Song of the Day – We all have Eurovision songs that we love and listen to regularly. But then there are songs we might only remember because someone posts a link on Facebook or a Forum. We will shuffle through Eurovision history and present a random song every now and then during summer to bring back memories and give you the chance to discuss songs and years during the “Eurovision drought”. Our song of this day is Italy’s ‘Fiumi di parole‘ by Jalisse (1997).
Bemusingly, although not for them, Italy’s broadcaster RAI had ‘accidentally’ applied in 1997 and by the time they realised they did not want to take part, it was too late! Rather than pay the fine they would incur, they belatedly decided to just send the winners of that year’s San Remo festival.
Jalisse, a duo consisting of Alessandra Drusian and Fabio Ricci dutifully chopped a third off their song off (but kept a key change in there, phew!) and went along to Dublin to perform, where they finished in a very respectable 4th place.
Italy didn’t make the same mistake again and didn’t apply for another 13 years. Jalisse tried to enter for San Marino in 2008 but were not selected.
Here’s their performance from 1997:
Jalisse have been active since then. You can find more information about them at www.jalisse.it.
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