Eurovision 2018

#ITALY- Tonight Live Blog of Sanremo’s Grand Finale- ALLABOARD from 20:40 CET


#ITALY- Tonight Live Blog of Sanremo’s Grand Finale- ALLABOARD from 20:40 CET

Tonight Italy decides for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018!

The winner of the Campioni category at the 2018 Sanremo Song Festival will be eligible to represent Italy at Eurovision in Lisbon this May.

The Final is forecast to last about 3 hours and 40 minutes, so sit back and relax, just refresh our page here to get the views, comments and points of view from Andrew Main who you will know from previous musings  here at Eurovision Ireland and his sparkling charm and witty repartee should keep you entertained… or bored to hell, who knows!!

You can watch the live show  HERE from 20.40 CET.

The Grand Finale of the 2018 Festival di Sanremo will be held tonight at the Ariston Theatre in Sanremo and will hosted Claudio Baglioni, Pierfrancesco Favino and Michelle Hunziker.

20 acts will be competing tonight in the final of the 68th edition of the Festival della Canzone Italiana di Sanremo.

The scores in tonight’s show will be calculated as follows:

  • Demoscopic Pole (30%)
  • Expert Jury (30%)
  • public vote (40%)

The top 3 acts will proceed to the Super final and fight for the Grand Prix.

The Champions singing tonight in the Final are:

  • Roby Facchinetti e Riccardo FogliIl segreto del tempo
  • Nina ZilliSenza appartenere
  • The KolorsFrida
  • Diodato & Roy PaciAdesso
  • Mario BiondiRivederti
  • Luca BarbarossaPassame er sale
  • Lo Stato SocialeUna vita in vacanza
  • AnnalisaIl mondo prima di te
  • Giovanni CaccamoEterno
  • Enzo Avitabile & Peppe ServilloIl coraggio di ogni giorno
  • Ornella Vanoni with Bungaro & PacificoImparare ad amarsi
  • Renzo RubinoCustodire
  • NoemiSmettere mai di cercarmi
  • Ermal Meta & Fabrizio MoroNon mi avete fatto niente
  • Le VibrazioniCosì sbagliato
  • RonAlmeno pensami
  • DecibelLettera dal duca
  • Max GazzéLa leggenda di Cristalda e Pizzomunno
  • Red CanzianOgnuno ha il suo racconto
  • Elio & le Storie TeseArrivederci



Still waiting for the show to start here. Get ready for what could be a very long night. Scheduled to finish at 12 midnight but more likely 01.00 UK times.

And we are off. All the artists tonight join in singing an opening song together.  All done with each of them with a different brightly coloured backdrop.

We are shown again the result of the Newcomers section and the winner Ultimo sings his winning song again.


So now all the hosts come onto the stage Down a grand staircase that emerges from the backdrop. We are then introduced to the jury who will vote tonight. So they explain the voting and then announce the running order.

On first tonight is Luca Barbarossa.

Luca Barbarossa – Passame er sale

Now Luca is a veteran already of The Eurovision having already represented Italy in 1988. His song is a gentle but inspiring ballad with a distinct guitar base to it. He is sing the song well  and could impress some of the jury members but not so much the public. I don’t think it will make the superfinal.

Red Canzian – Ognuno ha il suo racconto

Another older gentleman is our Red. He is wearing a spangly red jacket and sings a much more modern song than I expected from him. It has a good uptempo beat to it and has a rousing chorus. Again this a good song that could well do quite well but perhaps not top 3.




A group on next and I thought this was one to watch for Eurovision. It is a younger group with a good pop song and plenty drums on show. It may not appeal so much to the voters to win the festival but perhaps a trip to Eurovision if the winner refuses? It has a distinct rock feel to it too at times. I like it.

We move to our first commercial break of the evening.

Laura Pausini now comes on to sing a song as our first guest of the evening.

She now sings a song with one of our hosts Claudio Baglioni.

Then another song in which she not only goes out into the audience but actually outside the theatre all together.  She sounds a bit harsh and shouty in this one but we aint judging her.

Elio & le Storie TeseArrivederci

As you can see from the picture these are the guys that were dressed in Indian outfits. Well tonight they are dressed in black suits and all look very crisp and dapper. It is an unusual type of song, quite slow but very melodic. I quite like it but fear it wont go far tonight. They end up the song all standing together in a line and the middle six strip their jackets and shirts off to reveal the letters to make up the song name on white t shirts. Almost Eurovisionary.

RonAlmeno pensami

Ron has appeared in San Remo quite a few times before. He seems to stand alone on stage strumming his guitar. His song is a very gentle ballad. He is accompanied by a guy on the piano. It is very simple in its presentation and sung well. Nice is about all I can say. But it has been getting rave reviews over the previous three times it was on the other nights.

We have another break followed by a bunch of kids on stage singing called San Remo Young

Max Gazzé – La leggenda di Cristalda e Pizzomunno

Another veteran of San Remo over the years Max is also highly fancied based on what the juries reported through the week. Another ballad which has a gentle piano feel to it and is also very soft and gentle as well as pleasant to my ear. I don’t think its for Eurovision but may sneak into the Superfinal tonight.

AnnalisaIl mondo prima di te

Annalisa sings a very uplifting song. Strong vocals and a strong melodic feel to her song. She is very confident and has a strong vocal to back up her performance. If it was me I would consider this for Eurovision but it may not win here tonight.

We move to our third commercial break of the evening, just another 23 to   go hahaha.

Renzo Rubino – Custodire

Renzo sits at the piano singing his rousing ballad. sadly for me it is not rousing enough. In fact I am sure its the worst song of the night vocally. His vocals are quite weak and strained. He ends the song centre stage and an older couple waltz around the stage in the background. Sorry not for me at all.

