The Italian entrant for this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Tbilisi, Georgia, could be a past Zecchino d’Oro participant.
It has been speculated that an artist that took part in Zecchino d’Oro will represent Italy at this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Zecchino d’Oro is an international children’s song festival that has been broadcasted every year since 1959, and was used to choose their 2016 participant Fiamma Boccia. It is likely that Italian broadcaster Rai will internally select their 2017 participant out of the young talent from Zecchino d’Oro. The next Zecchino d’Oro show will be broadcasted in November on Rai 1.
Italy has previously used both internal selections and televised selections to pick their singer for the competition. Last year Italy was represented by internally selected Fiamma Boccia, she performed “Cara Mamma (Dear Mom)”, finishing third with a total of 209 points.
To date the following countries have confirmed their participation in Junior Eurovision 2017:
No countries have announced their intention to withdraw from this years competition so far. However, Belgium, Denmark, Latvia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom have all ruled out returning to the competition, having all previously competed in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest since it was first held in 2003.
The 15th edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest later this year in Tbilisi, Georgia. The contest is to be held at the Tbilisi Sports Palace on November 26. It is the first time that the three-time winners of the contest have hosted Junior Eurovision.
Changes have been made to the rules of this years contest. The amount of a song that can be performed in English has been increased to 40% of the lyrics. While the number of voices on the backing track has been increased from five to six singers.
Source: Eurofestival News
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Italy debuted in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2014. Their first and only win to date was on their debut, when Vincenzo Cantiello came in 1st place with 159 points with his song “Tu Primo Grande Amore”. Their worst result was in 2015 when twins Chiara & Martina came 16th with 34 points with their song “Viva”. Italy has placed 3rd once, in the most recent 2016 contest with Fiamma Boccia and her song “Cara Mamma”, which received 209 points. Since their debut, Italy have participated in every contest.