Buonasera Europa! Buongiorno Australia, this is Italy calling!
Welcome to the live blog of the Grand Final of Festival di Sanremo 2021!
The Grand Final of 71st edition of the Festival di Sanremo takes place this evening live from the Teatro Ariston, presented by Amadeus and Fiorello. From behind the screen, keeping you entertain with his zany comments, none other than yours truly Mr B. (Mr A can’t stand watching a 5 hours + show)
Twenty six acts are competing in the Campioni category, all in the running to represent Italy at the Eurovision Song Contest 2021:
- Bugo – “E invece sì” (Instead Yes)
- Ermal Meta – “Un milione di cose da dirti” (A Million Things to Tell You)
- Extraliscio feat. Davide Toffolo – “Bianca luce nera” (White black light)
- Fulminacci – “Santa Marinella”
- Gaia – “Cuora amaro” (Bitter heart)
- Gio Evan – “Arnica”
- Irama – “La genesi del tuo colore” (The Genesis of Your Colour)
- La Rappresentante di Lista – “Amare” (To Love)
- Lo Stato Sociale – “Combat Pop”
- Malika Ayane – “Ti piaci così” (You Like Yourself Like That)
- Orietta Berti – “Quando ti sei innamorato” (When You Fell In Love)
- Random – “Torno a te” (I Come Back to You)
- Willie Peyote – “Mai dire mai (La locura)” (Never Say Never (The Madness)
- Aiello – Ora
- Annalisa – Dieci
- Arisa – Potevi fare di più
- Colapesce & Dimartino – Musica leggerissima
- Coma_Cose – Fiamme negli occhi
- Fasma – Parlami
- Francesca Michielin & Fedez – Chiamami per nome
- Francesco Renga – Quando trovo te
- Ghemon – Momento perfetto
- Irama – La genesi del tuo colore
- Madame – Voce
- Måneskin – Zitti e buoni
- Max Gazzè & La Trifluoperazina Monstery Band – Il farmacista
This evening’s gala will take place in two phases. In the first one, all twenty six acts will perform their songs and the Italian public will vote for their favourite. The results of the televote will be combined with those of the previous four nights. The three acts that receive the highest scores will progress to the final round.
In the final round the three acts will perform again, voting will open again. The winner will be determined by 33% demoscopic jury, 33% press voting and 34% public televote.
You can watch the competition live from 20:30 CET via Rai Play
To get all the updates, just refresh this page. A 5 hours + show is what awaits us, but be strong my friends! ‘La bella musica’ is about to begin….
LIVE BLOG STARTS HERE
Buonasera a tutti! Good evening everyone! It is going to be a long night so hope you have your snacks and drinks ready.
Do you have any favourites? I haven’t had the chance to hear all the songs, so I’m going to give you my fresh opinion on all the songs.
And we are live ladies and gents!
We are now presented a couple of the acts singing tonight. They are all excited to be at the Ariston theatre.
Apparently, this edition of Sanremo is the most present in the social media – 3 million tweets with the #sanremo2021
In case you missed the info, the Grand Final of 71st edition of the Festival di Sanremo takes place this evening live from the Teatro Ariston, presented by Amadeus and Fiorello.
The co-hosts of the final, besides Amadeus and Fiorello will be Serena Rossi, Tecla Insolia and Giovanna Botteri.
Stand up for the Eurovision hymn 😀
Amadeus and behind him the Maritime Orchestra – singing the national anthem.
I absolutely love the stage. Rai has done a very good job delivering a beautiful stage.
I wonder if any other country would consider playing their national anthem before their Eurovision national selection?
Of course, if you are in Italy, you can vote for your favourite. You don’t have to wait for the performance, you can start voting at any time.
You can vote up to 5 times from a telephone.
The first one to perform is Ghemon with his song “Moment perfetto”
Ghemon gives us more of a spoken-word style with some ok-ish vocals towards the chorus. Am I impressed, well not really but still not that bad. I would have liked though a better start to this prestigious festival. I can’t really see this performance gathering lots of support.
