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JamesM0984
Central (East) East Midlands Today
If you want bizarre political rants, Ian Weaver has outdone himself reviewing EYD.

Not only does he insist on using the names of TV channels rather than country names (ie saying things like "Darude is representing YLE, represented onscreen as 'Finland'") - do you think he refers to English national sports teams as "The FA" or "The RFU"? - and not only does he still have an obsession with JESC that comes across as somewhat, shall we say, unhealthy; but now, he's compared the Westminster Government with the ruling powers in Belarus.

You couldn't make it up

http://www.ukgameshows.com/ukgs/Weaver%27s_Week_2019-02-10

I'll give him his thoughts on Chris Price though. Could have taken over from Wogan quite capably were it for a different roll of the dice. Crying or Very sad
SquidgyAdam43 posts since 22 May 2015
Granada North West Today
Only now? I thought San Remo *was* the National Final?


I may be wrong here, but I believe that the winner of Sanremo gets first refusal to be Italy's entrant into Eurovision, but is under no obligation to accept it.

In 2016, for example, Francesca Michielin represented Italy after coming second in Sanremo; Stadio won Sanremo that year, but declined to participate.
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noggin14,375 posts since 26 Jun 2001
Only now? I thought San Remo *was* the National Final?


No - San Remo is a festival in, and of, itself. Since Italy returned to the contest (after a long period of absence) the winner of San Remo is usually offered the opportunity to represent Italy (having one a prestigious domestic song contest), but there is no requirement for them to accept that offer.
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tightrope781,108 posts since 29 Dec 2005
UTV Newsline
Only now? I thought San Remo *was* the National Final?


No - San Remo is a festival in, and of, itself. Since Italy returned to the contest (after a long period of absence) the winner of San Remo is usually offered the opportunity to represent Italy (having one a prestigious domestic song contest), but there is no requirement for them to accept that offer.

All the more commendable is the fact that the songs are unapologetically in Italian and RAI send a song in their national language every year. At a time when countries are sending songs in English to Eurovision, even France, it is refreshing to see this. Equally exciting is that Italy are far and away the strongest performing of the Big 5 and, whilst having not won since 1990, they are on their best run of form ever in the contest.