The Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Turin in 2022, the mayor of this large city in northern Italy, Chiara Appendino, who initiated the nomination, said on Friday.

“We have won, Turin has won! Welcome to Turin, Eurovision Song Contest 2022,” she wrote on Twitter.

“We are happy that Turin will host Eurovision, an international festival that is loved by the general public in any country. Thanks to the wonderful victory of the Maneskin group, the song contest returns to Italy after 31 years. This city has all the characteristics to host such a prestigious event,” Carlo Fuortes, CEO of the Italian state television Rai, said a little later.

Milan, Bologna, Rimini, and Pesaro also claimed to host Eurovision along with Turin. According to Fuortes, it was difficult for Rai and the European Broadcasting Union to make a final decision, given the high level of applications submitted.

Eurovision will be held in Italy because, in 2021, the Italian band Maneskin won the contest in Rotterdam. The final competition will take place on May 14, 2022, at one of the largest arenas in Italy, PalaOlimpico.