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Friday, 15 February 2013 19:30

Italy: Fourth Night of Sanremo 2013 - LIVE

RAI, the notable Italian broadcaster who is a member of the elite five at the Eurovision Song Contest has proudly committed to the event in recent years but nevertheless, still hosts a music festival for the Italian music industry with the beginnings of the European competition lying solely on the success of Sanremo. This evening, the renowned Italian town will once more be hosting an evening filled with music and it will be quite an entertaining evening due to the fact that artists competing in this years' Campioni category will take to the stage to perform some of the most notable hits from the history of the showcase. In the meantime, the final four of the Giovani will compete for that elite prize, one which will catapult them to fame in the industry.


This years' edition of Sanremo is being organised by Fabio Fazio, a renowned television presenter who is leading the showcase for the third year in his career. He is joined by Luciana Littizetto, a comedian who knows when it has become too much of a thing and thus been very light and funny at the same time. Her squeaky voice has not gone down well with international viewers but nevertheless, she does indeed get the job down. RAI 1 has been the broadcaster taking lead over the coverage and as a matter of fact, with around ten million viewers in Italy viewing last nights' proceedings, it is still extremely popular and many will tune in once more to see how the evening unravels. The running order for this evenings' show could be seen below and the international public could view the show through the official website of the broadcaster.

The Show (Part 1)

Luciana Littizetto and Fabio Fazio come down the stairs for this evenings' hosting duties and for the first time this week, the male host is wearing a completely different suit, probably due to the fact that this evening is somewhat more significant. He is joined by a lady who squeaks like Minnie Mouse but is wearing a beautiful cream dress. The hosts are somewhat prolonging their opening speech today but nevertheless, they do state that this is a historic evening in which the youngsters will fight to win the competition whilst the established ones will have their take on notable classics.

Running Order (Campioni) 

Malika Ayane con Paolo Vecchione e Thomas Signorelli: “Cosa hai messo nel caffè

Malika Ayani is the first artist to take to the stage and she is wearing a sleek beautiful black dress whilst being accompanied by two male dancers. The staging is just beautiful featuring blue and pruple and it seems that one will be relaxing quite a bit tonight because this showcase is just a reminder of the beautiful history that Sanremo has been proud to offer. The vocals are slick, and right on point and that has been the case with Malika throughout the rest of the week. It is quite intriguing to see this performance develop.

Daniele Silvestri: Piazza grande

Daniele Silvestri is one of the favourites for this years' edition of Sanremo and that is quite easy to denote especially due to the fact that he is presenting a specific message in his entry. Nevertheless, this evening, he has decided to take an intriguing track, away from the piano and more in the element of Lucio Dalla. The vocals are just beautiful and one just enjoys himself listening to the tracks that have made the history of the competition a reality.  He decided to take to the stage by himself actually and that makes it more unique in terms of presentation.

Annalisa Scarrone con Emma Marrone: Per Elisa



Annalisa, another contender to head to the Eurovision Song Contest is joined on stage by Emma Marrone, last years' winner of Sanremo and they are both clad in black clothing for this evenings' showcase. Per Elisa is one of my favourite tracks in Italians and the orchestra is clearly spot on with the performance considering that this track has a lot of violins. The vocals are both strong and strangely enough blend in well together, Both girls are the output of Amici and thus, it shows that some strong talent has been found over the years. A beautiful performance!

Marta sui Tubi con Antonella Ruggiero: Nessuno

Marta Sui Tubi are clearly trying to win back some respect with me personally after having the people listen to their atrocious entry throughout this years' Sanremo competition. The stage is dark, green and blue and they have a guest in the form of Antonella Ruggiero who is clearly the star of this performance. She is clad in dark attire and is wearing a flower on her hair. Her sultry Italian vocals are just stunning and she should take his spot in the competition with a song of her liking as long as her vocals are showcased. The lead performer of Marta Sui Tubi is accompanying her well. It turns into an umtempo number and I quite like this.

Raphael Gualazzi: Luce (tramonti a nord est)

Raphael Gualazzi is doing what may be my favourite ever song in Italian, Luce by the stunning Elisa and he is definitely giving it his touch. He is sitting down on the piano as always, and his eyes are closed and looks like he is constipated, something which does not come across very well. I cannot believe it but despite being a great performer, Luca will always remain best in its respective version and not in a weird jazz like version which is barely understandable. It is hurtful to say it, but he ruined it completely and this has got to be the worst performance of the evening. I really hope that things improve from here on end, because he might have just tarnished his victory chances for tomorrow.

Modà con Adriano Pennino: Io che non vivo

Moda are one of the most popular bands in Italy at the moment and this is shown with their runner-up finish in Sanremo just a couple of years back whilst also being second in tele-voting at the moment. The lead artist has a beautiful pitch to his vocals, and he takes on a remarkable track, giving it a slight rock touch. Io Che Non Vivo is a beautiful track and will definitely stick into the minds of people when the evening comes to an end. With several light changes throughout that performace, have to say, it was pretty incredible and clearly shows Raphael Gualazzi how a take on a song should sound like.

Simone Cristicchi: Canzone per te

Simone is renowned for his big hair and also for winning the 2007 edition of Sanremo but it is remarkable that he has gone for an extreme classic for this evenings' performance. Wearing a classic blaxk suit, he seems to always be sick with rosy cheeky and a red nose but nevertheless, that does not take away anything from his talent, stunning crystal clear vocals this evening. He has been improving with every night this week. The people are enjoying this performance and mid-way through decide to clap. The strings section in the orchestra.

Simona Molinari con Peter Cincotti e Franco Cerri: Tua

Peter Cincotti and Simona Molianari have really ranked high in my estimations as of late and I have been quite impressed with the overall performances they have given this week and this evening is nothing short of breathtaking. They are giving a sultry performance of a classic and with stripped backing in terms of orchestra, it sounds even more beautiful. Such songs have lived through the course of time and their performances tonight reflect on their appreciation by the leading stars in the industry. This was stunning, and heartfelt.

Maria Nazionale con Mauro di Domenico: Perdere l’amore

Perdere L'Amore has got to be the most beautiful song ever and I must say, that I am writing this knowing what a stunning performance Lara Fabian tends to give. Maria Nazionale is in a league of her own and the two vocals are distinct and both beautiful in their own way. The orchestra has decided to adapt the song to the vocals of Maria and nevertheless, there is a certain element of professionalism and lust about the whole presentation. The staging is kept quite dark with blue and red being used. Her tight dress suits her and she is enjoying every second. A class of her own!

Marco Mengoni: Ciao amore ciao

Marco Mengoni is becoming more and more likely to represent Italy at the Eurovision Song Contest because he is keen on the idea of expanding his career beyond national borders. He is wearing a black suits and keeps very traditional within his performance. Backing vocalists give the track definition but this is the type of song which he should really be singing because that performance was just stunning. An emotional Marco Mengoni finishes off the performance and it shows that this is a track which means a lot to him!

Elio e le storie tese con Rocco Siffredi: Un bacio piccolissimo

The Big Band Brothers would definitely be proud of this performance because following a retrospect introduction come Elio e Storia Tese. All of the members of the group members somewhat have extremely large minds and they have no problem showing them and this is more of an image issue really, giving them distinction amongst the other acts. The song seems to be a mixture of genres and this is coming across nicely on screen. Mid-way through, they have a conversation with the same man who introduced them and the performance continues. They are just mad, but I like them and this performance is great!

Max Gazzè: Ma che freddo fa

Max Gazze, an artist who barely needs any introduction having achieved success during the past two decades. His outfit resembles that of a circus master this evening and turning around to view it in full, it seems that he might have killed a peacock for the back feathers. This is a great vocal performance though and therefore, Max is continuing the trend of great performances this evening. The audience were not really moved with the performance though but nevertheless, they applaud at the end as expected. That was the twelfth performance of the evening and next up will be Chiara.

Chiara Galiazzo: Almeno tu nell’universo

Chiara, still the odds on favourite to win this years' edition of Sanremo is set to sing the ultimate Italian classic, Almenu Tu Nell Universo wearing a long black dress. The winner of the last edition of the X Factor is somewhat lacking the skills to perform this particular song and she sounds at times extremely nasal but nevertheless, she does give it her all. It seems that her soft vocals are just not ready to perform such material and this is the second carcrash following Raphael Gualazzi. The stage is shining in blue lights during this performance and the people are not enjoying this, despite being an overwhelming classic.

