Critics rail that Eurovision is dead and irrelevant, and the world’s economic slump has, in recent years, forced Hungary and Montenegro to pull out. But it finally looks like Eurovision is on the up again. That’s because Italy’s state broadcaster RAI has applied to participate in Eurovision following a 13-year absence.

Given its relative wealth, Italy would almost certainly expand the “Big 4″—Britain, France, Germany and Spain—into the “Big 5,” thereby receiving an automatic place in the final (in exchange for paying a hefty license fee to air the contest in Italy).

The country last competed in 1997 with Jalisse and the song Fiumi di parole (River of Words). It finished a very respectable fourth. Let’s have a listen:

Italy has won the contest twice. The first victory came in 1964 with Gigliola Cinquetti’s  Non Ho L’Età (This Is My Prayer):

It’s second victory came in 1990 when Toto Cutugno sang Insieme: 1992 (Together: 1992). He was backed by five Slovenian singers who had previously represented Yugoslavia.

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Sally Thomason
Sally Thomason
10 years ago

If they have Il Volo sing, the win would be guaranteed!!!!!

Wendy Marcinkiewicz
Wendy Marcinkiewicz
10 years ago

Hey, Sic Il Volo on them.They would kick EVERYONE’S BUTT!

Wendy Marcinkiewicz
Wendy Marcinkiewicz
10 years ago

Hey…sic Il Volo on them…they would kick EVERYONE’S BUTT!

Wendy Marcinkiewicz
Wendy Marcinkiewicz
10 years ago

Hey…sic Il Volo on them…they would kick EVERYONE’S BUTT!<3

Mary
Mary
10 years ago

Well they’ll get 12 points from Romania. Do you know how many Romanians live there now?

Paulo
Paulo
10 years ago

Yes yes yes! It is music to my ears! Italians will bring sex and leather back to the stage. Both are in short supply these days.