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Buona Notte! Sanremo is back, and is bigger than ever! In the past two (2) evenings, the fourteen (14) artists competing in the Campioni section, and representative of the established music scene in Italy took to the stage, performing two (2) songs each with the Press and the Public deciding which of the songs should get through. Tonight! All of the fourteen (14) artists in the Campioni section will return to the stage to perform the songs that got through following the first round of voting.

Fabio Fazio and Luciana Littizetto will be the hosts for the evening, as they have been for the first two (2) evenings of the event. As always, there will be a number of guests present including the renowned vocalist; Renzo Arbore who was present in Malta not too long ago. The stage, is representative of the old days, when music was considered to be even more prestigious than the present day. All the songs are played with a major orchestra, under the tutelage of several maestros, whether male or female.

The Show (Part 1)

Fabio Fazio is currently on stage, speaking to our opening act of the evening, or rather the Maestro directing a beautiful piece of classical music in celebrating the recent speeches made by the renowned designer, Renzo Piano. Currently, Fabio is introducing the tele-voting numbers and the running order for the rest of the evenings that lie ahead. Luciana Littizetto is introduced onto the stage, and she seems to be in a brilliant mood this evening, as she makes fun of some of the artisti.

Renzo Rubino - Ora

Visibly less nervous than he was during the first night of the competition, Renzo Rubino is playing the piano whilst clad in a dark blue suit. The first impression of this song is that it could very much be a radio hit, and it seems to have incorporated the same high level of energy required for it to succeed. Renzo was a newcomer to the scene just a couple of months ago and did not even win the Nuovo section, finishing in second place. 

I will not lie, would have preferred his second song to go through but nevertheless, this is still a very good track and one which I would have also enjoyed at the Eurovision Song Contest. The reason being that it has a specific sound, one which is not that much available in mainstream music. Well done to Renzo and this is a fantastic start to the competition this evening.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgT4h-Fv7l8

Giusy Ferreri - Ti porto a cena con me

Giusy, a true class act, and one who seems to be enjoying her return to the stage of Sanremo. She is wearing what seems to be a short zebra print dress, albeit in mint but it suits her figure perfectly. The stage is bathed in green and the orchestra are creating a wonderful vibe for this entry. The vocals are much more assured today and this seems to be the typical type of song which is assured a top three position at the end of the week.

The emotion is just wonderful and Giusy is feeling the lyrics of her song to each and every syllable. I was not too sure of her songs in this years' Sanremo but I can understand them much better and I cannot help but admire the professionality of the artist. Impressed! Seriously am! She made a huge leap in terms of quality over just a day and a bit and that means a lot in the music industry. She just went up there, and this has officially become a contender in my eyes.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1fZ4Zi8syk

Frankie Hi-NRG - Pedala

I will be super honest, and denounce rap as one of the lowest forms of music that could be presented unless done in a manner where it could be original. Meaningful lyrics should be added to musical prowess and not to such music. Frankie is apparently a popular rapper in Italy but even the image is wrong. Since when do rapper where extremely expensive looking suits? but of course, this is Sanremo!

Both of his entries, presented during the first night of the competition were flat, awful and just plain boring but one of them had to get through. The backing vocalists are echoing the title of the song more several occasions, making it even MORE annoying that it already is. I am sorry but I just cannot find a positive element in this song and that is just my opinion but I believe that such music should not be given importance in such an elegant and formal event.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgJ78qNY7DU

Raphael Gualazzi ft Bloody Beetroots - Liberi o No

In 2011, Raphael Gualazzi kicked off his career at the Eurovision Song Contest, finishing in second place and has never looked back since then, going onto release more than one studio album and is ready to kick-off this brand new  collaboration with the Bloody Beetroots. There is a gospel choir on stage, and that seems to prove somewhat interesting, adding to the final quality of the song.

There is something absolutely special about the way that the song is being presented, and whether it is Raphael on the piano with his wonderful voice or the Bloody Beetroots playing the guitar, I have no clue but it just works and I would not be surprised if the press go for this entry because it is just beautiful, musically! Today, the performance is much stronger than it was earlier this week!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KBkDzFbw-0

Cristiano De André - Il cielo è vuoto

One of the most relaxed entries in this years’ edition of Sanremo and starts in the form of a monologue, one which is aided through some very calming music. Cristiano then starts to get into the melody better, and suddenly, one could feel the audience also understands the melody better. This is the type of songs that tends to do well in Sanremo though and in a Melodifestivalen set-up, one could very much see the use of effective lighting. 

The staging is to be commended and well done to the producer and RAI Television for putting up some an amazing showcase for the Italian Music Industry. This song is not my cup of tea as it just gets by you in an instant. It would be ideal to listen to this song whilst drinking a hot cappucino or maybe a drink at the bar but other than that, I cannot see it’s wider appeal.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=plGt_Km9AaI

Francesco Sarcina - Nel tuo sorriso

One of the male vocalists whom despite actually being known for being the lead vocalist of a popular band, is somewhat new to the scene as a soloist and this could very much affect his credibility as a performer. Nevertheless, clad in a black suit, one which is very much envisaged in Italy, Francesco is enjoying his time on stage. The vocals are spot on and he seems to be much more at ease than he was earlier on this week.

I am not too sure that the general public will go for this type of pop/rock entry especially when it comes to Sanremo, where females have somewhat dominated in recent years, albeit Marco Mengoni who was pretty much the exception. Nevertheless, this is beautifully executed and deserves recognition by the press. Had I been there as a member of the press, I would have definitely given this one a high mark. Well Done Francesco!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0LoQT2ZeUQ

Pertubazione - L'Unica

Another pop/rock type of group but the difference this time round is that the audience for this particular track seems to be much more limited than the previous one. The lead vocalist is wearing a suit, as are most of the men this evening, please take note if performing in a national final across Europe. The band are definitely getting the vibe of the song although the music is a bit too simplistic for my liking. 

