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 2013
In 2013, Italy chose Marco Mengoni and his song “L’ Essenziale”. The song is entirely in Italian.
The song was composed by Francesco De Benedittis, Roberto Casalino and Marco Mengoni. “L’ Essenziale” placed 7th with 126 points.
Marco Mengoni was born on 25 December 1988, in Viterbo, Italy. He became famous in his country after competing in the Italian version of X-Factor in 2009. At the show, he won and therefore he gained a spot to the 2010 edition of Sanremo. A few days after his victory he released his first EP. In Sanremo, he placed third with the song “Credimi ancora”. Since then he has released a total of five studio albums and more than 20 singles. Many of his songs have not only entered the Italian charts but also topped them. In 2013 he competed again in Sanremo and was selected by Rai to represent his country to Eurovision.
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