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 2012
In 2012, Italy chose Nina Zilli and her song “L’ Amore È Femmina (Out Of Love)”. The song is in both Italian and English.
The song was composed by Nina Zilli, Christian Rabb, Kristoffer Sjökvist, Frida Molander and Charlie Mason. “L’ Amore È Femmina” placed 9th with 101 points.
Nina Zilli was born on 2 February 1980, in Piacenza, Italy. Her real name is Maria Chiara Fraschetta. She has lived in Ireland and the U.S.A., before returning to Italy. She has hosted shows in the Italian television; more recently she was a judge at the Italian version of Talent from 2015 to 2017. In 2009 she released her debut single and two years later she released her first EP. In 2010 she competed in Sanremo’s newcomers’ section with the song “L’uomo che amava le donne”, which soon was certified gold. Her first album was released in 2010 and was certified platinum in Italy. In 2012, she competed in the Sanremo Festival. Due to her participation, she was selected by the Rai to represent the country to Eurovision. In the same time, she released her second album. Since then she has released two more albums one in 2015 and one in 2017.
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