Next up is Gaia – “Cuora amaro” (Bitter heart)
Oh, that guitar! So what if it sounds more Spanish? At least it shakes up a little bit the audience at home.
Still, she seems to sing with a half-confidence. It’s a shame she doesn’t attack this song with more power.
I like the beat and the instrumental, but this has a lot of work to do to really convince me.
3rd is Irama – “La genesi del tuo colore” (The Genesis of Your Colour)
Irama is unfortunately self-isolating – but we will see a pre-recorded performance.
Finally a song and a performance I truly enjoy. This is how you sell a song!
Irama is not present, but he did well his job during the rehearsals. I’m dancing along. It’s definitely a yes from me.
A bit too flashy for my eyes, but the song and the performance were quite good.
Up next is Gio Evan – “Arnica”
Gio wants to be loved. He’s got his heart broken into thousands of pieces. He sells his song and honestly I don’t think he asks for something that we haven’t.
I’m always fascinated by the style of the Italian music and Gio does it some justice. It’s not a wow moment, but a listenable one.
Time for an ad break…
This is Rosario Fiorello a guest of tonight’s gala.
It’s awesome to see Amadeus singing and dancing along in the backstage. I think I want Rosario’s jacket :))
We’re not the same size, but I appreciate them wanting to give it to me so quickly :))))
Up next is Ermal Meta – “Un milione di cose da dirti” (A Million Things to Tell You) – the favourite to win tonight according to betting odds.
Ermal is delivering a typical Sanremo ballad. He sings that he has a million things to say but he doesn’t say anything. This is a beautiful song and Ermal has its usual charm. I can see why some see this song as the winner.
Fulminacci – “Santa Marinella”
Time for another guest, Zlatan Ibrahimovic. He’s really tall compared to Amadeus.
Next is Francesco Renga – Quando trovo te (When I find you)
Without being nasty, the beginning of this performance was quite messy. Luckily, it picked up a bit towards the chorus. I’m sorry but I find it difficult to like this act as his vocals really distract me. When Francesco gets it right I like it, but unfortunately tonight it’s not his best performance.
Yes, another ad break. We’ll be back in a few minutes.
In case you missed the coverage of the other Finals tonight, Uku has won Eesti Laul, whilst in Denmark, with Fyr & Flamme won DMGP – that was a surprise!
Up next Extraliscio feat. Davide Toffolo – “Bianca luce nera” (White black light)
Another guest tonight: the famous actress and singer Serena Rossi.
What a beautiful voice has Serena! Can we send her to Eurovision? As she is singing, Amadeus looked visibly emotional.
The 9th song of the night Colapesce & Dimartino – Musica leggerissima
So “put a song easy to listen because I don’t want to do anything”. Well, it is an easy to listen song, but that doesn’t mean that it could win. Or could it win? Apparently, this song won the press vote last night.
Why do we have a roller-skater on the stage? I do have to say the rhythm is quite enjoyable.
Verdict, meh could have been better, but not bad.
Another ad break. See you in a few minutes…
And we’re back with Malika Ayane – “Ti piaci così” (You Like Yourself Like That)
Malika has quite a nasal voice and she is trying to deliver a sexy performance. This is far from being an “It Hurts” (Lena Philipsson). I wish it were a bit more powerful. I can’t see this song win, but it has the potential to do well enough in the middle of the scoreboard.
Rosario and Amadeus were having a great time on the stage, but now we have another ad break.
11th act Francesca Michielin & Fedez – Chiamami per nome (Call me by my name)
I can see myself singing this song. Definitely the chorus is the best part of the song. Will it be enough to send this in the top 3? I enjoyed this. Did you? Unfortunately, this duo has not received much love as I think they are currently out of the top 10 so far. Anything can happen so stay tuned.
Ornella Vanoni joins the palco scenico. What a legend!
It really shows that she knows how to shine on the stage. Later on she will duet with Francesco Gabbani.
Quite a magical stage, don’t you agree?
We’ll back after another ad break.
Taking advantage of this short break, I want to remind you that tonight’s final results will be decided by 33% demoscopic jury, 33% press jury, and 34% televoting. The top 3 will then proceed to a superfinal, where the results are going to be reset to 0. Next, there will be another round of voting (the same proportions as above) and the winner will be decided.
