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On Saturday 4th April, the Grandmaster's Suite at the Hilton Hotel played host to Sanremo Junior Malta 2015, a national selection process in which a panel of professional judges selected three (3) artists from three (3) different age brackets, to represent Malta in Sanremo Junior 2015, held on the 15th April 2015 at the Ariston Theatre in Italy, whilst accompanied by an orchestra.

Albert-Lauren Agius and Christina Magrin, students of Gillian Attard at La Voix Academy as well as Isaac Mercieca, student of Pamela Bezzina at Vocal Booth Studios have won their respective categories and the opportunity to represent Malta at Sanremo Junior 2015. Apart from the category winners as chosen by the panel of professional judges, there were also prizes given to the public choice, as chosen by the public viewers on television, and the audience in the hall, as well as the categorical results chosen by a special kids jury, whose results did not bear too much difference from those of the professional panel of judges.

Professional Jury

Category A1: Albert-Lauren Agius with "E’ la Mia Vita"

Category A2: Christina Magrin with "Mamma Knows Best"

Category A3: Isaac Mercieca with "Clown"


Public Choice Award

Chanelle Cardona with "And I'm Telling You"


Televoting Award

 Albert-Lauren Agius with "E’ la Mia Vita"


Kids Jury

Category A1: Martina Cutajar with "Let It Go"

Category A2: Christina Magrin with "Mamma Knows Best"

Category A3: Kelsey Farrugia with "Strange Birds"

The show, hosted by Elaine Saliba with the support of magician Gwylim Bugeja was broadcast directly through Television Malta (TVM), not only incorporated a total of twenty-five (25) participants, but also featured a number of highly acclaimed guests amongst which Kurt Calleja, Monia RussoDestiny Chukunyere, Laetitia Amodio, Karl Luke Schembri, Kylie Meilak, Sebastian Calleja, CentreStage Academy, St Michael Foundation and winner of Holland’s Got Talent 2014, Amira Willighagen. Sanremo Junior is organised by Societs Kismet srl and is turning six (6) this year. The selection process in Malta is led by Antonella Vassallo of Stand Out Events. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: Sanremo Junior Malta, Emil Calleja Bayliss (image)


Il Volo, an operatic-pop trio, comprising of Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto, and Gianluca Ginoble have just been revealed as winners of the 2015 Sanremo. Their song entitled "Grande Amore", written by Francesco Boccia and Ciro Esposito managed to beat stiff competition from pre-competition favourite, Nek and his song "Fatti Avante Amore", written by Nek, Luca Chiaravalli, Andrea Bonomo and Luigi Fazio.

As a result of their overwhelming victory, with initial reports stating that they managed to win both the televoting and the professional jury, Il Volo will represent Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest. It is has also been confirmed that "Grande Amore" will be their entry, having also successfully international exposure, peaking at number #1 in Malta's Official iTunes Chart.

Once more, escflashmalta.com would like to thank a select number of people who offered their time to contribute as guest bloggers during the 2015 Sanremo including; Audrey Marie, Karen DeBattista, Andrew Zahra, Marilena Gauci and Brooke. We urge you to stay tuned for all the latest news about the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna, Austria.

Source: RAI


In 1951, following the aftermath of the Second World War, it was decided that a music competition was to be held, eyeing to strengthen the economy and lighten up the mood. It is quite remarkable, that the same competition, Sanremo, is still running strong in 2015. During the course of the next 5 days, Italy will not only be showcasing the best their local music scene is known to offer, but will also provide lots of entertainment, even courtesy of foreign guests.

With such a strong following in Malta, escflashmalta.com has enlisted the support of five celebrities in Malta, all of whom are familiar faces in the music industry, who will help assess the quality of the songs, and also the vocalists, in what has been coined the most reputable line-up for the Sanremo Music Festival in years.


During the first night (10th February), the dubious honour will be given to Audrey Marie Bartolo, a female vocalist from Gozo, who has made it through to the finals of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, L-Għanja tal-Poplu and the Summer Hit Song Contest on multiple occasions, whilst also having had the opportunity to participate in the Malta Eurosong competition back in 2010 with “Good Intentions” written by Rita Pace and Miriam Christine.


During the second night (11th February), the chosen celebrity blogger is Karen DeBattista, another female vocalist, who requires no introduction, having been a finalist in the Summer Hit Song Contest, the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza and the latest esition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the song “12, Baker Street”. She gained fame and credibility for her triumph in the 2014 L-Għanja tal-Poplu with the song “Jien Ma Naħdimx” written by Mark Scicluna and Rita Pace. She is a signatoree of Ironic PR & Artist Management.


During the third night (12th February), our special guest will be none other than male songwriter, Andrew Zahra, whose songwriting credits include “Fomm il-Vjolin”, winning entry of the International Festival of Maltese Song in 2001, “L-Arka tal-Liberta” winning entry of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza 2004 and “Stejjer”, a fan-favourite entry during the International Festival of Maltese Song in 2013, amongst others.


During the fourth night (13th February), the tapped special guest will be none other than Marilena Gauci, a female vocalist whose first ascent to fame came back in 2004, when she represented Malta at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest as part of the Young Talent Team. Since then, she has made it through to the final of the Summer Hit Song Contest on multiple occasions, as well as reaching the first runner-up slot at the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza twice, and also reaching the final stages of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest twice. She is a signatoree of Ironic PR & Artist Management.


