Cristian Scarpone

Cristian Scarpone is our Italian correspondent and has covered both Sanremo and Eurovision in recent years. Keep up with the latest Eurovision news and gossip by liking our Facebook page and by following the team on Twitter @wiwibloggs.

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  1. Rich
    January 6, 2018 @ 6:03 pm

    I am a big fan of Annalisa, Nina Zilli and Noemi. I quite like Ermal Meta also. I can’t wait to hear their songs. Bring it on…. Forza Italia!

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  2. L'oiseau
    December 18, 2017 @ 1:19 pm

    Now this is what I call a festival! So many great acts, all in Italian, lots of musical diversity, life orchestra! Forget Melodifestivalen. This is the real thing! Looking so much forward to it!

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  3. Purple Mask
    December 18, 2017 @ 10:22 am

    At the risk of irritating Polegend (who I admire in real life), I actually look forward to San Remo every year. 2018 will be no different, and I’m very happy with this line-up. It will be particularly great to see Nina again.

    San Remo has a musical quality that I have always admired; from the location to the live orchestra to all the Italian lyrics to the A-list guests, it looks, feels and sounds like a great event every year. It’s certainly leagues ahead of anything the UK has ever put on for National Eurovision selection, for example. 😀

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  4. AngieP
    December 17, 2017 @ 2:22 pm

    So thrilled about Ermal Meta! He’s back in Sanremo! He should do Eurovision!
    However, I’m not sure about this collaboration with Fabrizio Moro, but we’ll find out! I expect sth amazing!
    Also, Annalisa is back! Hope for a great song! She’s so talented!

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  5. Mandy
    December 17, 2017 @ 12:03 am

    I guess there’s the best Sanremo’s contestants list for Campioni category of recent years. We will have the oportunity to see a “bloodbath” with iconic Italian idols ( such as Riccardo Fogli, Facchinetti, Ornella, Barbarossa…) and the new generation. Believe this Sanremo is going to cheer the Italian music instead of searching for an Eurovision entry. I wanna see Facchinetti-Fogli to win the contest (their Project Insieme is awesome!) and, then, decline the Eurovision ticket… Just to put fire in our pre-season. Course, give a chance to Ermal Meta, my second favorite last year.

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  6. Michell
    December 16, 2017 @ 2:18 pm

    Please Ermal Meta! I would love to see him in Lisbon! 🙁

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  7. Bambi sato
    December 16, 2017 @ 1:20 pm

    In the picture Nina Zilli Looks alike Loreen . love it

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  8. eurovision6
    December 16, 2017 @ 12:34 pm

    Please Nina Zilli or Ermal Meta and Fabrizio Moro. I loved Nina in 2012! Also Ermal and Fabrizio were my favs in last years San Remo. Hope they have good songs this year.

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  9. Catherine
    December 16, 2017 @ 10:47 am

    I’m so exited about Max Gazze’s song.

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  10. perfetto
    December 16, 2017 @ 10:18 am

    What a fresh line-up! But for ESC fans it will be a disaster, they can’t find many favourites, because they can prefer only solo female. So, they can choose only 4 favourites, hehe and we can see, that only these for women can go to Lisbon in their heads LOL. People who really loves music are curious about all these projects in different genres and we hope someone of them will win and go to Lisbon. Why choose next solo female, if Italy has so many interesting and original projects there. Bravissimo Italia!

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    • Joey
      December 16, 2017 @ 11:37 am

      Women>Men
      True facts.

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      • Jo
        December 16, 2017 @ 11:43 am

        I’ve always got suspicious of Salvador’s hair. Glad you cleared that up.

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    • Polegend Godgarina
      December 16, 2017 @ 1:29 pm

      Fresh? This is the most stale lineup ever! I’m Italian myself, I’ve never watched Sanremo in my entire life because everything about the show is stale af. I thought they would do something to make it more contemporary, but apparently they just want to appeal their retirement home audience. I don’t understand how foreign fans manage to find our selection interesting…

      Also, I don’t like any of the ladies. I don’t like Noemi’s voice (personal taste here), Nina Zilli’s style is not for me plus her latest album has been panned by the critics, Annalisa is boring, and Ornella’s style simply doesn’t appeal me at all. Elio & le Storie Tese is the only act I care about in here.

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      • James
        December 16, 2017 @ 2:21 pm

        You seem very surprised. Italian pop music is not as a accessible to foreigners as say K-pop or Spanish or English-language pop music and for many ESC fans, the Sanremo Music Festival is one of a few platforms where we could discover not just potential Eurovision entries but Italian music in general.

        Several Sanremo alumni made their names overseas like Raf, Laura Pausini and Il Vivo so there’s a lot of artists we wanna look out for as well. 🙂

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        • James
          December 16, 2017 @ 2:37 pm

          Erratum: *Il Volo

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  11. perfetto
    December 16, 2017 @ 10:17 am

    More national finals and Eurovision with minority of female! More interesting duos, trios, groups and projects in different genres!

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    • perfetto
      December 16, 2017 @ 10:18 am

      Plus great male singers and only the best female! Yes, this is great!

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  12. perfetto
    December 16, 2017 @ 10:14 am

    Bravissimo Italia

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  13. esc freak
    December 16, 2017 @ 8:16 am

    Excited for Nina Zilli and Ermal Meta.

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  14. Ronda
    December 16, 2017 @ 7:21 am

    Lol. It’s funny how there are only 4 or 5 female singers in this line-up. Anyway, I am looking forward hearing the songs of Annalisa and of course Nina Zilli. Good luck, Italia. 😀

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  15. VlaD
    December 16, 2017 @ 6:50 am

    San Remo is so cool, much better than Melodifestivalen for me.

