We have another country confirmed for next year’s contest! Italy, one of the most successful Eurovision countries of the decade, has confirmed its participation for the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 in Rotterdam. The Italian broadcaster RAI is going to use the Sanremo Festival for the national selection process as it has been the majority of the time. Since San Remo is considered as an independent Italian music festival, the winning act of Sanremo has the right to represent Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest but doesn’t have to do so. This has been the case multiple times such as in 2014 with Arisa as the winner with the song Controvento who had declined a Eurovision particilation, leading to an internal nomination of Emma Marrone with the song “La mia città” who finished 21st in the final.
Mahmood won the Sanremo festival in 2019 with the song Soldi. He accepted the invitation to the Eurovision Song Contest and competed in Tel Aviv for the victory. With a total of 472 points, he finished second behind Duncan Laurence.
Italy has been one of the most successful countries in Eurovision. The participated in the very first edition in 1956 and managed two wins so far in 1964 and 1990. After several years of absence, Italy returned in 2011 with Raphael Gualazzi who finished 2nd with the song Madness of Love. In this decade, Italy finished in the Top 10 seven out of nine participations including a third place from Il Volo with the song Grande Amore in 2015. Based on this impressive success, a victory in the 2020s can be expected. As a member of the so-called “Big 5”, Italy is an automatic qualifier for the grand final. For 2020, the singer Diodato was supposed to represent his country with the Italian ballad Fai rumore prior to cancellation due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the contest has been cancelled.
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