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 Raphael Gualazzi singing ‘Madness of Love‘ (2011).
Italy returned to Eurovision in 2011 for the first time since 1997 as one of the Big 5 and nearly took home the crown on its return. Gualazzi finished in 2nd place behind Azerbaijan’s Ell and Nikki.
Gualazzi had been chosen via San Remo musical festival, where ‘Follia d’amore‘ won the newcomer artists’ section and also won the Critics’ “Mia Martini” Award for newcomers. The song was performed in both Italian and English, as ‘Madness of love‘ at Eurovision. The song is included in the soundtrack of the movie Manuale d’amore 3, directed by Giovanni Veronesi. It also received a nomination for the Nastro d’Argento 2011 for Best Original Song. Gualazzi returned to take part in San Remo in both 2013 and 2014.