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Wednesday, 15 February 2012 18:56

Italy: Sanremo 2012 - Day 2: LIVE

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Good evening dear readers, or better, ‘Buona sera’! Welcome to the second night of one of the most  prestigious festivals around Europe, Sanremo! The 62nd edition of this festival, spread over 5 nights, is being held, as usual, in the Ariston Theatre. The first edition of the Sanremo Music Festival, held between 29 and 31 January 1951, was broadcast by Rai Radio 1 and its only two participants were Nilla Pizzi and Achille Togliani. Starting from 1955, all the editions of the Festival have been broadcast live by the Italian TV station Rai 1.

The festival has been used as the way of choosing the Italian entry to the Eurovision Song Contest from 1956 to 1966, in 1972, 1997 and 2011 (Raphael Gualazzi, Giovani winner). It has also launched the careers of many very famous Italian singers, including Andrea Bocelli, Paola e Chiara, Giorgia, Laura Pausini, Eros Ramazzotti and Gigliola Cinquetti. Last night, all of the participants in the 'festival' category meaning fourteen (14) performed their entries but because of a problem in the voting of the people, no one was eliminated. There was also controversy surrounding Celetano's monologue which attacked morality and the Church as an institution it seems. Nevertheless, this evening all of the artists in the 'festival' and 'giovani' categories will perform live with the orchestra. 4 songs from the 'Big' category will be eliminated after yesterday's fail in the voting system, in which 2 songs were supposes to be eliminated, thus making tonight's competition more tense. Two 'sfide dirette' will see the elimination of 1 one of the 'SanremoSocial' songs. It will surely be an interesting night to watch out, thus, keep yourself tuned here for all the top news! :)

Another spectacular dance show opens the second night, which theme is 'racism', with the dancers painted from head to toe in black or white. The dancers start the routine separated, but when they get closer to each other, one can note how the paint spreads on each one of them, thus emphasizing the importance of 'equality'.

The 'Big' Competition (Part 1)

Nina Zilli - Per Sempre (Casalino, Zilli)

Change of outfit tonight. Not bad, very original, better than yesterday at least. A classical opening to tonight's competition. A true Sanremo song. I love the 'calming' melody of this song. Her voice is at the top, and the violins in the bridge give it more that 'Sanremo' touch. Wonderful.

Arisa - La Notte (Giuseppe Anastasi)

Lady in Black. Stunning look, modern, yet classical. The song speaks alone, Arisa's 'softish' voice makes the melody even more mellowing. The electric guitar gives it a modern twist, but it's another classical Italian song. This new style definintely suits her. Keep it up Arisa.

Gigi d'Alessio/Loredana Berte` - Respirare (D'Alessio, D'Agostino)

Rock look for both of them. Hmmm, tonight I have to admit it, I'm liking this song a bit more, though I'm still not sure about Berte`'s voice. It has an upbeat tempo which I quite like. Can be a surprise.

PierDavide Carone ft. Lucio Dalla - Nani (Carone, Dalla)

Such a sweet song. Traditional meets Modernism. Dalla's voice give it that Napoletean touch. This is the kind of song Dalla writes. Carone has a very powerful voice though. Second time listening to it, and it sounds better.

Sfida Giovani 1

Alessandro Casillo - E` Vero Che Ci Sei (Fratelli Bassi)

Excitement at its best I guess. Started off unfortunately. Personally, I don't find his voice that stunning, but, he's only 15 years old, his voice is yet to mature. The song is quite flowing ... casual or sporty look dear Alessandro? I guess he didn't know what look to grab thus he decided to bring the best out of both them. The lyrics are a pure love poem. As the song proceeds, his voice seems to settle down. He is much loved by the Italian teen girls after his participation in 'Io Canto', transmitted on Canale 5.

Giordana Angi - Incognita` Poesia (Giordana Angi)

She's just 18 years old ... but she is a really mature lady and an already mature singer. Simple, yet stunning song. Very powerful lyrics, and she seems she put the excitment at the back.

>>> RESULT: ALESSANDRO CASILLO PASSED.

Matia Bazaar - Sei Tu

Beautiful red dress from the lead singer. She has a very powerful voice indeed, but the song doesn't let her expand it that much. Pity.

Eugenio Finardi - E Tu Lo Chiamo Dio (Roberta Di Lorenzo)

The 'Roberto Vecchioni' inspired song, but it sounds so perfect. 'Vorrei volare ma non posso' starts the song ... but the melody, the lyrics and his voice makes us fly and enjoy 3 beautiful minutes indeed. Finardi puts so much emotions whilst singing.

Sfida Giovani 2

IOHOSEMPREVOGLIA - Incredibile (Vittoria Naci)

Classical pop song ... they seem a very united band. They sound great, modern look, though the lead singer is a bit shaky ...

Celeste Gaia - E`

The song describes her ideal man ... Carlo with green eyes. Too teenagish look I guess ... A very particular song, not bad though ... catchy.

>>> RESULT: IOHOSEMPREVOGLIA PASSED

Emma - Non E` l'Inferno

Sounding even more strong today. Her look compliments this very powerful song. The song talks about the social and economic problems ... and Emma pronounces each and and every single word so strong. Great interpretation. Emma is musically growing so much.

Marlene Kuntz - Canzone Per Un Figlio

And once again, I can't understand what he's saying!!! But it seems that the lyrics are mainly based on finding happiness. A big no no song ... sorry.

Irene Fornaciari - Grande Mistero (Davide Van De Sfroos)

Particular voice, powerful song, very 'Van De Sfroos' style ... don't know if the Italians truly love this type of song though.

Samuele Bersani - Un Pallone (Samuale Bersani)

Just the lyrics make it a good song. Nothing else.

Interval Act/s

Very poor today. Belen Rodriguez and Elisabetta Canalis take over a bit the show, and they finally introduce the feminine co-presenter, Ivana Mrazova. And two 'comics' try to sing ... At least, today it is characterised by music and not 'parole, parole, parole' ... !

P.S - Ok, you have a nice tattoo Belen ... under that skirt. No need to show-off ...

Sfida Giovani 3

Erica Mou - Nella Vasca Da Bagno Del Tempo (Erica Mou)

So sweet! She's sitting down on a stool, playing the guitar, her voice is a bit shaky at times, but very 'Sanremo' style. I love it :)

Bidiel - Sono un Errore

No, too 'babyish', too simple, too 'English' inspired. May be ok for Eurovision though ...

>>> RESULT: ERICA MOU PASSED

Chiara Civello - Al Posto Del Mondo (Civello, Teira)

ahhhh what a shocking pink dress ... great contrast from yesterday's classical look. This is what I call real music ... that tango-ish touch is just a wow ... she seems so into the song. Another great performance from Civello. She really wants to impress the Italians.

Noemi - Sono Solo Parole (Fabrizio Moro)

'Voce Rock' ... that's supposed to be her. Beautiful black dress tonight, classical, yet modern. But that 'rosso fuoco' hair is a bit too much my dear. I'm liking the song though ... very Fabrizio Moro style ... remember him winning the Giovani section with 'Pensa' ... very rockish? His style matches completely Noemi's, and yes, it's turning out to be a song on the lookout ... although the song starts a bit too low for her.

Sfida Giovani 4

Marco Guazzone - Guasto

Not a strong start. A sweet start on the piano, a sweet and a very particular song indeed. Beautiful interpretation, some shaky instances, but quite good.

Gulia Anania - La mail che non ti ho scritto

Immediately catchy. Shaky voice. Singing a love mail ... her voice remains shaky throughout the whole performance.

>>> RESULT: MARCO GUAZZONE PASSED

Francesco Renga - La Tua Bellezza (Renga, Mancino, Rani)

I have to admit it ... I love this guy, I adore his voice. He's dressed smart/casual ... that tiny 'shakyness' in the beginning ... but otherwise, it's the perfect love poem. A very difficult song to sing, particularly because of his high-pitched voice.

DolceNera - Ci Vediamo A Casa (DolceNera)

Dressed in black tonight, I love the dress! Another feminine strong voice! Strong lyrics ... and she sings out every single word so clear. Guess she is even better than Emma ...

>>>THE 10 QUALIFIED FINALISTS:

CHIARA CIVELLO,

EUGENIO FINARDI,

SAMUALE BERSANI,

NINA ZILLI,

MATIA BAZAAR,

DOLCENERA,

ARISA,

FRANCESCO RENGA,

NOEMI,

EMMA.



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