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Nessuna sorpresa! Italian politicians howl in outrage over Mahmood’s Sanremo victory

Controversial Italian Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Matteo Salvini have been on the defensive today after a series of tweets passive-aggressively attacking the choice of Mahmood as winner of the 69th annual Sanremo Music Festival this weekend. Italian politicians griping about the annual Sanremo Music Festival, which is Italy’s unique national selection process and was the inspiration for the …

Italy: Mahmood wins Sanremo 2019 & will go to Tel-Aviv!

The grand Italian festival Sanremo took place this past week, and what a glorious week it has been of new Italian music, but what we care most about is, who is going to Eurovision, so let’s have a look at this past week’s festival! Often seen as the mother of the Eurovision Song Contest, since our beloved contest was created …

Italy: RAI reveals remaining Festival di Sanremo participants(Eurovision 2019)

The Italian broadcaster RAI previously revealed 12 acts that are set to take part in Festival di Sanremo 2019. Today, the second half of acts has been revealed which means we now have the names of all participants.  The Sanremo festival is the most popular song contest in Italy and the winner of the festival is given the option to …

Italy: RAI confirms first names for Sanremo 2019

With the rumour mill constantly swirling in many countries for the upcoming Eurovision season, it is now the turn of Italy to shed some light on their 2019 plans. During the broadcast of Sanremo Giovani, the Italian national broadcaster RAI confirmed the names of some of the participating acts in the main competition next year, and – surprise surprise – …

Italy: Måneskin “would like to do Eurovision”

One of the biggest rising acts currently on the Italian pop music scene, X Factor runners-up Måneskin, have mentioned in an interview with Radio Italia that they would like to do Eurovision, but concede that it would imply they would win Sanremo first, according to our friends over at Eurofestival News. The four piece band hailing from Rome were the …

RAI Announces the potential Candidates for Sanremo Giovani

The Italian broadcaster RAI announced the 69 candidates for Sanremo Giovani last week, who each attended a live audition in Rome on Monday. This shortlist was created from over 670 submissions from new and upcoming musicians, and after the auditions, only 24 lucky artists will move on to compete in this new television show. We will not know which 24 …

Italy: Luisa Sobral turns down invitation to enter San Remo

Luisa Sobral, the composer of the entry “Amar pelos dois” which brought Portugal their first ever Eurovision victory in 2017 with her brother Salvador, has revealed in a wide-ranging interview with Portuguese online newspaper Observador that she was invited to perform in this year’s edition of the San Remo festival but turned down the chance. The jazz singer-songwriter and composer …

Italy: RAI commentators asked viewers not to vote for San Marino

Some controversy appears to have surfaced overnight with regards to the Italian broadcast of last night’s second semi-final of Eurovision 2018, as the commentators of RAI 4 in Italy, Saverio Raimondo and Carolina di Domenico implored viewers to boycott voting for San Marino due to the fact their jury gave 0 to Francesco Gabbani’s entry in 2017. The full clip …

Lisbon LIVE – Portugal, United Kingdom, Spain, Germany, Italy & France reviews (Day 6)

Yesterday’s last two sessions were exciting ones for the Eurovision community as it was the first chance we had to see the performances from this year’s pre-qualified finalists; our host nation Portugal and the Big 5 countries of United Kingdom, Spain, Germany, Italy and France. Did #YOU miss their rehearsals? Make sure to check out our live stream archives and …

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