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The naked ape is dancing with Francesco Gabbani for Italy

26 April 2017 at 13:00 CEST
Francesco Gabbani will represent Italy at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. RAI
Italy's Francesco Gabbani is one of the most talked-about acts of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. The two-time San Remo winner will perform 'Occidentali's Karma' in Kyiv.

Hailing from Carrara in Tuscany, where his parents ran the town’s only instrument shop, Francesco Gabbani grew up with music. He began to pursue a solo career in 2010 when he left his first band, Trikobalto. Following this he gave up performing to concentrate on composing when, in 2015, his publisher BMG persuaded him to enter a song for the Newcomers section of the Sanremo Festival. His song Amen won and subsequently went Platinum in Italy.

Sanremo has taken place in the city of the same name since 1951 and was the inspiration behind the Eurovision Song Contest. The format has launched the careers of some of Italy's most successful singers including Andrea Bocelli and Eros Ramazzotti. 

In 2017, Francesco won the main section of Sanremo with Occidentali’s Karma, becoming the first artist ever to win in different categories of the Festival in consecutive years. Occidentali’s Karma went Gold within a week and double Platinum in a month. In his performance Francesco dances with an ape, which is not only a unique selling point but also tells the story of the song

Francesco is looking forward to his time in Kyiv. "What makes me feel the proudest is to represent my own country in front of every European. I fully believe in "Made in Italy" quality and I'll do my best to be a valuable ambassador for my country."