Category Archives: ITALY

MAYA SAR April 10

MAYA SAR ATTENDS OGAE ITALY MEETING

MANTOVA, ITALY – The representative of Bosnia and Herzegovina at the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest, Maya Sar, will be the guest of honour at this year’s OGAE Italy preview party, to be held in Mantova this Saturday, April 12. The party will be hosted at the La Favorita hotel from early afternoon until midnight. Guests […]

EMMA MARRONE March 16

OFFICIAL VIDEOS FROM ITALY, ESTONIA, ICELAND

Several countries have now released the official videos for their 2014 Eurovision entries. Emma Marrone will be representing Italy with the song “La Mia Citta”. The video sees Emma in a large white room prepped for a photo shoot. She changes several dresses throughout the video. Pollaponk from Iceland has produced a humorous comic style […]

ITALY RAI February 19

SANREMO’S FIRST NIGHT A THRILLER

SANREMO, ITALY – Yesterday evening, the famous Festival della Canzone Italiana di Sanremo started in quite an original way. The festival is famous for its loooong and rather boring and too talkative introductions. But this year‘s opening will remain in Sanremo’s history! First, as the show was just stating, the huge curtain could not be […]

EMMA MARRONE January 21

ITALY 2014: EMMA TO COPENHAGEN

ROME, ITALY – ROME, ITALY – Rumours are now confirmed. RAI appointed Emma Marrone as the 2014 Eurovision representative after internal selection and Sanremo 2014 will not be used as national final selection. The lucky singer is Emma Marrone (29), a very big name in her home country, where she was already awarded no less […]

ITALY 2014 ESC SANREMO LOGO December 23

SANREMO 2014: ARTISTS ANNOUNCED

ROME, ITALY – Today the Italian national broadcaster announced the names of established artists (Campioni) who will participate in Sanremo 2014 Festival, the show through which RAI will decide Italy’s representative to Eurovision Song Contest. Highlight of the announcement is the return of Raphael Gualazzi, the man who ranked 2nd in Eurovision 2011 edition, the […]

RAPHAEL GUALAZZI December 15

VIDEO: RAPHAEL GUALAZZI – RAINBOWS

ROME, ITALY – Raphael Gualazzi, the 2011 Italian representative who highlighted Italy’s return to the contest with a remarkable second position in Düsseldorf, is back with a new EP called « Rainbows » (premiered on October 29th). This project, named after one of Gualazzi’s last album songs, consists in 4 tracks « Rainbow » (a […]

MTV EMA 2013 LOGO November 02

MTV EMA 2013: MARCO & LENA IN THE FINAL

AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS – Marco Mengoni (Italy 2013) and Lena Meyer Landrut (Germany 2010, 2011) proceed to the final voting round for MTV European Music Awards 2013 which will take place in 8 days in Amsterdam. They are the only Eurostars for the Worldwide Act Award this year. They will be competing along with One […]

BONNIE TYLER October 27

SHOULDN’T BIG 5 & HOST ENTRIES BE ADDED IN SEMIFINALS AS WELL?

The Eurovision Song Contest is nearly 60 years old now. The “big event” has kept its fundamentals but keeps changing and somehow improving from year to year. Of course some changes can be argued (the end of the orchestra, the language freedom, the voting presentation process), but at least our ESC is still alive since […]

MARCO MENGONI October 22

MARCO MENGONI DESERVES A REST

ROME, ITALY – Marco Mengoni, who represented Italy this year at Eurovision came back to the show that made him a star. He flew all the way to Dublin so he could help Mika to pick his three contestants for the X Factor’s live shows. Besides that, since the Eurovision ended Marco was on tour […]

MARCO MENGONI September 26

SANREMO 2014: DATES REVEALED

Italian website tvblog.it seems to have reported that Sanremo Festival 2014 will take place from February 18th to 22nd and RAI officially confirmed the dates. Legendary Italian festival is the source through which the country submits its artist to the Eurovision Song Contest, a tradition which applied also in 2011 when Italy returned to the […]

JALISSE & OLIVIER VANHOUTTE September 09

SETUBAL 2013: JALISSE VIDEO INTERVIEW

The Eurovision Live Concert took place in Setúbal, Portugal for 5th year. The dedication of the Portuguese fans is enormous and they surely know how to demand their country’s return to Eurovision Song Contest. The team of oikotimes.com attended the event for the very first time this year thanks to David & Serafin. With the […]

ITALY RAI September 07

SANREMO 2014: RAI’S UNOFFICIAL SURVEY

Italy’s national broadcaster RAI has launched a Facebook survey regarding the country’s participation in the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen. The broadcaster asks viewers to select who they would like to see represent the country next year. It makes note that the survey has no connection either with the announcement of Italy’s participation in […]

MARCO MENGONI August 31

MARCO MENGONI – NON PASSERAI

The 2012 Italian Eurovision representative, Marco Mengoni, has released the video for his new single “Non Passerai”. The song comes from his latest album “#PRONTOACORRERE”. To promote his latest album, Marco recently concluded his European tour. The popular Italian singer will now tour his own country, starting with Bologna tonight. It will also include a […]

KOZA MOSTRA & AGATHONAS IAKOVIDES August 27

VIDEO: KOZA MOSTRA LIVE IN ITALY

Fedez, Imany, Ambrogio Sparagna and Greek entrants in Eurovision 2013 Koza Mostra recently performed in an Italian festival, video of which is available below. Umbria Folk Festival took place on August 23rd

NINA ZILLI August 05

ALBOROSIE FT. NINA ZILLI – GOODBYE

Eurovision 2012 representative of Italy, Nina Zilli teams up with reggae artist Alborosie and released a new song, a summer tune titled “Goodbye” the audio of which is available for you below. It’s quite interesting and nice and fits the summer mood.

GIGLIOLA CINQUETTI July 31

GIGLIOLA CINQUETTI IN COLOMBIA

Gigliola Cinquetti, Eurovision 1964 winner and 1991 Eurovision hostess will perform in Colombia on August 8th with Sergio Fachelli, a famous Chilean singer. It is the first time the Italian singer will perform in South America. The event will take place at Jorge Eliecer Gaitán Theatre and the event is titled “Las Puertas del Cielo” […]

ALBANO CARISI July 14

AL BANO: YOUNG ARTISTS DON’T NEED MY ADVICE

Introducing to reporters the hero of the first “Star hour” “of the Festival, its host Sergey Shustitsky expressed the common feeling of unreality: “Here is Al Bano with us. A simple Italian guy, young at heart, with plenty of zing”. And, really, it was not a dream. Italian pop superstar, singer, and composer performed yesterday […]

JOVANOTTI June 26

JOVANOTTI TO ENTER SANREMO FESTIVAL 2014

Famous Italian singer, Jovanotti, is being tipped as a possible contestant at the 2014 Sanremo Festival, and as a result, a possible Eurovision contender as well. Jovanotti started in the industry back in 1989. His song “Piove” featured as the ending titles music for the second season of the acclaimed show “The Sopranos”. His music […]

MARCO MENGONI June 17

VIDEO: MARCO MENGONI AT MTV AWARDS

The third Italian representative since their comeback, Marco Mengoni, has won two MTV awards last Saturday. This was the first edition of MTV Italy awards and it was held in Florence at Piazzale Di Michelangelo. Marco won the awards for the best Saga and the Air Action Vigosol Superman award. Beside those two categories, he […]