Today, the fourth edition of the Italian version of the talent show X-Factor has been presented in a press conference. As a very remarkable novelty, the winner of the show would not go through the popular SanRemo festival, but the Eurovision Song Contest! The much awaited news on a potential return of Italy to the contest might take shape towards the 2011 running of the event.
"Among the novelties, this year, the winner of X-Factor will not automatically qualify for the SanRemo festival (…). But the artistic director of the Festival, Gianmarco Mazzi, has promised that he will follow with attention the evolution of the talent show. It is very likely that the winner takes part in the Eurovision Song Contest", claims the website of Mediaset – the main media group in Italy, property of the prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi – quoting Massimo Liofredi, chairman of RaiDue.
The show will be aired on RaiDue starting tomorrow, September 7th, in prime time.
After this announcement, Italy might be closer to a Eurovision comeback, maybe the biggest wish of the followers of the contest. The country took part for the last time in 1997, when the duo Jalisse ended up 4th with the song Fiumi di parole.