Michele Perniola has gone native! After representing San Marino at Junior Eurovision 2013 and Eurovision 2015, he recently represented his homeland Italy on the New Wave stage in Sochi, competing under the alias Pernyola Mikele. Perniola fought tooth and nail against 15 other contestants from 11 countries, all to win the coveted wave trophy (oh, and 3.5 million rubles).
He sang a duet with his producer Antonello Carrozza, a cover of the 1980s classic “A me me piace o’ Blues” and his own original song “Panico”. The latter is an absolute corker, giving us serious “Uptown Funk” vibes and sounding very authentic in the Italian language. As always, Michele popped and jammed all over the stage, and the audience lapped it right up (with the possible exception of Ani Lorak at 0:50 – although she has been a shady lady recently).
Michele may not have won the competition, but with the song rolling in at three minutes and two seconds and lyrics by Charlie Mason (“Rise Like a Phoenix”, “Here for You”), it raises an important question: Was “Panico” originally intended for Eurovision? Well…
Michele Perniola: “Panico” at New Wave 2015
Antonello Carozza has confirmed to wiwibloggs that he did in fact conceive “Panico” as a hypothetical entry for Michele at Eurovision 2015. And yes: that’s Michele, singular, as a solo artist. However, by the time Anita & Michele had been chosen to represent San Marino in February, San Marino’s state broadcaster had already made arrangements with Eurovision veteran Ralph Siegel to write their song, and “Panico” was never considered.
Now let the cold realisation hit you that San Marino could have finally sent a competitive entry to Eurovision, and even landed in the top 5 – but Mr Siegel struck again. But this is not all sad news. Now that we know that quality music is being made for the Most Serene Republic, at least we have some hope to go with our San Marino wishlist for 2016.