Italy in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015

Italy participated in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015 in Sofia, Bulgaria after winning in its first appearance in the 2014 contest. They had initially selected their act through the national final Ti lascio una canzone on 12 September 2015, were Chiara and Martina Scarpari had won. However, on 17 September 2015, it was announced that there were technical issues in the voting, and the final would be re-run on 19 September 2015. The Scarpari sisters went on to win the re-run final, and would still represent Italy at the 2015 contest. Italy finished in 16th place during the contest with 34 points.

Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015
Country Italy
National selection
Selection processTi lascio una canzone
Selection date(s)19 September 2015
Selected entrantChiara and Martina
Selected song"Viva"
Finals performance
Final result16th, 34 points
Italy in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest
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Before Junior EurovisionEdit

National finalEdit

On 24 June 2015, the Italian national broadcast Radiotelevisione Italiana (RAI) confirmed Italy's participation at Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015. It was also announced that the country representative would be select through a national final, to be held during the first episode of the forthcoming edition of Ti lascio una canzone, on 12 September.[1]

Table key
  Wildcard qualifier

Round 1Edit

The qualifiers were selected by 33% of Jury vote, 33% of Orchestra vote and 33% of Televote.[2]

Draw Artist Song Result.[3]
Duel 1
1 Rebecca Toschi "Lontano dagli Occhi" (Sergio Endrigo & Mary Hopkin) 40%
2 Claudia Ciccateri "Ti Sento" (Matia Bazar) 60%
Duel 2
3 Beatrice Coltella and Antonio Licari "Se Mi Vuoi" (Pino Daniele & Irene Grandi) 51%
4 Sophia De Rosa and Andrea Ascanio "Arriverà" (Modà & Emma Marrone) 49%
Duel 3
5 Gabriele Acquavia "Chiamami ancora amore" (Roberto Vecchioni) 41%
6 Chiara and Martina Scarpari "Senza Pietà" (Anna Oxa) 59%
Duel 4
7 Valentina Baldelli "Gli Uomini non Cambiano" (Mia Martini) 55%
8 Emanuele Bertelli "L'Immensità" (Don Backy) 45%
Duel 5
9 Clara Palmeri "Sally" (Vasco Rossi) 49%
10 Giovanni Sutera Sardo "Feeling Good" (Cy Grant) 51%

Round 2Edit

The 6 qualifiers sang together a medley consisting of the Italian Eurovision entry "L'Essenziale" (2013), "Gente di Mare" (1987) and "Nel Blu Dipinto di Blu" (1958). The 2 superfinalists were selected by 50% Jury and 50% Televote. Chiara and Martina Scarpari and Giovanni Sutera Sardo advanced to the Round 3.

Round 3Edit

The winner of the national final was selected by 100% Televote.[4]

Table key
Artist Song Result
Chiara and Martina Scarpari "Una Ragione di Più" (Ornella Vanoni) 60%
Giovanni Sutera Sardo "For Once in my life" (Frank Sinatra) 40%

Technical issuesEdit

On 17 September 2015, the Italian broadcaster RAI announced that the third round results were cancelled due to technical problems with the televoting. Emanuele Bertelli was announced at the start of the third round as being the superfinalist instead of Giovanni Scutera Sardo. The correction of this error was only made after the Scarpari Sisters had made an exhibition during the televoting.[5]

Third round re-runEdit

The repetition of the national final's third round was held on 19 September during the junior talent show Ti lascio una canzone. The winner was selected by 100% Televote.[6]

Artist Song Result
Chiara and Martina Scarpari "Una Ragione di Più" (Ornella Vanoni) 67.39%
Giovanni Sutera Sardo "For Once in my Life" (Frank Sinatra) 32.61%

Artist and song informationEdit

Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015 entry
Chiara and Martina Scarpari
Luigi D'Alessio, Adriano Pennino
Fabrizio Berlincioni, Chiara Scarpari, Martina Scarpari
Finals performance
Final result
Final points

