By Ron Howells • 08 October 2021 • 13:41
The Eurovision Song Contest host city has been announced for 2022.
Turin has been announced as the host city for Italy’s first Eurovision in 30 years. Turin is to host the 2022 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest on May 14, 2022, after being selected from the shortlist of five Italian cities vying to stage the annual competition.
The city, of just under 850,000 people, is located in the extreme northwest of Italy and closely borders the neighbouring countries of France and Switzerland. The Pala Alpitour is an indoor arena with an end-stage concert capacity of over 13,000 fans, making it one of Italy’s most-booked venues for large-scale concerts.
In order to be selected as the host city, RAI set out the following criteria for the host city to meet:
An international airport within 90 minutes from the city
More than 2,000 hotel rooms close to the arena
An audience capacity in the arena of at least 8,000 to 10,000
The arena must have air conditioning, requirements for broadcast production and space for a press centre, delegation spaces, artists and staff facilities, dressing rooms, audience and hospitality facilities.
Exclusively available for six weeks before the event, two weeks during the show in May and a week after the event
Italy earned the right to host the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 after rock group Måneskin won the 2021 competition in Rotterdam with their song ‘Zitti e buoni’. Last-minute public votes bought them to victory, they were already one of the favourites to win this year’s competition.
In the endless cycle of “they hate us” reporting, claims that UK labels are refusing to send artists to the BBC for Eurovision because of anti-British bias are rising.
Record label BMG, which spent £25,000 to fund Newman’s entry, is understood to be among those now refusing to repeat the exercise for next year’s contest.
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Ron actually started his working career as an Ophthalmic Technician- things changed when, during a band rehearsal, his amplifier blew up and he couldn’t get it fixed so he took a course at Birmingham University and ended up doing a degree course. He built up a chain of electronics stores and sold them as a franchise over 35 years ago. After five years touring the world Ron decided to move to Spain with his wife and son, a place they had visited over the years, and only bought the villa they live in because it has a guitar-shaped swimming pool!.
Playing the guitar since the age of 7, he can often be seen, (and heard!) at beach bars and clubs along the length of the coast. He has always been interested in the news and constantly thrives to present his articles in an interesting and engaging way.
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