RAPHAEL GUALAZZI : Madness Of Love
Eurovision 2011 is quite a big deal for the people of Italy, because it’s the first time the country has fielded an entry since 1997. Being one of the ‘big five’ countries (which also includes the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Spain), they get an automatic gold pass to the grand final on Saturday May 14.
For their comeback performance, Italy has fielded Raphael Gualazzi as their entrant. No stranger to the music business in his homeland, where he’s released two albums, the most recent of which (‘Reality And Fantasy’) was released a couple of months back.
The track is a quirky combination of piano, strings and wind that’s part big band, part torch song. It doesn’t hurt that the song has already been used in the Italian movie ‘Manuale d’amore 3’.
What the rest of Europe will think of the track remains to be seen, but Italia… It’s good to have you back.