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.

238 Comments

  1. Omar - Mexico
    February 12, 2018 @ 5:21 am

    Am I the only one who thinks that Fabrizio is hot?

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  2. robert v.
    February 12, 2018 @ 4:20 am

    I’ve read the english translation, but still I don’t understand.
    So is about terrorism, and that we are above the war, so we must ignore everything, because we are above the bad things, we must forget about those who died.
    Question : Who did nothing to who?
    Do we just have to ignore that people died, and to be proud that terrorist did nothing to us, yet? So we must keep living in ignorance.
    I know english language, but I still can’t understand anything.

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  3. Boy
    February 11, 2018 @ 9:52 pm

    Italy its alway in top, and they have bad Sonys. The best Song was 2013. people wote for Portugal last year becaus they fel sorry for him. Its was not a good Song.

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    • jayjay
      February 11, 2018 @ 11:27 pm

      And Salvador has to do with this song? What an obsession, aarghhh!!!

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    • Jo
      February 11, 2018 @ 11:53 pm

      What about our Motorolas?

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    • Miguel
      February 12, 2018 @ 12:20 am

      La gente siente pena por ti

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    • James
      February 12, 2018 @ 4:05 am

      How did Europe feel sorry for him exactly? He and his family and management never disclosed his condition until months after the contest.

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      • ehm
        February 12, 2018 @ 4:40 am

        Well he always looked a little ill. I couldn’t place my finger on it, but it was obvious he wasn’t doing well. So that feeling would have been felt by others as well, it wasn’t hard to pick up on.

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        • James
          February 12, 2018 @ 4:58 am

          His style of performing has always been a little quirky/weird, which makes for an intimate performance of his sister’s song. That may have convinced more than enough voters to pick up their phones and vote for it.

          If he was gravely ill, it would have been obvious but Salvador was at his performance best during both the semis and the final.

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          • Mamapanda
            February 12, 2018 @ 2:05 pm

            I had my husband who barely endures ESC coming out of the bedroom thinking it was an interwall act and a good one in that during the semifinal. That’s how captivating it was. And I think it made many casual viewers who usually do not vote to pick up the phone.

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          • Mamapanda
            February 12, 2018 @ 2:46 pm

            This was my favorite to win Sanremo. I don’t think there was a song there this year I could tell would do well in ESC, like there were last year. Not even “Frida”, because that should have been cut drastically (studio version plays well over 4 minutes), and I feel the chorus was too on your face for juries.

            I’m not going to guess how Europe will take this, but I think this has a couple of things going for it. First, Italians seem to have hard time staging a more “coreographic” ESC entries. Emma’s stage act was a hot mess, and even Gabbani’s didn’t transform well to a bigger stage. They do better when the act is “singer centric”. Mengoni completely sold that song just by being there and Il Volo of course had one of the most stunning stages ever. Meta-Moro are both good performers, and I think that Ermal especially is incredibly charismatic.

            Another thing is this is a short song for Sanremo, just 3.27 in studio version and you can easily just rearrange lyrics in the middle. It will come out better than “Nessun grado di separazione”, with some of the music cut and that useless English chorus added.

            Plus, I don’t think there will be anything other like this in the competition, and there are still people in Europe who do find this kind of “folksy”, guitar driven music appealing.

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      • robert v.
        February 12, 2018 @ 5:12 am

        He missed the first rehearsals, Luisa sung in his place a few times during the rehearsals. And the media already said he has problems with the heart. What more do you need?

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        • James
          February 12, 2018 @ 6:09 am

          The news of his heart problems did not come from his family themselves nor his management during the run-up to the contest proper. They cited “health-related reasons” for him to miss out on the first round of rehearsals (which only require him to stand inside the stage island) , but never the specifics until months after the contest when Salvador decided to undergo surgery.

          Media outlets invaded his family’s privacy, having the audacity of making public about his heart condition without the decency of contacting them about doing so. You know, the typical attitude of sensational and unethical tabloid journalists.

          And because the family never publicly spoke about nor confirm his heart condition for the duration of the contest, it did not affect voters into voting for Portugal out of sympathy.

          And how would they vote as such anyway? Both juries and televoters ranked the song first. That is no indication that for some reason, both halves of the vote gave the most points of the two top ranking songs out of sympathy. Likewise for the voting masses who casually tune in and hear the songs for the very first time.

          There is no other reason for Portugal winning except it was the best song out of all 42 entries that year, and people voted for it for that reason.

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  4. Eren
    February 11, 2018 @ 8:32 pm

    Sorry but after years of qualitative songs , this song is a let down for me. Yes it may have some good intentions/meanings but i can not connect with the song as in “Mercy”. It’s a little bit confusing and tiring along with sometimes loud vocals. It’s busy a lot and for a foreigner in Europe it is hard to catch the concept where as in mercy even though you can not understand the story ,the way they present it, “kindness” concept conveyed through the word “mercy” ,makes me connect with song strongly . This is what missing in Italy’s song sadly…

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    • Alex
      February 12, 2018 @ 12:29 am

      translate thanks this song unites the peoples of europe and invites you to move on … “you did not do NOTHING!

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      • robert v.
        February 12, 2018 @ 4:33 am

        To move on? So, terrorist destroyed your family, now move on. Tell the victims that they should just move on.

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        • cri
          February 12, 2018 @ 7:54 am

          “You didn’t do nothing to me” are the words of a husband who lost his wife and mother of his 17° month boy in France. This song means that we won’t let them scare us. It’s a hug to Europe. It means that they will not obtain anything because we will always want to live, that life goes beyond every useless war.

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  5. Ffs
    February 11, 2018 @ 8:26 pm

    Hideous “song”

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  6. Marco
    February 11, 2018 @ 7:56 pm

    I must say I’ve fallen in love with the song. The rhythm, their voices, and overall the lyrics. It’s perfect. THat’s the kind of entry that would make me proud if it represented my country no matter the position it ends up in Eurovision

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  7. Iamme
    February 11, 2018 @ 7:09 pm

    Sometimes winning is not as important as leaving a message…

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    • Avadapalabra
      February 11, 2018 @ 10:11 pm

      YES to that!

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  8. Julia
    February 11, 2018 @ 5:30 pm

    I love that the Youtube-Video is trending in Germany. Thank you for this wonderful song, haven´t been that touched by a song in quite a while.

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    • robert v.
      February 12, 2018 @ 4:25 am

      Can you explain to me, because I am very stupid.
      Who did nothing to who?

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  9. Bastian
    February 11, 2018 @ 4:19 pm

    The kind of song that will finish in 11 – 15th place lol. Its boring, I expect and predict the average viewer to ignore this. Dont get me wrong, i love italian music but as a song, this is just boring. If any other country would send something like this, it would have been a sure NQ for most.

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  10. Mr. Abbott
    February 11, 2018 @ 4:09 pm

    Annalisa was robbed. The first night nobody knew that the televote would close at the end of the performance (she ended 11th with only 3.83% of the televote)

    The second night she won the televote with 17.54% of the votes.

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    • @EugeneESCUK
      February 11, 2018 @ 4:34 pm

      Not really

      Remember there were only 10 songs on night 2, not 20!!

      In the final 3 vote, the one that really mattered, Meta/Moro got more televotes (54.41%) than LSS and Annalisa added together (45.59%.)

