Country Of The Month: Italy Part-3!

Italian singer Mia Martini (Domenica Berté) raising the Gondola d’Oro prize won at the Mostra Internazionale di Musica Leggera with the song Donna Sola. Venice, 1973


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.

Mia Martini – Rapsodia

In 1992, Italy selected Mia Martini and her song “Rapsodia” to sent in Malmö, Sweden. The song is entirely in Italian.

It was composed by Giuseppe Dati. The lyrics were written by Giancarlo Bigazzi and the conductor of the live performance was Marco Falagiani. At the final, the entry placed 4th with 111 points.

Mia Martini was born on May 27 1947, in Calabria, Italy. She was an established singer of her county. Many people considered her to be one of the most beautiful and expressive voices of the Italian music industry of all times. Her real name is Domenica Bertè and it was the sister of Loredana Bertè. She released approximately 20 studio albums and many singles. She died at the age of 47, in 1995.

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.

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