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Italy: Eurovision success triggers change to main channel

02 October 2015 at 18:46 CEST
Il Volo won Sanremo 2015 and represented Italy at the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna Andres Putting (EBU)
The Eurovision Song Contest is becoming more and more popular in Italy since their comeback to the competition in 2011. That's why the 2016 Final will be shown live in RAI 1, their public broadcaster's main channel.

Following a series of good rankings and having some of their top artists representing them at the Eurovision Song Contest, the Italian broadcaster, RAI, is switching the live broadcast of the Eurovision Final to their first channel, after five years being broadcasted in Rai 2. In fact it will be back live on Rai 1 for the first time in 25 years. The last time being in 1991 when Italy hosted the competition in Rome.

Keeping an eye on Sanremo

It is also announced now that, just like this year, the winning artist of the "CAMPIONI" section will have the right to participate representing Italy at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest. The "CAMPIONI" section is the "established artists" category of the Sanremo contest. So basically this means that it's up to the winning artist to decide about the Eurovision participation and also about the song to be performed in Stockholm.

The winner of the 2015 edition of Sanremo, Il Volo, also went on to represent Italy at the Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna with the same song, Grande Amore:

Il Volo's success story continues

After the amazing third place -and first in the televote- in Vienna, Italian sensation Il Volo continue their story of success around the world. After completing a sold-out summer tour through Italy right now the trio is on a promo tour through Europe. So far they visited Germany and France while Spain and more countries are to follow.

The reason is to showcase their brand new album, entitled as their Eurovision Song Contest entry, Grande Amore. The Eurovision hit is included in the release as well as their follow-up single L'Amore Si Muove: