They’re the last of the Big 5 to confirm their participation in Tel Aviv. Italy‘s broadcaster RAI has finally confirmed to fans that the Eurovision power player will be competing at Eurovision 2019.
The news was confirmed with a post on the official Italian Eurovision Facebook group. The message asked “Did you have any doubts? Of course Italy will be in Tel Aviv 2019!”
Did you have any doubts ?? Of course Italy will be in Tel Aviv 2019! ?????
The news comes as a relief to fans of the Big 5 nation, who were worried that Italy had not previously publicly confirmed their participation in Eurovision 2019.
But while Italy has signed up for the song contest, RAI still hasn’t confirmed how the Italian act for Tel Aviv will be selected.
However, it is expected that Italy will use the same method as they have since 2015, where the winner of the Sanremo Music Festival is given first refusal to also become Italy’s Eurovision act.
Sanremo 2019 will begin in December with the newcomers contest, now held as a separate show. The two winners from Sanremo Giovani will also earn a place in the main Sanremo contest.
In early February, the Sanremo Music Festival will take place, again at the iconic Ariston theatre. It is expected that around 20 established Italian acts will compete in the song contest, all vying for the chance to win the Golden Lion trophy.
It is likely that that winner of Sanremo 2019 will also be offered the chance to represent Italy at Eurovision 2019 with their Sanremo winning song. Since 2015, the winners of Sanremo have mostly accepted the ticket to Eurovision. The one exception was in 2016, when festival winners Stadio turned down Eurovision. The honour instead went to Sanremo runner-up Francesca Michielin.
Since Italy’s 2011 Eurovision comeback, they have earned a reputation as a power player of the content. Italy has placed in the top ten six out of eight times, including second place in 2011.
Italy’s entries have often proved to be big televote favourites. In 2015, Il Volo’s epic romantic “Grande amore” won the televote and placed third overall. In Lisbon, Ermal Meta and Fabrizio Moro’s thought-provoking “Non mi avete fatto niente” was third in the televote and placed fifth overall.
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