During the fifth and final night (14th February), Editor-In-Chief Marc Calleja Bayliss, and special guest blogger, Brooke. The female singer/songwriter whose hit songs include “Fairytale”, “Bingo”, “Young and Free” and “Love Not War” is currently based in the United Kingdom, but has always made positive headlines in Malta, especially having been recognised by both the Bay Music Awards and the Malta Music Awards, on multiple occasions.


Annalisa Scarrone - Una finestra fra le stelle

Malika Ayane - Adesso e qui

Marco Masini - Che giorno è

Chiara Galiazzo - Straordinario

Gianluca Grignani - Sogni infranti

Nek - Fatti avanti amore

Nina Zilli - Sola

Dear Jack - Il mondo explode

Alex Britti - Un attimo importante

Biggio & Mandelli (I soliti Idioti) - Vita d'inferno

Moreno - Oggi ti parlo cosi

Bianca Atzei - Il solo al mondo

Raf - Come una favola

Lara Fabian - Voce

Grazia Di Michele & Platinette (Mauro Coruzzi) - Io sono una finestra

Il Volo - Grande amore

Anna Tatangelo - Libera

Nesli - Buona fortuna amore

Irene Grandi - Un vento senza nome

Lorenzo Fragola - Siamo Uguali

Nuove Proposte

Serena Brancale - Galleggiare

Giovanni Caccamo - Ritornerò da te

Kaligola - Oltre il giardino

KuTso - Elisa

Enrico Nigiotti - Qualcosa da decidere

Rakele - Io non lo so cos'è l'amore 

Amara - Credo

Chanty - Ritornerai

All the LIVE blogging will be done through the Official Accounts on Facebook and Twitter, so whilst urging you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com as the main portal, we hope that you will follow our comments throughout the rest of the week, and also share your opinion on the songs competing in Sanremo. The winner of the ‘Campioni’ will also have the first right of refusal to represent Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015.

Source: escflashmalta.com


In 2015, the prestigious Italian Festival, Sanremo wlil take place between the 10th and the 14th February, with the main host being none other than Carlo Conti, one of the most popular television presenters on RAI Uno, mainly known for the quiz show "L'Eredita". Earlier today, during the afternoon, the artists, and the song titles were announced in a television programme, ending the endless speculation all over the internet, and the media in general.

One of the most interesting points it that rather than 16 entries, there will be 20, in order to ascertain a good level of talent, in terms of musicianship, and songwriting. Nevertheless, on the final night of the week long competition, only 16 will be in contention with 4 being eliminated during the first 3 nights. The finalists will then be eligible to represent Italy in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna, Austria. 

Annalisa Scarrone - Una finestra fra le stelle

Malika Ayane - Adesso e qui

Marco Masini - Che giorno è

Chiara Galiazzo - Straordinario

Gianluca Grignani - Sogni infranti

Nek - Fatti avanti amore

Nina Zilli - Sola

Dear Jack - Il mondo explode

Alex Britti - Un attimo importante

Biggio & Mandelli (I soliti Idioti) - Vita d'inferno

Moreno - Oggi ti parlo cosi

Bianca Atzei - Il solo al mondo

Raf - Come una favola

Lara Fabian - Voce

Grazia Di Michele & Platinette (Mauro Coruzzi) - Io sono una finestra

Il Volo - Grande amore

Anna Tatangelo - Libera

Nesli - Buona fortuna amore

Irene Grandi - Un vento senza nome

Lorenzo Fragola - Siamo Uguali

The list features a number of veterans, and newcomers, but of course, the one name which causes the most intrigue is surely the one of Lara Fabian, a worldwide star from Canada, who is now based in Belgium and France. and who represented Luxembourg in the 1988 Eurovision Song Contest with the song "Croire" finishing in 4th place. Other former representatives include RAF who represented Italy in the 1987 Eurovision Song Contest with "Gente di Mare" as well as Nina Zilli who also represented Italy in the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest with "L'Amore e Femmina". We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: RAI


The prestigious Italian Festival will next year take place between the 10th and the 14th February, hosted by none other than Carlo Conti, who is one of the most popular TV presenters on RAI 1, mainly known for the quiz show “L’Eredita”.

Infact, Conti himself has just recently published a sort of handbook for the festival, which will also include some new concepts. The festival will yet again be divided into two categories, mainly the “Giovani” (Italy’s upcoming talent) and the “Campioni” (Famous Italian singers). Unlike the previous years, the “Campioni” will be competing with one song and not two. The shows will be divided as follows:

10th February 2015: 8 “Campioni” will premiere their songs and 4 “Giovani” will do the same (2 will proceed to the semifinal round held on 12/02)

11th February 2015: 8 remaining “Campioni” will premiere theirs songs and the next 4 “Giovani” will do the same (2 will proceed to the semifinal round held on 12/02)

12th February 2015: The 16 “Campioni” will perform cover versions of famous songs, normally in a duet. The 4 “Giovani” will be heard again and 2 will proceed to the final.

13th February 2015: the 16 “Campioni” will fight for 12 spots in the grand final. “Giovani” final will be held on this day.

14th February 2015: “I Campioni” final

Neitherless, each night will be a one to remember, in which the competition will be infused with a number of special guests, whom will be announced most probably sometime around January 2015. For the first time ever, during the 2015 edition of Sanremo, the public can also vote via internet and also through an application, which for the Italians is a huge step forward indeed! Here pops the question - how will the votes be shared then? I have your answer below.


In the first rounds, the public (50%) and the accredited journalists (50%) will vote. In the semifinals and finals, the vote will be split between the public (40%), an expert jury (30%) and an opinion poll panel (30%). Yes, Italians are sophisticated and confusing indeed. Last but not least, the winner of the festival, that is the “Campioni” winner, willbe automatically chosen to wave the Italian flag in Vienna at the Eurovision Song Contest. 

And (yes, there is an ‘and’!) if the winner decided not to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest, no worries, RAI will hold an internal selection as a special committee will select the artist. Italians surely know “how to do it best”! J Let’s eagerly wait for the artists to be revealed now ... and get to hear some really good, and yes, romantic music I guess (maybe it will be the theme for the final night, seeing that is is falling on Valentine’s day). We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: RAI


In a relatively surprise move, it has been revealed that the winning artist of Sanremo 2015 will have the opportunity to represent Italy at the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna, Austria. Since returning to the international competition back in 2011, Italy has been extremely successful, finishing in the top ten on three occasions, only failing to do so, when Emma Marrone and her entry "La Mia Citta" could only garner 21st place.

RAI, the national broadcaster responsible for the participation of Italy had always made it's selection pertaining to the list of artists available in Sanremo, but went ahead with an internal selection in 2014, opting for a female artist who is extremely successful, and having been triumphant in the 2013 edition of Sanremo. Italy's most recent success in the Eurovision Song Contest came in 2011 when Raphael Gualazzi and his entry "Madness of Love" finishing in second place. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the 2015 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna, Austria.

Source: RAI



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.


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.


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.


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!


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.


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!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

RAI, a public broadcaster in Italy, responsible for Italy’s participation at the Eurovision Song Contest has taken to the media to reveal the names of the artists competing in next years’ edition of Sanremo, which in turn has been the selection pool for the international showcase for the past two (2) years. As a matter of fact, it was Nina Zilli who carried the flag in 2012 with the song L’Amore e Femmina with Marco Mengoni doing the honours earlier this year with his entry L’Essenziale. Both managed a top ten placing but it is to be noted that Italy does expect to win the near future.

At this point in time, it is unknown whether RAI will be putting forward this competition as a selection process in the manner that has been conducted in recent years, with rumours of an internal selection brewing up with every passing day. Nevertheless, escflashmalta.com is proud to cover Sanremo, an event which is followed by a large part of the population due to the popularity of the artists within the general music scene. The selection of the artisti was in the hands of a panel of experts, which included; Fabio Fazio, Claudio Fasulo, Pietro Galeotti, Massimo Martelli, Francesco Piccolo, Stefano Senardi, Michele Serra and Mauro Pagani


(Lentamente / Controvento)


(Bagnati dal Sole / Un Uomo e’ un Albero)

Raphael Gualazzi ft Bloody Beetroots

(Liberi o No / Tanto Ci Sei)


(L’Unica / L’Italia Visti dal Bar)

Christiano de Andre

(Invisibili / Il Cielo e’ Vuoto)

Renzo Rubino

(Ora / Per Sempre e Poi Basta)

Frankie Hi-Nrg

(Pedala / Un Uomo e’ Vivo)

Giuliano Palma

(Cosi’ Lontano)

Riccardo Sinigallia

(Prima di Andare Via / Una Rigenerazione)

Antonella Ruggiero

(Quando Balliamo / Da Lontano)

Giusi Ferreri

(L’Amore Possiede il Bene / Ti Porto a Cena Con Me)

Francesco Renga

(A Un Isolato Da Te / Vivendo Adesso)

Francesco Sarcina

(Nel Tuo Sorriso / In Questa Citta’)


(Un Abbraccio Unico / Sing in the Rain)

As you might have realised, the system for next years’ Sanremo will be similar to this years’, with each of the fourteen acts performing a total of two (2) entries each on the first night and with the public and the orchestra selecting the best song to go forward with for the rest of the week which will feature a second performance, as well as an evening of celebration and duets. From the list, one recognizable name is that of Raphael Gualazzi who represented Italy at the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2011 with Follia d’Amore, finishing in second place. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: RAI


RAI, the broadcaster responsible for the Italian participation in the Eurovision Song Contest is known to have been the mastermind behind the idea of a music competition by virtue of presenting their own national formula in a sense of grandeur. The showcase known as Sanremo is being held for the sixty-third (63rd) time this evening and it seems to be growing in popularity considering that the fourth night managed to attract around eleven and a half million viewers. This evening, the renowned Italian town of Sanremo will be hosting the final night, and thus, all of the artists competing in this years' Campioni category will take to the stage to perform their entries, the ones which the public and the press thought were best to take them to the resounding stages of the competition. As always, the show could be seen through the official website of the broadcaster but the official website of the Eurovision Song Contest is also offering a webcast this evening.

This years' edition of Sanremo is being organised by Fabio Fazio, a renowned television presenter who is leading the showcase for the third year in his career. He is joined by Luciana Littizetto, a comedian who knows when it has become too much of a thing and thus been very light and funny at the same time. RAI 1 has been doing a marvelous job this week and should be commended on such a formal, positive presentation of a world renowned showcase. It is garnering popularity due to the effort put in and therefore, this evening, the viewing figures should be well through the roof. This running order of this evening is going to be uploaded as the show progresses and it will surely be interesting to see who will shine through this evening. Multiple guests are expected amongst them, Andrea Bocelli, the world renowned tenor who won the Giovani Section a couple of years back. 

The Show (Part 1)

The pre-show for Sanremo has just come to an end and following a round of adverts, it is expected that the show will commence. The logo of the European Broadcasting Union has just been showcased and the sponsors of the competition are currently being shown on screen. As always, the Ariston Theatre looking stunning and grand and it seems that this evenings' opening will include a montage of orchestras playing, which will most likely lead to the orchestra of Sanremo playing the same tune but wait, the audience are applauding and Fabio Fazio quickly takes to the stage, in the attire that he has been using for all of the except for yesterday. He hands the conductor his equipment and a grand opening indeed as the orchestra plays a signature classical tune. Indeed, that was slick and wonderful, setting the right tone. 

Fabio Fazio is back on stage and introduces the maestro before welcoming the crowd and the television audience to the final evening of Sanremo. Luciana Littizetto is introduced onto the stage and se is wearing a black shirt, black trousers and a large butterfly costume in honour of the butterfly that Belen Rodriguez showed during last years' edition of Sanremo. Following yet another round of adverts, we're back in the theatre and might commence the show sometime soon especially now having changed into a stunning red and black dress which suits her beautifully! Well, the hosts are both speaking about the running order of the evening as well as the tele-voting which will account for around 25% of the votes this evening. The voting is officially open and therefore the performances can begin.

Raphael Gualazzi: Sai (ci basta un sogno)

The first performance of the evening comes from the former representative at the Eurovision Song Contest, Raphael Gualazzi who seemed to have more charisma in the past. He is playing the piano and is wearing a black suit, minus the bow-tie or the tie, leaving the top button open. The lighting is dark blue and the camera work is just right. The vocals are just right this evening and he seems to have left his power for this evenings' performance especially having literally ruined Luce last night. This is a beautiful song but nevertheless, not expecting him to be chosen to head to the Eurovision Song Contesty once more. I love how the song picks up and everything is live with such a masterful orchestra.

Almamegretta: Mamma non lo sa

I am not the biggest fan of this group but nevertheless, they did win my respect for their stunning performance last night, especially by bringing in their amazing guest female star. Clad in urban clothing gone formal, they are doing the best they could with the genre, which seems to be very much a fusion of pop and r'n'b really. The vocals are hoarse, and sound extremely Italian but they do suit the genre once more and therefore, make up the perfect compilation. This is a strong performance and one has to admire the electric guitar within the performance, as it seems to be the item that indeed gives it an edge. They will not be winning this evening neither will they head to the Eurovision Song Contest.

Daniele Silvestri: A bocca chiusa 

This is one of the favourites with the press this evening especially due to the fact that it has a meaning behind it's message, one which is very much understood beyond the boundaries of music. Daniele takes to the stage on the piano, wearing a dark suit and he is joined on stage by another male individual who is renacting the song through sign language and this is coming across really well on screen. The vocals by Daniele are just overwhelming and they are so good, that you listen to each of the lyrics as they are performed. Epic! He is literally showering the audience with emotion this evening! All of the people on stage are now doing sign language and the people are rather enjoying this element! This is beautiful and silent in the hall as they listen to every word. Well done, this might win but will not be heading to Eurovision!

Modà: Se si potesse non morire

Modà are the fourth act this evening and they are seen to be the ones to beat considering that they have been runners-up of the competition just two years ago alongside Emma. The lead performer is wearing a completely black suit and whilst he starts performing with a microphone stand, he removes it early on and feels the emotion of the song running high and it seems that this is going to be quite the evening. This is a ballad which is built up well through violins. The band give the song authenticity and make it whoel really with their lead oozing charisma throughout the performance. This is wonderful and another contender. It would be fabolous to have this group at the Eurovision Song Contest but I doubt it.

The Show (Part 2)

The hosts are back on stage and speak about the foundation created in the honour of Mike Buongiorno before introducing their second guest of the evening, Balti, a renowned model who shows her beautiful body through a stunning dress. Another long break in between the songs it seems as the conversation between the guest and the hosts continues to flourish. Many comedic moments it seems considering that smiles are all round.

Simone Cristicchi: La prima volta (che sono morto) 

Starting the song off with the title has never really gone down well in my books but it seems that this is one of those songs where you have to pay attention to the lyrics. Italians have been known to be extremely sentimental and their most successful songs are actually those which have a message. Simone won the 2007 Sanremo competition and he takes to a dark stage lit in white only on his persona with the best vocals he has provided all week. The audience is enjoying this performance and some claps were heard mid-way. His conversation mid-way through the song works wonders and despite being a beautifully written track, I cannot see it succeeding this evening. Nevertheless, congratulations in order as I am loving the whole staging of this.

Maria Nazionale: E’ colpa mia

The first couple of notes are clearly copied from Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word by Elton John but then it changes completely because the sultry vocals of Maria Nazionale literally make you listen to what she is performing. One is clearly reminded of Pastora Soler because it is a similar genre, and as a matter of fact many did not realise Maria is Italian. This evening, she is wearing a beautiful floorlength blue gown which suits her skin tone perfectly. The track is a ballad, one which builds up relatively slowly but which the public have grown to enjoy. At some parts, it is so slow that it feels like she is talking to the public. The vocals are strong and at their best, despite never faltering throughout the week. This is beautiful, stunning and should go far if justice is served. Huge applause!

Annalisa: Scintille

The first real uptempo track of the evening is Scintille and it is performed by a potential Eurovision Song Contest representative according to our sources. Annalisa has finally got her fashion sense right considering that she is wearing a beautiful green dress complete with a skirt. The vocals are once more really strong and I wouldn't mind her taking this track to the competition abroad. Last night, she performed with last years' winner, Emma Marrone because they were both students of Amici Di Maria de Filippi. This is a really strong song to be honest and should actually do well with the juries following a bout of slow songs. The public are currently putting this in third place and therefore, a respectably large applause is expected, and indeed, it is well given. 

The Show (Part 3)

As always, the hosts of this evenings' showcase are stting on the steps of the stage, something which has become somewhat a custom in this years' edition of Sanremo. I am honestly going to miss Luciana Littizetto, having somewhat been watching her throughout the weak. Her squeaky voice will not really be missed but her astonishing character will definitely. The hosts are bantering between them but suddenly, it is only Luciana who is left on stage and she is chatting directly with the audience who laugh at every turn possible prior to an applause. She continues her chat with the audience as the orchestra plays background music, meaning that she is most likely telling them a story. A signoro Foster takes to the stage as one of the intervals this evening.

Max Gazze': Sotto Casa

Well, it seems that Max Gazze has managed to scare Fabio Fazio, who did not realise that Max is actually wearing a contact lense in one particular eye. This genre has become extremely typical in Italy in recent years following its introduction by the likes of Malika Ayane and Arisa who are both notable individuals for the music scene. I must say that whilst I have not really been keen on this track, there is an aura of eletronica and rock that I seem to enjoy. This is really not an easy track because the musical tones are going up and down constantly yet Max is handling it like a pro and it sounds really well. He is definitely not heading to the Eurovision Song Contest but well done on a stunning performance which scared many this evening! Gazze gets the crowd going and as it reaches the end, he orchestrated the crowd into a routine clap as well as performing themselves.

The Show (Part 4)

Well, the guests are seemingly popular in Sanremo as another one is introduced and this one seems to be a sportsman, one who looks close to an ogre with that that much hair on his head and his face. There are joking about the earlier butterfly outfit it seems especially because of the furore that was caused by Belen Rodriguez last year. The hall is really going for this because the humour is well understood and it seems that honour plays a part in the performance of each guest really because as soon as he opens his mouth, suddenly, the audience applauds. Nevertheless, wouldn't have introduced a guest just after one performance and a long-ish break just before!

Chiara Galiazzo: Il futuro che sarà

Galiazzo is currently in fourth place with the public this evening and this pop/jazz number is clearly not everyones' cup of tea but nevertheless, it seems to have a new lease of life this evening maybe because the presentation looks more superior. The performer is wearing a beautiful black dress, which is well suited to the body and skin tone. I do not believe that the violinist was being seen before but nevertheless, he gets shown in this performance. The vocals are at their best and following last nights' murder of the Mia Martini classic, she is back to performing what suits her the most and that is pop. This sounds far better this evening and wouldn't mind hearing this at the Eurovision Song Contest considering that indeed it is a favourite as a whole package.

Marta sui Tubi: Vorrei

The opening notes of this performance are very reminiscent of the tracks that are currently being released by the group Fun whose success has recently been recognised at the Grammy Awards. Marta Sui Tubi did not really rank high in my expectations because their addition to the competition was definitely to increase an area demographic, particular to their specific pop/rock genre, which seemed to be lacking in the performers that made up the competition. The vocals by the lead performer are quite good this evening, and doesn't really over do it, which is also a positive. This is a strong performance but they will not trouble the top three this evening.

The Show (Part 5)

Biancha Balti and Luciana take to the stage once more and they seem to have become friends backstage but where is Fazio? Oh there he is coming down the stairs after an orchestrated entrance, with a song which seems to be well dedicated to all the men in the audience. The hosting duties are somewhat well divided now it seems, because Biancha seems to have taken centre stage and all three of them introduce the next act, being none other than Malika Ayane who became popular in the scene not too long ago.

Malika Ayane: E se poi

Malika Ayane is wearing a floor-length black gown and her hair is the only element standing out because the bright yellow/white locks have a lasting effect on the audience it seems. The song is quite slow and we are back to ballads, having seen several uptempo numbers in a row this evening and the vocals are strong, as normal by Malika. She does not have a lot to prove anymore having achieved resounding success in recent years. The performance is simple and she is just aided by stunning visuals behind her. Malika is one of the artists touted to be heading to the Eurovision Song Contest but the problem is that such a song might be forgotten at the event.

The Show (Part 6)

Once more, Fabio Fazio is back on stage and he introduces his next guest on stage, and once more, he seems to be a comedian. Therefore, it seems that if you would like to be a comedian, try not to go to Italy because you might not find work considering how many are seemingly taking to the Sanremo stage. The audience is clapping everytime he utters anything and thus it may prove to be a good thing to take up the profession in Italy. Stunning, he is shouting at them and they clap as well. Another extremely long break ongoing!

Elio e le storie tese: La canzone mononota

Elio is the lead performer of this group and this is set to be quite the comical entry, continuing the trend of this evenings' guests really. He is clad in extremely formal attire for the first time this week. This is a ballad in the beginning but suddenly becomes an up-tempo entry which people start to dance along to and funnily enough, it seems that they gone for a different setting this evening because the track sounds more big band than it used to and funnily enough, sounds much better. They will be trying to win more votes with this presentation. The vocals are strong and people cannot help but enjoy this performance especially due to the fact thart when you think it ihas come to an end, it just continues and thus the applause mid-way through works wonders. I wouldn't be surprised by this doing well tonight.

Marco Mengoni: L'Essenziale


Marco Mengoni receives huge applause prior to walking out on stage and he has decided to ditch the weird hairstyle that he had last night in favour of one without a quiff but nevertheless, he still looks dashing, and young in a dark suit, fashionable as ever in violet/burgundy. This evening, he is literally putting everything into the performance and it seems that the orchestra have changed their arrangement slightly for the overall outcome. The vocals are extremely strong and I would not be surprised that if chosen to represent Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest, he would go with this song. This was just stunning and he might just manage to win the votes of the jury because he has the public in the palm of his hand. The crowd is chanting his name.

Simona Molinari con Peter Cincotti: La Felicita'

Once more, a slight change in the opening chords for this evenings' performance and it seems that Simona Molinaro has stolen Nina Zilli's outfit from the Eurovision Song Contest and is performing this catchy little ditty of a number in the best possible way. It is incredible that with everyone competing this evening, the game has been upped a lot. The male vocals are well needed in this song and Peter does an amazing job with that bit of reverb inserted to give it a bit of electronic touch. This is the type of Charleston genre which the Maltese grew accustomed to thanks to Janvil as a matter of fact. This performance is breathtaking, well done! I mean, it could very much be a dark horse this evening and it would not be out of place at the Eurovision Song Contest, indeed! 

The Show (Part 7)

Fabio Fazio, the producer of this years' showcase is currently on stage and he has closed the tele-voting but nevertheless, he explains that the system this year, if I understood correctly, will be 50% Tele-Voting and 50% Jury-Voting and therefore, it is quite important to vote. The top three will be announced in a super-final soon enough and the vote will be held once more. Another international guest now, in the form of the world renowned tenor, Andrea Bocelli! I cannot believe I am saying this but Birdy is performing at Sanremo and she is doing Skinny Love, what a remarkable performance!

Premio Della Critica 'Mia Martini' - Elio e le storie tese: La canzone mononota

Premio Migliore ArrangamentoElio e le storie tese: La canzone mononota (Peppe Vessichio) 

Our hosts this evening are now singing prior to announcing the super-finalists. A montage of the city of Sanremo is currently being shown, once more prior to the announcement of the super-finalists and the confirmation of Marco Mengoni as the Eurovision Song Contest representative. Well, the moment that everyone has been waiting for, the announcement of the super-finalists as per the order of the running order they performed within.

Elio e le storie tese: La canzone mononota

In my opinion, despite them being extremely fun to watch and listen, they are the surprising act in the top three but nevertheless, the jury were on the same frame as the critics it seems and the winners of all of the awards thus far are through to perform once more! It seems that this performance is slightly subdued considering that they wtook it up a notch earlier on this evening but nevertheless, they are enjoying themselves. The female backing vocalists are a nice addition. The mixture of genres works brilliantly and could this be a surprise winner? I would definitely not rule it out considering that it has amassed notable awards. The applause mid-way through once more and Elio continues with the performance. Whoa! His higher register is spot on!

Modà: Se si potesse non morire 

Well, this was the expected qualifier this evening, most likely achieving second place in both the jury and the public vote and the audience are enjoying this performance considering that they applauding just a bit after the song commenced. The lead singer has been on form this evening and his vocals are hitting the right notes, the way they should sound. The track in itself is a ballad which evolves as it goes along but one can instantly note that there is a twang of country in certain parts, emphasized through an acoustic guitar. The orchestra enjoy playing this song really, it shows because it is musically strong. The conductor, Adriano Pennino produced the Bosnian entry at the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest. This is a masterful performance from the group and I would not be surprised should this come out as a winner especially if they come second with the juries and the public vote.

Marco Mengoni: L'Essenziale

Marco Mengoni, the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest representative is receiving a strong reaction in the hall for his entry and I believe they might just torch the venue should he not be named the winner this evening. The staging is all in purple, and he compliments it with his attire, a burgundy suit. The song, a ballad is clearly reminiscent of some of the tracks that have won the Sanremo competition in the past and that is quite important, because these elements are definitely always looked at, when the jury is voting. He seems to be the public favourite but what about them, is he appealing to the critics this evening? If so, he might just manage to pull off this victory. He gave his all earlier on this evening and whilst I believe that he is more relaxed this time round, he is still giving a strong performance.

The Show (Part 8)

Luciana Littizzetto is back on stage alongside Marco Mengoni and it seems that there around seven minutes of voting time left. Remember, that the public has around 50% of the final voting this evening. Marco Mengoni will be winning those but nevertheless, the runners-up will somewhat be intriguing to make up the mixture of the 50% set to be put forward by the panel of renowned critics. This might be one of the most intriguing Sanremo results in years. The winner of this years' edition of Sanremo is none other than Marco Mengoni with the track L'Essenziale. So this is a double victory, as Mengoni will be going to the Eurovision Song Contest and he is the winning of Sanremo. This does add to the credibility of the competition.

RAI, the notable Italian broadcaster who is a member of the elite five at the Eurovision Song Contest has proudly committed to the event in recent years but nevertheless, still hosts a music festival for the Italian music industry with the beginnings of the European competition lying solely on the success of Sanremo. This evening, the renowned Italian town will once more be hosting an evening filled with music and it will be quite an entertaining evening due to the fact that artists competing in this years' Campioni category will take to the stage to perform some of the most notable hits from the history of the showcase. In the meantime, the final four of the Giovani will compete for that elite prize, one which will catapult them to fame in the industry.


