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Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019

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 Eurovision Song Contest 2019
Country Italy
National selection
Selection processSanremo 2019
Selection date(s)9 February 2019
Italy in the  Eurovision Song Contest
◄2018 2019

Italy will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. Italian broadcaster RAI announced in November 2018 that the winning performer(s) of the Sanremo Music Festival 2019 will earn the right to represent the nation at the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv, Israel.


Prior to the 2019 Contest, Italy had participated in the Eurovision Song Contest forty-four times since its first entry during the inaugural contest in 1956.[1] Since then, Italy has won the contest on two occasions: in 1964 with the song "Non ho l'età" performed by Gigliola Cinquetti and in 1990 with the song "Insieme: 1992" performed by Toto Cutugno. Italy has withdrawn from the Eurovision Song Contest a number of times with their most recent absence spanning from 1998 until 2010. Their return in 2011 with the song "Madness of Love", performed by Raphael Gualazzi, placed second—their highest result, to this point, since their victory in 1990. In 2018, Ermal Meta and Fabrizio Moro represented the nation with the song "Non mi avete fatto niente", placing fifth with 308 points.

The Italian national broadcaster, Radiotelevisione italiana (RAI), broadcasts the event within Italy and organises the selection process for the nation's entry. RAI confirmed Italy's participation in the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest on 5 October 2018.[2] Between 2011 and 2013, the broadcaster used the Sanremo Music Festival as an artist selection pool where a special committee would select one of the competing artist, independent of the results in the competition, as the Eurovision entrant. The selected entrant was then responsible for selecting the song they would compete with. For 2014, RAI forewent using the Sanremo Music Festival artist lineup and internally selected their entry. Since 2015, the winning artist of the Sanremo Music Festival is rewarded with the opportunity to represent Italy at the Eurovision Song Contest, although in 2016 the winner declined and the broadcaster appointed the runner-up as the Italian entrant.

Before Eurovision

Artist selection

On 20 November 2018, Italian broadcaster RAI confirmed that the performer that would represent Italy at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest would be selected from the competing artists at the Sanremo Music Festival 2019.[3] According to the rules of Sanremo 2019, the winner of the festival earns the right to represent Italy at the Eurovision Song Contest, but in case the artist is not available or refuses the offer, the organisers of the event reserve the right to choose another participant via their own criteria. The competition will take place between 5–9 February 2019 with the winner being selected on the last day of the festival.[3]

Twenty four artists will compete in Sanremo 2019. Two of the twenty four competing artists (Einar and Mahmood respectively) were selected in the standalone Sanremo Newcomers competition that was held in December 2018. Among the competing artists are former Eurovision Song Contest entrants Il Volo who represented Italy in the 2015 Contest. The performers are:[4]

Artist Song (English translation) Composer(s)
Achille Lauro "Rolls Royce" Achille Lauro, Davide Petrella, Daniele Deizi, Daniele Mungai, Edoardo Manozzi
Anna Tatangelo "Le nostre anime di notte" (Our souls at night) Lorenzo Vizzini
Arisa "Mi sento bene" (I feel good) Alessandra Flora, Matteo Buzzanca, Lorenzo Vizzini, Rosalba Pippa
Boomdabash "Per un milione" (For a million) Federica Abbate, Cheope, Rocco Pagliarulo, Angelo Cisternino, Alessandro Merli, Fabio Clemente
Daniele Silvestri "Argento vivo" (Shiny silver) Daniele Silvestri
Einar "Parole nuove" (New words) Tony Maiello, Enrico Palmosi, Nicola Marotta
Enrico Nigiotti "Nonno Hollywood" (Grandpa Hollywood) Enrico Nigiotti
Ex-Otago "Solo una canzone" (Just a song) Maurizio Carucci, Simone Bertuccini, Olmo Martellacci, francesco Bacci, Rachid Bouchabla
Federica Carta & Shade "Senza farlo apposta" (Without doing it on purpose) Jacopo Ettore, Giacomo Roggia, Vito Ventura
Francesco Renga "Aspetto che torni" (I wait for you to come back) Bungaro, Francesco Renga, Cesare Chiodo, Rakele, Giacomo Runco
Ghemon "Rose viola" (Purple roses) Giovanni Luca Picariello, Stefano Tognini
Il Volo "Musica che resta" (Music that remains) Antonello Carozza, Emilio Munda, Gianna Nannini, Pasquale Mammaro, Piero Romitelli
Irama "La ragazza col cuore di latta" (The girl with a heart of tin) Giuseppe Colonnelli, Andrea Debernardi, Filippo Maria Fanti, Giulio Nenna
Loredana Bertè "Cosa ti aspetti da me" (What do you expect from me) Gaetano Curreri, Gerardo Pulli, Piero Romitelli
Motta "Dov'è l'Italia" (Where is Italy) Francesco Motta
Mahmood "Soldi" (Money) Charlie Charles, Dario "Dardust" Faini, Alessandro Mahmoud
Negrita "I ragazzi stanno bene" (The kids are alright) Lorenzo Cilembrini, Francesco Barbacci
Nek "Mi farò trovare pronto" (I will make myself ready) Filippo Neviani, Luca Ciaravalli, Paolo Antonacci
Nino D'Angelo & Livio Cori "Un'altra luce" (Another light) Nino D'Angelo, Livio Cori, Big Fish, Francesco Fogliano, Mario Fracchiolla
Paola Turci "L'ultimo ostacolo" (The last obstacle) Edwyn Roberts, Stefano Marletta, Luca Chiaravalli, Paola Turci
Patty Pravo ft. Briga "Un po' come la vita" (A bit like life) Zibba, Marco Rettani, Diego Calvetti, Mattia "Briga" Bellegrandi, Luca Lenori
Simone Cristicchi "Abbi cura di me" (Take care of me) Simone Cristicchi, Nicola Brunialti, Gabriele Ortenzi
Ultimo "I tuoi particolari" (Your particularities) Niccolò Moriconi
Zen Circus "L'amore è una dittatura" (Love is a dictatorship) Andre Appino, Massimiliano Schiavelli, Karim Qqru, Francesco Pellegrini

At Eurovision

The Eurovision Song Contest 2019 will take place at Expo Tel Aviv in Tel Aviv, Israel and will consist of two semi-finals on 14 and 16 May and the final on 18 May 2019.[5] According to Eurovision rules, all nations with the exceptions of the host country and the "Big 5" (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) are required to qualify from one of two semi-finals in order to compete for the final; the top ten countries from each semi-final progress to the final. As a member of the "Big 5", Italy automatically qualifies to compete in the final. In addition to their participation in the final, Italy is also required to broadcast and vote in one of the two semi-finals.


  1. ^ "Italy Country Profile". EBU. Retrieved 10 February 2015.
  2. ^ "Italy: RAI confirms participation in Eurovision 2019". 5 October 2018. Retrieved 26 December 2018.
  3. ^ a b Robyn, Gallagher (20 November 2018). "Italy: RAI releases show format of Sanremo 2019, including 24 acts and no eliminations". Retrieved 26 December 2018.
  4. ^ Jiandani, Sergio (Sanjay) (22 December 2018). "Italy: Sanremo 2019 finalists unveiled; Il Volo are back in the competition!". Retrieved 26 December 2018.
  5. ^ "Tel Aviv to host Eurovision 2019! - Eurovision Song Contest Israel 2019". Retrieved 2018-09-13.
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