Next Up: 2021 – Italy

Italy is the European nation where the corona outbreak started and the country was hit hard by the virus. Of course, their Eurovision plans for 2021 are still in shadows, since the nation has other stuff on their mind.

In today’s episode we look at Italy in 2021. For a full review of their potential entry for 2020, check out this article on our partner website Eurovision Union. Check out our thoughts for next year below.

Key takeaways: A sincere Italian orchestration

Italy is one of the most successful Eurovision nations in recent years and they prove again that it isn’t a fluke. ‘Fai Rumore’ was expected to be the best performing song of a Big-5 country. They had a credible singer, with good vocals, an interesting song with a lovely instrumental climax near the end. It’s sad that they will be denied another almost guaranteed top-10 at the contest.

How to proceed with Diodato?

There are plenty of reasons for Italy to stick with Diodato for Eurovision, even though there is already a scheduled new edition of Sanremo. More about that later on. Diodato is a very credible artist. The way he sparked emotions with his deliverance of ‘Fai rumore’ in the empty arena in Verona during Eurovision Shine A Light was iconic and memorable. Someone who can pull that off is a very talented artist and vocalist. Italy should cherish the possibility to send someone with his qualities to Eurovision.

There is also a certain risk. Yes, Diodato did amazing in 2020. Winning Sanremo is not something that happens by accident. And he deserved to take the Eurovision stage as much as all the others. But will his song be as strong as his Sanremo winner ‘Fai Rumore’? The past proves that it is very rare for a Sanremo winner to copy his success and win again. Usually, their winning song really is the best competition-song they have ever delivered. Something to think about for RAI.

Exploring other options

As said above, Italy did announce that Sanremo will (of course) be back in 2021. A bit later than normal, when the prestigious competition is held in February, it has been scheduled for March 2nd until 6th. Still in time for the Eurovision deadlines to possibly send the winner to the contest in Rotterdam.

Our guess it that Italy will either use the same way of selection their song for Eurovision like they did in recent years. Which means the winner of Sanremo will get the chance, unless he or she declines and someone else from the pack gets chosen internally by RAI. If that last option is reality, and Diodato is back in 2021, it would make very much sense that he is the one chosen for the job.

This was supposed to be Italy’s Eurovision 2020 entry

About “Next Up: Eurovision 2021”

In our series Next Up: 2021, we look ahead to the Eurovision Song Contest 2021. After the cancellation of Eurovision 2020, all participating countries now face the choice: Stick with their Eurovision singer, or come up with a new preselection or internal selection.

We make an analysis based on what we know so far. What will this country do, or most likely do? And is that the wise choice, looking at the fact that the Eurovision Song Contest remains a music competition?