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Eurovision 2017 previews countdown: #1 ITALY – Francesco Gabbani – “Occidentali’s Karma”

We have reached the summit! And I don’t think this year’s winner will come as any surprise to you It’s the second year in a row a Big 5 country has topped this chart – last year it was France, and they ultimately finished 6th in the grand final. Since their return in 2011 from a 14 year long break, two-times winners Italy have had claimed a runners up spot, a third place and two other top 10 results. They won the public vote in 2015 but came 3rd overall – will 2017 finally be Italy’s time?
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My top 5 songs from…Italy

With a big political event taking place in Italy this weekend (a referendum on changes to the Italian constitution that could lead to the resignation of the Italian Prime Minister if he loses it), it’s a topical time for my first top 5 of a Big 5 country. Italy were one of the founding countries of Eurovision but took an extended break between 1998 and 2011. They are very much back as a major feature now, and a consistent contender for the top places.  Continue reading “My top 5 songs from…Italy”

Top 10 countries by Grand Final finishing position

200 days to the Grand Final of Eurovision 2017! Some bits of Eurovision news today: Slovakia confirms they won’t be participating next year (they haven’t taken part since 2012) and Moldova confirms that they are taking part, bringing the number of confirmed countries to 41. Moldova haven’t missed a Eurovision since their debut in 2005.

While Eurovision season has indeed begun, news will be quite intermittent until we hit the Christmas period when it will pick up a lot of pace. In the meantime, I’ll be posting up lots of Eurovision content. Today, we’re looking at the top 10 countries by average finishing position in the Grand Final. I haven’t included countries that have not competed in less than 5 finals, and I haven’t included semi-final performances, just how the countries have performed in the finals. This does include countries who no longer compete in Eurovision (or at least haven’t competed for some time). Some familiar or expected countries in this list, as well as some surprises!

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Eurovision 2016 previews countdown: #11 ITALY – Francesca Michielin – “No Degree of Separation”

Just missing out on the top 10 is another of the big 5, a country who took a lengthy break from Eurovision in the late 1990s and 2000s, but have come back strongly since their return in 2011 – Italy. Generally, the winner of Italy’s San Remo Festival goes on to represent Italy at Eurovision (or at least gets first refusal) but this year’s winners, Stadio, a rock band who first formed in 1977, chose not to go and so we have San Remo’s runner up going, and that is Eurovision’s gain, as it’s the extremely talented 21 year old Francesca Michielin.
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London Eurovision Preview Party 2016 video clips part 4: Francesca Michielin, Aminata, Justs and Amir

The video clips just keep coming – two of the big 5 among this set of clips (Italy and France) as well as double dose of Latvia, this year’s entry Justs and last year’s entry Aminata. All four class acts!  Continue reading “London Eurovision Preview Party 2016 video clips part 4: Francesca Michielin, Aminata, Justs and Amir”

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