The Italian city of Turin was chosen as the host city of the 66th Eurovision Song Contest, after triumphing over 16 other competing entries.
Italy won the right to host next year’s event when Måneskin gave their country their first victory since 1990 with the song “Zitti e Buoni” at this year’s competition in May.
The event was held with strict coronavirus restrictions, and a number of acts, including former Icelandic favorites Daoi & Gagnamagnio, were forced to withdraw from the scene after testing positive.
The previous year’s event was canceled due to the pandemic.
The grand final of the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest will take place at PalaOlimpico, one of Italy’s largest indoor arenas, on Saturday May 14 and the semi-finals will take place on May 10 and 12.
Turin was chosen following a strong application process from the city. In total, 17 Italian cities and regions competed against each other to host the world’s largest live music event, which reached nearly 190 million TV and online viewers in 2021.
The European Broadcasting Union (EBU), which produces the competition, made the announcement in a video retracing Italy’s previous two editions as host – Naples in 1965 and Rome in 1991.
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The executive supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, Martin Österdahl, welcomed the choice: “Turin is the ideal host city for the 66th Eurovision Song Contest.
“As we saw during the 2006 Winter Olympics, PalaOlimpico exceeds all the requirements necessary to organize a global event of this magnitude and we were very impressed with the enthusiasm and commitment of the city of Turin. which will welcome thousands of fans next May.
“This will be the first Eurovision Song Contest held in Italy in 30 years and, together with our host broadcaster Rai, we are determined to make it a special event.”
RTÉ wants to hear from contemporary Irish artists and songwriters with the talent and ambition to compete and succeed in this highly competitive environment.
This is a rare and valuable opportunity for artists and songwriters to make themselves known on a global scale – the rewards for achieving a top ten result in the final can be significant.
“We need a performer and a song that can compete at the highest international level against the best European professionals,” said Michael Kealy, the main man of RTÉ’s Eurovision Song Contest.
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