The spread of the Omicron variant, as expected, could not leave the microcosm of Eurovision unaffected. Posting on Instagram, the presenter of the Eurovision 2022 Allocation Draw, Gabriele Corsi, announced that he tested positive in Covid-19.
As a result, Corsi will not present the Allocation Draw of the 66th Eurovision Song Contest, which will take place at the Palazzo Madama in Turin on January 25.
As expected, Corsi expressed his disappointment with this development:
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This was the suit (and the smile) I was supposed to wear at the Allocation Draw, in Turin, on tuesday. Unfortunately, I tested positive for Covid today. Apart from disappointment (which, I believe, is legitimate), I don’t have any symptoms. Compared to what others had to go through, this is nothing. I am really upset, however, I guess I can still use the suit for some other occasion and that I will wear my smile anyway. At this point, we all learned how to dodge both major and minor difficulties. And, in order to do that, we don’t need a nice suit. Just a big smile. The event is just postponed. See you all in Turin in May!
With Corsi’s illness taking place two days before the draw, it remains unknown who will co-host Tuesday’s event with Carolina Di Domenico.
Tuesday’s draw will determine whether the countries will participate in the First Semifinal (Tuesday, May 10) or in the Second Semifinal (Thursday, May 12). Also, again based on the draw it will be determined if they appear in the first or second half of the semifinal. We remind you that the exact order of appearance is announced later by the organizers and after it has first been approved by the EBU.