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.
PUERTO RICO – Beauty With A Purpose Gala brings help to the poorest children. An incredible night for the children of Puerto Rico as hundreds of thousands of dollars were raised for the first ever Caribbean Paediatric Liver and Kidney Transplant Unit in San Juan.
The highlight of the show was our own Miss World, Stephanie Del Valle joining Tenor sensations Il Volo on the stage for a song and a dance!
Even Hurricane Irma could not stop the event from taking place! In these most difficult times following the Hurricane, the true spirit of the Puerto Rican people has shone through!
The final monies raised will be announced later next week by the hospital.
Miss World 2017, will be the 67th edition of the Miss World pageant, it will be held on 18 November 2017 at the Crown of Beauty Theatre, Sanya, China PR. Stephanie Del Valle of Puerto Rico will crown her successor at the end of the event.
FACTOID Il Volo (pronounced is an Italian operatic pop trio, consisting of singers: the baritone Gianluca Ginoble, and two tenors, Piero Barone and Ignazio Boschetto. They describe their music as “popera”. Having won the Sanremo Music Festival 2015, they represented Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 in Vienna, Austria. They reached third place, but managed to secure a solid first-place victory in the televoting.
ITALY – Magellano is the third studio album by Italian singer-songwriter Francesco Gabbani. It was released in Italy through BMG Rights Management on the 28 April 2017 and will be released worldwide on 12 May 2017 titled Magellan. The album debuted at number 1 on the Italian Albums Chart. It includes his Eurovision 2017 song “Occidentali’s Karma”.
In April 2017, Gabbani announced on Facebook that he would be releasing his third studio album, Magellano, on 28 April 2017 and the album would include his Eurovision song “Occidentali’s Karma”. To promote the album, Gabbani will embark on a Tour. He will hold several shows across Italy from 19 June to 9 September 2017.
“Occidentali’s Karma” was released as the lead single from the album on 10 February 2017. The song peaked at number 1 on the Italian Singles Chart.
The song has also charted in Switzerland. In February 2017, Gabbani won Sanremo Music Festival 2017 and accepted the invitation to represent Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest which will take place at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev, Ukraine.
As a member of the “Big 5”, Italy automatically qualifies to compete in the final which will take place on 13 May 2017. “Tra le granite e le granate” was released as the second single from the album on 8 May 2017. The song peaked at number 19 on the Italian Singles Chart.
Speaking about it Francesco recently said: “I hope to go there, not in competition, because now I have to stop, think of writing a new album… So the goal is to be one of the super guests. If they are inviting me, I will be happy. I would love to. Sanremo gave me so much, it was the turning point for me.”
ITALY – While RAI hasn’t confirmed yet that the Sanremo Festival 2018 will be the leading selection choice for the Eurovision Song Contest, the broadcaster announced two changes in the format of the festival itself. Highlights of the changes and developments are:
It is worth to remember that if RAI uses Sanremo Festival for Eurovision 2018 selection, it is not necessary for the festival winner to be the representative of the country as the artist has the right to refuse.
ITALY – It was her team since she was child, and now Francesca Michielin , the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest participant, Francesca Michielin will perform in from of 140,000 people and 20 million viewers at the Italian F1 Grand Prix.
“It’s a crazy thing, I just have to talk about it. Singing the Hymn of Italy is less simple than it seems: they asked me to rearrange it, I was inspired by Woodkid. It will be energetic, always solemn, but cooler. Less marked, more tribal. But anxious, I’m excited.”
Her latest single, Vulcano, is a radio hit already and she explained her experience with a test drive in the Formula 1 with a safety car (which was Ferrari by the way) and she talked about how she fancies the Italian drivers.
When she was invited by Automobile Club Italia and Autodromo Nazionale Monza she immediately accepted, an initiative which started as of the qualification races for the Austrian F1 Grand Prix.
It is the second time that F1 Grand Prix Italy invited a Eurovision participant. In 2015 Il Volo also performed.
Lewis Hamilton has overtaken Sebastian Vettel’s lead in the driver’s championship after claiming a breezy win at Monza. The Brit sat comfortably in first for the majority of the race and looked to be in peak form. Mercedes dominated in Italy this year, taking both first and second place on the podium with Vatteri Bottas.