Commercial break No. 4

Decibel – Lettera dal duca

Another group next and this song has a gentle rock feel to it. It plods along quite nicely without really grabbing too much of my attention. But wait they switch to English now that is unusual for a song at San Remo. A pleasant enough song I suppose.

Ornella Vanoni with Bungaro & Pacifico – Imparare ad amarsi

Ornella must be the oldest girl here tonight in her 80s. She wears a striking deep blue top which contrasts with her red hair. She is in fine voice and is beautifully accompanied by Bungaro on the guitar and vocals and also Pacifico on piano and vocals. Its a lovely presented song and I am liking it a lot. Whether it can hit the dizzy heights of top 3 we will wait and see.

Giovanni Caccamo – Eterno

No doubt my candidate for hunky hunkster of the night has to be the lovely bearded figure of Giovanni. He also sings his beautifully structured ballad in good voice. It is a very gentle almost understated performance that sure works for me.  Would love to see it do well tonight.

Ad break number 5 is next.

Lo Stato Sociale – Una vita in vacanza

Now for something completely. This is a catchy upbeat modern sounding song which moves along quite nicely. It has a very catchy chorus. then it turns into a mad box of frogs. Old dear Granny comes on with a younger male dancer  and do a bit of dirty dancing . Old Granny is getting flung around like a harpie. Its crazy but so right for Eurovision. Italy send this bit of crazy fun. Please!

Roby Facchinetti e Riccardo FogliIl segreto del tempo

Two old lads sing together and also play the piano. It is a very pleasing performance a gentle ballad with a bit of gusto thrown in for good measure. Yes I am liking this one but cant see it threatening the top 3.

Diodato & Roy Paci – Adesso

This song has a trumpet intro then builds well with some drum beats and a full on brass section which really works for me. This one has really popped out of the woodwork for me tonight because I didn’t really rate it until now. A great little performance this. Might do well.

Commercial break number 6 and only 6 songs to go.

We have a monologue off our host Pierfrancesco Favino. Have no clue what its all about.

Nina ZilliSenza appartenere

Nina is no stranger to San Remo and also Eurovision. She represented Italy in Baku in 2012. Tonight she has a long ivory dress on and is accompanied by a pianist on stage. Her song is a ballad that builds as it progresses. Its not a bad song to be honest but I don’t think we will see Nina back Eurovision with this.

Noemi – Smettere mai di cercarmi

With shock of red hair and black dress she looks very nice indeed. Her song starts in quite a low range of her voice. Then it builds and grows higher and higher. Noemi has quite a rough raspy voice when she belts it out reminds me a bit of Mia Martini. A decent song and a decent performance well done.

Ermal Meta & Fabrizio Moro – Non mi avete fatto niente

Now onto the red hot favourites for tonight in various circles. This song almost got disqualified early in the week due to a suggestion of plagiarism. But here it is tonight potentially the one to beat. Both Ermal and  Fabrizio are accomplished singers in their own right both appearing on their own in last years’ San Remo. They compliment each others styles almost perfectly. I great duet and a great song. This should be top 3 for sure.

Mario Biondi – Rivederti

Mario sings this piano lounge sounding song. It is slow but quite a powerful performance. His voice has that certain macho feel to it , quite jazzy in its composition in places. Gentle but slow I don’t think it has that extra to elevate it too high on the scoreboard.

Le Vibrazioni – Così sbagliato

We have a bit of a rock song going on here for our penultimate song of the night. Lots of flashing lights and a proper rock band sound. Its a catchy little number to be sure. Strong vocally and a good performance. In such a varied field it does stand out but will it wow the voters? We will soon see.

Enzo Avitabile & Peppe Servillo – Il coraggio di ogni giorno

Another two old blokes singing together. One of them has a clarinet draped around his neck which I am sure he might play. Their song is gentle and melodic but has nothing particularly great about it. I do not see this getting many votes. Oh the clarinet kicks in but doesn’t really enhance it.

So there we have it folks we made it through that marathon of 20 songs and there is plenty variety as well as a lot of decent songs. Some would fit into Eurovision and some wouldn’t.

We get another singalong song starting our interval with our host Claudio Baglioni joined on stage by Francesco Renga,Nek and Max Pezalli.

The final classification is

20. Elio & le Storie Tese

19 Mario Biondi

18 Roby Facchinetti e Riccardo Fogli

17 Nina Zilli

16. Decibel

15 Red CanziAN

14 Noemi

13 Renzo Rubino

12 Enzo Avitabile & Peppe Servillo

11 Le Vibrazioni

10 Giovanni Caccamo

9 The Kolors

8 Diodato & Roy Paci

7 Luca Barbarossa

6 Max Gazze

5 Ornella Vanoni with Bungaro & Pacifico

4 Ron

And the three that have reached the superfinal are

1 Annalisa

2. Lo Stato Sociale

3 Ermal Meta & Fabrizio Moro


We have another period of voting to decide our winner tonight.

After a musical interlude the votes have now closed.

Ron wins a prize for his song.

Lo Stato Sociale win a prize for their song.

Ornella Vanoni with Bungaro & Pacifico   win a prize for their song.

Max Gazze wins a prize for his song.

Ermal Meta & Fabrizio Moro win a music prize for their song.

So to the final result.

The announcement is a bit chaotic it seems. But this is Italy !!

3rd Annalisa

2nd La Stato Sociale

and the Winner is Ermal Meta & Fabrizio Moro with the song Non mi avete fatto niente

Author: Andrew Main

Source: Eurovision Ireland,

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