ITALY – Singer Ermal Meta, representative of Italy in the Eurovision 2018 Song Contest, was considered by the Vatican Secretariat for Communication as a “person who conveys the values of love, peace, solidarity and friendship.”
Fifth in the Eurovision Song Contest of 2018 with Fabrizio Moro, the Albanian-Italian singer Ermal Meta was considered by the Vatican Secretariat for Communication as a “person who conveys the values of love, peace, solidarity and friendship” announced the Holy See in an official communiqué. In this way, Pope Francis blessed the tour of the composer and singer who, on September 3, 2018, will receive the official parchment of the award.
Born in Fier, Albania, Fabrizio Moro moved to Italy at the age of 13, where he began his musical career.
With three previous appearances at the Festival of Sanremo, the singer and composer entered the edition of this year with Fabrizio Moro in defense of “Non mi avete fatto niente”, song that reached the victory.
Ermal Meta is an Italian singer and songwriter. He was a member of Italian bands Ameba4 and La Fame di Camilla, both of which competed in the Newcomers’ section of the Sanremo Music Festival.
After becoming a songwriter for several Italian artists, he launched his solo career, releasing two studio albums: Umano (2016) and Vietato morire (2017).
The latter peaked at number one in Italy, and was preceded by the single with the same title, which placed third in the main competition of the Sanremo Music Festival 2017, also receiving the “Mia Martini” Critics’ Prize.
In a duet with Fabrizio Moro, he won the Sanremo Music Festival 2018 with the song “Non mi avete fatto niente”, that also represented Italy during the Eurovision Song Contest, in which they came fifth with 308 points.
ITALY – Italian national broadcaster announced the dates and the changes that will be implemented in the 2019 edition of Sanremo Festival, the historic event which was the base to create the Eurovision Song Contest back inn the 50s.
The 2019 edition of Sanremo Festival will have four night and will kick off on February 5th, concluding with the final night on February 9th.
Artistic director Claudio Baglioni seems to have seen the high TV rates and the commercial success of the 2018 Sanremo Festival edition and they are preparing changes in the newcomers category.
The change in that category is that the newcomers in 2019 will be chosen by the public and not by a professional jury. The announcement of the results will take place during two televised shows on December 13th and 14th, titled Sanremo Giovani.
Though we are still far away from having RAI’s confirmation that the country will participate in. the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest with a song chosen by Sanremo Festival (something which is likely to happen but you never know).
ITALY – Last country to rehearse (although next is Greece and Denmark with extra re-runs) is Italy. Ermal Meta and Fabrizio Moro are giving in their own Italian way a social / political message through their song which has visuals of the lyrics on screens and create a true sentimental performance with their message against terrorism. A great song that cannot have a success besides Italy where the song slays. It’s always good to have songs like this in Eurovision proving that the contest has space for everyone.
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ESCKAZ.COM: Goosebumps all over here for me. Despite – or maybe thanks to – the projections of the lyrics not being visible in the hall except for the screens hanging everywhere, the performance comes across as very powerful. Vocally both are very good and the song stands out as well for me. Love this.
ESCXTRA.COM: Both Ermal and Fabrizio are fantastic live singers, adding extra emotion that even the studio version doesn’t have.
EUROVOIX.COM: This is the last rehearsal for the day, but it looks like Ermal’s mic feed didn’t come in on time. Otherwise, another solid rehearsal.
ITALY – The Sanremo Music Festival will be the 68th annual Sanremo Music Festival, a television song contest held in Teatro Ariston di Sanremo and organised and broadcast by RAI. Singer-songwriter and musician, Claudio Baglioni, is the host and artistic director of Sanremo Music Festival 2018. This edition will be co-hosted by Michelle Hunziker and Pierfrancesco Favino.
Voting during the five evenings occurred through different combinations of four methods:
The three voting systems will have a percentage weight so distributed:
The winner of the Big Artists category receives the right to represent Italy at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. However they are not obliged to take part in Eurovision, as seen in 2016 when Stadio declined to participate in the contest. In the event that the winner decides not to compete in the Eurovision Song Contest, RAI and the organisers of Sanremo Music Festival reserve the right to select the Italian entrant.
There are several former Italian Eurovision representatives feature in the Big Artists category this year. Nina Zilli came 9th in 2012 with “L’amore è femmina (Out of love)”. Riccardo Fogli came 11th in 1983 with “Per Lucia”. Enrico Ruggeri, the lead singer of Decibel, came 12th in 1993 with “Sole d’Europa” and Luca Barbarossa also came 12th in 1988 with “Vivo (Ti scrivo)”.
ITALY – Italian national broadcaster announced today changes in the 2018 Sanremo Festival edition. The only thing that remains the same is that the winner of the event will be asked to represent the country in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest but it will not be obligatory, nor with the same song of course.
The changes in the historic festival of Europe can be highlighted as there will be no eliminations during the four nights before the final. There will be 20 songs in total from the established artists and 8 songs by the new comers.
The song duration changes from 3:15 to 4:00 minutes something which means that winner song if decided to enter the Eurovision Song Contest will have to adjust to the EBU 3:00 rule. Another change is in the voting.
In the last two night the public voting goes from 40% to 50% and the jury voting from 30% to 20%. The demoscopic jury remains to 30%. In the first three nights the voting remains as it is (jury 30%, public 40%, demoscopic jury 30%).
The winner will be decided in two round voting. In the first voting there will be a sum of average of the votes the artists have the past nights and the three artists with top results will go to the second round where they will fight for the win.
Also on Wednesday night, cover songs are replaced with duets, a feature which was scrapped in 2011. Newcomer winner of course will be decided a day before the final. Remember the dates for Sanremo 2018 Festival are February 6th to February 10th.
ITALY – Italian national broadcaster announced the dates for the 2018 edition of Sanremo Festival, through which the participant in the Eurovision Song Contest will be decided as well. The most epic and historic festival in Europe will take place between 6 to 10 of February.