From Dante’s  The Divine Comedy to the beloved film Il Postino, Italy has gifted the world memorable dramas. And as it turns out, the race to secure the Eurovision 2022 host city bid was filled with plenty of twists and turns of its own.

On Saturday La Stampa — a Torino-based newspaper — published a report detailing the behind-the-scenes events that ultimately led the city to win the right to host Eurovision inside its Pala Alpitour. One enormous factor that likely tipped the scale for Turin is convenience. Rai has a massive production centre in Turin, the capital of the Piedmont region. Human capital coupled with pre-existing technical infrastructure means Rai can keep the production in-house and save a whole lot of denaro.

Eurovision 2022 host city: Turin edged Bologna because of Rai’s local production resources

In the run-up to the grand final of Eurovision 2021, with buzz building about Maneskin on both social media and with the betmakers, Turin was already being floated as a potential host city.

This became very clear when, on May 21, just hours before the final, RAI held a Eurovision press conference. As you can watch in the tweet below, Claudio Fasulo, Entertainment Director at RAI, makes it clear Turin is the city most likely to host in the event Italy wins.

“If Italy and Maneskin are going to win, Rai would gladly host the biggest musical event in the world. In 2017, we had meetings and talked about Turin as best option for host city. Today, we would need a new meeting to decide the host city to see if there are new possibilities.”

Yep. Italy had been floating the idea of Turin hosting Eurovision as early as 2017. They’d been forced to contemplate the issue shortly after Sanremo when Francesco Gabbani emerged as the big favourite to win Eurovision for Italy.

Shortly after Maneskin’s win Turin’s mayor Chiara Appendino was ready to push the button. At the time she said: “We are already working on the candidacy, waiting for the announcement [of the application process].”

Despite what may have been a running assumption that it was all about Torino, the city faced a lot of competition. Within hours cities including Rome, Milan, Bologna and Rimini had expressed their interest.

And Sanremo played something of a blinder. La Stampa reports it pulled out an old agreement with state television from the 1990s that said it would host Eurovision the next time the opportunity arose.

In total, and as been cited repeatedly, 17 cities expressed interest in hosting.

By September — following site inspections and discussions over costs, contracts and budgets — only Turin and Bologna remained in the race.

The paper says that local production resources available in the Piedmont region played a big part in the decision calculus.

“What played a role now was the firepower of the Piedmontese Rai, which was able to keep almost all of its production ‘in house’ in the regional capital. The needle of the scales was leaning more toward our city.”

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ctc3D
8 days ago
I'm happy
Jo.
Jo.
9 days ago

we been knew and we been ready

Jonas
Jonas
10 days ago

I love Il Postino.

MTD
MTD
11 days ago

Rai – one thing – DON’T LET ANY SWEDISH PRODUCTION GUY ENTER IN YOUR PRODUCTION.

Hopefully, the usual suscpects won’t br involved in any kind, shape or form this year. Enough!

Vincenzo
Vincenzo
10 days ago
Reply to  MTD

Rumours say Germany and Swedish TV offered their help to RAI but they refused.

MTD
MTD
10 days ago
Reply to  Vincenzo

And Rai better refuse the hell out of them.

Johannes
Johannes
9 days ago
Reply to  MTD

Yes we need something new and Italian

Tadhg
Tadhg
7 days ago
Reply to  Johannes

Agree! The Swedes are too involved on every level and I’m bored with Florian Weider’s stage designs, let’s hope the Italians can bring something new and different to ESC next year.

Mio
Mio
11 days ago

lodging for the first two weeks of May looks scarce and expensive.

Denis
Denis
11 days ago

It would be fun if a future ESC would be held in southern Italy or Sicily or Sardinia. Southern Italy is underdeveloped and not prioritised by government so it could be a nice way to give attention..

hzalfa
hzalfa
11 days ago
Reply to  Denis

Southern Italy has no arenas big enough to host Eurovision though, not even in Naples, Italy’s third biggest city.

Denis
Denis
11 days ago
Reply to  hzalfa

They can be build yes?

hzalfa
hzalfa
11 days ago
Reply to  Denis

In theory yes, in practice it would be a political mess filled with corruption/accusations of corruption and people complaining that they’re wasting money on useless projects instead of improving the situation of locals or because they feel the south should invest on industry and not tourism. I just don’t see it happening.

Alex
Alex
11 days ago

So next time Italy wins, which city is going to host it? Milan? Seems like southern Italy is out of question…

HarpyDarper
HarpyDarper
11 days ago
Reply to  Alex

I was thinking that. If Turin has been considered the best option for such a while, will they get it if Italy wins again in the next 10/20 years? Is Bologna still a fantastic option? Will Milan’s arena still be good enough? Will another city build a better arena in that time?

Qué Sera Sera….

Antonio G
Antonio G
11 days ago
Reply to  HarpyDarper

Milan is going to build a new and bigger arena in few years, for the winter Olympics.

Alex
Alex
11 days ago
Reply to  Antonio G

exactly, i bet my money on Milan to be the next ESC host city. It ticks all the boxes.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
11 days ago
Reply to  Antonio G

I first heard of Turin because of the 2006 Olympics , and Anow they are coming back to Italy 20 years later for 2026. Good luck to Milan.

Joe
Joe
11 days ago

Funny that Sanremo had an IOU after losing out on hosting because of the Gulf War

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
11 days ago
Reply to  Joe

And now they’re unsuitable to host a modern eurovision contest.