Italy: Jalisse Set their Sights on DenmarkWritten by Marc Calleja Bayliss
In 1997, Jalisse and the song Fiumi di Parole represented Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest held in Dublin, Ireland finishing in an extremely respectable fourth place. Unfortunately, RAI responsible for the participation of the nation did not see this as a positive outcome and saw that the competition was starting to lose touch opting for a withdrawal which would see them bow out for a total of fourteen years, until 2011. Jalisse have spoken of their love towards the international competition seeking to return either for Italy or San Marino, opting for the latter in 2008 when an internal selection took place but unfortunately were not selected.
In 2013, Italy represented by Marco Mengoni and his winning entry at Sanremo finished in seventh place, a couple of points ahead of Gianluca who represented Malta with his entry Tomorrow. A brand new page on social networking website, Facebook has been created to support the bid of the group Jalisse with the hope that they garner the ticket to represent Italy in Denmark. As current regulations set forth by RAI, it would be impossible for them to be selected without being in the Sanremo competition as the expert jury appointed to choose the artist has a precondition to select from the Italian music festival. This would be quite an intriguing prospect. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.