Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022

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Eurovision Song Contest 2022
Country Italy
National selection
Selection processSanremo Music Festival 2022
Selection date(s)5 February 2022
Selected entrantMahmood and Blanco
Selected song"Brividi"
Selected songwriter(s)
Finals performance
Final result6th, 268 points
Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest
◄2021 2022

Italy hosted the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Turin, having won the previous edition with "Zitti e buoni" by Måneskin. Italian broadcaster RAI announced that the winning performer(s) of the Sanremo Music Festival 2022, later turning out to be Mahmood and Blanco with "Brividi", would earn the right to represent the nation at the contest. As both the host country and a member of the "Big Five", Italy automatically qualifies to the final.


Prior to the 2022 contest, Italy has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest forty-six times since its first entry at the inaugural contest in 1956.[1] Since then, Italy has won the contest on three occasions: in 1964 with the song "Non ho l'età" performed by Gigliola Cinquetti, in 1990 with "Insieme: 1992" by Toto Cutugno, and in 2021 with "Zitti e buoni" by Måneskin. Italy has withdrawn from the Eurovision Song Contest a number of times, with their most recent absence spanning from 1998 until 2010. Italy made its return in 2011, and their entry "Madness of Love", performed by Raphael Gualazzi, placed second—their highest result, to that point, since their victory in 1990. A number of top 10 placements followed in the next editions, culminating with their victory in 2021.

Between 2011 and 2013 and since 2015, the Sanremo Music Festival has regularly been used to select the Italian entrant to the contest, at first through an intermediate stage of internal selection among the contestants, and after 2014 (when a fully internal selection took place), the winner of the festival has always earned the right of first refusal to represent Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest.

Before Eurovision

Artist selection

Italian broadcaster RAI confirmed that the performer that would represent Italy at the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 would be selected from the competing artists at the Sanremo Music Festival 2022, the 72nd edition of the event. According to the rules of Sanremo 2022, the winner of the festival earns the right to represent Italy at the Eurovision Song Contest, but in case the artist is not available or refuses the offer, the organisers of the event reserve the right to choose another participant via their own criteria. The competition took place between 1 and 5 February 2022 with the winner being selected on the last day of the festival.

For the third year in a row, Amadeus served as the artistic director and presenter of Sanremo,[2] and was joined on stage by Ornella Muti, Lorena Cesarini, Drusilla Foer, Maria Chiara Giannetta and Sabrina Ferilli, each on a different night.[3] 25 artists, three of which directly qualifying from the newcomers' section Sanremo Giovani (held on 15 December 2021), competed in the festival.[4] This took place over the course of five consecutive nights, articulated as follows:[5]

  • On each of the first two nights, half of the entrants performed their songs, and were judged by three separate panels from a jury of journalists.
  • On the third night, all of the songs were performed and voted through a 50/50 split system by means of televoting and a demoscopic jury. The results were combined with those of the previous nights.
  • On the fourth night, the contestants each performed a cover of a song, and were voted by the same system used on the first three nights.
  • On the last night, the 25 entries were once again performed, going through televoting alone, to be added up to the results obtained that far; ultimately, a final voting round (again a sum of televoting and the two juries) was held among the top 3, which determined the winner.

The first 22 competing artists were announced on 4 December 2021. Six former Eurovision Song Contest entrants were among the competing artists: Iva Zanicchi (1969), Gianni Morandi (1970), Massimo Ranieri (1971 and 1973), Emma (2014), Fabrizio Moro (2018) and Mahmood (2019).[6] On 15 December, the three artists qualifying from the Sanremo Giovani section were announced, alongside the titles of all 25 competing songs.[7] Entrant Achille Lauro would later be selected in the Sammarinese national final on 19 February 2022.


The 25 Big Artists each performed their entry again for a final time on 5 February 2022. A combination of public televoting, press jury voting and demoscopic jury voting selected the top three to face a superfinal vote, then the winner of Sanremo 2022 was decided by a combination of public televoting (34%), demoscopic jury voting (33%) and press jury voting (33%). Mahmood and Blanco were declared the winners of the contest with the song "Brividi".[8]

Final – 5 February 2022
Draw Artist Song Place
1 Matteo Romano "Virale" 11
2 Giusy Ferreri "Miele" 23
3 Rkomi "Insuperabile" 17
4 Iva Zanicchi "Voglio amarti" 18
5 Aka 7even "Perfetta così" 13
6 Massimo Ranieri "Lettera di là dal mare" 8
7 Noemi "Ti amo, non lo so dire" 15
8 Fabrizio Moro "Sei tu" 12
9 Dargen D'Amico "Dove si balla" 9
10 Elisa "O forse sei tu" 3
11 Irama "Ovunque sarai" 4
12 Michele Bravi "Inverno dei fiori" 10
13 La Rappresentante di Lista "Ciao ciao" 7
14 Emma "Ogni volta è così" 6
15 Mahmood and Blanco "Brividi" 1
16 Highsnob and Hu "Abbi cura di te" 20
17 Sangiovanni "Farfalle" 5
18 Gianni Morandi "Apri tutte le porte" 2
19 Ditonellapiaga and Rettore "Chimica" 16
20 Yuman "Ora e qui" 21
21 Achille Lauro feat. Harlem Gospel Choir "Domenica" 14
22 Ana Mena "Duecentomila ore" 24
23 Tananai "Sesso occasionale" 25
24 Giovanni Truppi "Tuo padre, mia madre, Lucia" 19
25 Le Vibrazioni "Tantissimo" 22
Superfinal – 5 February 2022
Draw Artist Song Demoscopic jury
Press jury
Total Place
1 Elisa "O forse sei tu" 2nd 2nd 21.95% 26.33% 2
2 Gianni Morandi "Apri tutte le porte" 3rd 3rd 23.79% 21.9% 3
3 Mahmood and Blanco "Brividi" 1st 1st 54.26% 51.77% 1

At Eurovision

The Eurovision Song Contest 2022 will take place at the PalaOlimpico in Turin, Italy and will consist of two semi-finals on 10 and 12 May and the final on 14 May 2022. According to Eurovision rules, all nations with the exceptions of the host country and the "Big Five" (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) are required to qualify from one of two semi-finals in order to compete for the final; the top ten countries from each semi-final progress to the final. As both the host country and a member of the "Big Five", Italy automatically qualifies to compete in the final. In addition to its participation in the final, Italy is also required to broadcast and vote in one of the two semi-finals. This was decided via a draw held during the semi-final allocation draw on 25 January 2022, when it was announced that Italy will be voting in the first semi-final.[9] On 15 March, a draw held during the Head of Delegation meeting decided that the country will perform ninth in the final.[10]


Points awarded to Italy

Points awarded to Italy (Final)[11]
Score Televote Jury
12 points
10 points  Malta
8 points
7 points  Greece
6 points
5 points
4 points
3 points
2 points  Bulgaria
1 point  Australia


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