Eurovision 2022: 41 countries joining the 66th contest in Turin!

Public broadcasters from 41 countries will take part in the Eurovision Song Contest when it returns to our screens next May.

Fans of the Contest will welcome back ARMTV from Armenia and RTCG from Montenegro, both taking to the stage for the first time since Tel Aviv in 2019.

It’s also a special year for Norwegian broadcaster NRK as they will be celebrating the selection of their 60th Eurovision entry during the Melodi Grand Prix grand final on Saturday 19 February.

We will also witness the 300th ‘Big Five’ performance – that’s a song from one of either France, Germany, Italy, Spain or United Kingdom.

Martin Österdahl, Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, shared his thoughts on the line-up:

‘We are so excited that we once again have over 40 broadcasters competing to win the iconic Eurovision trophy in Turin next May.

The team from Rai are working hard on preparations to welcome all the delegations to a new Host City and ensuring the Eurovision Song Contest will provide the excitement and state-of-the-art spectacle expected by nearly 200 million viewers.’

On the announcement of the 41 participants, Simona Martorelli and Claudio Fasulo from Italian broadcaster Rai added:

‘After 31 years, Italy is proud to host the Eurovision Song Contest again! As Executive Producers, we are incredibly excited to set up this amazing event and welcome delegations from 41 nations to Turin next year.

Above all, we strongly believe the Eurovision Song Contest will allow us to showcase and share the beauty of Italy with a global audience via the elements that unite us all: music and harmony.’

The Italian city of Turin won the race to become the Host City of the 66th Eurovision Song Contest, setting Saturday 14 May as the date of the Grand Final, which will be held in PalaOlimpico along with two Semi-Finals on 10 and 12 May.

Source: Eurovision.tv

Eurovision 2022: More than 40 countries will compete in Turin!

Through the official account of the Eurovision Contest on Twitter, a few minutes ago we had an important piece of information. The countries that will take part in Eurovision 2022, will be more than 40!

A few days ago again through Twitter, the Eurovision account asked fans how many countries they think will take part in Turin.

About 62% answered more than 40 countries and today we learned that this answer was the right one!

The above practically means that apart from Montenegro, which has already announced its return to Eurovision 2022, but also Armenia, which, although it has not yet opened its papers, its participation in Junior Eurovision in December makes us almost sure that the Caucasian country will return. We may have other countries that will either return or make their debut in the contest that will take place next May in Turin.

Andorra, Monaco, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovakia and Hungary do not seem willing to return. On the other hand, Turkey has so far kept a low profile. However, the EBU’s announcement this summer, for discussions with the country’s public broadcaster regarding the possibility of its return, leaves some hope.

Soon, however, we will find out the full list of countries that will compete in the 66th Eurovision Song Contest and all our questions will be answered!

Stay tuned to Eurovisionfun for all the developments related to our favorite contest!

Italy: Is superstar Elisa returning to Sanremo?

One piece of news that, if confirmed, will literally shake the waters, is Elisa’s participation in the upcoming Sanremo Song Festival, something that of course makes her a possible representative of Italy in Eurovision 2022!

According to the widely circulated newspaper, Il Messagero, among the first names of artists rumored to have been approached by Amadeus to participate in Sanremo 2022 is Elisa.

Elisa, who won the 2001 Sanremo with the song Luce, which she co-wrote with Zucchero, is one of the few Italian artists to have achieved worldwide success with English songs.

Songs like Come Speak to Me, Dancing, No Hero are just some of her big hits. She is in possession of a diamond, a polyplatinine, 25 platinum and four gold discs. Her songs have been included in major film productions, and she has won dozens of awards, including an MTV Awards.

Il Messagero reports that in the upcoming Sanremo Festival he will participate in a duet with the rap singer, Rkomi. Other names mentioned are those of Loredana Berte, Francesco Renga, Marco Masini, Giusy Ferreri, Colcenera, Kolors etc.

The 72nd Sanremo Festival will take place in the first week of February, from the 1st to the 5th of the month. Italy will once again choose its representative in the Eurovision Song Contest, through the historic festival.

Stay tuned to Eurovisionfun for all the developments regarding the Italian participation!

Eurovision 2022: The decision for the city that will host the contest has not been made yet!

Our friends from the always valid Eurofestivalnews in their exclusive article, state that the decision for the city that will host the 66th Eurovision Song Contest has not yet been made by RAI and the EBU.

