Italian city Turin to host Eurovision Song Contest in 2022

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Italian City Turin To Host Eurovision Song Contest In 2022
MĂĄneskin from Italy won the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest held in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Photo: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty
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The Italian city of Turin will host the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest, one of the world's largest televised events, marking its return to Italy after 31 years, the event's organisers said on Friday.

Eurovision said in a statement on its website that Italy was awarded the right to stage next year's event after the Italian band Maneskin won the 2021 edition in Rotterdam.

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The contest was cancelled in 2020 because of coronavirus.

The event, which reached nearly 190 million viewers on television and online in 2021, will take place at the PalaOlimpico stadium. The final is set for May 14th, Eurovision said.

Italy previously staged the song contest in Naples in 1965 and in Rome in 1991.

The northern city of Turin was chosen following a bidding process in which it won against 16 other cities.

Eurovision features live musical numbers from more than 50 countries, reaching beyond European borders to Israel and Australia.

Countries vote for each other's entries in a complex system beloved by fans.

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