After weeks of intense meetings and consideration, seventeen cities that initially bid to host the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 have been whittled down to five.
Of the seventeen cities and areas that formally bid to host the Contest, eleven were shortlisted to RAI’s standards, and after careful consideration, the final five cities have been revealed.
The cities that are still in contention to host the Contest are:
Capital city Rome is the most noticeable city not to have been shortlisted to host the Contest, having been the home of Eurovision 1991. Other big cities that didn’t make the cut include Genoa and Sanremo, where the initial idea for the Eurovision Song Contest was born.
Italian public broadcaster RAI and the EBU set specific requirements for the cities and areas to meet before applying. These criteria included a minimum capacity of 8,000 people, a retractable roof on the host venue and at 2,000 hotel rooms in the locality for fans, tourists, and journalists.
A final decision on the host city for next year’s Eurovision will be formally announced by RAI between late August and September.
We recently went through each of the 11 potential host cities and their probability to host the show on the latest episode of THAT Eurovision Podcast. Have a listen to what we think about the five cities still in the running here.
Who do you think will win the host city battle? Are you surprised to see Rome not make the cut? Are you excited to see the Eurovision season for 2022 kick off? As always, let us know what you think in the comments section below and
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