Eurovision 2022

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May 22, 2022

Eurovision Song Contest 2022 thanks to Måneskin's victory with the song "Zitti e buoni" at the previous year's competition held in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Prior to that, Italy hosted Eurovision in 1965 and 1991. The first and second semi-finals took place on May 10 and 12, and the final on May 14. 40 countries took part in the competition. Armenia returned after a year-long break, and Montenegro after a two-year break. Russia originally planned to take part, but was sidelined due to Russian troops invading Ukraine. The winner of the competition was Ukraine, which was represented by the Kalush Orchestra with the song "Stefania". This was the third victory for Ukraine, after victories in 2004 and 2016, and the first victory for a completely Ukrainian-language song. The result of the TV viewers' voting for the Ukrainian song - 439 points - is a record in the history of the contest. The UK and Spain finished 2nd and 3rd, their best results since the 1998 and 1995 contests respectively.

Venue

By tradition, Italy won the right to host the Eurovision Song Contest in 2022 immediately after it won the 2021 contest. Preparations for the 2022 contest began on May 23, 2021, immediately after Italy won the 2021 contest in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Martin Österdahl, Executive Supervisor of the Contest on behalf of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), gave RAI, the competing Italian broadcaster, a stack of documents and a USB stick with start-up tools needed for the next Contest.

Choice of host city

A day after Italy's victory in the 2021 contest, the country's cities began to express interest in hosting a home contest. Milan, Bologna, Naples, Pesaro and Turin declared their desire to host the competition. The mayor of Reggio nel Emilia, Luca Vecchi, said that the RCF arena, located in the city, is ready to host the Eurovision Song Contest in 2022. Mayor of Rome Virginia Raggi also expressed interest in hosting the contest in that city. On May 24, 2021, the mayor of Rimini, Andrea Niassi, expressed interest in hosting the Eurovision