Italian singer Laura Pausini and RAI television presenter Alessandro Cattelan are to host the Eurovision Song Contest 2022, with British singer-songwriter and polyglot Mika likely to join them, according to information obtained by Italian new agency Adnkronos from people familiar with the matter.
Official announcement expected next week
The hosting team for the 66th edition of the contest is expected to be formally unveiled during the Sanremo Music Festival, taking place between Tuesday 1st and Saturday 5th February. Laura Pausini, who triumphed in the Sanremo newcomers’ section in 1993 with “La solitudine,” is returning to the festival as a guest performer on the Wednesday night, which is likely to be when the Eurovision host line-up is announced, Adnkronos reported.
While the inclusion of Pausini and Cattelan in the Eurovision hosting team is understood to be all but confirmed, Mika’s participation is more speculative and has attracted some debate among ESC fans due to the singer’s past comments regarding the contest.
Preparations continue apace
The city of Turin is busy readying itself to host Eurovision 2022. Turin’s city council this week opened applications for volunteers, and is hoping to recruit 600 fans to help put the contest together between 1st April and 20th May.
Following the reveal of this year’s theme art and slogan, The Sound of Beauty, the city hosted the Semi-Final Allocation Draw and Host City Insignia handover ceremony in the Palazzo Madama on 25th January, meaning Turin is now officially the home of Eurovision in 2022.
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News source: Adnkronos
Photo credit: ESCXTRA