Ermal Meta & Fabrizio Moro have confirmed that they will represent Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 with their winning Sanremo entry “Non mi avete fatto niente”.
During a press conference after the final of the Sanremo Festival 2018, RAI, the Italian national broadcaster, offer the duo the chance to represent Italy. They accepted the offer.
Following a week of performances in Sanremo’s Ariston Theatre, last night the 68th Sanremo Festival came to a close in Italy. Twenty acts took to the stage, and were whittled down to three ‘super finalists’ – Annalisa, Lo Stato Sociale and Ermal Meta & Fabrizio Moro. Following another round of voting, Ermal & Fabrizio went on to take the victory with “Non mi avete fatto niente”, with Lo Stato Sociale finishing in 2nd and Annalisa in 3rd. The full set of results were as follows:
- “Non mi avete fatto niente” – Ermal Meta & Fabrizio Moro
- “Una vita in vacanza” – Lo Stato Sociale
- “Il mondo prima di te” – Annalisa
- “Almeno Pensami” – Ron
- “La leggenda di Cristalda e Pizzomunno” – Max Gazzè
- “Imparare ad amarsi” – Ornella Vanoni feat. Bungaro & Pacifico
- “Passame er sale” – Luca Barbarossa
- “Adesso” – Diodato & Roy Paci
- “Frida (Mai Mai Mai)” – The Kolors
- “Eterno” – Giovanni Caccamo
- “Così sbagliato” – Le Vibrazioni
- “Il coraggio di ogni giorno” – Enzo Avitabile feat. Peppe Servillo
- “Custodire” – Renzo Rubino
- “Non smettere mai di cercarmi” – Noemi
- “Ognuno ha il suo racconto” – Red Canzian
- “Lettera del Duca” – Decibel
- “Senza appartenere” – Nina Zilli
- “Il segreto del tempo” – Roby Facchinetti & Riccardo Fogli
- “Rivederti” – Mario Biondi
- “Arrivedorci” – Elio e le Storie Tese
Ernal Meta and Fabrizio Moro will follow on from last year’s Italian representative and Sanremo winner, Francesco Gabbani, who’s song “Occidentali’s Karma” went on to finish in 6th place in Kyiv with 334 points.
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Italy returned to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2011 having last participated in the contest in 1997, the country has withdrawn from the contest on a number of occasions in the past.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.