The Head of RAI 1, the Italian national broadcaster has revealed his ambitions for Eurovision and Sanremo in the coming years.
Andrea Fabiano the Head of RAI 1 has revealed that he not only wants to see Italy host the Eurovision Song Contest, but to have Sanremo reach the technology standard of Eurovision. Mr Fabiano stated over the weekend that over the past two years RAI has begun to heavily push the Eurovision Song Contest, with the broadcaster recognising the potential of the event.
Mr Fabiano explained that in recent years Italian artists have recognised the value of participating in the Eurovision Song Contest and the opportunity of bringing the contest to Italy. In the run up to this years contest Francesco Gabbani was the favourite to win the contest, which lead to a number of cities provisionally expressing an interest in hosting. One such city that approached RAI to host the contest in the event of victory was Bologna.
Looking forward the Head of RAI 1 wants to see Sanremo expand in both scale and the technology it uses. Within the next few years he wishes to see Sanremo approach the level of performances seen at the Eurovision Song Contest. In addition the broadcaster is in discussions with the city of Sanremo to move to a larger venue.
The Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 was followed by 3.742 million viewers in Italy, beating off competition from the incredibly popular Amici di Maria De Filippi on Canale 5. The viewing figures for the contest increased by over 400,000 compared to 2016. Over the course of the broadcast 14,964,000 viewers across Italy watched the contest for at least one minute.
The viewing figures for the contest in Italy were as follows:
- Semi-Final One – 514,000 viewers
- Semi-Final Two – 589,000 viewers
- Grand Final – 3.742 million viewers
Source: Eurofestival News
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Italy debuted in the very first Eurovision Song Contest in 1956, and has participated a total of 42 times to date. Italy returned to the contest in 2011, having last participated in 1997. Italy has won the contest twice, the first time being in 1964 with Gigliola Cinquetti’s “Non ho l’età”, and the second being in 1990 with Toto Cutugno’s “Insieme: 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 10 on four occasions, finishing in 2nd in 2011 with Raphael Gualazzi’s “The Madness of Love” and 3rd in 2015 with Il Volo’s “Grande amore”. The former was the jury winner of Eurovision 2011, and the latter was the winner of the public vote in 2015.