Since the return to Eurovision in 2011, the Sanremo Song Festival has provided the artists to represent Italy at Eurovision. The general rule was that the winner of the festival had first right to decline the offer, or alternatively, it was up to RAI to decide on the act. This year, we saw this come into place, as the band Stadio declined the chance to represent Italy due to an already planned tour. In their place is Francesca Michielin, who openly talked about her excitement for the contest.
The song she will be taking to Eurovision is her Sanremo song, called Nessun Grado Di Separazione, however it has now been given an English title, No Degree of Separation, and part of the song has been translated into English.
Francesca Michielin was born in 1995, and throughout her childhood, she studied piano and electric bass. At the young age of 16, she won the Italian version of the X Factor, and her EP titled Distratto was certified double platinum. In 2013, she collaborated with Fedez to create two hit songs, Cigno Nero and Magnifico. Last year, she released an album titled di20.
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