Saturday, February 09, 2019


Tonight's the final of 69th Festival della Canzone Italiana aka Sanremo. Who's going to win? The race is still very open and the revealed partial votings per night haven't but confused the matters even more. If we go for standing ovations Loredana Bertè should be the winner but she's been unlucky in Sanremo before even though this year it seems like she might do it, there's strange - but well deseerved - let's support Loredana thing going on. While the various groups may have very different preferences the winner is a compromise that must be liked by all of them, unless someone really dominates the televotes, like Ultimo or Il Volo, while press votes for Cristicchi and Mahmood... The top contenders to make the top-10 I suppose are in no particlar order Bertè, Silvestri, Ultimo, Cristicchi, Irama, Il Volo, Nek and Renga not forgetting Arisa, Mahmood, Turci and Carta/Shade. My favorites are Bertè, Mahmood and Irama.
Tonight all 24 for sing again and after the first round the top 3 will be revoted and then we will have the winner. Eurovision has been miraculously mentioned every night (except the 2nd?) and last night they told we will know the Italian represant tonight as well so one wonders has Rai made a decision already in case the winner turns it down?
Tonight's super guests are Eros Ramazzotti with Luis Fonsi and Elisa. Ramazzotti's career started right here, 35 years ago!
Meanwhile the festival continues with solid success: 9,6 million and 46,1% share for the fourth night.

Daniele Silvestri – Argentovivo ***
This one is losing impact with each performance. First one was a slap in face, now it's the same old. Still strong and effective though.
Anna Tatangelo – Le nostre anime di notte ***+
Anna did a good job tonight, as always, and I start to like the song more and more.
Ghemon – Rose viola ** 1/2
This remains rather pleasant and indeed gets better more you hear it.
Negrita – I ragazzi stanno bene *
Yawn, I'm so over this one already...
Ultimo – I tuoi particolari ***1/2
In Irama Vs. Ultimo Irama wins for me. This is pleasant, classic, well performed. And a bit too safe and heard before. Well, hee was giving it all tonight, let's see how far it goes.... Huge applause.
Nek – Mi farò trovare pronto ***
In general I like Nek, but I don't think this is one of his very best songs. I don't like the arrangement that is a bit too confusional is maybe the main reason.
I feel like Bisio often....
Enter Eros Ramazzotti. He has won Newcomers, Big and again Big as composer. Here to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the first win. His new album was released in 100 countries, the incoming tour has 100 dates in 35 countries in 5 continents. I'll be there, too.
Obligatory duet with Baglioni in Adesso tu, his 1986 winning song. And no, Baglioni dosn't fit this one either.... sigh. But W Roma!
Then enters Luis Fonsi for a very chaotic duet, everybody on their feet dancing el ritmo latino!

Loredana Bertè – Cosa ti aspetti da me *****
I have been singing this song the past two days. Enough said.
Another standing ovation. Knowing her story I get almost emotional in front of such adoration for her. She deserves it all and more.
Francesco Renga – Aspetto che torni ***
I'm liking this. Even if generally I'm not his fan. This one has something.
Mahmood – Soldi *****
False start for him, he didn't hear anything in his ear.
What can I say I haven't said already. Love this. Modern, different, original. Yet catchy. I'd love to see this in Eurovision if I can't have Loredana....
Ex-Otago – Solo una canzone **-
Nothing to add. 
Il Volo – Musica che resta ****
Still not their best but passable. They perform it all it's worth.
Virginia Raffaele gets standing ovation for her imitation of most every female artist in Italy.

