Today, it was announced that Diodato will finally get to perform on the Eurovision Song Contest stage as a special interval act in the First Semi-Final, two years after he was due to be Italian representative for the cancelled 2020 contest.
Diodato won the 70th edition of the Festival di Sanremo back in 2020 with the song “Fai Rumore” – which went on to become a pandemic-era anthem across Italy. Due to the cancellation of the 65th Eurovision Song Contest due to the COVID-19 pandemic,
In Turin, the singer’s interval performance is hoped to symbolise a return towards normal life after two years of restrictions and social distancing, and he will finally have the chance to perform on the Eurovision stage and interact with the audience, having been denied this special opportunity following the extraordinary events of 2020.Via Eurovision.tv
Semi-final one of Eurovision 2022 is due to take place on Tuesday 10 May from Turin’s Pala Alpitour.
Following on from their second place finish in Tel Aviv in 2019, Italy opted to select their Eurovision entrant via Sanremo for the sixth time in a row in 2020. Following on from the 23-act musical extravaganza, Diodato won the Sanremo 70 superfinal with 39.92% of the vote. His song, “Fai rumore”, was set to be Italy’s follow-up to “Soldi”, however it was not to be, due to the cancellation of Eurovision 2020. Rai then opted to proceed with Sanremo in 2021 as the selection for Eurovision, which was of course won by eventual Eurovision winners Måneskin.
Despite never getting its time on the Eurovision stage in a competitive sense, Diodato gave an unforgettable performance from Arena di Verona as part of the Eurovision: Europe Shine A Light special that aired in spring 2020. The song also went on to become a pandemic-era anthem across Italy.
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