Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest 2011
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|Eurovision Song Contest 2011|
|Selection process||Sanremo Music Festival 2011|
15 February 2011
16 February 2011
17 February 2011
18 February 2011
19 February 2011
|Selected entrant||Raphael Gualazzi|
|Selected song||"Follia d'amore"|
|Final result||2nd, 189 points|
|Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest|
The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) announced that Italy would compete in the Eurovision Song Contest 2011, set to be held in Düsseldorf, Germany. Italy returned to the contest after a 14-year absence, having last competed in the 1997 Contest. The entry was organised by Italian broadcaster Radiotelevisione Italiana (RAI) and finished second after the winning song from Azerbaijan.
Italy was one of the seven participating countries to take part in the first contest in 1956. The Eurovision Song Contest was initially inspired by the Italian Sanremo Music Festival, held annually since 1951 in the city of Sanremo. Since their debut Italy has taken part 37 times, and has won the contest twice - in 1964 with the song "Non ho l'età" (I'm not old enough) performed by Gigliola Cinquetti, and in 1990 with "Insieme: 1992" (Together: 1992) performed by Toto Cutugno. Italy has also come 2nd once - again with Gigliola Cinquetti and the song "Sì", and 3rd four times - including the global hit song "Nel blu dipinto di blu", also known as "Volare", performed by Domenico Modugno in 1958. Italy has also hosted the contest twice - in 1965 in Naples, and in 1991 in Rome.
Since their debut Italy has withdrawn from the contest a number of times. The first occurrence was in 1981, claiming that interest in the contest in Italy had diminished. Italy returned in 1983, and withdrew again in 1986, returning the following year. In 1994 Italy withdrew again, before returning again in 1997. After the 1997 Contest Italy withdrew again, and did not return until the 2011 Contest.
Return to Eurovision
Since their withdrawal in 1997 the EBU, the organisers of the Eurovision Song Contest, had worked hard to bring Italy back to Eurovision. Since the 2009 Contest the country's return - along with that of Monaco and Austria - was made a priority of the EBU.
In September 2010 it was announced by Massimo Liofredi, chairman of Rai 2, that the winner of the fourth series of the Italian version of The X Factor may represent Italy at the Eurovision Song Contest 2011, rather than compete in the Sanremo Music Festival as in previous years. This raised hopes that Italy would return to Eurovision after 14 years of absence. On 2 December 2010 the EBU announced on the official Eurovision website that Italy had applied for the 2011 Contest, set to be held on 10, 12 and 14 May 2011 in Düsseldorf, Germany.
On 1 February, RAI announced that the Italian entry would be chosen through the Sanremo festival 2011, to be held between 15–19 February 2011. A specific jury was set up to choose the artist and song best fit to represent Italy in Düsseldorf, thus, the winner of the Sanremo contest wouldn't necessarily be the Eurovision entrant.  All songs competing in both the established artists' section ("Artisti") and the newcomers' section ("Giovani") were eligible for Eurovision. On 19 February, during the final, Raphael Gualazzi, winner of the "Giovani" section with the song "Follia d'amore", was announced as the Italian Eurovision entrant in Düsseldorf, Germany.
The six member jury set up to choose the Eurovision entry was composed of Gianni Morandi, Mauro Mazza (Rai 1 director), Massimo Liofredi (Rai 2 director), Marco Simeon (director of international affairs), Maurizio Zoccarato (mayor of Sanremo) and Giorgio Giuffra (Sanremo's promotional board member).
