Alea iacta est! For weeks we’ve been anxiously waiting to know which language Italy’s Francesca Michielin would sing in at Eurovision 2016. And now we finally have an answer! The young Italian lady will perform “Nessun grado di separazione” in both Italian and English.

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The Italian Eurovision source Eurofestival News has just announced that Francesca’s song remains almost entirely in Italian, except for one English-language chorus (which is about twenty seconds long) in the second half of the song.

The site adds that the lyrics in English will be a simple translation of the song, without any significant changes to the meaning.

FRANCESCA MICHIELIN “NESSUN GRADO DI SEPARAZIONE”

And there’s more tasty news coming out of Italy. The already mentioned Eurofestival News revealed that an important creative director will join the Italian team to build a wondrous performance with international appeal. They didn’t reveal her name but added that she has worked with several famous artists and Eurovision stars in recent years, including a winner and a top 3 finisher among them. Yes, sh*t just got real!

Are you excited? Do you agree with Italy’s choice to sing “Nessun grado di separazione” in Italian and English? Let us know below!

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The Anders
4 years ago

I wanted it to be entirely in Italian 🙁

It’s a bloody shame that there are so few songs not in English this year. It does take away some of the charm, especially because it makes the field more uniform. Moreover many of the songs sound more honest when performed in their native language.

Sadly the field is also quite uniform musically this year. We have far too many cold synth-pop songs with very little substance. There are some oases too, thankfully, but I want more diversity.

Rich
Rich
4 years ago

I personally can not wait to hear the ESC version. I am sure Francesca will do us all proud on the night. This is by far the most appealing song this year. Francesca is such talented young singer/songwriter. A star has been born whatever happens in May. Thank you Italia!

Good Luck Team Francesca!!!

Ilvolover
Ilvolover
4 years ago

Italy’s victory was robbed last year, hopefully things will reverse in 2016

Leaf
Leaf
4 years ago

@BBB
Hope they hire like 5 backing vocalists to help her our …. The song is pure magic, I honestly cannot stop listening nor get enough of it.

Comparing it to the others songs this year …… This one has soul, unlike most !!!!!!!!!!

PhysalisFranchetti
PhysalisFranchetti
4 years ago

Oh No – another country has felt that they should sing (at least some of it in English). It’s the jury marking scheme’s fault – perhaps there should be marks that reward singing a good percentage of the song in a native language? One year then maybe the BBC will feel that the UK’s entry could be in one of the minority Celtic languages of the UK……..being European is not about forcing ourselves to all be the same, rather about embracing our differences

Nicky91
Nicky91
4 years ago

so excited for Malta, can’t wait until March 17

anyway good choice Francesca, chorus in english, helps understand the people better what you’re singing 🙂

DJ Tiggeh
DJ Tiggeh
4 years ago

i’m really excited for a great show from Italy this year, but alas, a little upset they have decided to add English to the song. The song is beautiful and amazing in the Italian language which I don’t understand. But I can close my eyes and take in all the wonderful harmonies and enjoy to the fullest. I fear the English text may distract from the loveliness of it all.

Denis
Denis
4 years ago

Wonder how they will shorten it though? That’s a far more pressuring issue than language. How will it sound shorten?
As it is now it’s a typical Italian entry.

Olivia
4 years ago

I’m glad she decided not to change entirely to English. I feel like the lack of language diversity in Eurovision is starting to become a problem, and there have already been a few songs changed completely to English that I was less than thrilled about (Looking at you, Albania.) Bilingual entries are usually a good way to go c:

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
4 years ago

I think this is the best Italian entry since they came back.
A little bit of English will not hurt it, when the song is this good!

BBB
BBB
4 years ago

Leaf

I like the song, but she can t sing very good live.
After they comeback to Eurovison male singer had better result than female singer.
male singer 2011. 2 2013.7 2015. 3 trio
female singer 2012. 7 2014. 21 2016 ?
My prediction if she sing good from 7 to 12 place in final, if she don t sing good from 12 to 16 place in final.

Leaf
Leaf
4 years ago

Love this song !!!!!!!!!

Italy could and should win this year if they perform well !!!!!!!

