RAI has revealed why they requested at the allocation draw to vote in the second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018.
RAI was automatically allocated to vote in the second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 at last weeks allocation draw, however the reason was not explained at the time. It has now been revealed that RAI formally requested to the EBU that they vote in the second semi-final due to a conflict in the broadcasters schedule.
The final of the Voice of Italy is due to be held on May 8, the date of the first semi-final. RAI which airs the competition wished to avoid a conflict between the final of the music contest and the increasingly popular Eurovision Song Contest in Italy.
Italy is not the first country to have requested to either compete or vote in a specific semi-final. Israel has previously asked to compete in specific semi-finals due to clashes with religious holidays in the country. While Germany has regularly requested to vote in specific semi-finals due to clashes with sporting events.
Source: ESC Portugal
Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest
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Italy returned to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2011 having last participated in the contest in 1997, the country has withdrawn from the contest on a number of occasions in the past.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 10 on five occasions.