italian delegation ebu reference group meeting

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!

Read more Eurovision 2022 news here.

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Alex
Alex
1 month ago

Turin is not the traditional Italian city that represents Italian culture but oh well. I know RAI and EBU just need the one city which ticks all the boxes for a successful organisation. It’ds 100% sure that they will follow the steps of Dusseldord and Rotterdam and won’t choose the capital

Apollo
Apollo
1 month ago

Turin! When was the last time we had an Alpine Eurovision?

Azaad
Azaad
1 month ago
Reply to  Apollo

I was going to say 2015 but Vienna is the one place in Austria that isn’t alpine

Alex
Alex
1 month ago
Reply to  Apollo

We don’t need an Alpine Eurovision.

Alex
Alex
1 month ago

It’sgoing to be a great show even though it will be interesting considering the majority of Italians do not know much about Eurovision and how it has evolved since 90s.

I want Rome to host the event but they don’t have the perfect arena so it will be between Turin and Milan.

PS: Nice Icelandic daddy over there.

Ria van de Velde
Ria van de Velde
1 month ago

I like to wish Italy the best of luck with the organisation to give us a wonderful ESC 2022. I prefer Rome as host city.

Eugenie
Eugenie
1 month ago

I really want Napoles to host. This city is my favourite Italian one and I want so much it to make more money on tourism during ESC.

Alex
Alex
1 month ago
Reply to  Eugenie

I want to visit Naples but they don’t have the right venue for Eurovision (indoor arena of at least 10k capacity).

Sot
Sot
1 month ago

Turin or Milan? I prefer Milan but Turin is a much bigger city I think and it’s maybe one of the first cities that come to mind when we talk about a massive paneuropean music event

Giolo
Giolo
1 month ago
Reply to  Sot

Two dogs strive for a bone, and the third runs away with it. #Rome2022

Alex
Alex
1 month ago
Reply to  Sot

What are you saying? Turin is not a much bigger city than Milan!!!!

Joe Lestingi
Joe Lestingi
1 month ago

Carlo Conti should also be considered as host. I like him. Fiorello is a goofball, so maybe him too.

Badwoolfgirl
Badwoolfgirl
1 month ago

I wish Italy the greatest of luck to pull out a great Eurovision show for 2022!

Jo.
Jo.
1 month ago

may the best city win and the best city is ofc TORINO 😀

Shuma
Shuma
1 month ago

Sietse Bakker gets everywhere, he gets round europe more than covid

Kirby
Kirby
1 month ago

I have a hunch they’re going to roll out the green, white and red carpet, no matter the amazing city chosen. Just one thing: I hope the logo and visual identity talk “Italy” and step aside from that gloomy dark background. It would me awesome to have a spring-inspired visual theme to celebrate life and music.

Sot
Sot
1 month ago
Reply to  Kirby

I think especially in the latest versions of the contest we’ve seen a lot of traditional vibes in the logos… The 2020-2021 logo kinda represents the minimalistic nature of Rotterdam and the Dutch people in general in my eye, 2018 was just a proper work of art (and I’m talking about all proposed logos) and 2016 was also nice in terms of ethnical representation

Meckie
Meckie
1 month ago
Reply to  Sot

There was ethical representation in 2016? But where?