Preview: Italy in Eurovision 2015

In this new rubric at ESC Daily, we will take a look at next years Eurovision Song Contest. What can we expect from each participating country? In today’s preview we will feature the plans in Italy.

What do we know so far?

Italian broadcaster RAI announced they will remain in the contest in mid September this year, with the guidelines published online on September 29th, 2014. After Emma Marrone’s internal selection for Eurovision 2014, Italy will return to their so called “traditional” selection process where a competitor in the well known San Remo Music Festival will represent the Big Five nation. However, in 2015 there will be a new twist; RAI have indicated that the winner of the ‘Campioni’ category will be entitled to represent Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015. If the artist is unwilling or unable to perform, a different participant will be selected based on RAI’s own criteria.

Possible Names

Source: RAI
Above: Emma Marrone (2014) with rumoured Sanremo participants Modà

Initial rumours pointed to the possible internal appointment of the Voice Italy’s winner Sister Cristina, who’s audition for the program went viral with over 63million views worldwide. However, in September this year Italian broadcaster RAI made it clear that the representative will be the winner of the ‘Campioni’ category of San Remo Music Festival 2015. This year’s event will run from the 10th to the 14th of February 2014, with the songs and artists of the ‘Campioni’ category being selected and invited by the Artistic Director of the Festival.

Rumoured names so far include; Valerio Scanu, Marco Carta, Modà, Alessandra Amoroso, Marco Masini, Annalisa Scarrone, Dolcenera, Clementino and Dear Jack. One of the biggest rumour so far suggests that we may see the return of Giusy Ferreri to the festival. However, soon after it was reported that the singer refused a song from well known Italian composer Cristiano Malgioglio.

Chances at Eurovision

After a 14 year absence from the contest, Italy made the top ten for three years running; with their high coming in 2011 when Raphael Gualazzi finished in second place. However, last year the nation finished disappointingly in 21st place with Emma Marrone’s rock release ‘La Mia Città’. It would be unfair to say this was the reason RAI has changed their selection process for next year, as Emma Marrone had won the festival in 2012 and finished in second place alongside Modà in 2011 (pictured above). Nor the difference in song, with Nina Zilli choosing a different song from her San Remo entry in 2013.

Since Italy’s return to the contest, each representative have contributed to the writing process of their entry. With that being said – will it make a difference? I’d say no. But if Italy continues to send quality performers to the contest, a good result may be on the horizon for the Big Five nation.