      Not robbed

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    • vote
      February 11, 2018 @ 4:34 pm

      The televote system in Sanremo is grossly unfair. Some songs get hours of voting time and some literally get nothing. They need to open the televote in the end of the performances like most of the world does.

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      • @EugeneESCUK
        February 11, 2018 @ 4:48 pm

        Yes I agree

        Italy is the only country where the producers usually put their “favourites” near the beginning of the draw and not the end like most of the others in the final!!

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        • Avadapalabra
          February 11, 2018 @ 10:12 pm

          Is that a fact? Not doubting, just didn’t know that!

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      • cri
        February 12, 2018 @ 7:59 am

        The televote just in the first day opened at the beginning of the song and closed at the end of the song. No song had hours to be voted. The meaning is that you cannot vote a singer just beacause you like, without listening his/her song first.

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      • ESC HN
        February 12, 2018 @ 10:30 am

        No, it is not. Each person can only vote 5 times per line.

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  11. Hsinaps
    February 11, 2018 @ 3:19 pm

    Well, Italy is now my top1 this year.

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    • Julia
      February 11, 2018 @ 5:27 pm

      Same here

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  12. Translation
    February 11, 2018 @ 3:18 pm

    As with any message centric song, it needs to be turned into English and the singers must have intensive accent changing classes. Otherwise it will just sound like rwarl lawly kghul ding trang lal oooouu and viewers will be confused.

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    • Aneta
      February 11, 2018 @ 5:48 pm

      Same here!

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    • Avadapalabra
      February 11, 2018 @ 10:16 pm

      What about NOT translating it into English?
      Do a quick count of how many people communicate naturally in English… It still CAN be translated by anyone who cares to do so, but hey English is not the centre of the universe.
      As to “accent training”, that is just another horrible thing to say. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not criticising you in particular; but I’ve read too many times people commenting on singers’ pronunciation. Know what? At least they ARE TRYING.

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      • Translation
        February 11, 2018 @ 11:52 pm

        Well when you’re dealing with an international contest, an international language maximizes the chances of the song being understood by more people. And having a good enough pronunciation helps even further. Of course the other route is relying on the specific tv commenters to explain the text briefly in less than 10 seconds before it’s being sung.

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        • James
          February 12, 2018 @ 3:57 am

          A song need not to be translated or sung in another language in order to be understood by many. The odds of songs undergoing such changes getting lost in translation is quite high, most especially to those that were written with just one language in mind.

          One may argue that we’ve had songs that have had multiple versions in different languages such as L’essenziale (La incomparable), Quedate conmigo (Stay With Me), Tu te reconoceras (Te reconoceras, Wonderful Dream), J’ai cherche (Looking, Yo busque), etcetera.

          But most of the time, versions of the original require completely new lyrics in the new language that would fit with the melody while making sense to the listening audience.

          Going bilingual is an option that makes compromise with keeping much of the lyrics in the original language intact (for previously monolingual entries such as Requiem), or allow a song to become more accessible using more than 1 language as a hook (Tornero, Love is a Crime, Zaleilah).

          it would be an injustice to the singers if they have to sing their song in a language they’re not a native/second or other language speaker of, and you can’t expect them to be able to express themselves fully in lyrics they cannot properly enunciate as they keep in mind in doing so.

          In the grand scheme of things, the viewing audience can appreciate a song even they don’t understand the language used if it connects to them. Better that than toiling through 3 hours of non-Anglophone singers singing English-language songs with badly written lyrics.

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  13. Marc
    February 11, 2018 @ 3:12 pm

    MetaMoro are already storming on Itunes in many countries 🙂 Including Top 20 in Sweden.
    They won the televote in Italy on a first impact. You don’t need a few listens to feel something with their performance.
    And Europe has shown they get into this kind of powerful/meaningful entries (Salvador, Jamala). People is not empty inside like some fans.

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  14. humanist
    February 11, 2018 @ 3:08 pm

    Meta/Moro: what a great combination of voices, what a great song! Thank you. My daughter, 10, who doesn’t understand italian, is so moved from the song and the video – it’s keeping it in replay.

    It is a great moment for Albanian people, having three Albanians singing at the Eurovision. It would blow their selfrespect, after being labelled for years as criminals (not only in Italy of Ermal, and Greece of Eleni), and as being not worthy. It is also great that, at least, Meta/Moro and Eugen Bushpepa (Eleni has not published her song yet) are bringing good songs to the Eurovision, that will very likely put them at the top of classification.

    That’s why I love Eurovision, even though it is not my kind of music: it allows people to get to know each-other, their songs/music, but also their stories; it helps them come together, enjoy music together, applaud each-other, respect each-other.

    PS: Albania will certainly give all the points to “Non mi avete fatto niente” (with or without Meta in it), because in Albania people understand Italian almost at the same degree as their own language, and they are very involved with Italian music. On top of it: this is a great song, it’s a hymn about life itself.

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    • Labels
      February 11, 2018 @ 3:35 pm

      The only Albanians that are complexed by that stereotype are the ones that are too sensitive to labels. Obviously the only people who would place such labels would be close minded and uneducated individuals whose opinion can be safely zeroed since they’re not worth doing business with. So the responsibility for feeling inferior still falls on whoever is choosing to feel inferior or to listen to sweeping stereotypes by people that don’t ultimately matter. Ermal can’t magically change that just for being Albanian and winning a song contest. That’s his talent that’s getting rewarded, not his whole nationality. Every individual gets praised or condemned based on individual merits, so it’s irrational to feel better or worse just because someone who shares your nationality is a good singer and wins a contest, or has chosen crime to make money in other countries.

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      • Humanist
        February 11, 2018 @ 3:56 pm

        The prejudices are made not only by individuals (this as well) but from the structures (media/state). Without this structured prejudices we wouldn’t have had wars and neither concepts like “first hand” countries/development countries, or racism.

        Fortunately/unfortunately, examples like this of Ermal facilitate the acceptance of many hard working and talented Albanian emigrants (you can replace Albanian with any other nationality) in their host societies. Thanks also to Ermal the Albanian emigrants in Italy and Greece (specially here) will not need to hide their identity and change their names.

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        • Labels
          February 11, 2018 @ 4:24 pm

          So again, who is docile and stupid enough to let their perceptions be molded by state and media? Oh that’s right, people who are not worth doing business with. Why should you care what some gullible person thinks about you? Just keep thriving yourself and let them seep in prejudice. If a person is as damaged as to link all Albanians to the ones who are part of the criminal enterprise, I sincerely doubt that Ermal winning Sanremo will cure the root of their critical thinking problems. It takes a lot of advanced education in very specific fields to be fully capable of not prejudging someone based on elements such as nationality. Who is going to receive that advanced education? Very few people compared to the masses. But feeling inferior or complexed because of what the masses might think places the responsibility on you, not on them. They don’t have the ability to think differently. They’d need to spend lots of years and money to gain that, which is why it never happens for most, and therefore why their thoughts should be discounted regardless of who wins a song contest.

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          • Bona
            February 12, 2018 @ 1:35 am

            I agree with you 100% Label .. the world needs more people to think like this. This type of mentality is what will fight injustices 🙂

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  15. Daniel_2017
    February 11, 2018 @ 3:05 pm

    The first time I listened to the song it left me exhausted! So many words, so much going on there! Take a break, please!

