Italy: Eurovision back to main channel after 25 years

Earlier today, the Italian national broadcaster RAI announced that they are switching the Eurovision broadcast from their second channel, RAI 2, to the main one, RAI 1, for the 2016 Contest. The last time Eurovision was broadcasted on RAI 1 was 25 years ago, when Italy hosted the competition back in 1991.

The change can be seen as a direct effect of Italy’s good track record in the years they’ve been back at Eurovision, after having been absent between 1998 and 2010. Since returning to the contest, the country has failed to reach the top 10 of the Grand Final only once, and their recent results include both a second and a third place.

ilvolo_sanremo_grande_amore_3Concerning their selection method for the 2016 edition of Eurovision, RAI also announced that once again, the winner of the so-called ‘CAMPIONI’-category at the Sanremo-festival will get to represent Italy during Eurovision in May of next year. In this category, all established artists compete at the prestigious Italian song contest. Last year, Il Volo won the ‘CAMPIONI’-category of Sanremo, and went on to secure a solid third place at Eurovision, and first in the televote. After that, the trio took off on a sold out tour around their country, and is now promoting its new single ‘L’Amore Si Muove’ while touring through the rest of Europe.