Although the summer season might be the quiet time for Eurovision fans, behind the scenes preparations have already begun for next year’s contest in Italy. A big one of these is deciding which city will host Eurovision 2022.
A total of 17 cities expressed an initial interest in becoming the host city of Eurovision 2022. We asked you to vote for which of these cities you wanted to be named as the host of the 2022 contest.
After counting a total of 5,128 votes, we can reveal that your preferred city of choice is…
Turin is the city you want to host Eurovision 2022
Coming out on top is Turin, the capital city of the Piedmont region of northern Italy. In the end, 1,093 votes were cast in the city’s favour – that’s 21.31% of the total.
Upon announcing that the city would be bidding to host Eurovision 2022, Turin’s mayor, Chiara Appendino, was very enthusiastic:
“We’re running because our city has all the cards in order and we think it’s the best option on the field to make your choice. We have spaces with suitable capabilities, with the full city and region within easy reach.”
Indeed, the city boasts the Pala Alpitour indoor arena. Built to host ice hockey at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games, it has vast experience welcoming the world. With a maximum capacity of 16,600, it routinely hosts large-scale concerts for Italian stars (Il Volo, Elisa, Marco Mengoni), but also their international counterparts (Madonna, Rihanna, Bob Dylan, 5 Seconds of Summer and U2).
It seems y’all are in agreement with mayor Appendino and want to see Europe descend on the Pala Alpitour next May.
?? Turin’s mayor says she has signed its bid to become #Eurovision 2022 host city.
? Its Pala Alpitour hosted ice hockey at the 2006 Olympics and has held concerts for Madonna, Rihanna, 5 Seconds of Summer and more.
— wiwibloggs (@wiwibloggs) July 10, 2021
It was a tight race for second place, but picking up the silver medal in this poll is Milan. Another major city in northern Italy, Milan is the capital of the Lombardy region. The city earned 999 votes (19.48% of the total).
Just behind in third place is Italy’s capital city Rome. The host city of Eurovision 1991, Rome has experience in hosting the contest – albeit when the show was done on a slightly smaller scale. Rome picked up 963 votes (18.78%).
These are the two cities that Måneskin’s lead singer Damiano David has a preference for. When the Eurovision 2021 champions recently met up with Dutch make-up star and Eurovision 2021 host NikkieTutorials, Damiano noted: “My heart says Rome because it’s my home city. But Milan is the city of music in Italy, and it would be really clever to host it there.”
— wiwibloggs (@wiwibloggs) August 4, 2021
In fourth place is Bologna. Yet another city in northern Italy, Bologna has garnered support from world renowned Italian singer Laura Pausini. Officials from the city have also stated that they would wish to use Eurovision 2022 in order to honour Italian icon Raffaella Carrà, who recently passed away.
Fifth place in the poll goes to Florence, capital of Italy’s Tuscany region. Then in sixth place is Sanremo, the host of the prestigious Festival di Sanremo that was the initial inspiration for Eurovision.
View the full poll results below.
Poll results: Which city should host Eurovision 2022 in Italy?
- Turin – 21.31% (1,093 votes)
- Milan – 19.48% (999 votes)
- Rome – 18.78% (963 votes)
- Bologna – 11.33% (581 votes)
- Florence – 7.22% (370 votes)
- Sanremo (Imperia) – 5.25% (269 votes)
- Trieste – 2.96% (152 votes)
- Rimini – 2.55% (131 votes)
- Jesolo (Venice) – 2.48% (127 votes)
- Genoa – 2.11% (108 votes)
- Pesaro – 1.76% (90 votes)
- Palazzolo Acreide (Syracuse) – 1.29% (66 votes)
- Acireale (Catania) – 1.03% (53 votes)
- Matera – 0.68% (35 votes)
- Bertinoro di Romagna (Forlì – Cesena) – 0.66% (34 votes)
- Alessandria – 0.57% (29 votes)
- Viterbo – 0.54% (28 votes)
Total Votes: 5,128
Eurovision 2022 host city bidding process
Each of the cities interested in hosting were tasked with submitting a bid book outlining their proposal to Italian broadcaster RAI by Wednesday 4 August. Italian newspaper La Stampa reports that eleven of the above 17 cities were able to submit a suitable proposal. The cities reportedly still in contention are: Acireale, Alessandria, Bologna, Genoa, Milan, Palazzolo Acreide, Pesaro, Rimini, Rome, Sanremo and Turin.
RAI will now review the submitted proposals. 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.
Do you agree with these poll results? Would you like Turin to be the Eurovision 2022 host city, or does your vote go somewhere else? Let us know in the comments below!