Almamegretta & James Senese: Il ragazzo della via Gluck 

Almamegretta have seriously become the joke of the competition because they seem out of touch with regards to the stage and have somewhat presented material which has not really gone down well with the public hence their disappointing tele-voting result. They are joined by Italian James Senese this evening and it seems that this is a mixture of reggae and rap, whilst this is supposed to reflect history and once more, another track is currently being butchered on television. How disappointing when one considers that this was a night of respect towards the great Italian industry!

Running Order (Giovani)  

Following a number of extended breaks, our hosts for the whole week are currently introducing the final of the 'Giovani' this evening and a matter of fact, half of the votes will be decided by tele-voting with the other half being within the hands of a professional panel of judges. Each participant has a conductor and one of them will be crowned winner at the end of the evening.

Antonio Maggio: Mi servirebbe sapere

 A brilliant track and Antonio seems extremely confident of his performance as he takes to the stage wearing a dark suit with a studded purple bow-tie. The genre of the song is slightly unexplainable really although one could instantly get the element that Malika has seemed to have introduced to the seen, made even more popular by Arisa in recent years. The vocals this evening are much better than yesterday and I believe that this could be crowned as the winner at the end of the evening. The male backing vocal is really a qiuant addition to the whole setup. This is coming across as great, and whatever happens, this will chart well. 

Ilaria Porceddu: In equilibrio

The first line of the song is performed without any music but it does indeed introduce something completely different because Ilaria Porcheddu has been coined to be the revelation of this years' Sanremo and the use of various instruments throughout the performance should be praised. It seems that she spent a lot of money on the dress because it returns for a second appearance this evening. She is performing the track well though and her pristine vocals which could also carry her to the finish line in first place. It is well worth noting how strong the competition is! Once more, Italy has found a star within this category and her name is Ilaria!

Blastema: Dietro l'intima ragione

OK! I have no clue how to comment on this song once more having literally obliterated this one during the performance that took place two days ago. I just cannot understand where this pop/rock song is heading, especially with such dire vocals. The staging is the only element which one denotes as brilliant because the change in genres throughout is well noted. Coming after two masterpieces, this sounds absolutely inferior and one would not understand how things came in this manner because there were better songs on the first night. Nevertheless, it is here and should finish in fourth (last) place!

Renzo Rubino: Il postino (amami uomo)

The fourth and final entry from the Giovani section is currently performing on the grand stage of Sanremo. The music is somewhat very similar to what the local people here in Malta would associate with the Għanja tal-Poplu competition which is extremely traditional. Raphael Gualazzi is the first name that comes to mind when I see Renzo Rubino performing his entry but nevertheless he connects much better with the camera and once more, the addition of a tenor as a backing vocal is a good idea because it gives the song an edge. This would have most likely done really well in the context of the Giovani category but Ilaria and Antonio are superior.


Prize for Contribution towards the Italian Language: Il Cile

'Mia Martini' Critics Award: Renzo Rubino

Giovani Award: Antonio Maggio

Published in Sanremo
Wednesday, 13 February 2013 19:17

Italy: Second Night of Sanremo 2013 - LIVE

RAI, the broadcaster responsible for the participation of Italy at the Eurovision Song Contest has gained worldwide recognition for hosting the annual Sanremo competition in the Ariston Theatre and this year will be no different. The 63rd edition officially came to a debut last night when seven acts presented fourteen tracks, two each with the public and the media selecting their favourite, and announced just after the performances came to an end. The system will be roughly the same this evening, with another seven acts taking to the stage with two entries each. Many critics have spoken out that this evening, will prove to be better in terms of quality due to the fact that several of the favourites will be taking to the spotlight. The show could be watched through RAI 1 on Satellite, although one could find it on Reception Television. Follow the show online through the official website of the competition.

The representative for the Eurovision Song Contest will be selected through the Sanremo competition but it is relatively unlikely that the chosen entry will be the same one performed during these nights which will lead up to Saturday evening. Since their return, Italy have done extremely well at the international showcase, reaching ninth place with Nina Zilli and her entry L'Amore e Femmina (Out of Love) last year as opposed to their first runner-up finish in 2011 with the track Madness of Love (Follia D'Amore) performed by Raphael Gualazzi who took to the stage last night as he is one of the artists in the category 'Campioni'. This years' Sanremo competition is being hosted by Fabio Fazio and Luciana Littizzetto, the former being none other than the producer for this years' proceedings. The second set of artists from the 'Campioni' category will take to the stage alongside four artists from the 'Giovani' category, out of which two will qualify to the final set forth for Friday night. 