Now Ornella Vanoni with Francesco Gabbani will sing ‘Un sonriso dentro al pianto’ (A smile within a cry)
What a beautiful and heart-felt song! Can I have a lighter please? I want to wave it as a sign of support.
“I am all the love that I gave, a sea in the storm, a smile within a cry” – amazing words and a gift to all of us.
The 12th champion, Willie Peyote – “Mai dire mai (La locura)” (Never Say Never (The Madness)
I’m diggin’ this rhythm and I have to admit I want to sing ‘Bad Guy’, yes is that similar. This seems to be like a protest song, but it doesn’t bother me. I can tap my feet to it and keeps me awake at this hour, so it’s much appreciated. I can see this in the first half of the scoreboard.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic – the “true director of the Festival” – joins again the stage of Sanremo.
He says that without challenging yourself you can’t grow as a person. Failure is a part of success – Very true.
Tecla Insolia joins now the stage. She plays the main part in the film ‘ The Girl who didn’t want to sing’.
Orietta Berti – “Quando ti sei innamorato” (When You Fell In Love)
Orietta is singing a melancholic song. This is unfortunately so dated that makes me just want to drink another sip of water. Sanremo is a prestigious stage that embraces all genres and generations. You can’t fault her voice; dream of a happier place and escape this stressful times. After all, the magic of the festival is that you never know how a song will touch your soul.
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14th song Arisa – Potevi fare di più
“You could have done more”. Why did you hurt her I want to ask? This is a beautiful ballad, I like its instrumental and Arisa’s interpretation. Arisa sings with conviction and shows us how to sell a song. I can see this doing well.
Giovanna Botteri now as another guest on the stage reciting a poem.
Time for the 15th act Bugo – “E invece sì” (Instead Yes)
I can imagine hearing this song at a ‘best of’ concert and people in the audience holding their partners whilst singing along. I can’t really say that his voice has impressed me, but the type of the song demands a bit of a ‘sing -a long’.
Rosario was just awarded The ‘Cita di Sanremo’ trophy.
Another …. ad break. Yay!
Måneskin – “Zitti e buoni”
This rock band is singing another protest song. They don’t want to stay ‘silent’ and play by the ‘good’ rules. We are different than the others, they sing. I’m quite enjoying this song, a mix of rock with those beautiful violin strings. Could they be an accidental winner of Sanremo? I give them my vote.
Achille Lauro is now on the stage. He is another guest of this show, in case you were wondering.
He’s being very dramatic. Belarus much?
The 17th act tonight is Madame, with her song “Voce”.
I’m not sure what to say about this song, but if I’m not looking at the performance, I quite like it. It is a cry of desperation and you can feel it in her (autotuned) voice.
Alberto Tomba and Federica Pellegrini are the next guests on the stage. Alberto is a former World Cup alpine ski racer, whilst Pellegrini is a very well known swimmer (Olympic gold medalist) fyi 🙂
18th act of the night La Rappresentante di Lista – “Amare” (To Love)
Her stylist made sure she is not forgettable – she can easily win the award for the biggest dress on the stage tonight.
Trend alert: Brides on the stage!
Actually this a good song and very radio-friendly. I can see the jury and the press giving it some points. Will the people from home give her any support? We shall see.
To clear up the palco scenico (it takes quite an effort to ‘remove’ that dress) we need another ad break :))
The Grande Mastro Umberto Tozzi is now on the stage.
It is a great honour to hear this timeless artist. Aww who else is singing along to ‘Ti amo’? I am! I love this song so much. Come on people at home, sing along. I dare you! You know you want to 😀
I am tired, but hearing this is giving me a little bit of energy. Can we appreciate this little concert?
Come on Gloria 😀 That was epic! Thank you Sanremo 🙂
Hahah they just said that everyone in the orchestra are ‘the sons’ of ‘Ti Amo’… and you know what they mean by that 😛
And we’re back with the 19th act Annalisa – Dieci
Annalisa sings about a broken relationship (if I understand correctly). The last 10 times… “This house has nothing of you in it”. Yes, she’s a fighter. She might have lost the battle in this love affair, but she is not giving up on continuing her life. It has my vote.