    I’ll just say thanks, but no thanks! This is my least favourite Italian entry since their come back. Maybe because I came to expect so much from them… L’Essenziale, La mia citta, Grande amore, No Degree of Separation, Occidentali’s Karma (in no particular order, though L’essenziale is clearly my favourite, I adore that song!) and now this? It’s not nearly on the same level, I’m afraid…

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  16. Italiafan
    February 11, 2018 @ 2:19 pm

    Italy has been my favourite Eurovision country since 2013, and this year is no exception. I don’t know if anyone in Italy is reading this, but please keep sending these amazing songs to Eurovision, even when you don’t really do well (well, as a Finn I think 6th place is just fine). Your songs are always so different and usually carry great messages, and while they are not really Eurovision winner material, they are simply amazing. I hate that countries usually only think about winning, when Eurovision is much more than just a competition.

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    • Bona
      February 12, 2018 @ 1:29 am

      LABEL! I love how you articulated this… I agree 100% I think the world needs more people like this. 🙂 by the way I am also an Albanian.

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  17. Bravisssimo
    February 11, 2018 @ 2:07 pm

    Every song not written specialy for ESC is the best moment of whole competition. We can speak about Rome 2019 and every country should inspire by Italy what to send on Eurovision. We dont want stupid viking pop eurosongs, dear Denmark. We want great music! Grazie Italia!

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  18. Etoile
    February 11, 2018 @ 1:33 pm

    Can they compete with this song ? Anyway I’m conflicted with this entry. I don’t know it’s a good song but that’s it. Good luck to Italy.

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  19. Magpie
    February 11, 2018 @ 1:16 pm

    I can see people getting into this… after the third or fourth listen. I don’t know how well it will do on the Eurovision stage since you only get one chance to impress the Juries and audience.

    I don’t think it will have the same impact like last year.

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  20. Leo M
    February 11, 2018 @ 1:05 pm

    The first half of the song is a bit boring, but then gets going and I kind of like it. It’s a nice song but I think it might get forgotten at Eurovision.

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  21. Jessica21
    February 11, 2018 @ 12:16 pm

    Some of the comments here are really disturbing. If you don’t like the entry just leave it there. Why would you waste your time to write such ugly things like “They’re disgusting”, “zero energy”, “this is not a song” etc etc. This is a contest that we all follow to have a good time (at least I do). I also dislike most of the Eurovision pop songs, I just don’t get them. But I never comment about them, because I know there are a lot of people who actually likes them, so it’s their time to express their happiness with the particular song.

    I LOVE this song and the performance is just spectacular. There’s something special about it. I also like that the song has such a deep message behind it. It’s good when the songs actually mean something. Anyway, this is my favourite entry along with French so far and I see it doing really well in May. Good luck

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    • Hada
      February 11, 2018 @ 1:29 pm

      I like Wiwibloggs and all, but the comment section has been a cesspool for a long time. They’re supposed to be *the* most important Eurovision blog, they should start moderating the comment section, not just banning “bad words”, but actually putting rules in place and having humans, not bots, enforcing them.

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      • Purple Mask
        February 11, 2018 @ 1:55 pm

        There are laws in the UK against certain types of speech (racism, homophobia etc.) and Wiwibloggs has to moderate such things or risk being shut down. However, there are no laws against criticising music. (Opens debate)

        I think most Eurovision fans should understand that the point of the contest is to “come together” through music, and not use it for conflict. At least, I hope so.

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        • good luck
          February 11, 2018 @ 2:00 pm

          You are trying too hard to be moderator., but I guess they don’t want you especially because you are too extreme.

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          • Purple Mask
            February 11, 2018 @ 3:41 pm

            Probably so. It’s the story of my life, pretty much.

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          • L'ouseau
            February 11, 2018 @ 11:01 pm

            I find it a pitty that trols like you that are using always different nicknames, because they are cowards, cannot be banned.

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      • good luck
        February 11, 2018 @ 1:57 pm

        So you want to ban not only bad words, but also negative opinions?
        The comment section will be :
        ”Great…Masterpiece…Good luck…You are the best…Pure art”
        Who will read this?
        Is this the Utopia?

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        • Hada
          February 11, 2018 @ 2:55 pm

          You know good and well there’s a difference between negative opinions and the toxicity so many spew in the comment section. This is basically troll paradise. Opinions shouldn’t be banned, *insults and toxicity should*, even if they don’t use words from a blacklist or anything.

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          • good luck
            February 11, 2018 @ 3:02 pm

            Where you draw the line? The law can’t decide, so you think it’s so easy on a forum to define ”toxicity”.

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            • West
              February 11, 2018 @ 3:21 pm

              There are people that actively insult others when they don’t share their opinion. I think this should be moderated – even when noone uses “bad words”.

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              • good luck
                February 11, 2018 @ 5:16 pm

                I’m pretty sure you have made comments that would have been deleted by Hada or Purple Mask. Are you from Czech Republic???

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            • Hada
              February 11, 2018 @ 9:11 pm

              Just because it’s not easy doesn’t mean it doesn’t have to be done. Plenty of sites have rules and effective moderation. There is a reason Wiwibloggs’ comment section has a bad reputation among eurofans. Also a blog is not a democracy, they don’t have to follow government laws on free speech. Their priority should be keeping a healthy site with plenty of space for all kinds of opinions but zero tolerance for trolling and disrespect.

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              • good luck
                February 12, 2018 @ 12:27 am

                Wiwibloggs has comments, and I guess they want to keep it that way. People will leave if their comments disappear.

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    • XyZ
      February 11, 2018 @ 1:57 pm

      Because you have the right to have aour taste, and the right to express it, and also the right to say whatever you want

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  22. Rory
    February 11, 2018 @ 12:05 pm

    It’s an OK song, but can’t see this in an ESC format. It took me a while to “get” the song, it’s not something that will make you jump off your seat, like Ermal’s Vietato Morire from last year. THAT was a gem.

    This one is middle of the table for Italy. I would be surprised if it goes up for down from there.

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  23. M
    February 11, 2018 @ 11:56 am

    I always have a weak spot for italian songs simply because I studied italian and lived in Florence and Rome, but this is a NO GO!

    Annalisa was such a perfect option for Eurovision. Pity.

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  24. Stan
    February 11, 2018 @ 11:54 am

    It’s a grower, so a bit of a disadvantage for Italy to not be in the semi…. But I really liked my second listen. France, Italy and Czech Republic are my favs so far. But nothing yet that screams ‘winner’ to me. It looks like an open battle up till now!

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    • Eve
      February 11, 2018 @ 12:24 pm

      I don’t believe in ”growers” in Eurovision, it has to be ”love at first sight”

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  25. Ko????o?
    February 11, 2018 @ 11:53 am

    This is not song…This is a recitation, which no one understands except the Italians !

    Very bad. The energy of the song is pure zero.

    Potential for the bottom of the table.

    They’re disgusting

    This Europe will not support. There is no chance!

    Frida or Analisa would be great representatives.

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  26. Ko?????
    February 11, 2018 @ 11:52 am

    This is not song…This is a recitation, which no one understands except the Italians !

    Very bad. The energy of the song is pure zero.

    Potential for the bottom of the table.

    They’re disgusting

    This Europe will not support. There is no chance!

    Frida or Analisa would be great representatives.

