Country Of The Month: Italy Part-5!

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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.

Il Volo – Grande Amore

In 2015, Italy selected Il Volo and their song “Grande Amore” to sent in Vienna, Austria. The song is entirely in Italian.

It was composed by Francesco Boccia and Ciro “Tommy” Esposito. At the final, the entry placed 3rd with 292 points.

Il Volo is a pop operatic trio from Italy. The trio’s name means “The Fight” in Italian. Its members are Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto and Gianluca Ginoble. Il Volo was formed in 2009 and in 2015 won Festival Di Sanremo with their song “Grande Amore” and therefore they represented Italy at Vienna. Their song won the televoting and placed 3rd in the final after the merging of the juries’ votes. In 2019, the participated again in Sanremo this time placing 3rd with the song “Musica che resta”.

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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