He’s conquered YouTube with the official video of “Occidentali’s Karma”, which recently became the most watched Eurovision song of ALL-TIME, surpassing his compatriots Il Volo and Norway’s Alexander Rybak.
But despite all the hype and rising expectation, Italy’s Francesco Gabbani still has his feet firmly on the ground, as he demonstrated to us during a quick chat at Eurovision in Concert in Amsterdam.
Wearing sunglasses, a smile and a perfect haircut, the 34-year-old Italian stallion was full of the joys of spring as he discussed everything from meeting zoologist Desmond Morris to the reaction he got from the crowd a week earlier at the London Eurovision Party.
WATCH: FRANCESCO GABBANI INTERVIEW IN AMSTERDAM
On April 3, while other Eurovision 2017 hopefuls were in Tel Aviv, enjoying the Israeli sun, Francesco caught up with his biggest fan Desmond Morris in Oxford.
The British zoologist and ethologist, who inspired “Occidentali’s Karma” with his book “The Naked Ape”, opened his home to host the Italian artist after his trip to London for the London Eurovision Party.
What did Morris say to Francesco? “He told me: you wrote a very nice song, congratulations!” Gabbani says.
The conversation did not stop there: “We talked about how important it is to communicate deep concepts in a simple way that can easily get to all”.
Discussing the London Eurovision Party, Gabbani admits that the positive response of the crowd caught him slightly off guard.
“I am moved, I didn’t expect such a warm welcome from fans. It was a beautiful evening”.
WATCH: FRANCESCO GABBANI AT EUROVISION IN CONCERT
On April 8, Francesco rocked another venue filled with Eurovision fans. Performing inside the Melkweg, in the heart of the Dutch capital, he threw down another stellar performance.
As in London, the audience was waiting for him and couldn’t resist his sex appeal and passionate dance moves. Some even mimicked the simple but effective choreography in the audience.
The live performances of “Occidentali’s Karma” encapsulate precisely why the song has got so much support during the past week: it instantly puts you in a good mood with its enthralling melody and infectious chorus. And it works even without the gorilla, y’all!