The five cities vying for Eurovision 2022 will have to worry for an unknown period of time, as Italian public television has not yet reached its final selection. Milan, Turin, Bologna, Pesaro and Rimini each hope for their own reasons that she has submitted the most complete proposal to host this important event next May. The truth is, however, that despite the announcement from the official Eurovision account that we will soon have the announcement (posting a pizza that was baked), it seems that we will wait a few more days.

Eurofestivalnews reveals that the reason for this delay is the fact that RAI started the procedures for the selection of the city, publishing the relevant announcement for the submission of candidacies in mid-July, while this is usually done at the end of June. This practically means that we are two weeks behind.

In addition, the RAI team continues to visit the five cities and there is still a joint meeting of the RAI people with the EBU, before the announcement is made.

What is certain is that all five candidate cities have the same chances and what has been said from time to time about supposed favorites has nothing to do with reality. RAI keeps its mouth shut and refers the interested parties to the official announcements, which, although they are not late, will not be made immediately.

Stay tuned to Eurovisionfun for all the developments related to the 66th Eurovision Song Contest!

Italy: 18+2 finalists for San Remo 2022!

This year, the 72nd edition of San Remo will take place in Teatro Ariston, in the small town of Liguria, with some small changes due to bate the duration of the festival. As it has been announced from All Music Italia a reliable source,  Amadeus is planning limit the number of artists who are about to compete in the Big Category to 20 and also abolish the category of New Artists.

Last year’s version of San Remo has been completed with a huge success, choosing the winners of this year’s Eurovision edition, Maneskin. However, viewers from all over Europe have been complaining due to the excessive duration of the festival. As a result of that, Amadeus decided to have less than 26 Campioni, last year’s number, in the main category of 20 artists and remove the category for New Artists called “Nuove Proposte”, just like 2019.

Amadeu’s main plan is to have two winners of Sanremo Giovani, happening in the 16th of December, participating in the festival’s big category, which means that among the 20 participants, who are about to compete for Golden Lion Trophy, the two of them will be the winners of Sanremo Giovani.

Meanwhile, eurofans are still waiting for the announcement of the host country and RAI published a video which includes all the great things the country has achieved the last few months with “Zitti e Buoni” playing in the background.

You can watch it here:

Turin Eurovision candidacy at risk after scandal as Bologna advances hosting preparations!

The selection process to know which city will host the 66th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest in Italy are progressing.  Unfortunately for early favorite city Turin, an ongoing judicial investigation may seriously damage its chances to host the contest.  The company that manages Pala Alpitour (the proposed arena to host the competition in Turin) is investigated for its alleged involvement with the mafia.  At the same time, Bologna has continued their own preparations for their Eurovision candidacy.

Mafia scandal puts Turin candidacy at risk

Turin’s prefect, Claudio Palomba ordered an investigation against Parcolimpico srl.  The company faces accusations of having links with the mafia.  The potential consequences of such an investigation will likely jeopardize the future of the Turin candidacy.  Parcolimpico manage the facilities Turin inherited from the 2006 Winter Olympics.  This includes the Pala Alpitour arena, the proposed venue for Eurovision 2022.

The news has been confirmed by La Stampa, one of the most widely circulated newspapers in Italy.  The piece report also includes the statements of the Turin’s prefect.  Henceforth, these revelations put Turin’s candidacy in bad light.  After Måneskin’s Eurovision victory Turin was the early favorite to become the hosting city for 2022.

Bologna advances hosting preparations

Conversely, Bologna, one of the strongest candidate cities after Turin has presented to the press all the details of its candidacy.

For instance, in case RAI and the EBU select Bologna as the hosting city, the Insignia handover ceremony as well as the Semi-Final allocation draw will take place in January in the hall of Bologna’s city council.

According to the plans, the 2022 Eurovision carpet ceremony will keep its Turquoise color since the big sponsor of the event will be Moroccanoil.  The Turquoise party will take place in Piazza Maggiore’s U area.

Should the health conditions regarding the pandemic allows it, the Eurovillage will return to Piazza VIII Agosto, the largest square in Bologna.

Moreover, if the circumstances allow it the Euroclub will also make its return.  Bologna is planning to have its own Euroclub on Spazio DumBO , a huge closed parking lot.

As previously reported, Bologna has two potential host venues for Eurovision 2022: the Fiera and the Unipol Arena.

In short we will know which city will host the Eurovision 2022.  According to the EBU plans the city announcement will be public by the end of August.  There are still 11 cities competing to host the event including  of course, Turin and Bologna.

 

Which city do you think will host the 66th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest?

 

Italy: 11 cities remain in the Eurovision 2022 claim!