BBB
BBB
4 years ago

My TOP 10 for I semifinal wihout Malta
1.Czech Republic
2.Russia
3.Estonia
4.Armenia
5.Azerbaijan
6.Croatia
7.Hungary
8.Cyprus
9.Iceland
10.Bosnia

My TOP 10 in II semifinal without Bulgaria
1.Latvia
2.Serbia
3.Ukraine
4.Poland
5.Norway
6.Australia
7.Belgium
8.Romania
9.Belarus
10.Denmark

Big 5 and host
1.Italy
2.France
3.Germany
4.Spain
5.United Kingdom
6.Sweden

My TOP 10 without Malta,Bulgaria

1.Czech Republic
2.Russia
3.Latvia
4.Serbia
5.Italy
6.France
7.Ukraine
8.Poland
9.Estonia
10.Armenia

Criticca
Criticca
4 years ago

Wonderful news! now I just hope that the title will be changed in English or shortened. Its a little too long to be remembered & understood.

chessguy99
4 years ago

Looking over the videos from Sanremo, the chorus is a solid 30 seconds. I think they may do the bridge in english, which could work as its only part of the chorus slowed for dramatic effect.

Bhrister Cjorkman
Bhrister Cjorkman
4 years ago

I’m not sure whether that is a good idea, but we will see. It is currently my 9th favorite, and I think familiar words like “separazione” is good enough for us to sing along.

BBB
BBB
4 years ago

My predcition for draw , because draw decide host and reference group full of members from western nordic countries and SVT like uptempo song for opening and close or song with tehnical inovation
I semifinal
1.Russia
2.San Marino
3.Croatia
4.Hungary
5.Armenia
6.Moldova
7.Greece
8.Finland
9.The Netherlands
10.Azerbaijan
11.Estonia
12.Czech Republic
13.Bosnia Herzegovina
14.Austria
15.Montenegro
16.Malta
17.Cyprus
18.Iceland

For II semifinal
1.Latvia
2.Belarus
3.Serbia
4.Poland
5.F.Y.R Macedonia
6.Lithuania
7.Switzerland
8.Israel
9.Australia
10.Ireland
11.Ukraine
12.Bulgaria
13.Belgium
14.Albania
15.Romania
16.Slovenia
17.Norway
18.Georgia
19.Denmark

Nikola
Nikola
4 years ago

I love this song, for me Italy is on top 5.

Mar
Mar
4 years ago

I can live with one chorus in english. Thank you RAI people for knocking some sense into this girl. I don’t think anyone should worry about her ending up in a similar position as Emma, Francesca isn’t likely to dress like a Ceasar, flash her panties on stage and sing out of tune the whole song.
Curious as to how they’ll make lyrics like “No degrees of separation, no type of excitement, there are no divisions” fit into the melody. I really hope that’s not the simple translation they’ll use, it sounds awful.

Escfan
Escfan
4 years ago

I really love this song, but I don’t know why I have the feeling that it is going to happen the same as in 2014 with Emma (I also preddicted it before she sang) because the song is too difficult and she won’t be able to express what the song requires

chessguy99
4 years ago

More concerned about how they’ll handle the 30 second overage of the original. Last year I loved Grande Amore from Sanremo, but was left flat with the Eurovision edit. I thought eliminating the second verse made the song overly repetitive and left out the better of the two verses. I think that was one of the things, along with the budget staging, that cost Italy jury points.

David Who
David Who
4 years ago

@DiabloRoma: I’m jealous. 🙂
I really love this song and she is so good. I think Italy will do very well again this year. x

DiabloRoma
DiabloRoma
4 years ago

@David Who:

I had the pleasure to see her perform on a mini-acoustic live in Rome. She can seriously play the piano + she was fantastic that day.

I can assure you that she will deliver a good live rendition. I feel like she knows how important the night is: she performed better and better day after day in Sanremo, too.

Hex
Hex
4 years ago

OH WHY?! She should sing it all in Italian! It makes the song way better :/ I guess we will have to see what the version is like…

David Who
David Who
4 years ago

Francesca never gives up 🙂
She’s been fighting against her team to sing the whole thing in English and now they have compromised: 20 seconds. Either way I don’t care – it’s a beautiful moving song in any language, and Francesca is amazing.
Do a YouTube search for her performing the song at the piano live, and see what I mean. Good luck Francesca. 🙂

mocosuburbian
mocosuburbian
4 years ago

ayyy
not as bad as it could have been

beccaboo1212
4 years ago

Ok…if you say so!

