Turin to host Eurovision 2022

The city of Turin chosen over 16 other Italian cities for the Eurovision Song Contest next May.

We finally have a winner.

The Italian city of Turin has won the race to become the Host City of the 66th Eurovision Song Contest.

The Grand Final will be held in PalaOlimpico on Saturday 14 May 2022 with Semi-Finals on 10 and 12 May.

Turin was chosen by host broadcaster Rai over 16 other competing bids.

The capital of Piedmont will be the third Italian city to host the event after Naples (1965) and Rome (1991).

Executive Supervisor Martin Österdahl said, ‘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.”

Turin is about 880,000 people, the 4th-largest city in Italy after Rome, Milan and Naples. The city covers a total area of 130 square kilometres. Heavily raided during WWII, it later became a major European crossroad for industry, commerce and trade, and is part of the famous “industrial triangle” along with Milan and Genoa. The 2006 Winter Olympics ushered in a building boom, including a brand-new metro system, transforming a staid industrial centre into a vibrant metropolis.

PalaOlimpico seats some 12,000 people, small by European standards, and has hosted major sporting events plus Madonna, U2, 5 Seconds of Summer, Ariana Grande & Shakira.

SBS will choose Australia’s representative at Eurovision: Australia Decides on February 26th on the Gold Coast.

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  1. It always takes time, as the organisers need to make sure they have enough hotel rooms, a decent stadium – but most importantly, they can attract additional investment from the Host City. It costs a helluva lot to stage Eurovision – anywhere between 20-30 million euros (nearly $50million AUD)

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