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    • Salvadorable
      February 11, 2018 @ 11:56 am

      “They’re disgusting” wtf?! If you don’t like the act, it’s ok. But there’s no need to be such a hater. They are not disgusting, they are amazing performers and the song is really beautiful and I don’t know even Italian. Excuse me, but the only disgusting thing here is your comment.

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  27. Emy
    February 11, 2018 @ 11:46 am

    I don’t like.

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  28. AzeriChico
    February 11, 2018 @ 11:39 am

    OMG! My favourite won. I feel like cruing right now. lol. Such an amazing song and I love the performance. This is much better than Occidentali’s Karma, even though I liked that one as well. So happy right now.

    Wow. I can’t believe that there are only 9 songs so far and I already have two songs which’s 9/10 for me. Incredible. I hope the remaining countries won’t ruin this eurovision for me, so far it goes REALLY well. 😀

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  29. come on Italy
    February 11, 2018 @ 11:35 am

    Probably right now at RAI, there are a lot of people speaking loud, all in the same time, trying to decide who to send to Eurovision. Nothing is sure by now, according to the new rules, the winner doesn’t have the first option. They are all equal still.

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    • Jo
      February 11, 2018 @ 12:04 pm

      They will be in Lisbon. With this song, or another one. They won, they want it, and they earn it.

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    • JuiceQ
      February 11, 2018 @ 2:52 pm

      but ITALY host “summer Universiade games 2019 ” in Napoli .
      I doubt thy want host another big event (ESC) at the same year.

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  30. Max
    February 11, 2018 @ 11:34 am

    Of course you will not like this song if you are used to trashy euro-pop or cheesy ballads. Thank you Italy for saving Eurovision Song Contest since Mengoni.

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  31. vangelis vt
    February 11, 2018 @ 11:17 am

    Great song and very emotive, heartfelt performance. I doubt they will do very well in May though. In the verses there is extensive reciting in italian (that may be reduced after the song is cut down to 3 minutes) and I don’t think it’s instant enough. Still a worthy San remo winner and much better than almost everything presented for ESC so far.

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  32. @EugeneESCUK
    February 11, 2018 @ 11:15 am

    So another Marathon show ends, I picked 7 songs and they were all in the Top 9 so I’m happy with that. Sad about The Kolors though.

    You have to say Italy dodged a bullet with the “gimmick” song. A good catchy song spoiled by the gimmick of course and poor vocals. They saved themselves from an embarrassment.

    Annalisa is destined to be a Eurovision star; they just need a wow ballad to match her vocals. Perhaps next year, the song was not good enough or memorable.

    Meta/Moras’s song is not strong enough to achieve anything great in Lisbon I feel. The Italian Delegation is probably checking with the EBU if they can use the song. I would change it anyway. It does not have immediate impact and not so memorable. Usual story, unless you know Italian the message is lost anyway, yes that question.

    Italy………………….please forget about gimmicks and just let the songwriting and vocals speak for themselves.

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    • Pavel
      February 11, 2018 @ 12:47 pm

      Annalisa should try to represent San Marino next year. Italy just doesn’t like her enough

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      • @EugeneESCUK
        February 11, 2018 @ 1:11 pm

        Well it is first and foremost about the song at Sanremo, but nice idea about San Marino. I’m 100% sure the UK would have her pretty pronto.

        There were some really strange results in my opinion for Max 6th, The Kolors 9th, Diodato 8th, Giovanni 10th, Noemi 14th and Nina 17th. The Italians know who they like and don’t like I guess. Nina 17th, really strange result!!

        3rd was a good result for Annalisa I thought.

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  33. Denis
    February 11, 2018 @ 11:13 am

    Not one of Italy’s best choices. It has a message but who would get it?
    The song is ok, not best but not worst. Don’t think it will end near the bottom but some. Either way count Italy out this year..

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  34. João Miiguel
    February 11, 2018 @ 11:03 am

    E:\Store\Music\Ermal Meta\Ermal Meta-Umano

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  35. João Miguel
    February 11, 2018 @ 11:02 am

    Listening to it non-stop. So in love ?

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  36. Lewis S
    February 11, 2018 @ 10:32 am

    Okay so I’m a bit confused… (most probably cause I don’t understand Italian) But it’s an upbeat song about modern war and they hope to become Michael Jackson and reverse it??? The actual song itself will be a mid table song, can quite happily not listen to it.

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  37. eric
    February 11, 2018 @ 10:21 am

    TOTAL
    Meta Moro 44,7%
    Lo Stato Sociale 28,4%
    Annalisa 26,9%

    TELEVOTE
    Meta Moro 55,7%
    Annalisa 23,2%
    Lo Stato Sociale 21,1%

    At least this is what I could see in this video, maybe I couldn’t see well.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnapNyI4Fpc

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  38. Miguel
    February 11, 2018 @ 10:19 am

    I like this top 3.
    My favourite is Annalisa, but i am happy Ermal won. He should have won last year and he has a great song this year again.
    Unfortunelly i am not so sure they will do well at Eurovision. The song doesn’t stand out and you don’t fall in love with it after hearing it just once. Even less if you don’t understand italian.

    So far my 2nd favourite after Madame Monsieur.

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  39. Azotman
    February 11, 2018 @ 10:10 am

    Bonjour Lisboa, Ciao San Remo,

    Personalmente, avrei preferito che vincesse “Lo stato sociale”. La canzione è più gioiosa e mi piace di più, ma la classifica dei tre primi mi sembra giusta dal momento in cui la magioranza dei voti vince.
    Annalisa aveva anche una bella canzione. Peccato che non abbiamo i detagli del voto con le percentuali. Mi piacerebbe che fosse piu trasparente.
    Ermal Meta e Fabrizio Moro hanno accetato di andare a Lisboa.
    Auguri per loro ! Credo che faranno molto bene.
    Saluti

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  40. Tomás Patrick davitt
    February 11, 2018 @ 10:08 am

    The big question for me is if they will translate this. The main impact comes from the lyrics and no one will understand this unless they translate. I think the verses should be in English which the chorus in Italian

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  41. Eve
    February 11, 2018 @ 9:45 am

    Not this year for me, sorry Italy, one of my favourite countries in Eurovision, always brings quality. This has some message as I see in comments, but I’m too lazy to google it now, maybe later.. tired of songs with ”messages” anyway.

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  42. Ay Jo
    February 11, 2018 @ 9:03 am

    The first impression is below than meh on me. Need to listen again.

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  43. West
    February 11, 2018 @ 8:52 am

    I like this song and I’m not surpriced it won – well deserved, even if I prefered Frida. The only thing bothering me is that it seems like the song is promising a big climax at the end, but then just fizzles out.

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  44. Rich
    February 11, 2018 @ 8:30 am

    Powerful and poignant…. It is so needed right now. Bravo!

    The right song was chosen.

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  45. monalisa
    February 11, 2018 @ 8:29 am

    They are not confirmed yet, I don’t care what the official esc site says, this year Sanremo has new rules, anybody can be chosen.

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  46. nick
    February 11, 2018 @ 8:24 am

    This song is the proof that democracy doesn’t work. Public voting is never trustworthy. Annalisa was the best. Sorry, but I’m not voting for this…

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    • Mark
      February 11, 2018 @ 8:55 am

      Even though Annalisa was the best, her song wasn’t very strong.

      The whole show wasn’t captivating as it was last year.

