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pingu
02-23-2011, 08:06 PM
Really like Italy's song :cheer: Welcome, Italia!
Thanks! My mom told me she always used to watch it and that she enjoyed it a lot, I'm so happy I'll be able to watch it too! Honestly I feel more european than italian so I think I'm going to love this contest :)
I like our song btw, it sounds very "international" IMO (a little bit like Zucchero's songs) so I think we have a good possibility to get a nice placement.
As I've never watched this program before, where can I find an explanation to this song contest?

allezfred
02-23-2011, 09:26 PM
As I've never watched this program before, where can I find an explanation to this song contest?

It always amazes me that Italians really don't have a clue about Eurovision even though you've won it twice. I remember when my sister made an Italian friend who came to live in Ireland during the 1980s we had to "educate" her about it. :lol:

Anyway, Wikipedia is as good a place to start as any:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_Eurovision_Song_Contest

Notable Italian musicians who have competed:

Domenico Modugno (1958) - Nel blu dipinto di blu aka Volare
Gigliola Cinquetti (1964 & 1974)
Al Bano & Romina Power (1976 & 1985)
Umberto Tozzi (1987)
Toto Cutugno (1990)

Toto also hosted in 1991 with Gigliola and it was carcrash TV at its best.

Italy last competed in 1997 with Jalisse "Fiumi di Parole".

If you want lessons in Eurovision, you've come to the right place. :cheer2:

fragoletta
02-23-2011, 09:54 PM
Bulgarian entry:

Polly Genova - Na inat (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNN3K3KbotA) (the song title means "stubborn" :slinkaway)

Reuven
02-24-2011, 12:40 AM
Nice! Best Bulgarian entry since “Water” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9ytzgtLW1A)! I don’t have to cringe this year. :cheer:

pingu
02-24-2011, 07:34 AM
It always amazes me that Italians really don't have a clue about Eurovision even though you've won it twice. I remember when my sister made an Italian friend who came to live in Ireland during the 1980s we had to "educate" her about it. :lol:
Well I was born in 1989 so I've never heard about it before (except reading FSU), maybe they stopped broadcasting it because it was losing popularity in Italy?

itsartemis
02-24-2011, 10:02 AM
Italy is back!!! :cheer2:

And I quite like the Bulgarian entry. :)

MikiAndoFan#1
02-24-2011, 10:09 AM
Bulgarian entry:

Polly Genova - Na inat (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNN3K3KbotA) (the song title means "stubborn" :slinkaway)

I like it! It's much better than last year's song. :slinkaway Here is Polly's live performance (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNJ3gl0Y3Vw). :)

allezfred
02-24-2011, 12:38 PM
Well I was born in 1989 so I've never heard about it before (except reading FSU), maybe they stopped broadcasting it because it was losing popularity in Italy?

In Italy, you have San Remo (which is where the idea of the Eurovision Song Contest came from) and Eurovision had become a very obscure event for Italians by the time you were born (I now feel so old :drama: ). I'm guessing a big part of it was RAI and the Italian TV audience wasn't very interested in an advertisement-free three hour music show with 20+ songs in languages they didn't understand (countries had to sing in their own national languages until 1998).

You can find out more about Italy's Eurovision history here (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Italy_in_the_Eurovision_Song_Contest#Absences).

pingu
02-24-2011, 03:03 PM
In Italy, you have San Remo (which is where the idea of the Eurovision Song Contest came from) and Eurovision had become a very obscure event for Italians by the time you were born (I now feel so old :drama: ). I'm guessing a big part of it was RAI and the Italian TV audience wasn't very interested in an advertisement-free three hour music show with 20+ songs in languages they didn't understand (countries had to sing in their own national languages until 1998).

You can find out more about Italy's Eurovision history here (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Italy_in_the_Eurovision_Song_Contest#Absences).
Well it's not like lots of people younger than 40 watch Sanremo now, I'm wondering what convinced Italy to participate again.

allezfred
02-24-2011, 03:09 PM
Well it's not like lots of people younger than 40 watch Sanremo now, I'm wondering what convinced Italy to participate again.

Eurovision format has changed a lot since the last time Italy/RAI participated. The show/spectacle part is a lot bigger than it used to be, there are ad breaks ;), more countries (there are two semi-finals from which countries have to qualify), no restrictions on what language can be used, televoting, etc.

Italy is also one of the "Big Five" (along with France, Germany, Spain and UK) who are guaranteed a place in the final so they don't have to qualify through the semi-finals.

The format is a lot more straightforward than San Remo though. :lol:

pingu
02-24-2011, 03:22 PM
The format is a lot more straightforward than San Remo though. :lol:
:lol: I hope so.
It's so cool that we return after years and don't even have to qualify :P

fragoletta
02-24-2011, 07:29 PM
Nice! Best Bulgarian entry since “Water” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9ytzgtLW1A)! I don’t have to cringe this year. :cheer:

:lol: The more I listen to it, the more I like it. I doubt it would go very far but it's a nice song and she has a voice, which is more than we can say about some of our previous entries. :scream: And the girl desperately wanted to go to Eurovision, it's the 2d or 3d time she tries and there was some scandal one of the previous times because she seemed to be the public favourite and then lost. ::sekret:



The format is a lot more straightforward than San Remo though. :lol:

Despite my sincere efforts I still don't understand how it works. All these categories, 2d chances, sms AND jury voting...I only watch it occasionally for the snark (YAY for Benigni!) and check the songs later on youtube or on the radio.

MikiAndoFan#1
02-24-2011, 10:44 PM
The Lithuanian entry (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kqzPQhVrjQ). :)

Reuven
02-25-2011, 12:15 AM
So, when will we be firing up the FSU Eurovision Extravaganza? As always, I’ll take Bulgaria, when we do. Wheeee!

Eden
02-25-2011, 01:17 AM
With or without Dana International, count me in as Israel, please. :saint: