Italian duo protests against war on Eurovision stage
After years of absence Italy returned to Eurovision in 2011. In the seven years that they are back they reached the top 10 five times, of which twice in top 3. Last year Francesco Gabbani was the hot favourite to win the contest with his ‘Occidentali’s Karma’, but he could not bring Italy any further than a 6th place. This year, Italy is not mentioned as one of the front runners with ‘Non Mi Aveto Fatto Niente’ by Ermal Meta and Fabrizio Moro, who gained their Eurovision ticket through winning the San Remo Festival. Will they be able to surprise and top last year’s result?
Bookmakers currently predict a spot just in the top 10 for the Italian-Albanian duo. Their song has been a topic of discussion because of the strong anti war message. The moving Italian lyrics speak of the damage wars do on the people who live in war torn countries. They packed their message in a straightforward chorus with raw vocals and a memorable hook. They prove that the language of music is universal because even without understanding Italian you can hear the pain in their voices. With the help of visuals on stage they can even underline their message. It might be too outspoken to take the crown, but I would not be surprised of juries help this into another top 10 result for Italy.
Review of Final Performance:
Italy was last up with duo Ermal Meta and Fabrizio Moro and their powerful song ‘Non Mi Avete Fatto Niente’. To make their Italian lyrics about the state of the world more universal, they put translation on screen in different languages. Their vocal performance was powerful and their simple staging underlined their message perfectly. This message definitely resonated with the televoters at home who put Italy in third place. In my humble opinion they definitely deserved some more than 17th place from the juries as well. Either way, Italy should be happy with their 5th position, one place higher than last year when they were the favourite to win!
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