Thursday, February 07, 2019


Sanremo is in midway and tonight the other half of songs will be performed and voted for the second time. Tonight's guest stars are Antonello Venditti, Ornella Vanoni, Alessandra Amoroso, Eurovision veterans Raf and Umberto Tozzi, Fabio Rovazzi, Serena Rossi (paying hommage to Mia Martini who she played in a television movie “Io sono Mia”) and comic Paolo Cevoli.
Yesterday night was totally stolen by Marco Mengoni, and Virginia Raffaele finally had a chance to shine in her comic Carmen. That came thankfully after Michelle Hunziker was on stage and totally stole her thunder with Bisio. If Mengoni got a standing ovation so did Loredana Bertè who is reaching out for the lion under palm tree trophy for real this time. And it would be about the time, too, and I wouldn't mind her taking the ticket to Tel Aviv as well. How fun that would be? Her sister  Domenica Berté aka Mia Martini did it twice, let her make it a Bertè tris. 
The viewing figures remain high but not breaking records (47,3% and average of 9,144.000 with peak of over 14 million) and Baglioni is already talking about his possible return for the third year in 2020....

Mahmood – Soldi *****
I'm liking this more and more and if I could choose I'd send him to Eurovision right now. Original artist who deserves all the success in the world. Somehow he reminds me of early Mango, who had a sound different from anyone else and production completely different from the music at the time. Love the hand clapping gimmik in the live!
Enrico Nigiotti – Nonno Hollywood **
Nostalgic. I suppoee this can be wonderful when you are in the right mood. Maybe I'm not in that right now. I feel boredom.... oh, did I see a tear in his eye during the applause? Aww...
Then Virginia showed again the best of her by imitating a broken grammofon.... This is what she's made for, not hosting the show! (Did she sing "Satana, satana, satana"?!)
After Virginia's fabulous number we don't go on with the competition but invite Antonello Venditti on stage to celebrate his best seller album's 40th anniversary. Sigh. And obligatory duet with Baglioni.

Anna Tatangelo – Le nostre anime di notte **
Anna is also a name worth Eurovision with a right song. This maybe isn't it even if there's nothing wrong with it. Or maybe that's it, it's too safe. She can sing, she looks stunning and tv loves her. She deserves better songs and peoplee who don't concentrate on gossip of her love life but on her voice and the song.
And right after her Virginia and Bisio remind us about Eurovision - though saying Ermal and Fabrizio were third last year.... Hmmm.... But hey, Eurovision mentioned already twice! :-)
Ultimo – I tuoi particolari ***
And after Eurovision speech we have the biggest favorite to win and get the ticket. At least if you ask most everyone, he should be a sure top-3. The song is pleasant but is it strong enough? Would it work in Europe and without the support of Italian fanbase? Who knows?
Francesco Renga – Aspetto che torni ***
This must be the first Renga song I reeally like... or is it thee music video shot in Torino where I just spent a wonderful holidays? Anyways, he sings well, is on easy on stage like no one else. The song is pretty and universal. But propably he ends up in midtable, or a bit above but not higher than that this time.
Menahile in other news: Sergey Lazarev for Eurovision again confirmed.

Irama – La ragazza con il cuore di latta ****
The other big favorite. I think I likee this more, the spoken verses explode in catchy chorus. Ad gospel choir and lyrics about domestic violance and other heavy stuff. This is becoming my favorite along with La Bertè.
Time for Alessandra Amoroso. Solo and in duet with Baglioni. I have never cared for her music, and tonight's no exception.... She also never dared to come into competition.... Super guest? Mah...
Ornella Vanoni arguing and blaming her alter ego Virginia imitator ruining her life on stage is just fantastic crazy! And then they sing and kiss and make up.
Patty Pravo con Briga – Un po’ come la vita *
This song is a mess, not helped by Pravo's goofiness. Maybe it works on studio.
Simone Cristicchi – Abbi cura di me ****
This song stops. I mean you stop and listen. Beautiful. He might be in Top-3 again. Maybe. Standing ovation and wet eyes in the end.....
Boomdabash – Per un milione ****
Italian Gente De Zona Light with their catchy reggaeton hits home with me this second time. It's official: one of my favorites. The audience in Teatro was clapping and waving along... Could they be the surprise...?
Next on stage Eurovision veterans Raf and Umberto Tozzi singing a medley of their hits. Everyone on their feet hands in the air!
Stage full of gente di mare <3 p="">
Motta – Dov’è l’Italia ***
I'm liking this one more now, too. I like the song and arrangement, his singing less. 
Zen Circus – L’amore è una dittatura *
Yawn... can't find anything to say about this....
Nino D’Angelo e Livio Cori – Un’altra luce ***
I like the atmosphere of this song, and the hint of ethnic. But this isn't really going nowhere but it doesn't matter. It's a moment I can crap, unlike in some other songs. Singing in Napoletan is always a nice extra.
Enters Rovazzi and invades the Teatro
Followed by Mia Martini tribute by Serena Rossi

Tonight's partial vots are delivered by the Press center
... and they are as predictable as everything else so far this year....

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