Charles
Charles
4 years ago

@MirkoJoshua: Considering your profound lack of desire to learn any other language than English since Italian is not your forté … I mean … nobody wants to see you understand Italian lyrics that you will hate with all your heart … Why don’t you focus on Russia’s Sergey and enjoy his cheesy average song and with the hope of him undressing his torso and make you go wildly crazy and forget what a bad song that is? It will work trust me … and you don’t even have to pay attention to the words. Nobody cares.

Racal
Racal
4 years ago

She’s gonna pull a Natasha St Pier: ruining a beautiful song in French/Italian with a couple of English words, just for the sake of it. What’s the use? If you want to sing in English just do it (although I think it’s a bad idea), don’t stop in the middle of the way.

There’s only one half-half song that won the ESC: Wild Dances, more than 10 years ago. Isn’t that enough to prove that it’s no winning recipe? Come on Italy, I thought you were better than that…

Daniel E.
Daniel E.
4 years ago

I loved all the Italian entries since they returned, with my favourite being L’Essenziale. This one is not on the same level, but I still love it, it’s in my personal top 5.

jacob
jacob
4 years ago

my 2nd place! keep it fab!

mad-professor
mad-professor
4 years ago

It’s 20 seconds – not that bad.

jr esc nl
jr esc nl
4 years ago

@no scoped
Not really… Il volo would have won if there was no jury vote in 2015 and that shows europe still appreciates good songs sung in a countries native thung.

Österrike
Österrike
4 years ago

My treasure is the Polish song……

Paul D.
Paul D.
4 years ago

@M

Don’t forget that Malta has a new song, to be released on Thursday I think

NoScoped
NoScoped
4 years ago

@jr esc nl but In This Era You Win With English Songs Its A More Worldwide Language

M
M
4 years ago

Waiting for Poli to finish our tops!

Nadors
Nadors
4 years ago

@MirkoJoshua
Why do you say that about Italy? We’re not the heroes of the night, it’s not our fault if we’re dancing with the demons in our mind…..

Colin
Colin
4 years ago

Bilingual is always a good idea for ESC, but you need to make sure of 2 things; lyrics meaning/rhytm (which is apparently done), and the second is – accent. She better have good English accent to pull it off. Unintelligible English is stopping the understanding of the song way more than it was in whatever language. (ref. Albania 2014, Romanian this year’s candidate Irina Popa).

But if she CAN pull it off, it can the top, like Nina Zilli, Amir this year or Voltaj the last year.

ARCHIFY
ARCHIFY
4 years ago

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Héctor
Héctor
4 years ago

I don’t like much this song. It’s not bad, but if this song was representing another country like France, Switzerland, Spain, Germany or Austria, would get a bottom five. Italy could have sent better songs, but San Remo 16 was a bit weak.

Hello hi
Hello hi
4 years ago

I do love this song and it needs part in English just like France 2001 which give a better understanding for a larger audience ..
However I feel it takes more than one listen to appreciate it …

#TeamFrancesca
#TeamFrancesca
4 years ago

PLEASE WINNER THIS YEAR!! ITS AWESOME AND IM SO EXCITED!! GO ITALY!!GO FRANCA!! NESSUN GRADO DI MUTHAFAKERS!!

Luna
Luna
4 years ago

I personally preferred totally Italian, but only one chorus in English not that bad acutually! I hope she will have an amazing result in May. This is my favourite entry this year! ??

blondboybc
blondboybc
4 years ago

Well, at least she’s leaving most of it in Italian, which I prefer, but REALLY would’ve liked it entirely in Italian…it’s such a beautiful language! At least they didn’t pull a Spain. I mean, we might as well call it ANGLOvision. LMAO!

MirkoJoshua
MirkoJoshua
4 years ago

Interesting plot twist… but she will do great anyway and in any language. The song is just horrible but that’s Italy so it will be overrated as always. Plus if 90% of the song is sung in Italian, people wouldn’t even understand what she’s singing about and that’s only and advantage for her. So Italy will place well with an awful song with cheap and meaningless lyrics as always, yaaaaay…..

Huh
Huh
4 years ago

@jr esc nl
It’s like 2014 all over again but with many participating countries.

Huh
Huh
4 years ago

So the Big 5 will sing their respective songs with full or part English after all.

Jani
Jani
4 years ago

i would have preffered it fully in Italian but at least mixed language is better than full english

Jani
Jani
4 years ago

i would have preffered it fully in Italian but al least mixed language is better than full english