A little later than usual but better late than never! Italian broadcaster (RAI) confirmed that Italy will be participating at Eurovision 2019 in Tel Aviv.
Ninth participation in a row
RAI revealed the good confirmation news through the Eurovision Song Contest Italia Facebook page. In Tel Aviv, it will be Italy’s 9th consecutive participation at the contest, having returned in 2011. Besides, it will be the country’s 45th appearance at Eurovision.
No news on selection method yet
Although confirmation of participation is in, no further details on the entrant(s) selection are available. Since returning in 2011, RAI used the Sanremo Music Festival to select the representatives, with the exception of 2014 when they internally selected Emma Marrone. Thus, it is very likely that RAI will continue to use Sanremo to pick the 45th representative. As we previously reported, RAI introduced a major revamp of the Sanremo Music Festival by creating a new contest in December instead of having a newcomers section during the show. The show will run from December 17 to 21 with two lucky winners earning the right to compete in Sanremo. Claudio Baglioni, the show’s Artistic Director, stated that the competition aims to also discover new musical talents. The two winners can be in the run for victory at Sanremo, something newcomers were previously not able to do.
Eurovision Song Contest 2019
The 2019 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest will take place on 14, 16 and 18 May in Tel Aviv, Israel. This follows Israel’s Netta Barzilai’s victory with her catchy entry “Toy“. So far, 39 countries have either confirmed participation or intent to participate. At the moment, San Marino, Russia, Moldova and Armenia, have yet to reveal any plans for 2019. As we previously reported, countries will have until sometime in October to confirm their participation in Tel Aviv.
Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest
Italy was one of the seven countries that competed in the very first contest in 1956. So far, it participated at Eurovision 44 times, winning twice in 1964 and 1990. The country regularly participated at Eurovision until 1997 when it withdrew for 14 years. Italy returned to the contest in 2011, represented by Raphael Gualazzi with “Madness of love” earning 2nd place. Since returning, Italy ranked in the top 10 in six out of eight occasions, including two top 3 finishes in 2011 and 2015. In Lisbon the duo Ermal Meta and Fabrizio Moro represented Italy. Although they placed 17th with the jury, they came 3rd with the televote, coming 5th overall.
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