The Show

Around thirteen million tuned in to watch the first evening of Sanremo last night and many believe that the best acts will be taking to the stage this evening. Following a grand opening last night, this evening seems to be more sombre and a well dressed male takes to the stage with a monologue which involves some tracks which have been coined as classics by critics of the industry. Mid-way through his monologue, he sits down and starts playing an acoustic guitar, and one has to note that he is a pretty good singer. He stands up and now he is performing on the illustious Sanremo stage which is bathed in blue lighting and a bit of smoke. We just got to know that this is Beppe Fiorello and indeed, he is clearly talented! Fabio Fazio, our male host is out on stage in what seems to be an exact replica of last nights' suit. One has to agree that it does indeed look good, but changing the look slightly would definitely pan out well in my opinion. Clad in an extremely beautiful sky blue dress is Bar Refaeli who will be a guest throughout the evening and now, comes the female host of the competition Luciana Littizetto who is wearing a white shirt, which looks more like a dress. Whatever that is, it looks horrible on television.

Running Order (Campioni)

Modà: Come l’acqua dentro il mare and Se si potesse non morire

Se si potesse non morireThe runners-up of Sanremo in 2011 are back in the competition on their own, without the aid of Emma Marrone. The first track opens up with the piano playing, followed by a cello in the background and the vocals of the front man take form as well, and this sounds like a ballad earlier on, one which is relatively slow building but suddenly takes more form in an emotional manner. The lead vocalist is not spot on but the Italian language has a lot of twists and ends and vocals might sound either hoarse or off. The music is simple but the people are enjoying this and mid-way through, they are clapping seemingly showing their appreciation towards the group, favourites for the competition. This is just beautiful and I am really intrigued to see what their second song sounds like. 

Come l’acqua dentro il mare: Of Monsters & Men as well as Mumford and Sons are clearly the inspiration behind the second entry which is building up quite beautifully and it is going to be quite difficult to decide between the two. The lead vocalist is having an easier time performing this track and this could be because of the fact, that this is the more feasible song but he seems to be speaking to the audience and the cameras whilst performing. The chorus is pretty strong but I think the first track was all round stronger. Adriano Pennino is known in the Eurovision Song Contest for having arranged the entry for Bosnia & Herzegovina in 2012. This is an extremely good song but since they have another one, I would rather choose the first one considering it has more chances for victory.

Qualified: Se si potesse non morire

Simone Cristicchi: La prima volta (che sono morto) and Mi manchi

Mi Manchi: Ouch! That was a terrible opening by Simone because he was clearly off-key and not in an Italian manner. The music nevertheless, based on the guitar and the violin is very simple and easy going and one starts bopping along with the track. Old school and very seaside. The lyrics are seemingly dedicated to someone special in his life because he is crying apart from the fact that the title speaks for itself. I really cannot fault the songwriters of this track but I am not a big fan of his vocals and never really understood how he won Sanremo a couple of years back because Italy have produced some great stars. The audience seemed to have enjoyed that. I would definitely not imagine this type of song at the Eurovision Song Contest because it would be lost within all the other ballads that might be presented.

La prima volta (che sono morto): This already sounds much better and more well suited to his type of vocals, and indeed, being a co-writer does indeed help the situation. There is a jazz feel and once more, it seems that this is a fast paced conversation with the audience or even so, a story. The instruments come in beautifully within the chorus and this sounds completely. I must say that his vocals are steady in this one and he seems to be enjoying his performance much more this time round. Sing-A-Long moment at one point and this should be the one to make it through to the next phase and the people seem to agree with me as this time they clapped within the audience. Beautiful!

Qualified: La prima volta (che sono morto)

Malika Ayane: E se poi e Niente

Niente: Loving the early camera work by RAI, as they would like to get the viewers to respect both the orchestra, and the performers. Malika is wearing a long black dress and she sports blonde hair. The lighting is extremely dark with blue and black being predominant. She is performing a ballad, one which she clearly seems to be enjoying. Her gestures are comign across as extremely natural. The raspiness of her voice is quite charming and it gives the song identity. Malika is one of the favourites for the Eurovision Song Contest and such a song would be well appreciated in my opinion. The audience are in love with this song and her second song needs to be stunning to beat this one!

