Allora! After a long wait, the host city of Eurovision 2022 has finally been confirmed. The EBU today announced that the 2022 edition of the song contest will be hosted in the northern Italy city of Turin. The grand final of Eurovision 2022 has been confirmed for 14 May 2022.
Turin — known in Italian as Torino — is the capital of the Piedmont region. It is located near the Swiss and French borders and is an important business and cultural centre in northern Italy.
The city’s host venue is the Pala Alpitour arena (formerly known as the PalaOlimpico), which boasts more than 13,000 seats and a height of 18 meters.
Eurovision Executive Supervisor Martin Österdahl was enthusiastic about the choice of host city, saying:
‘Turin is the perfect Host City for the 66th Eurovision Song Contest.
“As we saw during the 2006 Winter Olympics, PalaOlimpico exceeds all the requirements needed to stage a global event of this scale and we have been very impressed with the enthusiasm and commitment from the City of Turin who will welcome thousands of fans next May.
“This will be the first Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Italy in 30 years and, together with our Host broadcaster Rai, we are determined to make it a special one.”
The grand final will be held on Saturday 14 May 2022, with the semi-finals on Tuesday 10 and Thursday 12 May.
Turin previously pitched the hosting with a glossy promotional video that celebrated Torino’s place in Italy’s cultural and commercial history. Turin will be the third Italian city to host the Eurovision Song Contest, following Naples (1965) and Rome (1991).
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The Eurovision 2022 host city selection process
The announcement of the Eurovision 2022 host city has taken a little longer than usual, leaving some fans feeling anxious. But with today’s announcement, it’s clear that the announcement has been made with plenty of time for Eurovision 2022 planning to get underway.
The host city selection process began earlier in the year, with 17 Italian cities expressing an interest in hosting the 2022 edition of the song contest. From that, 11 cities went ahead and formerly applied.
From that, the potential cities were reportedly narrowed down to five likely candidates. The cities were visited and inspected to gauge their suitability as potential host cities.
While it was expected that the host city announcement would be released in September, nothing was heard and it seemed that the process was shrouded in mystery. However, Italian fans noted that many Italian municipalities were undergoing their local elections, so it made sense that the final decision and announcement would be made after the elections.
And the early October announcement isn’t the latest a host city has been revealed. In 2010, German broadcaster NDR confirmed on 12 October that Düsseldorf would be the host city of Eurovision 2011.
What do you think? Will Turin make a good host city for Eurovision 2022? Will you make the journey in May 2022? Tell us your thoughts below!