Eurovision Song Contest 2022

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May 23, 2022

The LXVI edition of the Eurovision Song Contest was held at the Pala Alpitour in Turin, Italy, on May 10, 12 and 14, 2022, after the victory of the rock band Måneskin in the 2021 edition in Rotterdam (Countries Netherlands), with the song "Zitti e buoni", which led the transalpine country with 524 points to organize this edition. It was the third Eurovision contest to be held in Italy, after the festivals held in 1965 and 1991.

Organization

The executive supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, Martin Österdahl, presented at the press conference of the winner of the 2021 edition a "tool kit (composed of a folder and a USB drive) to start the necessary work to host the festival". He also said that meetings with the host television would begin in June 2021.

Festival Venue

After Italy won the victory, and earned the right to organize the next edition of the festival, the mayors of the Italian cities of Bologna, Milan, Pesaro, Naples and Turin expressed their interest in hosting the contest on May 23, 2021.[2] ]​[3]​[4]​ That same day, the mayor of Reggio Emilia, Luca Vecchi, expressed his interest in hosting the contest at the RCF Arena, the largest open-air stadium in Europe with a capacity of 100,000 spectators.[5] Also the mayor of Rome , Virginia Raggi, expressed interest in hosting the contest.[6] A day later, more mayors and government representatives expressed their desire to host the festival. The mayor of Rimini expressed his interest in holding the contest, proposing the Fiera di Rimini as the venue.[7] Also, the mayor of Florence, Dario Nardella, and the cities of San Remo and Verona expressed interest in hosting the event.[7] 8]​[9]​ On July 7, 2021, the Italian host broadcaster RAI and the EBU launched the bidding process and published a list of criteria and requirements for the host city and the venue:[10] The venue must be available for at least 6 weeks before the contest and one week after the conclusion of the contest; The venue should be indoor with air conditioning, have a well-defined perimeter and an audience capacity in the main room of around 8,000 - 10,000 during the event; The venue must have a main room capable of hosting the set and all other requirements necessary to produce a high-end broadcast production and have ample space with easy access to the main room to support additional production needs such as : a press centre, delegation spaces, dressing rooms, artist facilities, staff facilities, hospitality, audience facilities, etc.; The host city must have an international airport no more than 90 minutes from the city; The host city must have more than 2,000 hotel rooms in the area near the event. In the first phase of this process, cities must formally apply to bid. Interested cities must present their offer in a bid book and send it to RAI before July 12, 2021. RAI and the UER will review all bid books during the summer and, based on them, choose the host city of the 2022 contest. On July 9, 2021, the city of Turin officially announced that it was running. That same day, the city of Pesaro did the same, proposing the Vitrifrigo Arena as a possible place to host the event. They were followed by Bologna and Jesolo on July 12, and Rimini and Bertinoro (along with Forlì and Cesena) on July 13. On July 13, 2021, RAI announced that 17 cities had submitted their bid to host the contest and bid books would be delivered to them the following day. They had until August 4, 2021 to draft and submit their detailed plans,