"Artisti (Big Singers)" section
|Roberto Vecchioni||"Chiamami ancora amore"||Call me love again||Roberto Vecchioni, C. Guidetti|
|Luca Madonia & Franco Battiato||"L'alieno"||The alien||Luca Madonia|
|Anna Oxa||"La mia anima d'uomo"||My soul of man||Lorenzo Imerico, Anna Oxa, R. Pacco|
|Al Bano||"Amanda è libera"||Amanda is free||Fabrizio Berlincioni, Albano Carrisi, A. Paoletti|
|Patty Pravo||"Il vento e le rose"||The wind and the roses||Diego Calvetti, M. Ciapelli|
|Davide Van De Sfroos||"Yanez"||Yanez||Davide Bernasconi|
|La Crus||"Io confesso"||I confess||Ermanno Giovanardi, Matteo Curallo|
|Luca Barbarossa & Raquel del Rosario||"Fino in fondo"||Through and through||Luca Barbarossa|
|Max Pezzali||"Il mio secondo tempo"||My second time||Max Pezzali|
|Anna Tatangelo||"Bastardo"||Bastard||Anna Tatangelo|
|Tricarico||"Tre colori"||Three colours||Fausto Mesolella|
|Giusy Ferreri||"Il mare immenso"||The immense sea||Bungaro, Giusy Ferreri, Max Calò|
|Modà feat. Emma||"Arriverà"||It will come||Francesco Silvestre, Enrico Zapparoli, E. Palmosi|
|Nathalie||"Vivo sospesa"||I live suspended||Natalia Giannitrapani|
|Position||Singer||1st Evening||2nd Evening||3rd Evening||4th Evening||5th Evening|
|1||Roberto Vecchioni||Pass||Pass||Pass||Pass||Top Three||1st place|
|2||Modà with Emma||Pass||Pass||Pass||Pass||Top Three||2nd place|
|3||Al Bano||Pass||Out||In||Pass||Top Three||3rd place|
|4-6||Luca Madonia and Franco Battiato||Pass||Pass||Pass||Pass||Top Six||Out in-definitely|
|Davide Van De Sfroos||Pass||Pass||Pass||Pass||Top Six||Out in-definitely|
|La Crus||Pass||Pass||Pass||Pass||Top Six||Out in-definitely|
|7-10||Luca Barbarossa and Raquel del Rosario||Pass||Pass||Pass||Pass||Out in-definitely|
|Giusy Ferreri||Pass||Pass||Pass||Pass||Out in-definitely|
|Anna Tatangelo||Out||In||Pass||Out in-definitely|
|11-12||Max Pezzali||Pass||Pass||Pass||Out in-definitely|
|13-14||Patty Pravo||Pass||Out||Out in-definitely|
|Anna Oxa||Out||Out in-definitely|
"Giovani (New Generation)" section
|Roberto Amadè||"Come pioggia"||Like rain||Roberto Amadè|
|Gabriella Ferrone||"Un pezzo d'estate"||A piece of summer||Giuliano Boursier|
|Serena Abrami||"Lontano da tutto"||Away from everything||Niccolò Fabi|
|Micaela||"Fuoco e cenere"||Fire and ashes||A. Santonocito, L. Nigro, F. Muggeo|
|Raphael Gualazzi||"Follia d'amore"||Madness of love||Raphael Gualazzi|
|Marco Menichini||"Tra tegole e cielo"||Between tiles and sky||Maurizio Galli, S. Senesi, A. Perrozzi|
|Anansi||"Il sole dentro"||The sun inside||Stefano Bannò, Pietro Fiabane|
|BTwins||"Mi rubi l'amore"||You steal my love||S. Grandi, C. Chiodo|
|Position||Singer||2nd Evening||3rd Evening||4th Evening||5th Evening|
|1||Raphael Gualazzi||Pass||N/A||1st place||Selected as ESC entrant|
|3||Roberto Amadè||N/A||Pass||3rd place||N/A|
|4||Serena Abrami||Pass||N/A||4th place||N/A|
Italy automatically qualified for the grand final, in 14 May 2011; as part of the "Big Five", and would vote in the second semi-final. At the finals, the Italian entry performed 12th and in the voting, was placed second to the Azerbaijani entry Running Scared by Ell and Nikki with 189 points.
Points awarded to Italy
|12 points||10 points||8 points||7 points||6 points|
|5 points||4 points||3 points||2 points||1 point|
Points awarded by Italy
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