Gigliola Cinquetti returns to Eurovision: "On stage I’m not alone, there is the little girl of ‘I’m not old’"

by Barbara Berti

“I am not old, I am not old To love you, I am not old To go out alone with you”. And instead, Gigliola Cinquetti he has the age … to love, to go out and to sing on the stage of the PalaOlimpico in Turin. Today, May 14, during the final of the 66th edition of the Eurovision Song ContestGigliola Cinquetti – one of the most famous representatives of Italian song in the world – returns to perform for the Eurovision audience.

Gigliola Cinquetti returns to Eurovision after 58 years: “I’m not alone on the stage, with me is the girl from ‘I’m not old'”

Gigliola Cinquetti, the first Italian (and the youngest singer ever) to win Eurovision

On the Turin stage (at the end of the performances of the 25 competing countries, including theItaly with ‘Chills‘ from Mahmood And Blanco), Cinquetti brings its timeless’I’m not old (to love you)‘, the song with which he won the Sanremo Festival 1964then repeating the first place in Copenhagen to what was then called ‘Eurovision Grand Prix of Song‘. And at that Eurovision 1964, the artist originally from Verona triumphed twice: how first Italian artist to win the victory in competition, as well as, at the age of alone 16 yearssuch as the youngest singer ever to get on the podium. “Returning to this very important stage is like receiving an unexpected and beautiful gift”, says the singer who is now 74 years old. But the passage of time is not a problem. “It’s been almost 60 years (since her victory, ed) and music is always young “, Cinquetti says, explaining that music” is an anti-pain therapy, to soothe and be all together, united in this moment “so much so that for her” Russian artists should also be here because it is important not to feed Putinian victimhood ”.

Gigliola Cinquetti: “I’m not alone on the stage, with me is the girl from ‘I’m not old'”

The performance that awaits the audience of the Eurovision Song Contest, is the fourth of the Cinguetti in the context of the competition: after the historic victory in 1964, the artist returned to participate in 1974 in Brighton, with ‘Yup‘, arriving at the according to place after Abbawhile in 1991 led the Eurovision Festival for Rai in 1991 from the Cinecittà studios, after the victory of Toto Cutugno in 1990. With this new performance by Cinquetti – real trait d’union among all the editions that saw our country as the protagonist of the contest – this will conclude a story that, through the guests already announced by Rai, will retrace some great moments of Italy at Eurovision. “On stage I will not be alone, there will be with me the girl of ‘I’m not old’. It is as if time had not magically passed, and she and I will find ourselves united ”, says the artist, ready to re-propose a piece that has entered the history of music. The text, in fact, tells the society of the time, with a young girl in love that she could not fully live the relationship with her beloved because of her young age. A message, the one written for her by Nicola Salerno, Mario Panzeri and Gene Colonnello, which Cinquetti herself refused: “Love is not a personal fact”, she would say a few years later.

The final of the Eurovision Song Contest – with the international conduct of the show entrusted to Laura Pausini, Alessandro Cattelan and Mika – can be followed on Raiuno from 21 May 14 with the commentary by Gabriele Corsi and Cristiano Malgioglio and the participation of Carolina Di Domenico . The Eurovision 2022 live broadcast is also broadcast by Rai Radio 2 and available on RaiPlay.

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