Sanremo royalty Arisa has stated on Italian talk show Vieni da mi that she would like to represent Italy at the Eurovision Song Contest.
For fans of the prestigious Italian music festival, Arisa will be a familiar name. She has participated at Sanremo six times in ten years and has won the competition twice. In 2009, she won the Newcomers’ section with the song “Sinceríta”, and in 2014 she won the Big Artists’ section with “Controvento”.
Traditionally, the winner of the Big Artists’ section is given first refusal of the opportunity to represent Italy at Eurovision. In 2014, however, RAI opted for an internal selection process, sending Emma Marrone with “La mia cittá” to Copenhagen.
RAI’s internal selection process was poorly received by fans, after Emma achieved just 21st place at Eurovision – Italy’s worst result since their return to the competition in 2011. In 2015, RAI announced that Sanremo would once again be used to select the Italian entrant, which left Arisa fans disappointed and upset that she would be the only winner of recent years who never got the opportunity to go to Eurovision. Arisa has kept her sense of humour about this, joking: “Heck! I was the wrong year!”
The Eurovision dream has always been slightly out of Arisa’s grasp. In 2017, she was approached by San Marino, who wanted her to represent them at Eurovision in Kyiv. Arisa turned down the offer, claiming that she would have needed to invest €300,000 of her own money to cover the costs. “My record label should have been my sponsor, but the figures were too high for them as well,” she said.
On the 25th of May, Arisa told Caterina Balivo on Vieni da me precisely why she continues to participate in Sanremo: “I have won Sanremo twice and I haven’t been to Eurovision yet. Everyone asks me why I try to do Sanremo every year. Because I want to go to Eurovision.”
The Italian singer seems more determined than ever to represent her country at Eurovision. Arisa most recently competed in Sanremo 2019 with “Mi sento bene”. She finished in 8th place.
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