Singing The Blues: Leicester City’s Eurovision Song

lcfcSinging The Blues – Regular readers of the Eurovision Times site may be aware that there’s a bit of friendly rivalry between the editors at the moment. Hulluna is currently enjoying the rather surprising fact that her team, Leicester City, are top of the Premiership. 2nd in command, Morgan, supports Spurs, who are hot on their heels in second place!

Leicester has played its part in recent years in Eurovision, with both Englebert Humperdinck (UK 2012) and Molly Smitten Downes (UK 2014) hailing from the area. But this season has seen Leicester City fans adopt a rather surprising chant… an old Eurovision song: Domenico Modugno (Italy 1958) with ‘Volare (Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu)‘!

The song is used as an ode to current Manager, Claudio Ranieri, who hails from Italy, and the words have been changed by the Leicester City fans to “Ranieri, Ranieri, he came from Italy, to manage the City”.

The song finished in 3rd place but was not without controversy. There was a claim by Antonio De Marco of plagiarism (yes, nothing’s changed in Eurovision) but singer Domenico Modugno sued for defamation and won. Also during the contest, due to a transmission fault, the song was not heard in all countries transmitting the event, so it was performed at the end as well, before the voting took place.

It became one of the most successful Eurovision songs of all time and has been covered by Bobby Rydell, Dean Martin, Al Martino, Jerry Vale, David Bowie, Cliff Richard, Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Luciano Pavarotti, Andrea Bocelli, Dalida, Gipsy Kings, Chico & the Gypsies, Deana Martin and Barry White.


16 comments on “Singing The Blues: Leicester City’s Eurovision Song

  1. I simply love when ESC and football come together. GOOO Leicester City! :)

    • I just did an interview with German tv about LCFC and managed to get a Eurovision mention in ! It was for ZDF TV.

      • Why were you being interviewed about LCFC? Are you quite high up working for them? Or maybe run a fansite for them too?

        I hear that while I was in hospital, you came out as a Sergey fan, glad to hear! :D <3

        • When we nearly went bust 13 years ago I was one of the founding members of the Foxes Trust, we raised £150,000 and helped to save the club. I was their press spokesman then too, so I still get roped into interviews now as I don’t mind doing them.

  2. I’m quite impressed I managed to get a Leicester City story on here haha, now the challenge is for Morgan to get a Spurs one on ;)

  3. I do prefer rugby, but very happy for Leicester City and their current surprise ranking. Way to go!

  4. Good for Leicester, but I despise Jamie Vardy with a passion. Can’t racists getting all the glory when Kante and Mahrez are playing on top form.

  5. sooo have my fingers and toes crossed for you, especially for my Dad who is Leicester city (premier division), Nottm Forest (Championship) and Málaga FC Spanish Liga fan (no comment!) only a month to go? !

  6. my dear Da is from Loughborough originally so always in between! :-)

  7. as an extra incentive here defy anyone here to pronounce/write phonetically “Loughborough” correctly! (clue; it’s a town on Leicestershire/Nottinghamshire border, county of 2016 champions!! :-)

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