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Leo the Drone will deliver postcards from across Italy 🇮🇹

03 May 2022 at 14:00 CEST
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We know our presenters for the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 are Laura Pausini, Alessandro Cattelan and Mika, but a fourth personality looks set to grab our attention… Leo the Drone!

Leo, an enthusiastic and curious drone, will fly the length and breadth of Italy, filming the postcards used between performances, before landing in the PalaOlimpico, Turin.

Technologically, we’re a long, long way from the first set of postcards, introduced at the 1970 Eurovision Song Contest in Amsterdam, when the Dutch broadcasters (NOS) devised a creative way of disguising set changes between contestants while keeping the viewers at home glued to their screens.

Bet he uses… cloud technology!

Using the latest aerobatic and CGI technics, Leo will showcase the artistic and natural beauty of Italia, thanks to a little help from the Ministry of Tourism, ENIT, the Piemonte Region and the City of Turin.

Leo begins their journey in Sardinia, with Barumini paired to Albania’s Ronela. Here’s the full list of postcard locations matched with a participating country.

First Semi-Final: Tuesday 10 May

  1. Albania – Barumini (South Sardinia, Sardinia)
  2. Latvia – Merano (Bolzano, Trentino Alto Adige)
  3. Lithuania – Bergamo (Lombardy)
  4. Switzerland – Termoli (Campobasso, Molise)
  5. Slovenia – Civita di Bagnoregio (Viterbo, Lazio)
  6. Ukraine – Florence (Tuscany)
  7. Bulgaria – Castel del Monte (Barletta-Andria-Trani, Apulia)
  8. Netherlands – Ravenna (Emilia Romagna)
  9. Moldova – Urbino (Marche)
  10. Portugal – Genova (Liguria)
  11. Croatia – Grinzane Cavour (Cuneo, Piemonte)
  12. Denmark – Procida (Naples, Campania)
  13. Austria – Miramare Castle (Trieste, Friuli Venezia Giulia)
  14. Iceland – Cortina d’Ampezzo (Belluno, Veneto)
  15. Greece – Selinunte (Trapani, Sicily)
  16. Norway – Lake Scanno (L’Aquila, Abruzzo)
  17. Armenia – Marmore Waterfall (Terni, Umbria)

Second Semi-Final: Thursday 12 May

  1. Finland – Laghi di Fusine a Tarvisio (Udine, Friuli Venezia Giulia)
  2. Israel – Manarola – Cinque Terre (La Spezia, Liguria)
  3. Serbia – Rocca Calascio (L’Aquila, Abruzzo)
  4. Azerbaijan – Varenna (Lecco, Lombardy)
  5. Georgia – Burano (Venice, Veneto)
  6. Malta – San Galgano Abbey in Chiusdino (Siena, Tuscany)
  7. San Marino – Rome (Lazio)
  8. Australia – MART Rovereto (Trento, Trentino Alto Adige)
  9. Cyprus – Monte Cervino (Aosta, Valle d’Aosta)
  10. Ireland – Matera (Basilicata)
  11. North Macedonia – Cala Luna, between Baunei and Dorgali, Gulf of Orosei (Nuoro, Sardinia)
  12. Estonia – Sacra di San Michele in Sant’Ambrogio di Torino (Piemonte)
  13. Romania – Le Castella in Isola di Capo Rizzuto (Crotone, Calabria)
  14. Poland – Scala dei Turchi in Realmonte (Agrigento, Sicily)
  15. Montenegro – Monte Conero (Ancona, Marche)
  16. Belgium – Perugia (Umbria)
  17. Sweden – Rimini (Emilia Romagna)
  18. Czech Republic – Reggia di Caserta (Campania)

Grand Final (featuring Big Five postcards): Saturday 14 May

  1. France – rice fields of Cavour (a canal for rice fields built by Cavour in Turin soon after Italian unification, in Chivasso, Piemonte)
  2. Germany – Turin Lingotto (Piemonte)
  3. Italy – Mole Antonelliana, Turin (Piemonte)
  4. United Kingdom – Orta San Giulio (Novara, Piemonte)
  5. Spain – Alagna Valsesia (Vercelli, Piemonte)

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