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Nina Zilli - "The most beautiful thing in the world"

25 May 2012 at 15:26 CEST

"It is one of the most beautiful things in the world to do", said Nina Zilli about singing at the Eurovision Song Contest. 

She was asked about the Big 5 concert in Baku earlier in the week where she received a massive reception by the local population. She said, "we are used to big parties in Italy but it was something new for people here. It was great". 

Italy has been out of the Eurovision Song Contest for many years, returning in 2011 for the first time and achieving an impressive second place in Düsseldorf. Nina was asked if she had heard of the contest before entering to which she replied that she had and that many of Italy's previous artists had provided her with a lot of inspiration. 

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Another question was who was Nina's biggest influences throughout her life. She said Dusty Springfield was a big idol but when asked about whether Amy Winehouse had inspired her, she said "no but I can understand why people think that; we are both soul girls". 

Nina was requested to sing what one journalist decided was the "best Eurovision song of all time", Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu. She did this in her traditional soulful fashion. 

Italy will perform in tomorrow night's Grand Final of the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest with the song L'amore è femmina.