Last night viewers of Italy’s Sanremo 2015 cheered Il Volo on to victory. It seemed like every Italian Eurovision fan was looking to the youthful popera trio to bring Italy a bit of success in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015. However, after seeing the split results, we now know that the juries and the press were not on the same page as the public. Sanremo 2015’s split results actually indicate three different winners — one per voting group.

This year, the final night’s voting split was a bit more complex than a 50-50 televote/jury division. The press were also a voting group, and represented 30% of the vote. The expert jury was also 30%, and televoting counted for 40%. For this post, we will simply look at the second round of voting, in which Il Volo faced off against rocker Nek and balladeer Malika Ayane.

Televoting Results

1) Il Volo – 56.2%

2) Nek – 33.4%

3) Malika Ayane – 10.4%

Press Voting Results

1) Nek – 36.0%

2) Il Volo – 32.3%

3) Malika Ayane – 31.7%

Expert Jury Results

1) Malika Ayane – 39.6%

2) Nek – 37.5%

3) Il Volo – 22.9%

Combined Results

1) Il Volo – 39.0%

2) Nek – 35.4%

3) Malika Ayane – 25.6%

As shown above, each of the superfinalists won at least one section of Sanremo 2015. While Il Volo won the entire thing, they placed first, second, and third in the various categories. Does that spell trouble for them in Vienna?

Do you agree with the split results? Do you think Il Volo might clash with juries at Eurovision? Comment below!

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6 years ago

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Mariam!
Mariam!
6 years ago

Romantic, Love… i don’t know, what you think about it, but when i listen it, i have goosebumps and i want to listen it all day! what kind of expert jury they are, if they did not give to this song highest points. Voices – Amazing, Song- Brilliant, Singers – very very good Looking and so handsome(i think i fell in love with ignazio boschetto) 😀 . i want to wish them Goood Luck and best result on ESC. italian version is amazing and i hope they will not sing in English. Good luck from Germany! my favorites so far… Read more »

dennis
dennis
6 years ago

first of all: Il Volo was not popular in Italy before sanremo. Anyway i don like, but also don’t hate, this song. I think it will do quite well with the juries, but not with the televotes. the problem with this song is that it is 45 seconds too long, and we don’t know if Grande Amore will be the song for Esc. Anyway this song is a typical Italia cliché, singing about love and blablabla, with their old style. it s Like a bigger version of the Jesc s song (that i also didn’t like). I would have prefered… Read more »

Jean Nadali
Jean Nadali
6 years ago

Come on, Italy! Il VOLO won, fair & square! Let’s celebrate this win,
In the 3 voting categories, who has the most clout?
The Televoters, they are the ones who spend the $$$$$ to buy their products! E’nuff said.

Zach
Zach
6 years ago

I’m not sure what to think of this entry, my uncle loves il volo, and the song is quite good but isn’t it over the max 3mins they’d have to a do a reduction in to make it fit within the time limit without comprising the song. But maybe a more modern style, pop opera song could work. I personally would have chosen either Nina Zilli, Malika Ayane or Annalisa for Eurovision. Nina with a different song though, and maybe an English/Italian mix for Annalisa. But that is just my opinion. I believe out of all the pop opera songs… Read more »

Erin
Erin
6 years ago

Il Volo won it hands down, but with an ’emotional blackmail’ that most people couldn’t resist: Grande Amore was performed in Sanremo as a love song to a certain ‘Almighty’ and that connection was made clear with that Al Dante-like figure projected on the screen. The minimal yet powerful image represents heroism, poetry, intellect, philosophy…plus you’ve got this classical opera music styled as pop, which is still a sought-after genre in Italy and Latin America. Most of Il Volo’s albums and tracks allude to ‘divinity’, so their appeal also has this family friendly faith-based dimension that always has and always… Read more »

Eugene ESC UK
Eugene ESC UK
6 years ago

Oh forgot to say the final result of the voting of the 16 artists on the Final day (day 5,) and the voting on the Top 3 were exactly the same as the results of all 20 artists on day 4!!