E se poi: No opening music for the second track, it just commences with Malika's raspy vocal and that is already an element which I do not like. The staging for this one is dark but nevertheless, on the screens, bars of yellow colours come up and give the song a bit of shade. It is a ballad but the tempo is slightly faster than the first track although, once more, I would definitely choose the first track because there was more effort put into it by the performer. Presenting two entries has surely been challenging for each artist because some of them would surely have their favourite out of the two. The bridge in this one involves a conversation which is aided by a background noise of violins. Prior to ending, the camera focuses on them, and reminds the people that live music still exists. Well done to Malika for presenting two strong entries.

Qualified: E se poi

Almamegretta: Mamma non lo sa and Onda che vai

Mamma non lo sa: Almamegretta take to the stage for their very first performance and despite gaining credibility within the Italian music scene in recent years, one would say that they are surely not typical of the Sanremo competition because their genre is quite different to what is normally expected from such a competition. One has to understand that Fabio Fazio chose such a group along with an expert panel of judges for the simple reason that he required diversity in terms of audience as well. The vocals which are very raspy, are good but really do not understand the track and thus this is quite out of line.

Onda che vai: The second song is on and the stage is suddenly bathed in green lights, somewhat retospect of a forest. The music of the second track is much more relaxed and based on guitars and drums. This is very Italian and sound typical of what Sanremo has offered in recent times. One cannot help but choose this over the first track for several reasons, including the fact that his vocals are stronger and he is enjoying this performance much more. There is a feeling amongs online critics that this is the one coming across better and it would be a mistake to choose the first one.

Qualified: Mamma non lo sa

Max Gazzè: Sotto casa and I tuoi maledettissimi impegni

I tuoi maledettissimi impegni: Max Gazzè takes to the stage with his first song and many Maltese will remember the performer for duetting with Ira Losco. Clad in dark attire and playing an electric guitar, his vocals are quite good but this seems to be a mixture of pop/rock and some electro, providing an interesting outlook on the genre. The build up for this one is good but one is left cold and disappointed because the track lacks that special something that would make it stand out both on the charts and in this competition. It is an album track and nothing more, should not even be a single. What I quite like about it is the strings being played towards the end. The lighting is also quite impressive but that is a mention with regards to the positive setting put forward by RAI.

Sotto casaMax Gazze seemingly has the most typical Italian vocals that I have heard this evening and has anyone noted that he is only the second male this evening. The second songs from the artists this evening have been much stronger but nevertheless, the voting has gone for the first song on both counts before hand. This is a really nice song and the backdrop for this one is really colourful. The doorbell, the electronic organ and the guitars really make this track stand out from the rest presented. Seriously, this track is the one for the press and the public to choose to enjoy it once more on another night. Max is a stunning performer and he is accustomed to Sanremo, this being his fourth appearance in total.

Qualified: Sotto casa

Annalisa: Non so ballare e Scintille

Scintille: Another potential artist to be heading onto the Eurovision Song Contest is Annalisa Scarrone and wearing a sheer white shirt with trsouers, she takes to the stage. It seems that the Italian music industry is changing because there are a lot of these type of songs in this years' edition of Sanremo. Mid-tempo with a fast paced track which make artists sound very content. This is looking beautiful on screen but isn't the staging, very much similar to the one used to Emmelie De Forest for Denmark, including the colours. Vocally this sounds brilliant and considering that she is barely breathing through that one, it sounded epic!

Non so ballare: Annalisa stays on stage and finally breathes as she takes to the microphone for a second performance and the genre for this one is completely different, because it seems to be a calm, easy flowing ballad. I am in the right because even the staging is toned down for this one with black, blue, and white lighting being predominant along with smoke. The attire is not well suited for this performance but that will surely be addressed once the track is chosen. The vocals in this one are good but went slightly off within the chorus which has a string of high notes. Had I been voting, I would have chosen the first one.

Qualified: Scintille 

Elio e le storie tese: La canzone mononota and Dannati forever 

Dannati forever: The final act of the evening from the 'Campioni' category are Elio e le storie tese and as the saying goes, if one cannot beat them, then one has to join them. This is old school by numbers and the orchestra sounds as if coming from the forties for this performance. The band are clad in priests' attire and that gives it an image which many people will remember when voting I guess. The tune is extremely infectious and the lyrics are quite sing-a-long material. One cannot fault the vocals because they are spot on although, it has to be pointed out that the song is relatively simple. The addition of a couple of words in English is a good idea, but not enough for an international touch. Something along these lines in Eurovision would succeed.  