Coma_Cose – Fiamme negli occhi – the 20th act of the night ‘Flames in the eyes’
I wasn’t expecting a duo. These two seem to have a likeability factor. I like the guitar chords and the rhythm they create. Yes, it might not be a modern sound but I would listen to it on a long journey. Is it a winner? No, definitely no, but I like it especially the lyrics “Se mi guardi mi bruci” (If you look at me, you burn me).
The 21st act Lo Stato Sociale – “Combat Pop”
I appreciate that it keeps me awake at this our. It does look a bit chaotic, but nothing wrong considering it is a pop-rock song. It was fun to watch and people at home might remember this from the plethora of songs we’ve had so far. When you add the fact that you can clap-along – that’s a big plus.
Amadeus just announced that the winner of Sanremo will be representing Italy in the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest!
Next the 22nd act Random – “Torno a te” (I Come Back to You)
Someone played with glitter and paint tonight… Random tries to carry this song with the emphasis on trying. It might be the late hour, but this songs makes me sleepy and the lack of consistency makes me wish for the next song.
23rd Max Gazzè & La Trifluoperazina Monstery Band – Il farmacista
Great, another auto-tuned song! I appreciate though the violins in the background and the fact that is not a slow song. Ok, I’m half way through and I’m quite tapping my feet to it. Is it the lack of sleep or this is growing on me?
Hahahah what is happening? The superman took over the orchestra. Brilliant!
24th to perform tonight is Noemi with ‘Glicine’
Noemi’s serving us another classical Italian ballad. This could do well tonight; it has the right ingredients to be liked by the public, televote and the press. Not to mention how gorgeous she looks tonight… this one can go up on the scoreboard. It was a beautiful performance.
Time for another ad break. Are you still there?
The 25th acts is up next. Fasma – Parlami (Tell me)
Why? Why another auto-tuned song? I understand if you use it here and there, but there’s no excuse for this. It really puts me off from enjoying his performance. Sorry, the song seems nice enough but for the effect I say next please. I can’t take this seriously.
The last act of the night Aiello – Ora
I’m not mad about this song. I appreciate his conviction and the fact that he looks believable. Aiello tried his best and that’s all you can ask for. Not bad, but not great either.
ITALY STOP VOTING!
Gaudiano – the winner of the Newcomers part of this year’s Sanremo is here to take the stage once more.
Gaudiano is singing ‘Polvere da sparo’. I didn’t hear this yesterday, but I can say it has a special rhythm to it and Gaudiano’s voice is powerful. I can see why it won. I’m really enjoying the colourful mix of the instrumental. This would have done really well if he would have competed tonight.
Now a dance act to distract us from the wait.
Time to find out the 3 superfinalists.
The results surprised me to be honest, but I like this top. Though this is in a random order.
Out of this 3, I think I would prefer in this order: Francesca Michielin & Fedez, Maneskin and Ermal Meta.
Who’s your favourite?
While people in Italy are voting, we’ll see Riccardo Fogli with Michele Zarrillo and Paolo Vallesi.
To be completely honest, I was expecting to see Irama and Noemi much higher on the scoreboard. I think though that these three super finalists are all good choices. You’ve seen my favourite; did you vote for yours?
In less than 5 minutes we are promised a winner. Are you excited?
STOP voting now!
The critic’s award go to Willie Peyote and Mai dire Mai. Radio & Web award goes to Colapesce & Dimartino!
The award for the best lyrics goes to Madame for her song “Voce”. The best music award given out by the orchestra, goes to Ermal Meta – “Un milione di cose da dirti”
And now time to find the winner.
The winning act is Måneskin – Zitti e buoni
Congratulations Italy, you have your winner!
Thank you to everyone that followed this marathon blog. We really appreciate your support J Buona notte!
Author: Bogdan-Stefan Fedeles
Source: Eurovision Ireland, Rai 1