Raphael Gualazzi is an Italian singer and pianist. His first album Love Outside the Window was released in 2005 and he has been in the spotlight ever since. Raphael has taken part in many music festivals. On the 18th February 2011 after winning the Sanremo Festival in the young singers’ category he became Italy’s representative for the Eurovision Song Contest in Düsseldorf. Raphael Gualazzi is the first Italian Eurovision participant in 14 years. The last time Italy participated was in 1997.