Country of the month is back. We decided to continue our series of articles “Country Of The Month” with Italy. In a period of five weeks, we are going to remind you of the best Italian entries. Note: we selected the entries not by their place in their final, but by their impact on the fans.
Toto Cutugno – Insieme 1992
In 1990, Italy selected Toto Cutugno and his song “Insieme: 1992” to sent in Zagreb. The song is entirely in Italian.
It was composed by Salvatore “Toto” Cutugno and the conductor of the live performance was Gianni Madonini. At the final, the entry placed 1st with 149 points.
Salvatore “Toto” Cutugno was born on 7th of July 1943 in Fosdinovo, Italy. His an established Italian singer and songwriter that started his career in 1966. He made his debut in Festival di Sanremo in 1976, when he placed 3rd. In 1983, he competed again with the song “L’italiano” and despite placing 5th, the song became a hit. He has finished second in six different editions of the Italian music festival (1984, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 2005) in his 13 attempts. In 1990, won the Eurovision and a year after he hosted the event. In 2015, he celebrated the 50 years anniversary of his music career.
Italy in the 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 a couple of times – 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.
What do you think about the song? Do you like it? Do you think is it one of the most memorable entries from Italy? Let us know in the comment box below.