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Tuesday, 14 February 2012 19:26

Italy: Sanremo 2012 - Day 1: LIVE

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Good evening dear readers, or better, ‘Buona sera’! Welcome to the first 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. The only thing I can anticipate from tonight is, that we will get to listen ALL the 14 songs of the ‘Big’ category, and unfortunately, we will also see the first two eliminations, but don’t panic! On Thursday night, 2 out of the 4 eliminated songs will be lucky enough to take part in the final night, Saturday 18th.

The Competition (Part 1)

And surprise surprise! From the Anteprima of the show … Gianni Morandi confirmed the presence of Adriano Celentano!

A clip from last year's famous satirical duet of Luca and Paolo opened the show ... and here they are live now opening the night and opening the


festival with another satirical song :) You gotta love these two!!! I guess Morandi and the show producers' have played a wild card with this opening, since firstly, the Italians like or better, adore satirical songs, talking about politics and current issues and secondly, these two, ex-Le Iene, are top favourites with the Italian people! They seem they can't stop talking ... all the issues through which the country has passed through the past year are clearly listed in their introduction, especially the change in government! Infact, on the notes 'a cappella' of the famous 'Va pensiero', they just summarized everything ;)

With a simple wirting on a small whiteboard (weird but different haha!), they introduced the presenter of the festival, Gianni Morandi, who enjoyed a triumphant entrance and just declared officially the opening of the festival. A dance show, featuring 'astronouts' and 'aliens' in the 'space' environment, opens the night. Orchestra sounding great. Gianni Morandi defines this opening act as 'L'archa dell'amore'. Found it a bit weird, but interesting.

Running Order

Firstly, it's important to note that tonight, we will listen ONLY to the 'Big' songs, that is, the main songs in the competition. 12 songs will pass from the 14 actual songs in the competition, and 300 people forming 'the jury' will choose the 12 songs today, eliminating two, which will get the chance to re-compete on Thursday. All these songs are being heard for the first time today.

DolceNera - Ci Vediamo A Casa (DolceNera)

DolceNera has such a particular voice. She's wearing her typical attire, a bit rockish,whilst trying to be glamorous at the same time. Beautiful opening to the competition. Popish song, with a touch of violins, making it a bit classical at the same time.The lyrics, well, simply talking about the happiness and joy her other half brings at home  ... ehhh, 'l'amore' is a theme Italians love too much ... and mainly, the songs focus on this theme.

Samuele Bersani - Un Pallone (Samuale Bersani)

hmmm .... the comical song of the festival? Although the lyrics are very meaningful though, talking mainly about feeling excluded from the society and the consequences. Very easy beat and quite catchy. The voice ... not bad, a bit shaky at times I guess. The electric guitar part gives it a modern touch.


Already 'a break' ... the jury seem to be having problems with the voting system unfortunately. Thus, Gianni Morandi presents his co-presenter, actor Rocco Papleo. Unfortunately, Ivana Mrazova, the 19-year old that should be also co-presenting the show, has had to be rushed to hospital because she got too excited ... ehhh.

Noemi - Sono solo parole (Fabrizio Moro)

Oh my God ... shocking pink and shocking red/orange hair, I don't know how to define that colour actually. At least, she's wearing quite formal. I think that the song pitch starts too low for her. Infact, the second part of the song sounds a bit better, although she's sounding a bit off at times ... don't know if this is intentional or not or because of her particular voice ... She could have done much, much better, although once again, the lyrics are beautiful, talking about how 'love' should not only be another simple word.

Francesco Renga - La tua bellezza (Renga, Mancino, Rani)

Ok, started off. But he instantly recuparates. Beuatiful Renga ... already my favourite I guess :) ehh, he has such a particular voice, and the popish, rockish song suits so much his high-pitched voice. His attire is a plus and the lyrics are pure poetry. The most powerful song till now, for sure.

Chiara Civello - Al posto del mondo (Civello, Teira)

A first-time competitor. Jazzy, popish song with a 'tango' touch that gives it a particular 'sensual' touch ... the best female artist till now. Her look is classical and she seems in such a great form. Love it.

Irene Fornaciari - Grande Mistero (Davide Van De Sfroos)

What a strong voice! Could have chosen a better look .... but the pop song and her voice replace everything ;) The lyrics ... hmmm guess they are mainly talking about 'her biggest secret' ... can be a favourite if the Italians don't be too conservative and stick to 'traditional' songs.