Eugene ESC UK
Eugene ESC UK
6 years ago

I think the results of the FIRST voting of ALL TWENTY “Big” artists on the 4th night before any eliminations is probably the MOST relevant result as it is based ALL the acts and on a par with ESC. (Why is there any need to go through two more rounds of voting and eliminations, don’t get that!!!!????) Results in this order :- Tele / Expert / Popular / RESULT Il Volo :- ….. 1st (33.4%) / 5th../ 1st. / FIRST Nek :- ………3rd (8.0%).. / 2nd / 2nd / SECOND Malika :- …18th (1.5%) . / 1st. / 4th. /… Read more »

Chiara
Chiara
6 years ago

To everyone who thinks that they’re really popular here in Italy… Well… They’re not!
Most of their fans come from America (mostly from Argentina and US). They gained a bit of popularity here in Italy just last year because they sang for the Prime Minister.
“Grande Amore” is a masterpiece. I’m generally not a fan of pop opera but I completely fell in love with it.
P.S.: remember Vincenzo Cantiello? His song was a classic Italian ballad, a bit outdated imo. But he won JESC. So, I think Europe likes this kind of songs lately.

Random.sage2.0
Random.sage2.0
6 years ago

All hell finna break loose in May! Might follow the fate of Emma in 2014.

Like Emma said to Conchita Wurst “Good luck, baby.”

Random.sage2.0
Random.sage2.0
6 years ago

All hell finna break loose in May!

Alex
Alex
6 years ago

Speaking of Latvia 2007… that song and performance were awesome. Should’ve done much better than it did in the final.

EUROFAN MEXICO
6 years ago

SABEMOS QUE AUNQUE CREAMOS QUE UN JURADO ES IMPORTANTE, EL PUBLICO LA POPULARIDAD SIMPRE REPRESENTARA EN UNA CANCION GANANCIAS, VENTAS DE DISCO,S VISTAS EN REDES SOCIALES Y LA INMORTALIDAD DE UNA CANCION, SINO RECUERDEN COMO CANCIONES COMO VOLARE, ERES TU, IS IT TRUE, KELE KELE, DIE FOR YOU, PLAYING WITH FIRE, JE NE SA CUOIS, AN OTERS WAS MORE FAMOUS THAT THE WINNERS IN THERE CONTEST. HE DICHO

Clean Bandit
Clean Bandit
6 years ago

Remember that San Remo is not a ‘national selection’ show. It is a contest on its own but international jury is there to choose a ESC act winner or loser!

Clean Bandit
Clean Bandit
6 years ago

Doesn’t matter. They were already internally chosen to go to ESC even before the grand final of San Remo began 😉

Erin
Erin
6 years ago

A claim is now surfacing that GRANDE AMORE is partially replicating this piano composition entitled ‘Everyday’ by Carly Comando which was first played in public back in 2007.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RCObXuAwCIA
One can say that the composition of Grande Amore is similar to the theme which is played out on ‘Everyday’, especially in the verses, but I doubt if it makes a strong case.

Pingu
Pingu
6 years ago

I have absolutely no idea how Il Volo managed to gather more than 50% in the second round of televoting. The percentage of 4.5% in teh first round seems more appropriate (it is very overhyped). I also have no idea why people didn’t vote for Malika more. Her song is simply amazing and it stood out from the others.

Eugene ESC UK
Eugene ESC UK
6 years ago

In National finals it should be all about the Public vote and not the juries as the TV companies want their favourite to go through and a jury is made up of a few people.

Obviously in the ESC it is a different story, because of all the neighbourly, friendly and Diaspora voting by the public, the juries are required as a balance.

MTD
MTD
6 years ago

@Charles – masterpiece comment!

🙂

Erin
Erin
6 years ago

@MTD – thanks for reminding me as that song went completely off my radar, but I bet the Latvian trio didn’t get the Pope’s blessing and you know just how much divine intervention is worth for the masses.

Mario Vision of Gay (Grande) Amore!
Mario Vision of Gay (Grande) Amore!
6 years ago

@ Charles ~ you are very right that the public televoters tend to go with the popular singers BUT…Their song was very beautiful though.. The singer that won in Macedonia’s (FYR) NF was the winner of the X Factor show so the people voted him just because of his popularity…There was another song way much better than his but because the singer was not that popular compared to him so she lost…{ it was Tamara of course..} It happens all the time but when the *popular* winning act by televoters happens to have a beautiful song i won’t really mind… Read more »

Alex
Alex
6 years ago

the expert jury is a big joke.

Il Volo have a great song and they are talented. What they should do is to prepare a grande performance and of course try to relax and not mess it up like Amaury.

Paul
Paul
6 years ago

Boring, dated and nothing different , good job Italy does not have to go thru the semis.

Mario Vision of Gay (Grande) Amore!
Mario Vision of Gay (Grande) Amore!
6 years ago

It doesn’t matter how they really did in juries…Since they were declared the big winners of San Remo with the full combined results THIS is that matters only.. We have seen this phenomenon too many times in either eurovision or in many countries’ NF grand prixs.. ITALIA was the winner in juries in Vision of 2011 with big gap of points even from the 2nd runner up that was Azerbaijan but because the Italian entry finished 11th(!) on televoting thats why ITALY did NOT win with the combination of voting.. Like in Cypriot NF weeks ago that the winning song… Read more »

Charles
Charles
6 years ago

The italian televoting was purely based on the popularity of the acts and Il Volo are hugely popular there .. period. They could have sung about butterflies and glory holes and still the italian public would go for them … That is the sad problem of televoting: people vote for WHO they like the most regardless of what they sing .. the same problem Eurovision has, but let’s pretend none of that is real or an issue to be worried about. After all televoting is regarded as the expression of all of those who see the show at home, right?… Read more »

MTD
MTD
6 years ago

@Erin – check Latvia 2007.

Nitzan
Nitzan
6 years ago

The winners of SR 2015: the public
The losers of SR 2015: the “expert” jury

The right song was chosen and hopefully will provide Italy with It’s second ESC victory in one year, again with a song about a Grande Amore.

I also loved Nek and even he could have brought the trophy to Italy. Great song and fab performer.

Good luck Italy from Israel, it should be your year!

Erin
Erin
6 years ago

It’s interesting that Nek had nearly similar percentages in all 3 result categories (35% by average). All Il Volo needed was to have this overwhelming televoting advantage over the 2 other finalists to tip the combined score in their favor. I’m not sure how many past SanRemo winners ever earned more than 50% of the public vote: maybe I’m wrong about this, but it looks like an ‘abnormal’ distribution statistic: Suppose you had a 3 candidates race for the presidency in a free and fair election, how often can you recall one candidate gaining more than double or nearly double… Read more »

Eugene ESC UK
Eugene ESC UK
6 years ago

Why should it spell trouble for them? In many NF’s we just get told who the winner is without knowing ANY scoring at all. Under the rules they won, and that’s it. In the televote they got over 50% of the vote, the “expert” jury did not agree and who cares about the press voting. The ESC is a totally different competition. If the song goes to the ESC and to the final, it is potentially 39 very different juries and 39 very different televoting results. Who knows what will happen? But I’m guessing from what we know, the ESC… Read more »

YoungsterJoey
YoungsterJoey
6 years ago

Nek and Il Volo deserved the victory. Malika, well, I like her but I didn’t connect w/ the song. She’s also a bit of a “veteran” on the Sanremo stage, so perhaps the expert jury gave her that advantage, similar to what I believe was the case in Belarus after Rybak complained about the voting process and a jury member said some other performers have more experience and deserved the spotlight. Malika, eventually, deserves to win Sanremo but Nek and Il Volo gave brilliant performances (same to Chiara).

D
D
6 years ago

I absolutely hate groups like Il Volo, and if they send “Grande amore” Italy will go to the bottom of my list immediately and I don’t see that changing. The only Italian act I’ve liked since their return was Nina in 2012, I don’t know why Italy always does so well.

Robyn Gallagher
Admin
6 years ago

Also interesting that Dear Jack came second in the televote with 10.4%. That’s not surprising given the extreme fangirling I noticed on Twitter during their performance. Cute band alert!

george
george
6 years ago

Frankly, I’m surprised, but I suppose the expert jury went with the most pretentious entry that evening, Malika’s. Il Volo has a classy act, but Malika’s was somehow more… abstract. Moreover, I believe they were underappreciated due to the fact that they were younger (I hate youngsters looking down on elders but the elders can often be pretty obnoxious).
However, let’s not compare Sanremo juries with Eurovision juries. I’m sure Italy will make juries drool all over Europe 😀 As for the public, Il Volo can put the televoters under one pretty damn compelling spell.