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  47. Joe
    February 11, 2018 @ 8:15 am

    Italy brings it, as usual. Truth be told, I wasn’t really following Sanremo (so many NFs, so little time), although it’s probably the most historically important (it begat Eurovision itself), but I like this song a lot. People seem to forget that sixth place isn’t a bad place to finish at all, so I think Italy have a chance of either maintaining that or exceeding it greatly. Gonna be a good year, I can already tell. Haters can get out of here with that “worst since 2003” bullcrap. Friends, I have seen the likes of 2002, 1986, and 2008, not to mention the pretty nondescript early years. If THIS is your standard for a bad year, y’all are spoiled. The nine songs we’ve heard so far are all better than pretty much every song from any of those years.

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    • Colin
      February 11, 2018 @ 8:46 am

      I agree. People just tend to complain a lot. This is shaping up to be a great year! France has a masterpiece, Czech Republic and Denmark are phenomenal, Spain is adorable, Switzerland, Malta and Albania also have good songs, UK has an okay song, but an excellent performer. None of them are bad by any stretch. I’ve just heard Italy, so my first impressions are not as thought out as for the others, but it’s definitely on the plus side. Not to mention that Estonia, Latvia and Hungary each have a masterpiece in their NF and if they bring it to the table, it’s a winning material!

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      • monalisa
        February 11, 2018 @ 8:49 am

        Italy is not confirmed, there’s no wiwi poll yet.

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        • Teeks
          February 11, 2018 @ 9:01 am

          Because THAT’S what makes it official lol.

          Anyway, an obvious winner for Sanremo but I can see it bottom 5 in Lisbon, unless they add English lyrics or tbh make the whole thing sound like the first third…

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      • Joe
        February 12, 2018 @ 2:37 am

        If all the ones I hope make it do so, La Forza/Esamiba/Meggyfa will be a wonderful triple deal and an easy top 3 for me.

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      • Joe
        February 12, 2018 @ 2:39 am

        UK is just the worst by being nondescript but I like the performance (and performer) a lot. Not a bad song in the lot so far.

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  48. Hazar
    February 11, 2018 @ 7:17 am

    I don’t like this song. Sorry Italy.

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  49. monalisa
    February 11, 2018 @ 7:08 am

    I’m so sorry for Paddy, the Lo Stato Sociale dancer. I hope another country will take her, to become famous like the epic sax guy.
    When will Wiwibloggs start the poll? If that poll doesn’t start, I will think is still hope for Lo Stato Sociale.

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  50. Mark
    February 11, 2018 @ 6:24 am

    Am I the only one who feels like they tried to bury Annalisa by having her perform first?

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  51. Arizona
    February 11, 2018 @ 6:23 am

    I’m so devastated Lo Stato Soziale was not sent to ESC and so we have lost to watch Paddy the dancer at ESC stage !!!!!!!!! She would become a f***cking ESC legend

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    • Mark
      February 11, 2018 @ 8:56 am

      I’m not surprised, all the national selections have had poor endings.

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  52. OuttaWhack
    February 11, 2018 @ 5:24 am

    I think Italy have given up. After sending so many good songs & still not winning, they will send any piece of crap now.

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    • Mark
      February 11, 2018 @ 6:16 am

      I think it has more to do with the fact they have a new (lesser) Creative Director.

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  53. L'oiseau
    February 11, 2018 @ 5:13 am

    Good! Another song with content! We need more songs like that with strong messages! The song ticks all the right boxes. They are great performers and the song is objectively a good one. But… somehow it doesn’t appeal to me very much… It gives me some Manu Chao vibe, which is not my cup of tea. Having said that I whish it all the best for Eurovision, if this is the song to go.

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  54. Matthew ESC
    February 11, 2018 @ 4:55 am

    I am so confused, my opinions are very very different from people, but even if there different i can still see why people like them. but Italy’s song the only thing that i found good about it was the message (like france), but the song is just awfully weak and their vocal style is not my thing.

    Italy is my last only because i like france’s vocals better.

    My fav is denmark rn!

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  55. Valeryn
    February 11, 2018 @ 4:39 am

    I HATED this the first time I heard it, and when it first won over Annalisa I was upset af. But after repeat listens… I’m really growing to love it. It’s such an earworm, I have no idea how this will do at ESC but I hope it ends up high on the scoreboard!

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  56. Escaddict
    February 11, 2018 @ 3:38 am

    I have loved all the Italian songs in recent years but this one is repetitive and boring. Fortunately, I will only have to hear it one more time.

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  57. Nicole
    February 11, 2018 @ 3:11 am

    English translation to this song:
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=NCgVeu2_zX4

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  58. Victoria
    February 11, 2018 @ 2:57 am

    I don’t like this song… I was hoping for The Kolors’ FRIDA!! 🙁

    Is ESC going to be a political/charity platform now? See Ukraine’s win, Portugal last year, France & Italy this year…. Who is next?

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    • lluussoo
      February 11, 2018 @ 3:01 am

      Portugal’s song had nothing to do with politics.

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    • Jonas
      February 11, 2018 @ 3:28 am

      The French & Italian songs aren’t “political” either, they deal with basic humanity. In any case, it’s not like it’s never happened before. The 1990 Eurovision winner from Italy was about the European Common Market of all things.

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      • Mark
        February 11, 2018 @ 6:18 am

        Everything in the world is political.

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      • Joe
        February 11, 2018 @ 8:07 am

        It’s only “political” if you consider treating people decently political. And besides Insieme, I can think of a number of ESC winners that can be interpreted in any number of ways (Rise Like a Phoenix is a song I’ve always looked at as an empowerment anthem for the LGBTQPA+ community, ditto Diva).

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    • Ariso Light
      February 11, 2018 @ 3:32 am

      France’s song isn’t political either, it’s only about a baby girl born at sea. The reason they wrote the song is because they want to find this baby girl.

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      • Mark
        February 11, 2018 @ 6:18 am

        Everything in the world is political.

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  59. benjamin
    February 11, 2018 @ 2:52 am

    My top 3: 1. Italy 2. Albania 3. France

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  60. Hada
    February 11, 2018 @ 2:40 am

    And off to the top of my list they go, along with Spain.

    I hate Love Love, Peace Peace songs on principle, but this one actually stirred emotion in me, probably because it actually feels sincere and relatable. And the rhythm is cool. Whether they send this one or a different one, I’ll most likely vote for them on the 12th.

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  61. Lolita
    February 11, 2018 @ 2:35 am

    Oh lovely, another pitiful song that mentions religion, muslims, wars, peace…once again. This is getting so predictable and out of control.

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  62. Lolita
    February 11, 2018 @ 2:32 am

    SO MANY DUETS THIS YEAR…BYE SPAIN LOL

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  63. langki
    February 11, 2018 @ 2:26 am

    Are they a couple? If yes, they are better than the awful spaniards.

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    • desfolhada
      February 11, 2018 @ 2:33 am

      No (i think). Also Madame Monsieur are a couple.

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      • Mark
        February 11, 2018 @ 6:19 am

        They’re married. Ermal and Fabrizio are both straight as far as I know.

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        • monalisa
          February 11, 2018 @ 7:13 am

          Italians hug each other all the time, no clue of lgbt.

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          • Mark
            February 11, 2018 @ 8:58 am

            They’re touchy feely.

