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Italy: Road to Eurovision

Italy is one of the only seven countries that competed at the very first Eurovision Song Contest. Since then the mediterranean country has participated 43 times, with only two wins.

The first victory comes in 1964 with Gigliola Cinquetti and the song Non ho l’età. The second one in 1990 with Toto Cutugno and Insieme: 1992, a song about bringing the disparate nations of Europe together. The “1992” of the title refers to the year in which the European Union was scheduled to begin operation.

This year Italy will be represented by the duo Ermal Meta and Fabrizio Moro, winners of the Sanremo Music Festival with the song Non Mi Avete Fatto Niente (You haven’t done anything to me).

Ermal Meta is an albanian-born italian singer and songwriter. He is one of the most successful writers of the last decade in Italy with eight platinum records and seven gold in the last five years alone.

Fabrizio Moro, born in Rome, has began writing and arranging his first songs as a teenager. He studied at Rome’s Roberto Rossellini Film and Television Institute, teaching himself to play the guitar. He rose to fame in 2007, after winning the Newcomers’ Section of the Sanremo Music Festival with his entry Pensa.

The lyrics of their song, written with Andrea Febo, talks about wars, terrorist attacks, referring directly to terrible events such as the attack at Paris, Nice, Barcelona, Cairo and London.

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Mauro Armadi (Rausten)

Founder and Editor-in-chief of “My country? Europe.”.

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