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!”

Cacchio! Ho sbagliato anno…?

Posted by Arisa on Wednesday, October 1, 2014

 

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.

What do you think? Will Arisa make a return to Sanremo in 2021? Would you like to see Arisa represent Italy at Eurovision? Let us know below.

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Tom
Tom
3 months ago

Diodato or i am done, probably i will be done cause i don’t think Italy would send him internally, even they send in 2014 and also in 2012 i think (internally )…And maybe Diodato likes ESC

Alex
Alex
3 months ago

Not now. I want Diodato for 2021.

Charli Cheer Up
Charli Cheer Up
3 months ago

I thought her San Remo winning song Controvento in 2014 was really good. Why didn’t RAI just select her back then? instead they internally selected Emma who didn’t compete in San Remo that year..was really odd year TBH

Hafiz
Hafiz
3 months ago

Yup, if Controvento were to participate in Eurovision 2014, and the Emma’s Sanremo winning song in 2012, Non è l’inferno, then Italy would’ve been in my top 5 every year since they rejoined.
 
P.s. I liked L’amore è femmina but I loved Per sempre more.

Joe
Joe
3 months ago

It says a lot that she’s one of the only people who competes in Sanremo so she can do Eurovision when most Italian acts just do Sanremo because it’s Sanremo, and Eurovision’s a nice side gig they get if they win. The only similar example I can think of is Famous on Operacio Triunfo, and in both cases the poor guys won but got saddled with bad luck afterwards (Arisa won Sanremo but the Eurovision act was internally selected, and Famous won OT but his Eurovision candidate songs were terrible and then they picked Blas Canto when they went internal).

Jo.
Jo.
3 months ago

good to know, I love her 😀

Jonas
Jonas
3 months ago

I really hope to see her at the contest one day, but for Italy. She’s so great. I love her Italian version of Amar Pelos Dois.

Una
Una
3 months ago

OMG this is *so* ridiculous. Micro-states are amongs the richest per capita in the whole of Europe. They should not have any financial problem whatsoever financing their participation. Less and a lot less wealthy countries make efforts to raise the funds necessary for their participation. It’s about belonging, not the votes. A good song and a good artist will bring good results. Maybe not consistantly every year. But good results are achievable.

Robyn Gallagher
Admin
3 months ago
Reply to  Una

Around half of San Marino’s GDP comes from tourism. That will obviously have taken a huge hit this year and may continue to do so for months, even years, to come. Somehow I don’t think the government’s priority for spending at the moment will be a song contest.

Jonas
Jonas
3 months ago

Unless they were aiming to win so they could use it as a way to promote themselves?

Una
Una
3 months ago

I disagree. San Marino is a rich state with more revenue from other industries (finance and other services, not only tourism). And they have talked about their stance on the contest and how difficult they thought it was for micro-states in Eurovision. They didn’t try too hard before last year when they qualified for the second time. They even showed this year they cared – Senhit would have qualified from the second semi. San Marino could pay if they wanted to without having artists fighting or bidding to participate. Whoever had the money or got a sponsor. To each their… Read more »

American ESC FAN
American ESC FAN
3 months ago
Reply to  Una

GDP is different from GDP per capita. GDP is how much a country makes a year vs how much a working individual makes annually. Plus the standards of living is slightly different, for example living in Liechtenstein or Monaco is more expensive than living in the UK or Moldova. Just as heads up

Una
Una
3 months ago

Yes I know about macro and micro level indicators. And the state gets revenue from different sources. I kind of liked Susanne’s interview respect of Andorra. It kind of makes sense.
 

Kredential
Kredential
3 months ago

I love Arisa so much. She has some great music and I’ve loved all her Sanremo entries. Although I loved La Mia Citta, Controvento was also an amazing song and would’ve done really well on the Eurovision stage. I really, really hope she gets the chance to perform someday, not only because she deserves it but because I think she’d easily give Italy another solid top 10 finish.

mad-professor
mad-professor
3 months ago

Just send her next year with Diodato, Italy.

Jonas
Jonas
3 months ago
Reply to  mad-professor

What if next year’s Sanremo winner turns out to feel cheated like Arisa did back in 2014?

mad-professor
mad-professor
3 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

I think they would be more likely to understand that it’s a very different situation given what’s happened this year.

Jonas
Jonas
3 months ago
Reply to  mad-professor

Still, from a fan’s point of view, imagine if Sanremo crowns another Soldi and we have to see it miss the contest, imagining how it could have won.

Sabrina
Sabrina
3 months ago
Reply to  mad-professor

I’ve read on an Italian site that the patron of the Sanremo Theatre talked about the possibility of the festival being postponed to April, if the restrictions related to the pandemic persist until next year. In that case, the obvious choice would be to select Diodato internally. I wouldn’t mind a duo with Arisa though, it could correct 2 injustices at once. But we would need to know if they want to work together, of course.

Whisker
Whisker
3 months ago

This San Marino spiel with asking the artist to cover the expenses – very expensive expenses – isn’t fun.

Erasmus
Erasmus
3 months ago

She wants to do it for San Marino as well and they didn’t except her? Like? She’d be the best result for San Marimo ever for sure.. Like I’m sure they can together comeup with that amount, a bit from San Marino, a bit from her label and a bit from sponsor.

Joe
Joe
3 months ago
Reply to  Erasmus

It’s not that they didn’t accept her. She couldn’t accept them.

Möhrant
Möhrant
3 months ago

I love her passion. Hope she gets her chance one day!

Iván el Conquistador
Iván el Conquistador
3 months ago
Reply to  Möhrant

I think she earned the right to represent Italy.

Alex
Alex
3 months ago

San Marino should ask her and find the money instead of asking her to pay 300k which is ridiculous. Did they ask Senhit and valentina as well???

Latvian
Latvian
3 months ago
Reply to  Alex

Yes. If I remember correctly then Siegel paid for Valentina’s participation

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
3 months ago
Reply to  Latvian

Is ralph siegel really that rich?

Joe
Joe
3 months ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

Ralph Siegel had the money to bring Bosnia & Herzegovina back but they turned him down. Yeah, he’s that rich.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
3 months ago

I really do think she’ll get there. I liked her 2019 song but yeah, she can do even better.

Hector
Hector
3 months ago

Controvento is beautiful. Would have loved to see that song at Eurovision