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Olivier Rocher from France
I cannot be objective now, I’ve always loved Italian songs. This country sticks to the idea of Eurovision as a song contest, not an extravaganza, and always send good singer. The only time they’ve tried to make a big show, back in 2014, they failed and ruined a good song. After last years “stolen” victory, Italy is back on tracks! “No Degree Of Separation” is a true Italian song, where melody and performer are in the spotlight. Luckily enough, only few lyrics will be performed in English, so the song has been saved from wild revamping. Like Jamie-Lee, Francesca is a true performer that does not need a wind machine or pyros to touch the audience. Once again, the 3rd entry from Big 5 is a simple one. I do hope this will do very good on the big night, because quality deserves Eurovision recognition…
Fred Medeiros from United Kingdom
Last year Italy won the televoting by a long way but the juries took away their trophy. Il Volo were unique in last year’s contest which is why it stood out. No Degree of Separation by Francesca Michielin is a lovely song and truly Italian in style but it lacks that “je ne sais quoi” to be extraordinary. She has a beautiful tone to her voice but with this song I think Italy will struggle.
Luka Popovic from Serbia
My biggest disappointment with Italy is that the song is not entirely sung in English. Fraccesca has a beautiful and powerful voice and is signing in one of the most beautiful languages in the world, so I see the English part completely unnecessary and unnatural, as if it was put in just for the sake of putting a verse in English into the song. Other than that, I think it is a great entry and believe it has been somewhat underrated. A true Italian song, minus the English.
*oikopanel is consisted of Fotis Konstantopoulos (Greece), Morten Kaiser (Denmark), Jaime Solloso (Spain), Olivier Rocher (France), Victor Cruz Lafuente (Spain), Luka Popovic (Serbia), Alenka Alexandrovic (Switzerland) and Andreas Athanasiou (Greece)