Italy returns after comeback-2nd place
Rome, Italy –
Last year Italy made a brilliant comeback to the Eurovision Song Contest after 13 years without taking part in the competition when Raphael Gualazzi came second. Now RAI confirms they’ll take part again in Baku.
Raphael Gualazzi the runner-up of the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest. Photo: Pieter Van den Berghe (EBU)
The great news that Italy was back in the Eurovision Song Contest last year can be extended to 2012 too as the Italian broadcaster RAI has confirmed participation in Baku on the 26th of May.
Their top entertainment show “Festival di Sanremo” will be used again as means of a national selection. “Sanremo” has historically been linked to almost all of Italy’s participations in the Eurovision Song Contest. This year will be no exception, and the artists taking part in the 2012 edition have already been announced.
- Arisa, Chiara Civello, Dolcenera, Emma, Eugenio Finardi, Francesco Renga, Gigi D’Alessio & Loredana Bertè, Irene Fornaciari, Marlene Kuntz, Matia Bazar, Nina Zilli, Noemi, Pierdavide Carone & Lucio Dalla and Samuele Bersani.
- Alessandro Casillo, Bidiel, Celeste Gaia, Dana Angi, Erica Mou, Giulia Anania, Io Ho Sempre Voglia and Marco Guazzone.
Last year’s Italian entry was the winner of the “Giovani” (newcomers) category, Follia D’Amore by Raphael Gualazzi, which turned out to be a big success: It won the critics award, reached the second place in the Final in Düsseldorf in its bilingual version Madness Of Love, entered several European charts and became a part of the soundtrack of the filmManuale D’Amore 3 starring Robert De Niro, among other highlights.
Raphael’s latest recognition came only days ago when he was voted “Eurostar 2011” in the poll organized by the fansite Oikotimes which attracted almost 20,000 unique votes. Previous holders of the Eurostar award include Eurovision winners Lordi and Dima Bilan.