Dull! I just cannot believe how the organisers of Sanremo and Fabio Fazio in particular would let certain groups and artists take part in the competition and ultimately demean the show into something which it is not. Anyways, this just sails away into the abyss.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BO-62OJATiU

Francesco Renga - Vivendo adesso

Elisa, a former winner of Sanremo is the songwriter of this entry, one which evolves beautifully. RAI are really showing that they appreciate this entry in the manner that the camera shots are being acted upon. Francesco is truly a class act and clad in a black suit, he performs on a stage bathed in purple and yellow lighting. The vocals are good, and he is also very much enjoying his time on stage. The idea of a competition is seemingly not present today, ascertaining positive performances from all artists.

Francesco Renga is the typical Italian male vocalist; beard included and all but it is an image which works even with the song. He is seemingly passionate and that is why, the lyrics are very much being understood even through the movement. I must say that Sanremo is improving based on the performances of the artists, especially knowing what the songs are and the quality is just above average at best. Wonderful performance! I truly enjoyed that and I did not really like it the first time round.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7XFpxTgV1c

Riccardo Sinigallia - Prima di andare via

My My! It seems that Riccardo is very much the older version of Francesco Renga and he also imitated the style of clothing. There is a certain aura surrounding the artist, but nevertheless, this song is just plain boring and does not do it for me, at least not in the confines of a competition. It does have some interesting moments but they are not enough to keep the flame going throughout the whole track.

It is quite funny that Riccardo Sinigallia who does not have a difficult song to sing, is actually somewhat out of tune throughout parts of the song, unless that is his vocal range, but I am clearly not a fan. Technically speaking, he is the third act I would not have selected to get through to the final list presented by Fabio Fazio and RAI earlier this year. Nevertheless, here he is, ready to try and launch as a soloist.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1bR1F-LqHrg

Noemi - Bagnati del Sole

It was two (2) years ago when Noemi finished in third place during Sanremo, having given an astonishing performance of her entry Sono Solo Parole but unfortunately, this years' song is nowhere near that prowess. Noemi has toned down her look and has gone for the longer hair along with a more subtle type of gown, dark blue, and slightly black. The look works wonders and hopefully detracts attention from her vocals.

I do not remember Noemi being the most outstanding vocalist in Italy but nevertheless, this is completely out of tune and she does not seem to realise that she is just not hitting the notes. She is enjoying the performance though as she bounces around on the stage. The additional aid of backing vocalists is just immense and give the song a required punch.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTYSpoO8d2A

Antonella Ruggiero - Da Lontano

I Evighet by Elisabeth Andreassen is the first song that comes to mind in hearing Antonella Ruggiero especially in the beautiful head voice she emits. She has taken to the stage like a subtle diva in dark attire, suited for her physique. The attention though is all about her voice and how it compliments the orchestra. There seems to be a simulataneous merge. 

This is going to divide public opinion due to the fact that the song is a bit too simplistic but the vocals are just superb. It is a stunning piece when it comes together, one which I totally see the press supporting when it comes to the vote. The ending is subtle, calm and very rewarding to the Italian music scene. This was a powerful presentation and required after a relatively long period of time-off.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8GSz7HeFRw

Arisa - Controvento

Clad in a grey/silver type of dress, the camera work has seemingly been improved upon and what is this? Arisa is seemingly much more confident in her performance this evening. The public are enjoying this performance as much as I am, having had the opportunity to applaud the singer/songwriter in the middle of the song. Her vocals are stunning and I could understand why Sanremo would select this entry rather than her other song presented during the first night.

I had the opportunity to obtain her just release studio album and I must say that there is such a beautiful mixture of songs, in different genres and such. I am going to call it! It will be Arisa who will win this years' Sanremo, at least, the public vote for sure and I seriously hope that the press do not abandon her. We all know she was the true winner two (2) years ago with La Notte peaking at number #1 for weeks on end.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPrKYs2iDKQ

Ron - Sing in the Rain

Well, it seems that there has to be a song with a title in English, and this year, it belongs to Ron who showed clear support towards this entry after tele-voting came to a close. Should this have been a national final, this would have been the winner considering the whistling, a la Switzerland as well as last years' Danish winner. Ron is smiling throughout the performance, whilst wearing a suit and playing a guitar.

It has a feel good type of vibe, somewhat similar to that evoked by Firelight and Gianluca, Malta's representatives in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 and 2013, respectively. I do not know about it competing in Sanremo but I do not mind it at all.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0x-qOsTGrDg

Giuliano Palma - Cosi Lontano

We are down to the final entry of this evening, and this is written by Nina Zilli who represented Italy in the 2012 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. As a matter of fact, one could definitely listen to her work clearly by virtue of that Amy Winehouse feel in the music.

Giuliano Palma might not be the best man to perform this song though, I mean he seems to be lacking that certain rasp to the voice. Nina Zilli would suit her own work much more, giving it that special something, and boosting this song into a possible winner. It seems that it resembles Per Sempre a tad too much.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSG6X9Ftz0A

The Show (Part 2)

Well, due to the fact that we did not cover the songs of the Giovani last night, we decided to keep fair and then cover the whole final. In the meantime, we would like to thank you for tuning into escflashmalta.com for another evening of LIVE reporting, today from Sanremo. We urge you to join us in a couple of hours, as we follow this evenings' proceedings, which will see some of the most prolific songs in Italy being performed as the best of the industry is celebrated.

Published in Sanremo