The confirmations just keep coming in. Next to break the good news is Italy, the last of the Big Five to confirm their participation in Eurovision 2017.
RAI made the announcement on social media, with an English message reading, “Save the date! May 2017: Italy will take part in the #Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv!”
— Eurovision Rai (@EurovisionRai) September 16, 2016
Italy’s method of selecting their act has not been confirmed, but it’s very likely that the winner of the 2017 Sanremo Music Festival will have first refusal at being Italy’s act for Kyiv. Sanremo is due to take place on the week of 7 to 11 February 2017, again hosted by the legendary permatanned presenter Carlo Conti.
Since Italy came back to Eurovision in 2011, they’ve established themselves as a power player, and are by far the most successful of the Big Five.
In 2015, popera trio Il Volo placed third with their epic love song “Grande amore”, also winning the televote — and the hearts of many new fans. Il Volo’s success revitalised the appeal of Eurovision amongst Italian reviewers, prompting RAI to shift the Eurovision broadcast to its main channel, RAI 1.
In Stockholm earlier this year, Sanremo runner-up Francesca Michelin performed “No Degree of Separation”, a bilingual version of her Sanremo song “Nessun grado di separazione”. It placed 16th.
Traditionally the participating acts for Sanremo are announced in mid-December, when all of Italy stops to discover who will be competing for the big prize – and indeed who also may be representing their country in Ukraine next May.
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