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Might 14, 2022, 1:29 p.m. ET

Might 14, 2022, 1:29 p.m. ET

Followers exterior the Pala Olimpico stadium in Turin on Friday.Credit score…Alessandro Grassani for The New York Instances

TURIN, Italy — Italy is internet hosting Eurovision this 12 months because of the Rome rock band Maneskin, who claimed the title in Rotterdam last year with their high-energy observe “Zitti e Buoni.”

Italy selected to host the occasion in Turin, within the northern, foodie area of Piedmont, which was final within the worldwide highlight throughout the 2006 Winter Olympics. Then, as tonight, viewers the world over caught glimpses of this elegant metropolis, the place the primary Fiat automobile was constructed about 120 years in the past. Extra not too long ago, town has shifted its focus to up to date artwork, turning into identified for its well-regarded up to date artwork foundations, museums and the Artissima artwork truthful.

Italy is likely one of the “massive 5” Eurovision international locations, which routinely qualify for the ultimate due to the cash their broadcasters contribute to the operating of the competition. Though this association isn’t any assure of success on the ultimate (sorry, Britain), Italian acts usually do effectively at Eurovision.

Three years in the past, “Soldi” by Mahmood positioned second, and the Italian artist is competing once more this 12 months with “Brividi” (“Chills”), a duet with newcomer Blanco.

That is additionally the third time Italy has hosted the music contest.

In 1964, 16-year-old Gigliola Cinquetti gained Eurovision in Copenhagen with “Non Ho l’Eta,” and the next 12 months Italy hosted the competitors in Naples. Italy gained once more in 1990, when Toto Cutugno took the grand prize with the music “Insieme 1992,” which implies “Collectively 1992,” selling a united Europe.

Cotugno and Cinquetti co-hosted the Eurovision contest in Rome the next 12 months, which is remembered on the Eurovision website as having been “a chaotic affair,” at which the hosts usually needed to name on Eurovision officers for clarification, “particularly throughout the voting.”

Tonight, the Italian hosts are the Grammy Award profitable singer Laura Pausini, an Italian star with a worldwide following; Alessandro Cattelan, a preferred tv presenter; and Mika, the British-Lebanese artist who has grow to be a family identify in Italy after a number of stints as a decide on X Issue Italia.

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