The Sanremo Music Festival continues tonight, as the next ten “Big Artists” present their songs that will fight for the right to represent Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015. You can watch it live from 20:50CET here.
Over the course of five nights a combination of televoting, jury voting and voting from music journalists will decide the winning act in the competition.
Yesterday, we saw some shock highs, such as Nesli, and some shock lows, such as Lara Fabian. Let’s see who we can look forward to during Sanremo night two.
Sanremo’s heavy hitters:
Nina Zilli is one of two former Eurovision representatives competing tonight. She was originally set to perform a ballad entitled “Per Sempre” in Baku, but instead swapped it for the jazzy “L’amore è femmina” and placed ninth overall. Her song tonight is entitled “Sola” (Alone), and will be very much blues and soul, in true Zilli style.
Raf is also a Eurovision alum, but less familiar to newer fans. He competed in 1987 in a duet that placed third, and now is back to Sanremo with “Come una favola” (Like A Fairytale).
Il Volo is a popera trio made of two tenors and a baritone, all born in the mid-nineties. They might be one of the youngest acts, but after rising to fame on Ti Lascio Una Canzone (which produced the likes of Federica Falzon and Vincenzo Cantiello), they have had a chart-topping career since. Their song, “Grande Amore” (Grand Love), is reportedly “perfect for Europe”: appealing to the jury and televote, young viewers and old, Portuguese to Azerbaijani voters.
Ones to watch:
A couple more acts will be returning to Sanremo tonight. Bianca Atzei (2014 Newcomer’s section), Biggio & Mandelli (2012), Irene Grandi (1994, 2000, 2010), and Marco Masini (1990, 1991) will all be returning to take another shot at the contest.
Anna Tatangelo is a two time winner of Sanremo, having been victorious in both 2002 (in the “New Artists” section) and 2006 (in the Women’s section). This will be her seventh Sanremo appearance, at the young age of 28.
Newcomer to the contest Lorenzo Fragola is the winner of the eighth season of X Factor Italy. His song, “Siamo uguali” will hold international appeal and could be a radio hit.
Moreno is the sole outsider tonight. He’s a newcomer to Sanremo and isn’t a singer, but rather a rapper. It’s unlikely Italy will go for it, but diversity is always a good thing.
Here’s a full list of the 10 acts performing tonight:
Bianca Atzei, Il solo al mondo
Biggio & Mandelli, Vita d’inferno
Lorenzo Fragola, Siamo uguali
Irene Grandi, Un vento senza nome
Il Volo, Grande amore
Marco Masini, Che giorno è?
Moreno, Oggi ti parlo così
Raf, Come una favola
Anna Tatangelo, Libera
Nina Zilli, Sola
Who are you excited to see in Sanremo tonight? Who do you think will have go through to the final? Comment below!