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ESC Reporter | January 24, 2018

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After confusion, Italy sends Francesca Michielin to Eurovision

After confusion, Italy sends Francesca Michielin to Eurovision
Kevin Lee

Italian broadcaster RAI used the Sanremo Music Festival once again to determine who the country would send to Stockholm for the Eurovision Song Contest later this year.

Twenty artists competed in the festival under the Big Artist category between February 9 and 13.


The Contestants:
  • Alessio Bernabei
  • Annalisa
  • Arisa
  • Bluvertigo
  • Clementino
  • Dear Jack
  • Dolcenera
  • Elio e le Storie Tese
  • Enrico Ruggeri
  • Francesca Michielin
  • Giovanni Caccamo and Deborah Iurato
  • Irene Fornaciari
  • Lorenzo Fragola
  • Neffa
  • Noemi
  • Patty Pravo
  • Rocco Hunt
  • Stadio
  • Valerio Scanu
  • Zero Assoluto


Notable on the list being Enrico Ruggeri who represented Italy at the 1993 edition of Eurovision.


Stadio Wins the Contest

On February 13, it was revealed the Stadio had won the competition and would be given the opportunity to represent Italy at Eurovison. However shortly afterwards RAI announced through their social media that Stadio would not represent Italy.


Will They or Won’t They

In a press conference held the next day, RAI announced that they were still awaiting to hear the actual decision from Stadio and that they might represent the country.


It’s Francesca to Stockholm

After a statement released by the band saying they were too busy with a tour to do Eurovision, the responsibility was back on RAI to determine who would be sent to Eurovision. The broadcaster decided that it would be the runner-up Francesca Michielin.

Although Francesca entered the Sanremo Music Festival with the song “Nessun grado di separazione,” the song selection is actually up to the artist and more than likely will be a different song once she gets to Stockholm.



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