The next artists featured in our “Who Is” series for the Eurovision 2018 season are Ermal Meta and Fabrizio Moro from Italy.
In February, it was decided that Ermal Meta and Fabrizio Moro would represent Italy at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest after they won Sanremo. Let’s get to know a bit more about them.
Ermal Meta and Fabrizio Moro are 36 and 42 years old respectively. Ermal was born in Fier, Albania, but moved to Italy when he was a teenager. He began his musical career as a guitarist in Ameba4, who competed in the Newcomers’ section of Sanremo 2006. A year later, Ermal became the lead singer and songwriter of the band La Fame di Camilla. The band released 3 albums before splitting up in 2013. From then onwards, Ermal has written songs for many Italian artists such as Marco Mengoni and Lorenzo Fragola, as well as starring as a judge on the Italian talent show Amici di Maria De Filippi. He also took part in Sanremo in 2016, placing third in the Newcomers’ section, and then returned in 2017, placing third once again, but this time in the Big Artists section of the show.
Fabrizio was born in Rome, Italy on 9th April 1975. Kicking off his career in 1996, Fabrizio released his debut single Per tutta un’altra destinazione, and a few years later he participated in the 50th edition of Sanremo, ending in 13th place. In 2007, he returned to Sanremo with his song “Pensa”, which won the Newcomers’ competition and received a “Mia Martini” Critics’ Award. He competed in Sanremo once again in 2010, but failed to qualify for the final night of the competition. He made his debut as a TV personality in 2011, where he presented Sbarre, a docu-reality about Italian prisons. Throughout his career, he also wrote and released many singles and albums.
Ermal Meta and Fabrizio Moro will represent Italy at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, Portugal in May. The pair were chosen after winning the Big Artists section of Sanremo with their song “Non mi avete fatto niente”.
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Italy returned to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2011 having last participated in the contest in 1997, the country has withdrawn from the contest on a number of occasions in the past.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.