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    • Matt
      February 11, 2018 @ 3:43 am

      Awful Spaniards? *rolls eyes*

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    • Ira
      February 11, 2018 @ 8:19 am

      No,they are good friends.Ermal is engaged with a girl and Fabrizio is married and has a child

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      • Yeah No
        February 11, 2018 @ 3:04 pm

        Well that’s really great and awesome, but in this world there are also things that happen in the down low, such as straight married men really being bi, or having secret gay affairs, or just having limited fixations that don’t necessarily overshadow their straightness but still need to be played out, then there’s the gay for pay. So really being engaged or married is just a judicial state of affairs, because internally someone may be craving or doing completely different things.

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  64. aa
    February 11, 2018 @ 2:23 am

    Oh another “lets send a song with a message but make sure it’s in a language no one but us understands” song.

    Even on Google translate it’s not clear what the song is about, is it the Syrian war again? Aka the same thing from Greece 2016 and France 2018.

    #PlayedOut

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    • Mark
      February 11, 2018 @ 6:20 am

      The song was written for Sanremo, not Eurovision.

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  65. Fast Food Music Lover
    February 11, 2018 @ 2:18 am

    I kinda like it but it seems like they have a lot of work before them by changing the chorus and shortening the song..

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  66. Riesenrad
    February 11, 2018 @ 2:02 am

    It was the best song this year!
    I also loved The Kolors. Annalisa could have made an amazing duo with Michelle Bravi like they did with guest-appearances in the 4th night.
    I still think “Vietato Morire” from Ermal Meta in Sanremo 2017 would have a clear winner of ESC! But who knows, maybe he gets lucky this year

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    • Stephane
      February 11, 2018 @ 7:34 am

      “Vietato Morire” is a masterpiece. I think this song was the true winner of SanRemo 2017 and would have been top3 in Kyev maybe winner.
      Still listen to it everyday.
      Forza Italia!
      https://youtu.be/4WMejmcT9ZY

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  67. oriental karma
    February 11, 2018 @ 2:00 am

    i don’t think people realise 99% of people watching esc don’t follow it beforehand and don’t speak italian so they won’t understand the lyrics. Also same thing as francesco how come the italian singers sound nasally and screamy like a duck lolol

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    • Mar
      February 11, 2018 @ 2:23 am

      99% of the European people don’t speak portuguese either… that argument is dead and buried by now.

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      • Joao
        February 11, 2018 @ 2:28 am

        Mar let’s be real here, im portuguese but even i know that it’s much more difficult for a non english song to win. It wont happen so soon.

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        • Joao
          February 11, 2018 @ 2:28 am

          But i wish them the best and hope they get top 5

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        • mad-professor
          February 11, 2018 @ 2:43 am

          It’s difficult but not impossible, as shown by Amar pelos dois winning a year after 1944.

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          • Mark
            February 11, 2018 @ 6:25 am

            1944 was almost entirely in English

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      • jumbo
        February 11, 2018 @ 2:53 am

        @Mar

        Nobody understood Sobral lyrics, but that song had the advantage that it was obvious it’s a simple-melancholic-love song.
        Occidentalys Karma, Mercy, and this one have too complicated messages, that you can’t guess without studying the lyrics like a euro-nerd.

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      • bish
        February 11, 2018 @ 3:09 am

        everyone in the comments is telling people to translate and listen to the lyrics….. 200 million people watching it live won’t do that

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    • benjamin
      February 11, 2018 @ 2:55 am

      maybe italians realize that but simply don’t care?

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      • Tony
        February 11, 2018 @ 8:54 am

        Exactly. Sanremo is not the national selection for Eurovision. It’s a song contest in its own right and most artists participate just to win that, without necessarily aiming to go to Eurovision.

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  68. filipko54
    February 11, 2018 @ 1:49 am

    omfg, almost all of you liked that stupid senseless song they sent last yeat but you don’t like this nice song with deep message? what’s wrong with you people? luckily you are just small part of 200 milion people, thank God 😀

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    • filipko54
      February 11, 2018 @ 1:53 am

      they chose this and you can’t change this, they are choosing their singer and song, luckily not us 😀 if u don’t like it then don’t complain, you won’t vote for this – end of the story 😀

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  69. Lourdes
    February 11, 2018 @ 1:44 am

    A more than deserved victory and such a beautiful, high quality festival. If this song is going to represent Italy in Esc, it will be my number 1, followed by France and Albania. The rest are light years away in terms of quality.

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    • Maclaren
      February 11, 2018 @ 1:51 am

      My order would be Italy, Albania and France but I think we agree that this is an outstanding top three. I am ecstatic for Ermal and Fabrizio and welcome them to Eurovision family. This is one act that Salvador would be delighted to hand over the crown to. My saving account is all prepared to vote for Italy

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      • Lourdes
        February 11, 2018 @ 1:56 am

        For me Albania and France are so close, so that I exchange their places everyday 😛 It’s not even fair to rank them as they are equally great for different reasons. But if I’ll be in Europe in May, my vote will go to Italy too!

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    • Klav
      February 11, 2018 @ 2:56 am

      Yes to both of you who placed Italy, Albania, and France as your top 3! And yes the rest of the entry don’t even come close (the rest are either cheesy, trashy or both lmao) but I liked the harmonies in Denmark’s song. If I could vote I’d alternate my votes between these 3 (and maybe there would be some great songs later, since 2015 I usually have around 5 to 9 songs I really liked).

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  70. desfolhada
    February 11, 2018 @ 1:41 am

    YAS! my new fav!

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  71. Mar
    February 11, 2018 @ 1:39 am

    They are deserving winners of San Remo, but I just can’t see this song doing well at Eurovision. I was hoping Rai would send The Kolors, Le Vibrazioni, Annalisa or Diodato to the contest. Anyway, the song is gonna need a revamp to fit the 3 minutes, maybe they can add some interest then.

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  72. LOL
    February 11, 2018 @ 1:37 am

    So there are 3 Albanians at Eurovision this year. Coming in more? lol.

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    • hah
      February 11, 2018 @ 1:56 am

      Who knows. Germany has not selected yet. LOL.

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    • Riesenrad
      February 11, 2018 @ 1:57 am

      I think ita time to allow Kosovo to compete as well ?

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      • Mark
        February 11, 2018 @ 9:09 am

        Kosovo is not a recognised country and is not in the EBU

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        • Dadaist
          February 11, 2018 @ 10:49 am

          Well its recognized by the VAST majority of EBU Members, so why not let it compete?

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    • Maclaren
      February 11, 2018 @ 1:59 am

      I do not have any Albanian blood in me but my Scottish blood strongly suggests for you to bury your nationalistic idiosyncratic statements once and for all. Ermal and Eugent music is beautiful and elevating. They could come from Mars, Jupiter or Aberdeen the way I see it and they will still be stars

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      • Riesenrad
        February 11, 2018 @ 2:04 am

        Actually JKR suggests that Scotland is called Albania in Gaelic and thats the real place where Voldemort hid. Not nowday Albania!

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      • LOL
        February 11, 2018 @ 9:24 am

        Extreme liberal SJW much?
        Eat a snickers.

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    • bona
      February 11, 2018 @ 3:40 am

      LOL! I know and Eleni and Ermal are from the same city

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  73. Max
    February 11, 2018 @ 1:34 am

    Don’t be surprised if they won ESC, too! It’s a song with a very strong message.

