy to the citizens as well.
Good luck, Turin.
Turin is the first city to have submitted its bid to host the contest next May, it is widely viewed as the favourite to host Eurovision 2022.
Bidding to Host Eurovision
In order to be considered as a host city, the potential city and venue must meet certain criteria. Any potential host city must have:
- An international airport no more than 90 minutes from the city.
- Over 2,000 hotel rooms in the area close to the event.
- An infrastructure (stadium/venue/centre) capable of hosting a large-scale live broadcast with the minimum requirements listed below.
Any potential venue must:
- Be indoors with air-conditioning and have a well defined perimeter;
- Have an audience capacity in the main hall of around 8,000 – 10,000 during the event (which corresponds to 70% of maximum capacity of that venue for regular concerts, taking into consideration the specific stage and production needs of the Eurovision Song Contest);
- Have a main hall with the capacity to house the set and all other requirements needed to produce a high level broadcast production (this includes good specifications of load capacity in the roof, clearance to low beams, easy load in access, etc);
- Have ample space within easy access of the main hall to support additional production needs, such as: a press centre, delegation spaces, dressing rooms, artist facilities, staff facilities, hospitality, audience facilities, etc;
- Be available exclusively for 6 weeks before the event, 2 weeks during the show (which will take place in May) and a week after the end of the event for dismantling.
Any interested cities must present their bid in a Bid Book and send it to Rai by Monday 12 July at 23:59 CEST. RAI and the EBU will then review all of the Bid Books over the summer and from them, they will choose the host city of Eurovision 2022.
The following cities have already seen local politicians express an interest in being a host city:
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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.