Chiara and MartinaEdit

Born in Reggio Calabria on 22 May 2000, the sisters Chiara and Martina Scarpari showed a natural love of music since their early childhood. Chiara and Martina's singing talent was noticed first by their grandfather, who five years earlier encouraged them to follow their passion. Three years later they met their mentor, Christian Cosentino, who raised the bar even higher and encouraged them to sing and compete on an international level. After the victories in some local contests, in 2014 Chiara and Martina debuted on the Rai1 prime time talent show for teens ‘Ti lascio una canzone.’ After two winning nights, they qualified for the final night and earned third place.

The twins released their first single, ‘Sempre insieme,’ and represented Italy at the New Wave Junior contest, where they were the runners-up, missing victory by only one point. In December 2014 Chiara and Martina were invited to Moscow, where they performed with the renowned Cuban singer Roberto Kel Torres. This year, their success continued; performing again on Rai 1 and being invited back to New Wave Junior 2015 as special guests. They then won the Italian National Final for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, and are competing with their second single ‘Viva,’ written together with the best-selling artist Gigi D’Alessio.


Viva is a song by Italian twin sisters Chiara and Martina Scarpari and it represented Italy in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015 in Sofia, Bulgaria.

At Junior EurovisionEdit

At the running order draw which took place on 15 November 2015, Italy were drawn to perform fourth on 21 November 2015, following Slovenia and preceding Netherlands.[7]


Chiara & Martina at stage of JESC 2015

The twins were dressed in coordinating red knee-length dresses and black boots. Their camera shots certainly highlighted the fact that these sisters are identical twins, but they were certainly allowed to shine on their own in solo shots. A number of sweeping pans of the arena brought a positive energy to the proceedings. At the end of the voting, Italy placed 16th (second-to-last) with 34 points.[8]


The voting during the final consisted of 50 percent public televoting and 50 percent from a jury deliberation. The jury consisted of five music industry professionals who were citizens of the country they represent, with their names published before the contest to ensure transparency. This jury was asked to judge each contestant based on: vocal capacity; the stage performance; the song's composition and originality; and the overall impression by the act. In addition, no member of a national jury could be related in any way to any of the competing acts in such a way that they cannot vote impartially and independently. The individual rankings of each jury member were released one month after the final.

Following the release of the full split voting by the EBU after the conclusion of the competition, it was revealed that Italy had placed sixteenth (second-to-last) with the public televote and tenth with the jury vote. In the public vote, Italy scored 13 points, while with the jury vote, Italy scored 43 points.[9] Below is a breakdown of points awarded to Italy and awarded by Italy in the final and the breakdown of the jury voting and televoting conducted during the final.

Detailed voting resultsEdit

The following members comprised the Italian jury:[11]

  • Marida Caterini
  • Stefania Zizzari
  • Andrea Corba
  • Michele Bertocchi
  • Carolina Rey
Detailed voting results from Italy[11]
Draw Country M. Caterini S. Zizzari A. Corba M. Bertocchi C. Rey Average Jury Points Televoting Points Points Awarded
01   Serbia 7
02   Georgia
03   Slovenia 3 3 3 6 4 7 7
04   Italy
05   Netherlands 8 5 7 8 6 1
06   Australia 4 5 6 10 5 7 3
07   Ireland 1 1 3 1
08   Russia 6 8 4 4 5 2 4
09   Macedonia 8 1 1
10   Belarus 3 1 4 2 2 4 2
11   Armenia 5 10 7 5 7 8 3 6
12   Ukraine 2 4 6 1 3 6 5
13   Bulgaria 6 12 8
14   San Marino 2 5
15   Malta 12 12 12 12 12 12 8 10
16   Albania 10 7 10 8 10 10 10 12
17   Montenegro 2 2


  1. ^ All countries received one set of 12 points to ensure no country finished with nul points.


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