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    • Avadapalabra
      February 11, 2018 @ 1:40 am

      If I may add, a strong message which does not come across as juvenile or too stylized. From what I’ve heard of Italian songs at Sanremo at least, whenever they mean to get a message across, they just say it! Ocidentali’s Karma was more vested, granted, but that’s another story as the lyrics were brilliantly engineered.
      I just hope they will have good reception from the bigger audience and Italy gets cracking to advertise it and let everyone know what it is about (few people will bother to read the lyrics/find a translation).

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      • Lourdes
        February 11, 2018 @ 1:48 am

        The music video of the song has the lyrics translated in many languages, but for some reason it can only be seen in Italy for now. I hope they will allow international access soon.

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        • Jannes
          February 11, 2018 @ 1:58 am

          I can watch it here in Netherlands!

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        • eurovision6
          February 11, 2018 @ 2:02 am

          I think international access for the video came yesterday? I can also watch it from Sweden now.

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          • Lourdes
            February 11, 2018 @ 2:07 am

            That’s great! Thanks for letting me know!

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            • Avadapalabra
              February 11, 2018 @ 10:20 pm

              Yes! I watched it earlier today and it is good. Of course, one could only expect it to look sad, for that is the idea in being graphic, but it is not a blow below the belt, which is great.
              Oh, what I meant by publicising it was more like taking the song/artists on a tour and having them TALK about it 😉 THAT might make people want to search for the song meaning, etc.

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    • Mark
      February 11, 2018 @ 9:11 am

      The song is in a language hardly anyone can understand… how will people get the message?

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      • Avadapalabra
        February 11, 2018 @ 10:24 pm

        Don’t be so sure, Mark… We’re being too focused on the few “ruling” countries. Albanians will understand it, many Swiss and some Belgians, French, Spaniards, Portuguese, etc. will too. Romanians might find it easy enough to relate to it as well, as so will others.
        I speak Spanish and Portuguese and that was enough to help me get some bits and pieces from the live performance alone (mind you, I watched it once on the final night, another myth debunked), and that’s how I got to know there was some serious message going on in it… and of course I went and had it translated 😉

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  74. AngieP
    February 11, 2018 @ 1:33 am

    I’ll agree that the quality of the songs this year in Eurovision is not the best so far. The good thing with Italy is that they always bring quality and a different flavour. So I don’t think they’ll be bottom 5.
    Lo stato sociale and Annalisa were also great!Whoever the winner, I would have been happy. Happy for Ermal who has the chance to go to Eurovision! The song itself is really good but not the WOW song. I don’t get Il Volo or Gabbani vibes.Wish them all the best!!

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    • Mark
      February 11, 2018 @ 9:12 am

      Emma Marrone was bottom 5 and she had a better song than this.

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  75. EnjaESC
    February 11, 2018 @ 1:30 am

    The best song won tonight.It’s simply WONDERFUL,and for those who still have doubts about it:try listening to it again and to research some lyrics translations,you’ll get what it’s all about,and how intense it is.

    Proud to be Italian! <3

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  76. Pasadena
    February 11, 2018 @ 1:29 am

    Italy always sends quality. A deserving winner. Although I would have been fine with Lo Stato Sociale as well. Both great performances.

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    • Mark
      February 11, 2018 @ 9:12 am

      Are you sure?

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  77. Sabi
    February 11, 2018 @ 1:26 am

    So Albania will have 3 representatives at ESC 2018? It’s great for them! As curiosity, Ermal Meta and Cypriot representative, Eleni Foureira born in the same Albanian hometown – Fier just with 7 years and 1 month of difference 🙂

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    • yep
      February 11, 2018 @ 1:51 am

      That just makes it more difficult for Albania to give objective votes. 12 Italy 10 Cyprus so far lol.

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    • Riesenrad
      February 11, 2018 @ 1:54 am

      The new albanian conspiracy!!!!
      After conquering the wiwi-polls now the Albanian Network is aiming to conquer Eurovision ???
      Frankly, Im not surprised! They are lots of renounced international singers of albanian descendence like Dua Lipa, Rita Ora, Bebe Rexha, Era Istrefi…

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      • Lourdes
        February 11, 2018 @ 2:08 am

        I don’t think I’ve ever heard of Era Istrefi..

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        • song
          February 11, 2018 @ 2:36 am

          She’s a one-hit wonder that’s why. It’s that Bon Bon chick with a purple hood singing in the snow.. people think she’s singing about bootay so they put the song in gym classes, but bon is just an accented version of the word ben, which means “it works” lol..

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  78. Sabrina
    February 11, 2018 @ 1:26 am

    The first time I watched them peforming this song, it hasn’t caught my attention at all. But after reading the lyrics and listening to it a couple of times more, I started liking it a lot. Since in Sanremo the songs are presented a few times, it makes totally sense that they won it.

    My concern is that Eurovision is quite different and I don’t know if in only 3 minutes they can get all (the audience) aboard. Also, there’s the controversy about part of the song already being used before, I hope this doesn’t become a boring drama… At first I don’t see they getting a great result because I believe they will be more respected than loved.

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    • Jonas
      February 11, 2018 @ 1:28 am

      Hopefully the juries will give it fair consideration…you would think so, anyhow. The televoting may be a different story, I agree.

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      • Sabrina
        February 11, 2018 @ 1:34 am

        Exactly. The juries should pay attention to the work they did with the lyrics and this could give them at least a midtable position.

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  79. Michaela
    February 11, 2018 @ 1:25 am

    Yeeees Ermal!!! I’m his fan since previous Sanremo, so happy!

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  80. Avadapalabra
    February 11, 2018 @ 1:22 am

    Comments not knowing what the song is about (apart from catchy)… snore.
    Do your homework and search the lyrics and a decent translation into your language, as I did, getting bits fromt he live performance. That got me curious, and that’s how I found out what it is about.
    No spoiler: it is not a cheesy anthem (given the subject-matter), BTW.

    Excellent song and good performance. Bringing good and real songs to ESC is what everyone needs!

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  81. Mandy
    February 11, 2018 @ 1:22 am

    I was expecting Adesso did well and a legendary singer wins. Ron fitted perfectly for Sanremo 2018’s purposes. Watching all Sanremo orchestra musicians surprised when announcied his 4th place was enough proof about it. But I have to admit I believe he’s gonna decline the ticket to Lisbon after winning, lefting the chance for the runner-up, who was perfect for Meta+Moro. But after the controversy, Lo Stato Sociale were the best option for Eurovision. Italy showing it doesn’t wanna win Eurovision again.

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  82. Ana
    February 11, 2018 @ 1:21 am

    I’m so happy I surely won’t be able to fall asleep this night!
    I love both E. Meta and F. Moro and I want to thank you, Italy, that you let them win and go to Eurovision. Greetings from Poland! 🙂

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  83. underground
    February 11, 2018 @ 1:19 am

    pathetic fans of italy from the last year even if their entries are not good are come back!!!! however have they the right to bring this song at the esc? I’m not sure………..

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  84. Robyn Gallagher
    February 11, 2018 @ 1:19 am

    The big question is, will they be able to perform their winning song in Lisbon? It’s based on a song (by the same author) released in 2016, and while that’s within the Sanremo rules, it might be in violation of the EBU’s 1 September deadline.

