The Italian city of Turin has been chosen as the Host City of the 66th Eurovision Song Contest, having triumphed over 16 other competing bids.

Italy won the right to stage next year's event when Måneskin gave their country its first win since 1990 with the song "Zitti e Buoni" at this year's Contest in May.

The event took place with strict coronavirus restrictions, and a number of acts, including one-time Icelandic front-runners Daoi & Gagnamagnio, were forced to pull out of performing live after positive tests.

The previous year's event was cancelled due to the pandemic.

The Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 will take place at the PalaOlimpico, one of Italy’s largest indoor arenas, on Saturday, 14 May with the semi-finals taking place on 10 and 12 May.

Turin was chosen following a strong city bid process. A total of 17 Italian cities and regions competed to host the world’s largest live music event, which reached nearly 190 million viewers on TV and online in 2021.

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU), which produces the contest, made the announcement in a video running down Italy’s two previous times as host – Naples in 1965 and Rome in 1991.

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Eurovision Song Contest Executive Supervisor Martin Österdahl welcomed the choice: "Turin is the perfect Host City for the 66th Eurovision Song Contest.

"As we saw during the 2006 Winter Olympics, PalaOlimpico exceeds all the requirements needed to stage a global event of this scale and we have been very impressed with the enthusiasm and commitment from the City of Turin who will welcome thousands of fans next May.

"This will be the first Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Italy in 30 years and, together with our Host broadcaster Rai, we are determined to make it a special one."

RTÉ wants to hear from contemporary Irish artists and songwriters with the talent and ambition to compete and succeed in this highly competitive environment.

This is a rare and valuable opportunity for artists and songwriters to gain exposure on a global scale - the rewards for achieving a top ten result in the final can be significant.

"We need a performer and a song which can compete at the highest international level against Europe's top professionals," says RTÉ’s Eurovision main man, Michael Kealy.

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