This years' edition of Sanremo is being organised by Fabio Fazio, a renowned television presenter who is leading the showcase for the third year in his career. He is joined by Luciana Littizetto, a comedian who knows when it has become too much of a thing and thus been very light and funny at the same time. Her squeaky voice has not gone down well with international viewers but nevertheless, she does indeed get the job down. RAI 1 has been the broadcaster taking lead over the coverage and as a matter of fact, with around ten million viewers in Italy viewing last nights' proceedings, it is still extremely popular and many will tune in once more to see how the evening unravels. The running order for this evenings' show could be seen below and the international public could view the show through the official website of the broadcaster.

The Show (Part 1)

Luciana Littizetto and Fabio Fazio come down the stairs for this evenings' hosting duties and for the first time this week, the male host is wearing a completely different suit, probably due to the fact that this evening is somewhat more significant. He is joined by a lady who squeaks like Minnie Mouse but is wearing a beautiful cream dress. The hosts are somewhat prolonging their opening speech today but nevertheless, they do state that this is a historic evening in which the youngsters will fight to win the competition whilst the established ones will have their take on notable classics.

Running Order (Campioni) 

Malika Ayane con Paolo Vecchione e Thomas Signorelli: “Cosa hai messo nel caffè

Malika Ayani is the first artist to take to the stage and she is wearing a sleek beautiful black dress whilst being accompanied by two male dancers. The staging is just beautiful featuring blue and pruple and it seems that one will be relaxing quite a bit tonight because this showcase is just a reminder of the beautiful history that Sanremo has been proud to offer. The vocals are slick, and right on point and that has been the case with Malika throughout the rest of the week. It is quite intriguing to see this performance develop.

Daniele Silvestri: Piazza grande

Daniele Silvestri is one of the favourites for this years' edition of Sanremo and that is quite easy to denote especially due to the fact that he is presenting a specific message in his entry. Nevertheless, this evening, he has decided to take an intriguing track, away from the piano and more in the element of Lucio Dalla. The vocals are just beautiful and one just enjoys himself listening to the tracks that have made the history of the competition a reality.  He decided to take to the stage by himself actually and that makes it more unique in terms of presentation.

Annalisa Scarrone con Emma Marrone: Per Elisa



Annalisa, another contender to head to the Eurovision Song Contest is joined on stage by Emma Marrone, last years' winner of Sanremo and they are both clad in black clothing for this evenings' showcase. Per Elisa is one of my favourite tracks in Italians and the orchestra is clearly spot on with the performance considering that this track has a lot of violins. The vocals are both strong and strangely enough blend in well together, Both girls are the output of Amici and thus, it shows that some strong talent has been found over the years. A beautiful performance!

Marta sui Tubi con Antonella Ruggiero: Nessuno

Marta Sui Tubi are clearly trying to win back some respect with me personally after having the people listen to their atrocious entry throughout this years' Sanremo competition. The stage is dark, green and blue and they have a guest in the form of Antonella Ruggiero who is clearly the star of this performance. She is clad in dark attire and is wearing a flower on her hair. Her sultry Italian vocals are just stunning and she should take his spot in the competition with a song of her liking as long as her vocals are showcased. The lead performer of Marta Sui Tubi is accompanying her well. It turns into an umtempo number and I quite like this.

Raphael Gualazzi: Luce (tramonti a nord est)

Raphael Gualazzi is doing what may be my favourite ever song in Italian, Luce by the stunning Elisa and he is definitely giving it his touch. He is sitting down on the piano as always, and his eyes are closed and looks like he is constipated, something which does not come across very well. I cannot believe it but despite being a great performer, Luca will always remain best in its respective version and not in a weird jazz like version which is barely understandable. It is hurtful to say it, but he ruined it completely and this has got to be the worst performance of the evening. I really hope that things improve from here on end, because he might have just tarnished his victory chances for tomorrow.

Modà con Adriano Pennino: Io che non vivo

Moda are one of the most popular bands in Italy at the moment and this is shown with their runner-up finish in Sanremo just a couple of years back whilst also being second in tele-voting at the moment. The lead artist has a beautiful pitch to his vocals, and he takes on a remarkable track, giving it a slight rock touch. Io Che Non Vivo is a beautiful track and will definitely stick into the minds of people when the evening comes to an end. With several light changes throughout that performace, have to say, it was pretty incredible and clearly shows Raphael Gualazzi how a take on a song should sound like.

Simone Cristicchi: Canzone per te

Simone is renowned for his big hair and also for winning the 2007 edition of Sanremo but it is remarkable that he has gone for an extreme classic for this evenings' performance. Wearing a classic blaxk suit, he seems to always be sick with rosy cheeky and a red nose but nevertheless, that does not take away anything from his talent, stunning crystal clear vocals this evening. He has been improving with every night this week. The people are enjoying this performance and mid-way through decide to clap. The strings section in the orchestra.

Simona Molinari con Peter Cincotti e Franco Cerri: Tua

Peter Cincotti and Simona Molianari have really ranked high in my estimations as of late and I have been quite impressed with the overall performances they have given this week and this evening is nothing short of breathtaking. They are giving a sultry performance of a classic and with stripped backing in terms of orchestra, it sounds even more beautiful. Such songs have lived through the course of time and their performances tonight reflect on their appreciation by the leading stars in the industry. This was stunning, and heartfelt.

