The European Broadcasting Union did not come up with the idea of the Eurovision Song Contest alone noting that the very first original idea for a music competition was already initiated by the Italian broadcaster; RAI whose local edition of the Sanremo competition featuring some of the most notable talent in the country was adopted on a larger scale and open to most of the countries in the continent. Italy have been part of the historic Eurovision Song Contest and following a gap of more than ten years, they returned in 2011 to great success finishing in the runner-up slot thanks to the representation of Raphael Gualazzi with the song Follia D'Amore whilst managing to reach the top ten in 2012 with the track L'Amore è Femmina performed by Nina Zilli. The competition in Italy is still extremely well followed by the local tabloids and also in Malta with many fans of the showcase. In 2013, following two years of an organization led by singer Gianni Morandi, it will be Fabio Fazio who takes on the main role.
The renowned television host has decided to bring in a brand new formula for the 2012 edition of the Sanremo competition with an aim to attract artists of national fame, something which has become increasing difficult for the organizers as the artists know how much their credibility is hurt should they be eliminated in the first couple of nights. In fact, what Fabio is proposing is that there will be fourteen artists in total, all of which would have to perform two (2) songs each with the publc making the decision on which song is the best for it to make it through to the final. It will be quite interesting to see how the final details of this brand new format will work out but it seems that the reception from the industry has been very positive because in this manner, everyone will compete in the final and no one will be eliminated. Italy is expected to take part in the 2013 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest even though, there is yet to be an official confirmation about the matter. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.