Italy: A Decade Of Music – 2011!

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It was 2011 when Italy return to the contest after a 14 year (!) absence. Since then the Mediterranean nation has finished in Top-10 seven out of their nine participations. In this series of posts, we gonna recall all the Italian entries of the past decade.

Italy In Eurovision 🇮🇹

Italy debuted in the contest in 1956, being one of the first 7 countries. Since then, it has participated 45 times, missing the event twice – 1981, 1982, 1986, 1994-1996 and 1998-2010 – without any specific explanation.

The country is part of the “Big 5”, so its prequalified to the grand final. The country has topped the scoreboard on 2 contests (1964 and 1990) and placed in the Top-10 33 times! The country’s most popular entry is Domenico Modugno’s 1958 “Nel blu, dipinto di blu” (Volare), which placed 3rd in the contest. Its worst result came in 2014 when it finished 21 with 33 points. The country has also placed last in 1966 with no points at all. Ironically, it was Domenico Modugno’s second attempt in the contest.

Italy In 2011

In 2011, Italy internally selected Raphael Gualazzi and his song “Madness Of Love”. The song is in both Italian and English.

The song was composed by Raphael Gualazzi. “Madness Of Love” placed 2nd with 189 points, 32 points behind Azerbaijan’s duo.

Raphael Gualazzi

Raphael Gualazzi was born on 11 November 1981, in Urbino, Italy. He released his first studio album in 2005. He has competed four times in Sanremo. In 2011 he won the newcomers’ section and was chosen to represent Italy to the upcoming Eurovision. Italy returned to the contest after 1997 for the first time. Raphael placed 2nd 32 points behind the winner. He then competed in the 2013, 2014 and 2020 editions of Sanremo. At his last attempt, he placed 11th (find more here).

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