Buonasera signore e signori! A delegation from Italy’s broadcaster RAI has travelled to the EBU‘s headquarters in Geneva, as preparations for Eurovision 2022 start to take shape.
On Tuesday, Deputy Director of RAI Uno, Claudio Fasulo and Head of Delegation Simona Martorelli met with the Eurovision Executive Supervisor Martin Österdahl and members of the Eurovision Reference Group.
As you’ll know, members of this group include producers from broadcasters who recently hosted Eurovision and others, and they work with the new host country to ensure Eurovision is handled correctly.
Speaking to Eurovision.tv, Italian Head of Delegation Simona Martorelli explained how the country is warming up for next year’s contest:
“There is a lot of enthusiasm around the Eurovision Song Contest in Italy. This victory is combined with a sentiment of rebirth that Italy really needs. We’re looking forward to working with the Reference Group on producing an incredible ESC in Italy in 2022”.
Executive Supervisor, Martin Österdahl, also pointed out how this is the first Reference Group meeting in person since the pandemic began:
“It’s great to finally be able to welcome the Reference Group to Geneva and meet in person for the first time in over 18 months”.
Eurovision 2022: Where are we going?
Meetings are all good, but we all want to know: where are we heading? Martorelli however, didn’t give much detail on the process. “Our first task is of course to find a great Host City over the summer for next year’s show”.
How many options are there? A zillion and a half, apparently. Eurovision-mania has taken over the local authorities of multiple Italian cities. From Rome to Milan, and from Sanremo to Naples, many have shared their interest in welcoming the contest. We gave you a short insight in a recent post, which you can read here:
And who’s going to host? That’s another question up in the air, although this will keep us in doubt for a bit more time.
Legend Raffaella Carrà, and veteran hosts Alessandro Cattelan and Milly Carlucci have been tipped as possible conductors.
What do you expect from Eurovision 2022? How do you think Italy will handle the contest? Any wishes? Let us know in the comment section below!