Maria Nazionale con Mauro di Domenico: Perdere l’amore

Perdere L'Amore has got to be the most beautiful song ever and I must say, that I am writing this knowing what a stunning performance Lara Fabian tends to give. Maria Nazionale is in a league of her own and the two vocals are distinct and both beautiful in their own way. The orchestra has decided to adapt the song to the vocals of Maria and nevertheless, there is a certain element of professionalism and lust about the whole presentation. The staging is kept quite dark with blue and red being used. Her tight dress suits her and she is enjoying every second. A class of her own!

Marco Mengoni: Ciao amore ciao

Marco Mengoni is becoming more and more likely to represent Italy at the Eurovision Song Contest because he is keen on the idea of expanding his career beyond national borders. He is wearing a black suits and keeps very traditional within his performance. Backing vocalists give the track definition but this is the type of song which he should really be singing because that performance was just stunning. An emotional Marco Mengoni finishes off the performance and it shows that this is a track which means a lot to him!

Elio e le storie tese con Rocco Siffredi: Un bacio piccolissimo

The Big Band Brothers would definitely be proud of this performance because following a retrospect introduction come Elio e Storia Tese. All of the members of the group members somewhat have extremely large minds and they have no problem showing them and this is more of an image issue really, giving them distinction amongst the other acts. The song seems to be a mixture of genres and this is coming across nicely on screen. Mid-way through, they have a conversation with the same man who introduced them and the performance continues. They are just mad, but I like them and this performance is great!

Max Gazzè: Ma che freddo fa

Max Gazze, an artist who barely needs any introduction having achieved success during the past two decades. His outfit resembles that of a circus master this evening and turning around to view it in full, it seems that he might have killed a peacock for the back feathers. This is a great vocal performance though and therefore, Max is continuing the trend of great performances this evening. The audience were not really moved with the performance though but nevertheless, they applaud at the end as expected. That was the twelfth performance of the evening and next up will be Chiara.

Chiara Galiazzo: Almeno tu nell’universo

Chiara, still the odds on favourite to win this years' edition of Sanremo is set to sing the ultimate Italian classic, Almenu Tu Nell Universo wearing a long black dress. The winner of the last edition of the X Factor is somewhat lacking the skills to perform this particular song and she sounds at times extremely nasal but nevertheless, she does give it her all. It seems that her soft vocals are just not ready to perform such material and this is the second carcrash following Raphael Gualazzi. The stage is shining in blue lights during this performance and the people are not enjoying this, despite being an overwhelming classic.

Almamegretta & James Senese: Il ragazzo della via Gluck 

Almamegretta have seriously become the joke of the competition because they seem out of touch with regards to the stage and have somewhat presented material which has not really gone down well with the public hence their disappointing tele-voting result. They are joined by Italian James Senese this evening and it seems that this is a mixture of reggae and rap, whilst this is supposed to reflect history and once more, another track is currently being butchered on television. How disappointing when one considers that this was a night of respect towards the great Italian industry!

Running Order (Giovani)  

Following a number of extended breaks, our hosts for the whole week are currently introducing the final of the 'Giovani' this evening and a matter of fact, half of the votes will be decided by tele-voting with the other half being within the hands of a professional panel of judges. Each participant has a conductor and one of them will be crowned winner at the end of the evening.

Antonio Maggio: Mi servirebbe sapere

 A brilliant track and Antonio seems extremely confident of his performance as he takes to the stage wearing a dark suit with a studded purple bow-tie. The genre of the song is slightly unexplainable really although one could instantly get the element that Malika has seemed to have introduced to the seen, made even more popular by Arisa in recent years. The vocals this evening are much better than yesterday and I believe that this could be crowned as the winner at the end of the evening. The male backing vocal is really a qiuant addition to the whole setup. This is coming across as great, and whatever happens, this will chart well. 

Ilaria Porceddu: In equilibrio

The first line of the song is performed without any music but it does indeed introduce something completely different because Ilaria Porcheddu has been coined to be the revelation of this years' Sanremo and the use of various instruments throughout the performance should be praised. It seems that she spent a lot of money on the dress because it returns for a second appearance this evening. She is performing the track well though and her pristine vocals which could also carry her to the finish line in first place. It is well worth noting how strong the competition is! Once more, Italy has found a star within this category and her name is Ilaria!

Blastema: Dietro l'intima ragione

OK! I have no clue how to comment on this song once more having literally obliterated this one during the performance that took place two days ago. I just cannot understand where this pop/rock song is heading, especially with such dire vocals. The staging is the only element which one denotes as brilliant because the change in genres throughout is well noted. Coming after two masterpieces, this sounds absolutely inferior and one would not understand how things came in this manner because there were better songs on the first night. Nevertheless, it is here and should finish in fourth (last) place!

Renzo Rubino: Il postino (amami uomo)

The fourth and final entry from the Giovani section is currently performing on the grand stage of Sanremo. The music is somewhat very similar to what the local people here in Malta would associate with the Għanja tal-Poplu competition which is extremely traditional. Raphael Gualazzi is the first name that comes to mind when I see Renzo Rubino performing his entry but nevertheless he connects much better with the camera and once more, the addition of a tenor as a backing vocal is a good idea because it gives the song an edge. This would have most likely done really well in the context of the Giovani category but Ilaria and Antonio are superior.


Prize for Contribution towards the Italian Language: Il Cile

'Mia Martini' Critics Award: Renzo Rubino

Giovani Award: Antonio Maggio

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