Interval Act

A weird start to the after-break part ... World War III happening on stage :P Impressive visuals though ... and a stunning orchestra, all to welcome an all-time favourite artist and the most-awaited guest ... Adriano Celentano. He makes his stage all his ... he seems very emotional. Standing ovation. He starts his 'mini-show' with a monologue ... very profound, using biblical references ... talking mainly about 'why we are living', that is, to finally reach Paradise, and we are not living to experience war (that is why he entered the show with a 'war' entrance). His argument is pointed out to the priests. I see it too much for the first night, his tone and his words are too tough for a festival. Well, his words can be appreciated by some, not that appreciated by others ... but Italians love Sanremo also for these 'talking and argumentative' parts. Erm ... Elisabetta Canalis entered the stage representing 'Italy' ... drama much? But that's what I call a 'full artist' heh. Sings to a jazzy/blues song ... sounds great, Celentano is Celentano. Views at this point can rise or literally, experience a downfall ... longish break much ... ? heh, I want songs ... ! Come on! From the audience's applause ... they seem they are loving this part ... but politics and current affairs dominate too much this festival I guess. Italians talk too much ... TRUE FACT!!!! Let's zip it up and listen ... aaaa and here's another artist who wanted a part in the show ... Pupo ... too much now.

FINALLY MUSICCCCCCC! :D yayyyy ... Celentano and jazzy blues ... LIKEEEE :D and now pop ... *sigh of relieffffff* ... p.s - I'm not understanding his English though ... sorry :P If his presence was in doubt, we can now confirm that he wanted a great part of the show to be totally his. Adriano's monologue is concluded by Morandi and Adriano together, or I thought it was being concluded actually ... maaaaaa this is taking too long though ... and this is getting boring, totally boring ... and even on current Sanremo blogs, there are viewers arguing that this is too much now. At least, I'm not the only one saying this. Don't know if I'm watching the actual 'Sanremo' or 'Ballaro`', that is, an argumentative program. Some are arguing that not even HE doesn't know what he is saying. Bla bla bla, and so on and so forth. No one is actually understanding his argument. We want music, Italian music, REAL ITALIAN MUSIC. Enough said about this part, I'm fed up of this so called 'song festival of the Italian music'. So where's the music huh?! Can't understand why the public applaude ... and YES, I AM GRATEFUL FOR THE PUBLICITY AT LONG LAST! (even listening to the hail and rain outside is less boring than Celentano, just saying)

The Competition (Part 2)

Emma - Non e` l'Inferno

Very strong song, lyrically and musically. The song talks about social and economic problems. Her rigid voice makes it even more strong and the words are perfectly pronounced. I simply adore her look. Great song, a must-favourite.

Marlene Kuntz - Canzone per un figlio

Soft start by the rock group, turns kinda rockish in the 'ritornello' ... not really my tastes. Can't really understand the lyrics ...

Interval Act 2

Belen Rodriguez and Elisabetta Canalis singing to the notes of 'Beauty and the Beast', obvious, singing to satirical words ... playback ... God help me ... but gorgeous outfits I must say, especially Belen.

Eugenio Finardi - E tu lo chiami Dio (Roberta di Lorenzo)

ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh beautiful :) not the very strong of voices ... but the melody is too angelic and too perfect, and the electric guitar gives it a modern touch. The lyrics are quite religious, it could be a sort of 'prayer'. A traditional, but wonderful song indeed. Very 'Roberto Vecchioni' inspired. Finardi impressed me.

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

The most awaited duet. D'Alessio sounds great ... but Berte's voice is a bit weak, despite, the mixture of the two seems not bad, though it's a weak duet. Rock style to keep to Berte's taste, but I admit, I had higher expectations. Pity, D'Alessio is a great artist, but Loredana Berte` weakened the song. The style and the music and the melody are great, it's HER voice that I'm not that sure about.

Nina Zilli - Per Sempre ( Casalino, Zilli)

An enormous 'NO, NO' to that dress and another big 'NO, NO' to that hair ... BUT ... the song sounds great. Very simple, very traditional, very classical, very meaningful love lyrics, very Italian. A true Sanremo song ... a gem ;) THIS IS WHAT I CALL REAL ITALIAN MUSIC!

Interval Act 3

Again ... a monologue, at least, the piano in the background ... from the co-presenter. I'm so getting sleepy with all these speeches . . . . zzzzZZZzzz

Pier Davide Carone ft. Lucio Dalla - Nani (Carone, Dalla)

Lullabyic much? Lucio Dalla took over the orchestra ... though a very particular song. PierDavide turned from blonde to black ahahahaha! But Dalla gives the song a tiny twist. Not 100% sure about the song as a whole though ...


Arisa - La notte (Giuseppe Anastasi)

Ulalaaaa, no spectacles from Arisa! Very classical look, I love it. New style from her, a totally new style! ... it definitely suits her! Beautiful Arisa! Sounding great indeed! Another classical Italian song, a big wow. Arisa truly impressed me with her new musical style and everything. Another must-favourite!

Mattia Bazaar - Sei tu

And pink seems a favourite with the lead singer too :P sounds a bit familiar though ... not bad from Mattia Bazaar ... didn't surprise me that much though. Strong voice. A big dislike at the dress ... seems like one of Cruela Devil's dress ... thankgod it's not black and white.


Finally, we get a taste from the SanremoSocial songs, which we will hear in full tomorrow and which official competition starts tomorrow.

Wish you all a goodnight dear readers, and we hope to meet up once again tomorrow for another live report, which 'BIG' competition will be even harsher, since no one was eliminated tonight because of the technical problems in the voting system.

Stay tuned! :) x

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