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 2018
In 2018, Italy chose Ermal Meta & Fabrizio Moro and their song “Non Mi Avete Fatto Niente”. The song is entirely in Italian.
The song was composed by Emma Marrone. “Non Mi Avete Fatto Niente” placed 5th with 308 points.
Ermal Meta was born on 20 April 1980, in Fier, Albania. He was raised in Bari, Italy. He started his career as composer and guitarist. After composing songs for well-known Italian artists such as Emma, Marco Mengoni, Annalisa and Patty Pravo he started his solo career as a singer. In 2016 he competed in Festival Di Sanremo and came 3rd in the Newcomers’ section. In 2017 he competed in Big artists’ section and placed 3rd. The following year he collaborated with Fabrizio Moro and won it. He has released a total of 4 studio albums; his most recent one “Non Abbiamo Armi. Il Concerto” was released in January 2019.
Fabrizio Moro was born on 9 April 1975, in Rome, Italy. He released his debut single in 1996 and took part in the Newcomers’ section in the 2000 edition of Sanremo. At the music festival, he placed 13th. In 2007 he competed again in the Newcomers’ section and won it. The following year he competed again in the festival, but this time in the Big artists’ section, placing 3rd. In 2010 he took part again in Sanremo but he failed to qualify to the final. In 2018, he collaborated with Ermal Meta and won it. Fabrizio has released a total of ten studio albums; the most recent one “Figli Di Nessuno” was released in April 2019 and reached the 2nd place in the Italian charts.
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