Italy: Nina Zilli to Baku!

Italy: Nina Zilli to Baku!
Nina Zilli will wave the Italian flag in Baku. Photo: RAI
Sanremo, Italy -

After one week full of entertainment at the Sanremo Festival, it was time during the final tonight to announce which of the participants will be waving the Italian flag in Baku. The honour fell on Nina Zilli!!!

The 2012 Festival di Sanremo has been taking place since Tuesday this week with the participation of 22 entries divided into the two traditional categories of established artists, "Artisti", and the newcomers, called "Giovani".

Just like last year, when Italy made a spectacular return to the Eurovision Song Contest placing second in the Final in Düsseldorf, the Italian artist for 2012 will be picked from those competing in Sanremo. Last year it was Raphael Gualazzi, the winner of the newcomer's category, who got the Eurovision ticket.

Sanremo 2012

Gianni MorandiNina ZilliArisaSamuele BersaniGigi D'Alessio & Lordana BertèDolceneraEmmaEugenio Finardi

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These are the ten finalists of the "Artisti" (Italian artist for Baku in bold):

  • Arisa (runner-up of Sanremo 2012)
  • Samuele Bersani
  • Gigi D'Alessio e Loredana Berté
  • Dolcenera
  • Emma (winner of Sanremo 2012)
  • Eugenio Finardi
  • Pierdavide Carone & Lucio Dalla
  • Noemi (3rd place in Sanremo 2012)
  • Francesco Renga
  • Nina Zilli (pictured below)

Four of the "Artisti" were eliminated before the Final: Matia Bazar, Chiara Civello, Irene Fornaciari and Marlene Kuntz.

The final of the newcomer's section took place last night. Declared winner was Alessandro Casillo and the ranking of the finalists of the "Giovani" competition is as follows:

  1. Alessandro Casillo
  2. Erica Mou
  3. Iohosemprevoglia
  4. Marco Guazzone

And these four were eliminated in the duels last wednesday: Giordana Angi, Bidiel, Celeste Gaia and Giulia Anania.

The presenter of Sanremo, Gianni Morandi who represented Italy at the 1970 Eurovision Song Contest with Occhi Di Ragazza, introduced last year's winning duo from Azerbaijan, Ell/Nikki, to nominate the Italian artist for Baku, Nina Zilli (pictured above).

She performed the song Per Sempre - (Forever) - but RAI has informed us that so far they only picked Nina for Baku, so the Italian song in the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest might be a different song than this Sanremo entry.


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  • Posted on 29/February 2012 at 17:53
    GREAT SONG! Good luck Italy ! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 29/February 2012 at 17:50
    good luck Italy! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 29/February 2012 at 17:43
    12 points from HOLLAND !!!!!!!!!!!!!! This song is a WINNER !!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 29/February 2012 at 17:43
    12 points from Holland!! Don't change the song don't change the styling !!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 23/February 2012 at 11:18
    I'm so happy for this choice! Italy back forever!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 22/February 2012 at 20:19
    AMAZING >>> love the way she sings !! greetings from ALBANIA :)))) ^_^ report to the moderator
  • Posted on 22/February 2012 at 19:23
    Hope she will obtain a high rank, I'm very happy with this decision.
    Let's hope Rai will make a good promotion to the ESC as in Italy it's not well known...
    Thanks to all the friends that will give us 12 points! :) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 22/February 2012 at 16:19
    i know her two songs from pes 2011 they are absolutely great report to the moderator
  • Posted on 22/February 2012 at 05:54
    I hope the song RAI chooses for Nina Zilli would be as good as last year's. Italy was back for good, and now, it's back to stay....GOOD LUCK ITALY!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 21/February 2012 at 20:40
    Well, Sanremo is a Festival on its own... The winner doesn't go to ESC. It lasts very much, you're right, but that's because there are many Italians and sometimes foreign famous people. I really liked Nina Zilli and I think she will be one of the best! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 21/February 2012 at 20:06
    i agree please italy please let her sinf per sempre its beautiful!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 21/February 2012 at 14:18
    Good choose!!! I love Nina, you are so good! Good luck and see you at Baku!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 21/February 2012 at 14:04
    GOOD LUCK ITALY!!!!! GEORGIA report to the moderator
  • Posted on 21/February 2012 at 09:07
    Keep in my mind that Sanremo Festival is not related to Italy's Eurovision representative. The winning song has not to be the Italian representative. Emma's song was great and so is Nina Zilli's. Please Italy don't change her song. She is great and the song is very good. It's my favourite up till now. Good luck Italy :) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 21/February 2012 at 09:03
    One have to keep in mind that Sanremo is not the festival in which Italy's Eurovision Song is chosen. Sanremo is a festival on its own. Therefore the winning song has not to be the one who represents Italy in Eurovision. On the other hand I do really hope that they keep 'Per Sempre' for Eurovision. It's a very good song and Nina sings it in a very professional way. Please Italy keep this song for Nina !! report to the moderator