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    • chessguy99
      February 11, 2018 @ 1:21 am

      I think they will just rewrite the chorus, as that is the material that was previously released.Would also give them a opportunity to add in some English.

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      • Joe
        February 11, 2018 @ 2:27 am

        Maybe a sound alike chorus of some sort? Like obviously derivative but not a violation?

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    • KESC
      February 11, 2018 @ 1:21 am

      I really hope so, I have nothing against them, but the song is just meh!
      Hopefully, Annalisa or The Kolors get chosen internally, just like in 2012.

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    • Mark
      February 11, 2018 @ 9:13 am

      They should just write a new song; you know, one that’ll do well at Eurovision.

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  85. chessguy99
    February 11, 2018 @ 1:19 am

    Hmm, looks like its back to the right side of the scoreboard for Italy.

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    • Mark
      February 11, 2018 @ 9:14 am

      Low on the right hand side.

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  86. Jonas
    February 11, 2018 @ 1:15 am

    It was the clear winner, in my opinion – justice was done!

    If the song isn’t cleared by the EBU, we may still end up with La Stato Sociale in Lisbon. Adesso and Custodire deserved higher placings, Nina Zilli too.

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  87. FrostyW
    February 11, 2018 @ 1:15 am

    I was hoping for one of the other two, mainly Annalisa. A shame that Fiorella Mannoia didn’t make another entry this year, though she made a guest appearance tonight.

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  88. ZMG
    February 11, 2018 @ 1:14 am

    Damn. I was hoping they’d decline and open up the chance of Italy sending The Kolors instead. I like Ermal and Fabrizio as singers, but I don’t think this is the best song either of them could take to Eurovision

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    • Mark
      February 11, 2018 @ 1:17 am

      It’s a race to the bottom this year. Nearly every country are not choosing their best songs.

      Reply

  89. Jannes
    February 11, 2018 @ 1:14 am

    By far the best song so far, possible winner imo. Great song and already 100% vote for Italy again like i did since 2015. Lots of love from Netherlands

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    • Mark
      February 11, 2018 @ 1:15 am

      It must be a weak field if that’s what you think.

      Reply

  90. eurovision6
    February 11, 2018 @ 1:12 am

    Both Ermal and Fabrizio deserves to go after being robbed last year.. very happy with the choice and its the only entry I like so far.. with this poor quality so far it will probably do really well

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  91. KESC
    February 11, 2018 @ 1:12 am

    These two have beautiful voices, and the song has real meaning, but I’m afraid this won’t do well!!

    I really hope that they don’t accept the offer, and Annalisa or The Kolors go to Eurovision, since they’re more suitable for Eurovision, espeically The Kolors!!!!

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    • Mark
      February 11, 2018 @ 1:14 am

      They’ve already accepted.

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      • KESC
        February 11, 2018 @ 1:15 am

        Ok, R.I.P. Italy!

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        • James
          February 11, 2018 @ 1:40 am

          Word on the street is that they’ll enter with an entirely new song.

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          • Mark
            February 11, 2018 @ 6:20 am

            Let’s hope so.

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  92. Sebastian
    February 11, 2018 @ 1:11 am

    Complimenti ragazzi!!!!

    Italy has chosen well. Despite that it’s impossible that they win Eurovision, Italy is still bringing quality and music with a deep message. Sadly I can’t vote, but itf I had the change to vote, I’d voted without doubts to them. Che capolavoro!

    In bocca al lupo a Lisbona!!!!!!

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  93. Mei
    February 11, 2018 @ 1:11 am

    And this is how Italy saves this year’s Eurovision

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    • Mark
      February 11, 2018 @ 6:21 am

      What? By totally tanking their chances of winning?

      Reply

      • Mei
        February 11, 2018 @ 5:01 pm

        Lmao you’re delusional if you think that

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  94. Jo
    February 11, 2018 @ 1:10 am

    RIP Albania’s 12 points to Cyprus.
    Anyway, I’m not a fan of the song. For Eurovision, RAI should’ve picked Frida. Ermal&Fabrizio’s song is just an “ok song”, kinda flat tbh.
    I don’t think we will make Top 10 again this year, but I don’t see us in the bottom 6. They will probably finish 10-20, I’m guessing 13-18.

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    • Mark
      February 11, 2018 @ 1:13 am

      I doubt the EBU will accept the song seeing as it was released years ago.

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      • Jonas
        February 11, 2018 @ 1:18 am

        No, it wasn’t…if you have been following (maybe you have?), you would know that only a third of the song has been recycled from another compostition…probably enough for the EBU to fudge the rules.

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        • Mark
          February 11, 2018 @ 6:23 am

          EBU has been criticized so much recently that I doubt they’d want to take the chance to ‘fudge’ anything.

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      • Jo
        February 11, 2018 @ 1:19 am

        EBU posted that they will be in Lisbon (via Twitter).

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        • Jonas
          February 11, 2018 @ 1:24 am

          Whoever runs the official Twitter account is probably just a PR employee who does not make these decisions and is unaware that there may even be an issue. I wouldn’t take this tweet as an official ruling.

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          • James
            February 11, 2018 @ 1:41 am

            It doesn’t necessarily mean that the duo will enter the same song as well.

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    • Max
      February 11, 2018 @ 1:19 am

      What do you mean by “RIP Albania’s 12 points to Cyprus.”? Albania has ALWAYS given 12 points to Italy.

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      • Jo
        February 11, 2018 @ 1:23 am

        Eleni was born in Albania.

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  95. vito
    February 11, 2018 @ 1:07 am

    He also won the Critics award for his cover in Sanremo 2017’s covers night.

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  96. Polegend Godgarina
    February 11, 2018 @ 1:05 am

    Hope we finish last seriously.

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  97. Max
    February 11, 2018 @ 1:05 am

    They were the best! All of the five live performances were breathtaking! Good luck in Lisbon!

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  98. ale
    February 11, 2018 @ 1:05 am

    I’m so pleased with this win. Again, Italy is in my top.

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  99. Polegend Godgarina
    February 11, 2018 @ 1:05 am

    I can’t effing believe they said yes. I hope EBU rejects their song, it’s seriously worse than a horse tranquilizer and pretentious af while being completely boring and uninteresting.

    From now on I am a proud citizen of Estonia, dont @ me.

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    • Jo
      February 11, 2018 @ 1:12 am

      Latvian here. lol

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    • Mark
      February 11, 2018 @ 1:12 am

      I don’t want ‘that’ Estonian song to win Eurovision. It will lead the contest down the wrong street.

      It was a weak year for Sanremo. #bringbackcarloconti

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      • KESC
        February 11, 2018 @ 1:14 am

        It was a weak year, but there were some bops like Frida, and yet they’ll probaly send these two!

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        • Milan S.
          February 11, 2018 @ 11:50 am

          Frida would have done sooo much better at ESC, even in Italian – not to mention that they cannot compete with the song with which they won the national final – its Belarus all over again…

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  100. EscGiannis
    February 11, 2018 @ 1:05 am

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ers3WnrmUY8
    My top 9 after Ermal and Fabrizio accepted the Eurovision Challenge!!! Good Choice Italy!!!!

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  101. mad-professor
    February 11, 2018 @ 1:03 am

    Not my favourite, but I’m glad Ermal finally gets to go!

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