We are in full turmoil on the Italian side. Four days that the hearts of Italians and Eurofans beat to the frenzied rhythm of the looooooooong but passionate evenings of the Sanremo Festival. Tonight, we will finally know the end of this great story. You have listened to the thirty songs that shake the walls of the Ariston theater on repeat. Loreen did it too (actually, it’s me oops)! And she is preparing to deliver her verdict.
Note: the comments and notes that you will read below are those of the author of these lines. Any different opinion is as valid as mine, we all have different tastes and that is the beauty of such competitions. You are of course invited to express your opinion in comments.
The order will be based on that of the first evening. You have my very first impressions below, as I discover the titles for the very first time, just for you!
Clara – Diamanti grezzi
The winner of Sanremo Giovani once again shows the charisma she demonstrates on stage. Her impeccable interpretation captures attention from the first seconds until the explosion with an irresistible, striking, heady pop chorus. Clara brings what Italy does best with this typical Italian phrasing and a resolutely modern pop. Heavy entry!
Sangiovanni – Finiscimi
Sangiovanni offers us a beautiful ballad, very elegant in its composition while bringing this melancholy aspect, both in the way it is interpreted and in its manner. His very slightly scratchy voice supports the chorus. Nevertheless, Finiscimi really lacks an impulse. Very pleasant to the ear without worrying anyone.
Fiorella Mannoia – Mariposa
In two seconds, Fiorella Mannoia sets the tone of what makes her identity. This inhabited interpretation, his ability to bring each of his words to life with his particular grain of voice. Nice surprise to discover a very modern and pop title. The downside is that the title ultimately doesn’t evolve that much. The only thing that breaks the basic rhythm a little are the “ouch ouch ouch” which are not the most beautiful effect. Strong but not enough…
The Sad – Autodistruttivo
I was expecting an explosive song from La Sad. I have to admit that I’m disappointed, while the verses promised a good rise, the chorus falls like a soufflé. The constant movement of the three members on stage makes things more confusing and their assumed punk rock attitudes do not fit with the rhythm of a song that is ultimately “quiet” and inoffensive. I still praise the song’s message about suicide.
Irama – You no
When Irama does Irama… He is equal to himself, just perfect vocally. But at some point you have to change discs, especially when You no becomes for me the weakest song he presented. The song is content to settle into the safe genre of the gentle ballad and struggles to take off. Things only get interesting from 2min30 onwards, except that I had time to lose interest before… Missed opportunity for Irama.
Ghali – Casa mia
Ghali brings a rap track, with very slight disco accents. The title stands out a little from the others due to its composition but clearly lacks impact. It holds my attention very little, as soon as I finish listening, I have already forgotten it. I am no longer able to link Casa mia for its hippopotamus seal mascot (??), which is clearly not the basic objective.
Negramaro – Ricominciamo tutto
Negramao chooses a rock ballad. Sanremo is full of them and inevitably Ricominciamo tutto will suffer the comparison. The title doesn’t offer anything new in the genre yet. But it struggles to stand out from other titles due to its much more classic character. Nothing to reproach with the interpretation of Negramaro who even comes to grab me in his high notes in the last two seconds. But it’s just the last two seconds…
Annalisa – Sincerely
Annalisa is clearly one of the best choices for Eurovision! The title is a bomb, heady and driving to death with a powerful and already iconic chorus. The repetition of a “quanto” which grabs the attention directly before launching into a wild dance. Annalisa is impressively charismatic, she shows the attitude of a strong woman, who knows where she is and how to catch our interest.
Mahmood – Tuta gold
Mahmood returns with what he does best, an urban pop rap track. We directly find his grain of voice and his sometimes offbeat but powerful rhythm. The chorus is particularly powerful with this successful acceleration of rhythm. Mahmood still offers something very solid and irresistible but well below its Soldi And Brividi for one simple reason: it lacks the X factor that really sets it apart.
Diodato – You see
If you knew how much I would really like to see him at Eurovision. But it won’t be this year. Nothing to complain about You see but nothing to really compliment either. The strong point of the title is Diodato himself, very convincing and inhabited but he cannot do miracles to a ballad without artifice, which moreover marks a musical bridge to the Fai Rumore.
Loredana Bertè – Pazza
Loredana Bertè is a monument that built on the kind of music that is Pazza but she managed to include this modern and impactful side. The first thirty seconds are very pleasant and bode for the best. Then I realize that it goes around in a loop, in the same rhythm, in the same interpretation. Ultimately, I’m half a fig, half a grape. And I was already starting to get bored at the end… However, his success and the support of the press will send him far in this Sanremo…
Geolier – I p’ me, you p’ you »
An urban rap performance which doesn’t look basic but which is very sincerely solid. The whispered – spoken – rapped – sung variations bring a welcome change that accompanies until the end of the song. But I’m waiting for something that will wake everything up without it ever happening.
Alessandra Amoroso – Fino to whom
We are on a song of great class in the image of its interpreter. I salute the elegance but I do not salute the absence of risk-taking and the voice which lacks originality on a chorus around which is built Fino to whom. Really too bad, there was potential that was not exploited.
The Kolors – A ragazzo, a ragazza
Yes! A breath of fresh air! If you want to do modern rock, take inspiration from The Kolors. Everything is a bomb in this song, from the festive atmosphere to the changes in intonation, including this little dance movement at the start of the chorus. An image that remains anchored in my head on repeat. Really, this song does a lot of good.
Angelina Mango – The drowning
Particularly anticipated, it did not disappoint! Angelina Mango is certainly the revelation of this Sanremo with her La Noia poles apart…. just boredom. The song suffers from no downtime, filling every moment with a dynamic, even “dynamite” performance. Angelina Mango covers all the repertoires while linking them in a very convincing way, even risking an a cappella moment. The other best choice with Annalisa!
Il Volo – Capolavoro
Very beautiful song from Il Volo which, despite an operatic repertoire which can be disconcerting, always manages to bring their titles back into something meaningful and current. Capolavoro doesn’t revolutionize anything, we hear, but the interpretation of the three members is fair and touching and makes me want to listen to the song again. It won’t be the best choice but it’s already very good.
Big mama – La rabbia non ti basta
BigMama, I know you can do better than that! The title is good, it’s punchy but too discordant in certain parts and doesn’t send where it should send. It could have been a unifying title, in the end it just contented itself with being good without panicking the counters.
Ricchi e Poveri – My non tutta la vita
I love them ! In two seconds, they give you an impossible smile. The title takes the best of what we like in a song: fun, punchy, humor, joy, self-deprecation, rhythm, dance. I was talking about being unifying, here is a group that has understood what it is to unite people. It’s not competitive though so it will miss the 3 Loreens for that reason…
Emma – Apnea
Emma leaves me in awe. She is resplendent on the Sanremo stage and as always she gives 200% in her song. His presence and personality are enough to push this very pop and radio-friendly title further. It has no place to go in the rankings but it brings a welcome moment!
Renga e Nek – Pazzo tells you
The two long-time friends always had voices that touched me. Which explains my appetite for this type of song, particularly with a mixture of male voices which works well. Afterwards, I won’t lie to you: Pazzo tells you has nothing unique, has nothing that stands out more than another song.