Another Big Five member now, and one that has had a great record since it returned back in 2011.
Italy was a founding member of Eurovision, but has taken a number of breaks since its debut. The longest and most recent break was from 1997 for over a decade. Italy was eventually lured back to the Dusseldorf contest in 2011 and hasn’t looked back since.
Italy have won the contest twice, but it’s been nearly 25 years since their last one. However, out of the Big Five it seems like the most likely candidate for another win, finishing in the top 10 every year since it returned.
A successful artist in her home country, Emma Marrone was selected internally to represent in Italian republic and got fans very excited. The song itself is a frothy pop song with lots of energy and the style we have now come to expect from Italy.
As a big contributor to the EBU, Italy doesn’t need to qualify for the final, but I wonder if it’ll be a bit more difficult this year to finish in the top 10. It’s one of the very few songs in the mix that are in a foreign language, but it hasn’t held them back before.
Very contemporary, even though it’s not quite hitting all my buttons yet. I think a great performance will really set this one alight though.
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