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Introducing 2012: Italy!

All the entries for the 2012 contest have been selected and now My Eurovision Diary will introduce them to you!

Entrant: Nina Zilli

Starting as a multi-faceted artist, with many musical ventures behind, Nina Zilli found time and passion to write songs about everything and to present herself as a solo singer. From her magical hat of wonders, Nina pulled out six songs and released an EP in 2009. It included 50mila, the debut single with Giuliano Palma picked by Ferzan Ozpetek for his film Mine Vaganti, and cult cover You Can’t Hurry Love by the Supremes in Italian– L’Amore Verrà.

Nina Zilli debuted in Sanremo in 2010 with L’Uomo Che Amava Le Donne and won the ‘Mia Martini’ Critics’ Award and the Press, Radio & TV Award as well as the Best Live Performance at the Newcomer’s category. This latter award was assigned to Nina by “Assomusica” for her distinctive act, her excellent stage presence, her remarkable flair for performing live and a brilliant talent for interacting with the audience; all features that are crucial to transform live music into pure emotion.

She then released her album Sempre Lontano, which was certified gold, and following a guest performance at the 2011 Sanremo Festival for a duet with La Crus, the new edition of the album went Platinum.

Entry: L’Amore É Femmina (Out of Love) [Love is Female]

Back in February, when Nina Zilli was announced as the Italian representative during the San Remo Music Festival the song that she was supposed to sing was ‘Per Sempre’ (Forever) but later RAI, the Italian broadcaster announced that the new song for Nina Zilli will be L’Amore É Femmina.

L’Amore É Femina was supposed to be entirely sung in Italian but later, a big part of the song was translated to English.

The song is penned by Nina Zilli, Christian Rabb, Kristoffer Sjökvist, Frida Molander & Charlie Mason and composed by Christian Rabb, Kristoffer Sjökvist, Frida Molander & Charlie Mason.

Tomorrow we will introduce the Azerbaijani entry, note that the entries will be introduced according to the running order!

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3 comments on “Introducing 2012: Italy!

  1. With Nina’s San Remo song ‘Per sempre’ Italy would have topped my list for the second year in a row, and although ‘L’amore è femmina’ is very strong too, I won’t give the top score for now because I am still a bit pissed that we won’t hear ‘Per sempre’ in Baku. If we think about results, the Italian change of song probably was a clever move because there are so many strong ballads this year that ‘L’amore …’ will probably stand out much more than ‘Per sempre’. Although I would have preferred Nina to sing in Italian, I love the very tongue-in-cheek English lyrics … perhaps I should give the top score after all. LOL Anyway, Nina wins the prize for most charismatic live performer (female category) this year, and thus she is my favorite to win this year. Italy 2012 is contemporary, professional, instant and charming and will probably do very well with both televoters and juries. For now and without any live material to judge … 10/12 and 7th place on my pre-rehearsals list.

  2. Italy’s selection process does not follow the usual guidelines. This year, they’ ve decided not go with the San Remo song and made a pragmatic choice. The song is indeed a safer option and it may lead to an Italian win. Nina is a charismatic performer and she can deliver her song very well. She should go for the 100% Italian version, but at least the English lyrics are clever. Good luck.

  3. A classy and saucy performance by Nina. Has Italy decided to make these kinds of big band songs as their formula? Such a pity that she’s not singing it in Italian. I wouldn’t mind seeing Italy win, that would perhaps at least make the contest more well known there.

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