A total of 17 cities have entered the bidding process to become the host city of Eurovision 2022. Over the next month, Italian broadcaster RAI will receive more details from each candidate before making a final decision.
In the meantime, we want to hear from you. Which city do you want to be named as the host for next year’s contest in Italy?
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The full list of cities that have expressed an interest in hosting Eurovision 2022 is as follows:
Acireale (Catania), Alessandria, Bertinoro di Romagna (Forlì – Cesena), Bologna, Genoa, Florence, Jesolo (Venice), Matera, Milan, Palazzolo Acreide (Syracuse), Pesaro, Rimini, Rome, Sanremo (Imperia), Turin, Trieste and Viterbo.
This naturally includes Italy’s major cities such as Rome, Milan and Turin. And then there’s Sanremo, the host of the prestigious Festival di Sanremo that was the initial inspiration for Eurovision.
Other smaller towns haven’t been put off from throwing their names into the ring either despite the hosting requirements, which includes the need to have a venue that can accommodate at least 8,000 – 10,000 people. In fact, Bertinoro itself only has a population of 10,000 people.
The next stage of the bidding process will see all the candidates receive a more detailed document with the necessary requirements for hosting Eurovision. Each city must then submit a bid book outlining their proposal to RAI by Wednesday 4 August. The final decision on which city will host Eurovision 2022 will be made by RAI in conjunction with the EBU by the end of August.
Poll: Which city should host Eurovision 2022 in Italy?
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Eurovision 2022 host city bidding process
Italian broadcaster RAI has issued some very important parameters for the candidate cities. In order to host Eurovision 2022, a city must have an international airport no more than 90 minutes from the city. It should also have over 2,000 hotel rooms in the area close to the event and an infrastructure capable of hosting a large-scale live broadcast.
The venue must fulfil several requirements as well, such as being indoors and having air-conditioning and a well-defined perimeter. The arena should have an audience capacity in the main hall of at least 8,000 – 10,000 during the event and a main hall that can house the set and all other requirements needed to produce a high-level broadcast production.
It’s also worth mentioning that those 8,000 – 10,000 people should correspond to 70% of the maximum capacity of that venue for regular concerts, as the specific stage and production needs of Eurovision should be taken into consideration. The venue should also have ample space within easy access of the main hall to support additional production needs, such as: a press centre capable of hosting over 1,000 journalists; delegation spaces, dressing rooms, artist facilities, staff facilities, hospitality, audience facilities.
Most importantly, the infrastructure must be available exclusively for six weeks before the event, two weeks during the show in May and a week after the end of the event for dismantling. That’s nine weeks in total.
Which city did you vote for in the poll? Where do you think Eurovision 2022 is most likely to be hosted? Let us know in the comments below!