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Sanremo has spoken: the song to represent Italy at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest is “Non Mi Avete Fatto Niente” by Ermal Meta and Fabrizio Moro. The song, whose title translates as “You didn’t do anything to me”, was announced the winner of the annual Sanremo Music Festival, an Italian institution that serves as a talent pool for the Eurovision selectors.

Meta and Moro have since confirmed they’ll fly the musical flag for Italy at the 63rd Song Contest in Portugal in May.

Meta and Moro say that the song was inspired by the Manchester Arena bombing last May, in which 22 people were killed when a man blew himself up at an Ariana Grande concert.

Though they don’t refer to Manchester directly, the lyrics namecheck the scenes of a number of other terrorist attacks: Cairo, where gunmen attacked a church in December; Las Ramblas in Barcelona, where a van ploughed into pedestrians last August; France, where attackers targeted Parisian concert- and bar-goers in November 2015; London, subjected to coordinated attacks on public transport in July 2005; and Nice, the French city where a driver ran down people celebrating Bastille Day in July 2016. There’s also a reference to skyscrapers falling that evokes New York’s Twin Towers.

Nonetheless, “Non Mi Avete Fatto Niente” is uplifting in its own way: it’s intended as a message of defiance to those who would hurt others. “Your useless wars, you didn’t do anything to me,” Meta and Moro sing, “your useless wars, you didn’t take anything from me”. There’s also some softer stuff about religious tolerance, shared humanity and children’s smiles.

Unlike many a Eurovision performer picked to put a pretty voice/face/dance moves to a faceless composer’s lyrics, Meta and Moro (and Febo) actually wrote the song they’ll be singing in Lisbon. In fact, while they’re both experienced musicians, they’ve arguably had more success as songwriters: each of them has penned hits for better-known Italian artists.

While Fabrizio Moro is Roman through and through, Ermal Meta – as you might be able to tell from his name – wasn’t born in Italy. He spent his early years in Albania before his family moved to Bari in Puglia when he was 13.

Of course, where a performer was born has no bearing on which country they can represent (how else did Switzerland get Celine Dion through?). By odd coincidence, though, Meta will be going up against another 30-something Albanian singer-songwriter who moved to Italy as a youngster: the fascinatingly named Eugent Bushpepa, who’s representing their native country with his ballad named “Mall”.

The fact that Italy picked a duo for Eurovision is unusual. More unusual still is that it’s two men. Barring a few exceptions, Italy heavily favours solo entrants: in its entire Eurovision history, it has sent only two groups and five male-female duos to the contest. It’s entered an all-male duo just once before, Umberto Tozzi and Raf in 1987. (They came third, so perhaps Italy should do it more often.)

As Italy is one of the Big Five counties, the song automatically goes through to the grand final in Portugal.

Will Italy be the winner of Eurovision Song Contest 2018?

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Italy's votes in the Eurovision Song Contest

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Italy's score in the Eurovision Song Contest

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Which of the named nations will score the most points in the final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018?

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