La canzone mononota: A completely different genre to the first entry giving them an edge because they have decided to present their entries in a different manner but wait, I spoke too soon as this has turned into a big band uptempo number where the backing vocals are given a lot of importance. The genre continues to develop quite well and it seems that there is a bit of pyschedelic about them. The vocals are spot on and they are clearly enjoying their performance on stage whilst the audience are also doing their best to try and not smile as much as they are. This is brilliant. Anyone of the two would do really!

Qualified: La canzone mononota

Running Order (Giovani)

Renzo Rubino: Il Postino

Renzo is clad in a maroon suit and he is sitting down on a classic brown piano. The staging is predominantly blue and purple but nevertheless, the screens are changing colour. I have to say, that he has star quality as much as Raphael Gualazzi had two years ago when he entered the competition with Follia D'Amore which then finished in second place at the Eurovision Song Contest. The vocals are perfect, one cannot fault him and this is honestly one of the better songs presented this evening. The addition of a male tenor as a backing vocal works wonders and this could very much work at the Eurovision Song Contest should they like to go through the 2011 route once more.

Il Cile: Le parole non servono più

The stage is bathed in green lighting for the second time this evening and despite showcasing a group, the main focus is surely on the lead performer who wears a beard, and is extremely scruffy around the edges, in a bad boy manner. The song is a mixture of pop/rock but seems to find itself within the mid-tempo route. It is well performed and getting Peppe Vessichio to conduct is surely an important element to win a couple of members within the press. The vocals are strong and he is not having any issues with giving it his all, at least this evening. The electric guitar solo is a nice addition and slows down the tempo. I love this song, and I think the 'Giovani' are really giving it their all this year.

Irene Ghiotto: Baciami?

Irene seems to be a sassy woman as she dances in the opening seconds of her song. This is completely different from what has been presented before it and thus could look really good with the media and the public at home. It seems to be pretty electronic in the beginning but nevertheless, changes into a mid-tempo pop song which she enjoys performing. Clad in a flowery black/yellow dress, she is really taking in the moment. Unfortunately, performing to such an audience, she should have learned to use her face better because it looks way too maddening. I quite like the song though, so I cannot fault her although I believe that the ones before it were in a stronger league.

Blastema: Dietro l'intima ragione

One final song for the evening and it comes from the youngters' category as well in the form of Blastema and one has to point out the distinctive vocal that he brings forward to the show especially in the beginning of the song but this pop/rock type of entry is not really my favourite genre and as a matter of fact, becomes pure noise within the refrain. When looking at the vocals as a whole throughout the performance, there were parts which were extremely strained. Seriously, this is not a case of leaving the best for last because this is my least favourite of the day. The first two should qualify.

Qualifier: Renzo Rubino: Il Postino

Qualifier: Blastema: Dietro l'intima ragione

The second  evening of the Sanremo competition comes to an end as Fabio Fazio and Luciana Littizzetto announce the first qualifiers of the 'Giovani' category. Tomorrow, there will be another four acts competing in the Giovani Category whilst the focus will be on a number of special performances between the renowned Italian singers and the competing artists in the 'Campioni' category. Tune into escflashmalta.com for another LIVE Report from Sanremo 2013 as Amy Grech has a look at the show tomorrow night whilst reviewing the performances. Thanks for tuning in this evening and a hearty congratulations goes to RAI for putting up a magnificient show.

Published in Sanremo

RAI, the broadcaster responsible for the participation of Italy at the Eurovision Song Contest have enjoyed relative success on their return to the competition in the past two years with the acts chosen from the Sanremo competition achieving top ten results. An internal panel of appointed music experts were behind the initial two decisions whilst a consensus also needs to be reached with a particular record label which would represent a number of the competing artists within the competition, whether in the Campioni or the Giovani category. Rumours have been on the increase in the past couple of weeks, noting that the public would like to see Marco Mengoni fly the flag on behalf of the country. It could be a strong consideration if the broadcaster, RAI is aiming for high viewing figures.