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  16. Mark
    December 16, 2017 @ 5:25 am

    So.. No Alessio Bernabei… Thought he’d be the type to try for a forth year.

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  17. Hada
    December 16, 2017 @ 3:48 am

    I hope either Nina or Analissa win and go on to slay at Eurovision!!!

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  18. Nikki
    December 16, 2017 @ 3:15 am

    Ermal Meta!!! Yes!!! Impressive line up, another year rooting for Italy I suppose.

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  19. Polegend Godgarina
    December 16, 2017 @ 2:42 am

    I’m happy to see Elio & le Storie Tese–they’re among the few Italian acts I enjoy. I will never understand what foreign people see in people like Annalisa or Francesca Michielin… people here hardly care about them, I guess it’s some kind of Italian pop girl charm?
    Of course, Alessandra Amoroso didn’t enter yet again… but it’s not like she needs to remind people she exists, she’s the best-selling female act of the 21st century in Italy.

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    • Jo
      December 16, 2017 @ 6:05 am

      They are not on the A+ list, but still have a big fan base and a hit once in a while.

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  20. Polegend Godgarina
    December 16, 2017 @ 2:33 am

    It’s gonna be like, a show for elderly people, this time more than ever. Young Italians including myself aren’t feeling this lineup at all.

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    • Robyn Gallagher
      December 16, 2017 @ 3:44 am

      It’s like Sanremo vs Festival i Këngës for the most seniors in a lineup.

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      • Paul D.
        December 16, 2017 @ 8:42 am

        Don’t forget Festival da Canção

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        • James
          December 16, 2017 @ 4:15 pm

          Portugal’s 2015 entry “Ha um mar que nos separa” doesn’t sound dated though.

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        • Bart
          December 18, 2017 @ 1:24 pm

          Before trying to be funny you should maybe know the acts…

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  21. Jonas
    December 16, 2017 @ 1:37 am

    I can’t believe it will be six years since Nina dazzled in Baku. I’m excited to hear this new song.

    Thanks for such a detailed write-up of the entrants, Christian, much appreciated.

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  22. chessguy99
    December 16, 2017 @ 1:04 am

    Heavier on the legacy artists that most years. Annalisa and Ermal Meta are probably the only two artists getting significant airplay with recent releases.

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  23. blondboybc
    December 16, 2017 @ 12:43 am

    Wow! Annalisa! Love her! Also think Ermal Meta and Nina Zilli are some of my early favourites! Now, to hear their songs! Italy: consistently one of my fave countries in the ESC! Forza Italia!

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  24. Paul D.
    December 16, 2017 @ 12:23 am

    Where are the females tho? I only counted 4 or 5… yikes

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  25. Edre
    December 16, 2017 @ 12:15 am

    I can almost feel your teardrops falling on the keyboard while writing this article, Kris.
    Horrible cast, overall. There are few standouts for the ESC, but it’s clear that, while choosing the cast, Baglioni didn’t even consider that the winner will represent Italy. It’s a cast perfectly fit for the geriatric public of Rai 1.

    And oh, obviously he also forgot the existence of women.

    “Gonna take a miracle to save us now”.

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    • Unknown Melody
      December 16, 2017 @ 1:29 am

      Sanremo isn’t aimed at finding an act for ESC, and it’s been working pretty well for Italy

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      • thespb01
        December 16, 2017 @ 8:53 am

        Supernova worked pretty well for Latvia – until this year, when they came second last overall.

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        • Unknown Melody
          December 16, 2017 @ 10:41 am

          A bad result doesn’t undo the good ones

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  26. joff
    December 16, 2017 @ 12:08 am

    Please, Annalisa saves the World and fly to Lisbon!

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    • Polegend Godgarina
      December 16, 2017 @ 2:35 am

      Nobody really cares for Annalisa here in Italy, she’s very bland… she needs to remind people she exists by doing heavy televised promo. Also, she featured on Benji & Fede’s single this year… she kinda killed her artistic credibility for good with that.

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    • Polegend Godgarina
      December 16, 2017 @ 2:35 am

      But Francesca Michielin is exactly the same and yet somehow she came 2nd in 2016, so you never know.

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  27. Jo
    December 16, 2017 @ 12:04 am

    The Kolors lool
    I was expecting Lele and Lorenzo Fragola, but…ok then.
    I’m guessing some old-school guy will win in 2018, like in 2016. So, the runner-up takes the path to Lisbon.
    Most excited for (thinking about ESC):
    -Annalisa;
    -Ermal & Fabrizio;
    -Giovanni Caccamo.

    Ermal might win now that Gabbani isn’t competing, since he lost twice to Francesco ^^.

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    • Jo
      December 16, 2017 @ 12:05 am

      Also, the newcomers section is quite strong this year, I think. I’m sad for Nyvinne.

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    • Polegend Godgarina
      December 16, 2017 @ 2:37 am

      If the old-school winner wants to do Eurovision, nobody’s going to stop them. Fiorella Mannoia was ready to go… we dodged a major bullet by choosing the right winner.

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      • Robyn Gallagher
        December 16, 2017 @ 3:42 am

        I thought Fiorella said she wouldn’t do Eurovision if she won. I remember everyone expecting she *would* win, but it would be ok because Gabbani would still go to Kyiv.

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        • Jo
          December 16, 2017 @ 6:13 am

          She said she would do it, but I think her label would have come up with something to stop her.

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  28. KESC
    December 16, 2017 @ 12:03 am

    Yess!! Nina Zilli, la bellissima ragazza. Welcome back. Hopefully, she’ll deliver this edition as well.
    I hoped for Il Volo though.

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