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 2017
In 2017, Italy chose Francesco Gabbani – winner of that year’s Sanremo – and his song “Occidentali’s Karma”. The song is entirely in Italian.
The song was composed by Francesco Gabbani, Filippo Gabbani, Fabio Ilacqua and Luca Chiaravalli. “Occidentali’s Karma” placed 6th with 334 points.
Francesco Gabbani was born on 9 September 1982, in Carrara, Italy. He is better known for competing three times in the Italian music festival Sanremo. His first participation was in 2016 with the song Amen, which won the newcomers’ section. A year later, he entered the competition with the song Occidentali’s Karma and won it. He subsequently represented Italy in Eurovision, where he placed 6th despite being the fan-favourite. Since 2014 he has released four studio albums, the most recent one in 2020. This year he competed in Sanremo where he placed 2nd (find out more here) with the song “Vice Versa”.
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