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Italy: Several Eurovision artists in this year's Summer Festival

Waiting for notices about Italian participation, the Wind Summer Festival 2018 has just been held with several Eurovision stars attending. The festival found the "Song of the Summer 2018"

This year the sixth edition of the Summer Festival chose the Song of the Summer 2018. Wind Summer Festival 2018 took place in Piazza del Popolo in Rome from 22 to 25 June, while the final was held in the Area Expo, Parco Mind of Milano on 16 September 2018.

The hosts of Wind Summer Festival 2018 were three notable faces of Italian television: Ilary Blasi, known TV presenter and wife of the famous soccer player Francesco Totti; Rudy Zerbi, radio and TV presenter and record producer; Daniele Battaglia, singer and radio/TV presenter.

Besides Italian and International artists (also Måns Zelmerlöw, the winner of Eurovision 2015 in Vienna, took part at the event with Heroes in 2015), many Eurovision Italian artists participated:

Ermal Meta: Participant at Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon singing Non mi avete fatto niente with Fabrizio Moro, Ermal Meta participated at the Summer Festival 2018 together with Fabrizio Moro and their Eurovision song "Non mi avete fatto niente", but also with other two songs: "Dall'alba al tramonto" and "Io mi innamoro ancora". All songs are included in his new album "Non abbiamo armi".

Ermal Meta - "Io mi innamoro ancora"
Fabrizio Moro – "L’eternità"

Fabrizio Moro: Participant at Eurovision Song Contest 2018 and Summer Festival 2018 with the aforementioned Ermal Meta, also brought a new song to the Summer Festival: "L'eternità (il mio quartiere)", which makes part of his album "Parole rumori e anni".

Francesca Michielin: Represented Italy at Eurovision 2016 with "No degree of separation". She presented her new song "Tropicale" and "Fotografia", singing with Carl Brave. "Tropicale" is included in her album "2640".

Emma Marrone: Italian representative at ESC 2014 in Copenhagen with "La Mia Città", she sang "Mi parli piano", avalaible on her album "Essere qui".

Emma - "Mi Parli Piano"
Nina Zilli - Ti Amo Mi Uccidi

Nina Zilli: Italian entry at ESC 2012 in Baku with "L'Amore È Femmina (Out Of Love)", she sang "Ti amo Mi uccidi" during the festival. "Ti amo Mi uccidi" is also available on her new album "Modern Art".

The price Wind Summer Festival is given from Earone to the song with the highest points in the radio airplay.

...and finally the winner is...

...12 points go to... Takagi & Ketra ft Giusy Ferreri with "Amore e capoeira"!

Takagi & Ketra ft. Giusy Ferreri – "Amore e capoeira"

Italy in Eurovision Song Contest

Italy has been in Eurovision for 44 contests. They have won twice, in 1964 with the song "Non Ho L'étà" and in 1990 with "Insieme: 1992". Worst result was in 1966 where they finished last.

The most known song is "Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu" or better known as "Volare" from 1958. It is also the most covered Eurovision Song Contest song. The song has been covered by famous stars such as Dean Martin, Cliff Richard, David Bowie and many more.

Italy had a long pause from Eurovision Song Contest from 1998 to 2010. Since then Italy has been a"Big-5"-country, automatically qualifying for every year's Grand Final.

About the author: Federico Gallicchio (Italy)

Federico Gallicchio is our Italian correspondent. He is a fan of Eurovision since 2010 and considers 'Fuego' by Eleni Foureira and 'Lovewave' by Iveta the best performances in the history of Eurovision



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