Italy’s Francesco Gabbani has been announced as the 10th act performing at the London Eurovision Party 2017 in April.
The Sanremo 2017 winner and the current favourite to win the Eurovision Song Contest, Francesco Gabbani will be performing at this years event at Cafe de Paris. On Saturday 11th February, Francesco beat 15 other artists to win the 67th Festival della Canzone Italiana di Sanremo, and later confirmed that he will represent Italy with the same song in the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest in May. Francesco’s victory came as something of a surprise in Italy, as it beat the favourite – Fiorella Mannoia’s “Che sia benedetta” – into second place.
Since then, the song has become a hit in Italy. Francesco shot to number one in the Italian charts following the contest, and the song broke the Italian Vevo record within a few days by becoming the most watched Italian video during it’s first day online to have been published on the platform.
The 10th edition of the London Eurovision Preview Party will take place on April 2 at London’s Cafe de Paris, tickets for the event went on sale last month and sold out, a small ticket sale is expected later this month. London Eurovision is one of a number of Eurovision preview events which occurs in the run up to the contest, but is the longest running with next years event being the 10th time it has been held.
To date the following artists are confirmed for London Eurovision:
- Nathan Trent – Austria
- Alma – France
- Lucie Jones – United Kingdom
- Levina – Germany
- Ruslana – Eurovision 2004 Winner
- Manel Navarro – Spain
- Claudia Faniello – Malta
- Kasia Mos – Poland
- Linda Martin – Eurovision 1992 Winner
- Francesco Gabbani – Italy
To date five Eurovision preview events have been announced, the dates and locations are as follows:
- Eurovision PreParty Riga – Riga – March 25
- London Eurovision Party – London – April 2
- Eurovision in Concert – Melkweg – April 8
- Eurovision Spain Preview Party – Madrid – April 15
- Moscow Eurovision Party – Moscow – April 21
Source: London Eurovision
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Italy debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1956 and has participated a total of 42 times to date. Italy returned to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2011 having last participated in the contest in 1997, the country has withdrawn from the contest on a number of occasions in the past. Italy has won the contest twice, the first time being in 1964 and the latest being in 1990. Italy’s hosting of the contest in 1991 has been remembered as one of the most chaotic contests to date. Since their return in 2011 Italy has finished in the top ten on four occasions.