Jesolo in the Metropolitan City of Venice has submitted its bid to host Eurovision 2022 despite proposing an ineligible venue.
The seaside city of Jesolo near Venice has submitted a bid to host the Eurovision Song Contest 2022. Jesolo is the fourth city to publicly announce a bid to host next years Eurovision. The bid is being fronted by the JesoloVenice Consortium, the President of the consortium commented:
Ours is a city with an international vocation, used to hosting and organizing large events. I remember that, if we look at the last few years, in Jesolo we have had events such as the Beach Bum Rock Festival, Miss Italia, the Full Moon Dj Superstar, the Air Show (the largest and most important civil air show), the Coca Cola event. Live Mtv… until the Ironman that we will have in September, in a region often home to world-class events, such as the Cortina Olympics.
The bid is proposing the PalaInvent as the venue for the contest should Jesolo be selected. However, the proposed venue does meet the minimum criteria to host the contest as it can only host 4,000 people. The additional proposal of an outside contest is also ruled out due to the technical issues associated with such a venue.
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.
Cities in the Running
The following cities have submitted their bids to host the contest:
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.