August 4th was the first important date for the 66th Eurovision Song Contest. This was the deadline for submitting the application files of the cities wishing to host the contest next May. Of the 17 cities that initially expressed interest, only 11 finally submitted completed proposals. By the end of this month, RAI and EBU will announce the city that will have the honor, but also the responsibility to host Eurovision 2022! Read more

17 cities competing to host the Eurovision Song Contest 2022

The race to host the Eurovision Song Contest has officially started.  17 cities submitted their candidacies to host the song festival in 2022.  The candidate cities submitted the official documentation to get the honor of hosting next year’s competition.  For next year we will have a large number of potential candidates representing the various regions of Italy.

Candidate host cities

The following cities aspire to welcome the Eurovision Song Contest next year:

  • Acireale (Catania)
  • Alessandria
  • Bertinoro di Romagna (Forlì – Cesena)
  • Bologna
  • Florence
  • Genoa
  • Jesolo (Venice)
  • Matera
  • Milan
  • Palazzolo Acreide (Syracuse)
  • Pesaro
  • Rimini
  • Rome
  • Sanremo (Imperia)
  • Turin
  • Trieste
  • Viterbo

What comes next?

On July 14, 2021 the cities will receive the BID Book from broadcaster RAI and the EBU.  The candidates must submit their bid books and proposals up after August 4th, 2021.  After deliberation RAI and the EBU will decide which city will host next Eurovision Song Contest.  We will know the name of the next host city by late August.

 

Are you excited about the bidding process?  Which city should host the Eurovision Song Contest 2022?

Source: RAI

Italy: The race to host the Eurovision 2022 starts!

The race to host the Eurovision Song Contest has officially begun.  Today Italian broadcaster RAI announced the requirements candidate cities must meet in order to compete to be the host city of the Eurovision Song Contest.  In the following weeks we will get the exact list of candidate cities that meet the official requirements and are willing to host the event.

 

Candidate cities must have:

  • An international airport no more than 90 minutes from the city.
  • Over 2,000 hotel rooms in the area close to the event.
  • An infrastructure (stadium/venue/centre) capable of hosting a large-scale live broadcast with the minimum requirements listed below.

Moreover, the potential arena should have an audience capacity in the main hall of around 8,000 – 10,000 during the event, be indoors with air-conditioning and have a well defined perimeter, have a main hall with the capacity to house the set and all other requirements needed to produce a high level broadcast production, have ample space within easy access of the main hall to support additional production needs, such as: a press centre, delegation spaces, dressing rooms, artist facilities, staff facilities, hospitality, audience facilities, etc.

 

In addition to this, the arena has to be available for 6 weeks before the event, 2 weeks during the show (which will take place in May) and a week after the end of the event for dismantling.  Accordingly, fans can start discounting from the bidding process arenas that have scheduled events taking place during the weeks surrounding the Eurovision Song Contest.  Before this announcement different cities had announced their interest to host the song contest.  The list of potential hosts includes Turin, Rome, Milan and Bologna.

Are you excited about the Eurovision Song Contest 2022? Which city would you like to see hosting the shows?

Source: Eurovision.tv

 

Måneskin’s ‘Beggin’ is No. 1 in Germany and Switzerland

2021 Eurovision winners Måneskin keep getting good results on the music charts all over Europe.  This week, their cover version of Beggin reached to number one in Germany and Switzerland.

They currently have three songs on the UK singles top chart as well as two top three singles in Austria.  Måneskin have become the first Eurovision act to reach number one in Germany and Switzerland since Loreen in 2012.  However, the success of the current winners do not end there.  Måneskin are the first Eurovision winner to top the charts with a different song than their winning entry since Celine Dion.  The band has in fact reached the top 10 in several countries with their most recent singles.

These are Måneskin’s most recent peak positions in the European charts.

Torna A Casa

  • Finland 14
  • Italy 1

Coraline

  • Finland 5
  • Italy 13

I Wanna Be Your Slave

  • Austria 2
  • Belgium 16
  • Finland 1
  • Germany 4
  • Netherlands 3
  • Ireland 5
  • Italy 10
  • Norway 2
  • Sweden 6
  • Switzerland 8
  • UK 6
  • Denmark 8

Zitti E Buoni

  • Austria 2
  • Belgium 2
  • Finland 1
  • Germany 9
  • Netherlands 1
  • Ireland 12
  • Italy 2
  • Norway 2
  • Spain 15
  • Sweden 1
  • Switzerland 2
  • UK 9
  • Denmark 18

Were you expecting Måneskin to be the most successful Eurovision winner from this decade?  Which is your favourite single from the band?

Source: Top-40 Charts