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 2014
In 2014, Italy chose Emma and her song “La Mia Città”. The song is entirely in Italian.
The song was composed by Emma Marrone. “La Mia Città” placed 21st with 33 points.
Emma was born on 25 May 1984, in Florence, Italy. Her full name is Emmanuela Marrone. In 2003 she won the second season of the Italian version of Popstars. After that, she formed along with Laura Pisu and Colomba Pane the short-lived group Lucky Star. The group released only one album before it was broken. Later she entered two different bands and released one more album with one of them. In 2009 she took part in another talent show and won it too. It was then that decided to follow a solo career. She released her first EP and her first single in 2010, which were certified platinum. The same year competed in Sanremo as part of the band Modà and placed 2nd. Two years later she tried solo and won it. In 2014 she competed once again in the music festival and was selected to represent the nation to Eurovision. Her most recent album was released on 25 October 2019 and topped the Italian charts, reached the 35th place on the Swiss charts and was certified gold in Italy.
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