This years’ edition of Sanremo will be taking place in the week starting 11th February and escflashmalta.com will be on hand to cover the event in the best possible manner. Our senior editor, Elaine Camilleri will be taking over her annual duties to cover the event along with the rest of the editorial board. Italy have won the Eurovision Song Contest on two occasions, the first time in 1964 with Non Ho L’Eta performed by Gigliola Cinquetti and the second time in 1990 with Insieme: 1992 sung by Toto Cotungo. RAI confirms that the choice of the artist will be made from the Sanremo competition and therefore the list of potential candidates has been brought down to twenty one (21) acts in total, eight competing in the Giovani category with thirteen (13) competing in the Campioni Category. The list of potential representatives could be found just below.

Campioni Category:

Giovani Category:

Whilst it is highly unlikely, there is a possibility that former representative; Raphael Gualazzi might be select to represent Italy for a second time. He has gained considerable fame since his experience in Dusseldorf and might choose to take up the proposal again but in the meantime, there are a number of intriguing candidates including Max Gazze’ who has performed with 2002 Eurovision Song Contest representative; Ira Losco in the past couple of months during one of his notable tours. Competing in this years’ Sanremo as well is former winner; Simone Cristicchi. In the meantime, we would like you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news from this years’ edition of Sanremo as well as the Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Malmo, Sweden.

Source: RAI, Eurovision.tv


Published in Sanremo
Thursday, 13 December 2012 14:55

Italy: Sanremo 2013 Finalists Revealed

RAI has always been extremely influential in the concepts adopted by the European Broadcasting Union and in fact, one of the most popular music competitions to take place in Europe is surely Sanremo noting that surrounding countries are known to tune in and increase viewership during all of the evenings especially because the cream of the crop are always known to be in the final running order. Just a couple of hours ago, the broadcaster made the revelation of the fourteen artists who will ultimately compete for the elite prize. One of the acts will most likely also become the Italian representative at the Eurovision Song Contest considering that this years' representative; Nina Zilli competed amongst the established performers and ultimately achieved ninth place in Baku, Azerbaijan with her track L'Amore e Femmina despite being one of the bookies' favourites to win.

The fourteen acts that will be competing in the next edition of Sanremo will be performing two songs each and this element has been introduced by Fabio Fazio, the new director in a bid to let all of the renowned artists chosen to compete throughout all of the week with the best possible song as chosen by the jury and the public. The list of performers is actually quite intriguing this time round as it seems that there is more star power than the past two years in particular noting that artists from reality shows such as X Factor and Amici make a comeback in the form of Annalisa and Marco Mengoni. The latter is apparently the favourite of the public to represent Italy in the next edition of the Eurovision Song Contest and therefore his participation in Sanremo makes this a viable option by RAI should the broadcaster and his record label come to a general compromise.

  • Almamegretta (Mamma non lo sa / Onda che vai)
  • Annalisa (Non so ballare / Scintille)
  • Chiara (L’esperienza dell’amore / Il futuro che sarà)
  • Daniele Silvestri (A bocca chiusa / Il bisogno di te)
  • Elio e le storie tese (Dannati forever / La canzone mononota)
  • Malika Ayane (Niente . E se poi)
  • Marco Mengoni (Bellissimo / L’essenziale)
  • Maria Nazionale (Quando non parlo / E’ colpa mia)
  • Marta sui tubi (Dispari / Vorrei)
  • Max Gazze’ (Sotto casa / I tuoi maledettisimi impegni)
  • Modà (Come l’acqua dentro il mare / Se si potesse non morire)
  • Raphael Gualazzi (Sai (ci basta un sogno) / Senza ritegno)
  • Simona Molinari con Peter Cincotti (Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hide / La felicità)
  • Simone Cristicchi (Mi manchi / La prima volta)

It is quite intriguing that former winners return to the fray and 2013 seems to be no different because Simone Cristicchi who was propelled to fame following his victory in 2007, returns as well along with the 2011 runners-up Modà. Nevertheless, the biggest surprise is surely when it comes to Raphael Gualazzi who represented Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest held in Dusseldorf, Germany back in 2011 with Madness of Love finishing in second place just behind Running Scared performed by Ell & Nikki on behalf of Azerbaijan. Italy won the Eurovision Song Contest twice, the first time thanks to Gigliola Cinquetti with Non Ho L'Eta and the second time round with Toto Cotugno and his track Insieme. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com as we keep you posted with all of the latest happenings from Italy as we plan to cover the selection procedure as it unravels as we had done earlier year.

Source: RAI



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