Paola Turci – L’ultimo ostacolo ****1/2
Paola shows some skin without losing her elegance. The song sounds better with each performance. Another classic in the slow making?
The Zen Circus – L’amore è una dittatura *
I'm bored of this one already, too. Nothingness.
Patty Pravo con Briga – Un po’ come la vita **
This just isn't working, at least live.
Elisa started her singing in Italian career in Sanremo 2001 after recording only in English. She won with Luce, one of the best winneers ever. She's been a top name since.... in both languages. That winner back then was another misseed opportunity to take home the trophy....
Obligatory duet with Baglioni to honor late Luigi Tenco, who committed suicide during the festival 1967 when his song didn't make the final.....
Arisa – Mi sento bene ****
It has taken awhile but I'm slowly finally warming up to this. On record. It's still chaotic and weird. She's out of breath and I don't think she expresses joy and happiness but desperation live, that was tonight a total disaster in every seense possible. Shame.
Irama – La ragazza con il cuore di latta *****
I'm liking this more and more. Some has dismissed this as GemelliDiversi's Mary, but hey I loved that one! He, like Arisa, Il Volo and Nek, has expressed his dream to do Eurovision. I wouldn't mind.
Achille Lauro – Rolls Royce**
Ok, I admit. I hated this with first hearing but now I find it somewhat entertaining in all it's moree is more.
Nino D’Angelo e Livio Cori – Un’altra luce ***+
I still like the atmosphere. It makes me se like a film, and this would be great music for some movie or such, for some long shot, travelling or sitting on a mountain top looking down to the sea, walking in beach..... Such effect this has on me.
Federica Carta con Shade – Senza farlo apposta **
The best part is still the piano intro. The chorus is catchy but otherwise this says nothing to me.
Simone Cristicchi – Abbi cura di me ****
Anothr song that would fit into a movie. Majestic, divane, beautiful arrangement. Even if spoken it's good and you wouldn't even want singing in this one more than there is.
Enrico Nigiotti – Nonno Hollywood **
Nah, I don't warm up this in any particular way. Just a song among others. Singing about taking a pee and "cazzi" though.... with tears in his eyes.
Boomdabash – Per un milione ****
This is like fresh air, a summer wind that blows into Ariston. Feel good. Summer. Gente De Zona light. 
Einar – Parole nuove ***
From Boombadash's reggaeton to Cuban born Einar. If only he had a song like that instead of the typical Sanremo ballad aimed for teenage girls....
Motta – Dov’è l’Italia ***1/2
I think the song is good, but not so sure about him. Well, he wrote it.... what can I say?

Oh wow, what a booing for the results! The audience was chanting Loredana! Loredana! Loredana!
The top 3 is Ultimo, Il Volo and Mahmood and they will be revoted.
I'm very happy for Mahmood but would have changed Il Volo with La Bertè.
And the show won't really go on as people keep chanting Loredana.....
13. Ex-Otago
14. Motta
15. Francesco Renga
16. Paola Turci
17. Zen Circus
18. Federica Carta e Shade
19. Nek
20. Negrita
21. Parry Pravo e Briga
22. Anna Tatangelo
23. Einar
24. Nino D'Angelo e Livio Cori

Daniele Silvestri wins both special awards, Mia Martini and Lucio Dalla,
Simone Cristicchi wins the award for the best performance
Best lyrics award to Daniele Silvestri
Best music award to Simone Cristicchi
The most streamed song award to Ultimo

3. Il Volo  25,5% (only televote 39,4%)
2. Ultimo 35,6% (only televote 46,5%)
winner is Mahmood!!!! 38,9% (only televote 14,1%, so expert jury and press center secured his win)

Below is my ranking according the points (1-5) 
given after each performance this week:

Mahmood 20
Loredana Berté 20
Irama 17
Paola Turci 16,5
Il Volo 15,5
S Cristicchi 15
Boomdabash 14,5
Francesco Renga 13,5
Ultimo 13,5
D'Angelo/Cori 13+
Nek 13
Motta 12,5
Arisa 12
Ghemon 10,5
Anna Tatangelo 10+
Daniele Silvestri 10
Einar 10
Enrico Nigiotti 8
Negrita 7
F Carta/Shade 7
Ex-Otago 7-
Pravo/Briga 7
Achille Lauro 6
Zen Circus 4

And here are the official votings:
final night
.... and the rest is available here for example

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