It’s been a long road, but Francesca Michielin, Italy’s Eurovision act for 2016, has finally released her song for Stockholm, “No Degree of Separation”. As expected, it’s her Sanremo-winning-song “Nessun grado di separazione” edited down to three minutes and with a new English verse added.

Back in February, veteran rockers Stadio won the Sanremo Song Festival with their song “Un giorno mi dirai”. They had the right to represent Italy at Eurovision, but stood down, which meant the ticket to Stockholm went to the runner-up, X Factor winner Francesca Michielin.

Initially it was unclear as to what Francesca would be singing at Eurovision, with a suggestion that RAI might end up choosing a new song entirely, while Francesca expressed a wish to sing in English.

But earlier this month it was confirmed that Italy’s song would be a Eurovision version of “Nessun grado di separazione”, edited to the three-minute limit, with and new English chorus and English title, “No Degree of Separation”.

Three days ago Francesca debuted the song with an acoustic performance, but now – finally – the finished product is available for Eurovision fans to enjoy.

And with the release of “No Degree of Separation”, this makes the 43rd and final song from Eurovision 2016 to be officially released.

Francesca Michielin – “No Degree of Separation”

We react to the final version

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What do you think? Is “No Degree of Separation” a better Eurovision entry than “Nessun grado di separazione”? Can Italy top their third place from 2015? Share your thoughts below!

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rotone
rotone
4 years ago

Great song, it has indeed a KEANE feel in it. The english chorus is a smart idea for esc.

silvester
silvester
4 years ago

They messed up the song. It was better in Italian. I don’t find that video interesting.

dutchie
dutchie
4 years ago

I really don’t like this bilingual trend. I understand it, but I’m not sure it will work. The English chorus takes away from the general feel and flow of the song. I still really like the song though, although I wasn’t too impressed with the live version.

Pastora Soler haha!
Pastora Soler haha!
4 years ago

No need of English in this song, it sounds annoying for me.

Full italian version is beautiful.

Ian
Ian
4 years ago

This is a pleasant little song, but to be perfectly honest I preferred that acoustic piano version she released. (Although, realistically if she sent that version to Eurovision, eurofans would call it boring.)

This is my opinion (TIMO)
This is my opinion (TIMO)
4 years ago

This is special song unlike those going for eurovision excited or want to win eg. Russia recycled Helena Paparizou song. Italy follow their format every year and l love what they do as they are not affected by other countries entries that they sand their original songs best of luck l belive ltaly is the winner best of luck

ct_greece
ct_greece
4 years ago

Melodic pop of touching simplicity in flawless italian style… My top43: **THE MASTERPIECE** #1 Ukraine **THE SPECIAL ONES** #2 Austria #3 Hungary #4 France >>>#5 Italy #6 Estonia #7 Croatia #8 Latvia **THE JUST OK ONES** #9 Russia #10 Serbia #11 Australia #12 Azerbaijan #13 Switzerland #14 Iceland #15 Spain #16 Slovenia #17 Holland #18 Sweden #19 Lithuania #20 Cyprus #21 Armenia . #22 Czech Rep. >>>#23 Bulgaria #24 Norway #25 Finland #26 Malta #27 Denmark **THE INEXCUSABLE ONES** #28 Greece #29 Germany #30 Poland #31 Israel #32 FYRoM #33 Montenegro #34 Ireland #35 Albania #36 Moldova #37 Belgium #38… Read more »

Mark
Mark
4 years ago

This song should be entirely sung in Italian, that’s what fits the most. Nevertheless, it isn’t awful.

Doreo
4 years ago

Italy will win

Sparrow
Sparrow
4 years ago

@Robyn ah damn, I had my fingers crossed they would bump it up a bit, give it a real punch.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
4 years ago

Best Italian entry for a while.
Was the English needed? I think not. I hope it does not disrupt from her performance because at Sanremo, she was pretty flawless.

Colin
Colin
4 years ago

For everyone who says it was necessary to get the message across, I assure you, I got every message from any song I wanted to. I discovered a new mystical device known as Google Translate. Try it.

As for the song, it’s still lovely, but I’m not sure how to feel about the English part. It’s ok, but comes out of nowhere. I think Romanian song last year did a better job a blending it. Still in my Top 20. Good song.

Criticca
Criticca
4 years ago

Italy better bring their A-game this year. Russia has already enlisted Greek stage director Fokas Evangelinos who can turn any song(even dated ones) into gold at ESC. So who is actually joining the Italian creative direction team?

Ben Rafter
Ben Rafter
4 years ago

I’m worried about her live performance. But for now, she has moved up 10 spots on my top. My top: 1. Bulgaria 10/10 2. Malta 10/10 3. Russia 10/10 4. Croatia 10/10 5. Latvia 10/10 6. Czech Republic 10/10 7. Azerbaijan 10/10 8. Spain 9.5/10 9. Australia 9.5/10 10. Germany 9/10 11. Hungary 9/10 12. France 9/10 13. Ukraine 9/10 14. Iceland 8.5/10 15. Belgium 8.5/10 16. Italy 8/10 17. Estonia 8/10 18. Lithuania 7.5/10 19. Norway 7.5/10 20. Finland 7/10 21. Switzerland 7/10 22. Ireland 6.5/10 23. Sweden 6.5/10 24. Moldova 6.5/10 25. Netherlands 6.5/10 26. Bosnia 6.5/10 27.… Read more »

sufle
sufle
4 years ago

I don’t think it was necessary but it sounds nice and gets the message across to non-Italian speakers.

Alex
Alex
4 years ago

That was really nice. Whoever did the production is really smart. It reminds me a bit of the atmospheric feel of Keane’s second album. Good job, Italy. Another solid entry.

DJ Tiggeh
DJ Tiggeh
4 years ago

I love this but there was really no need to put a chorus in English. It was more beautiful without it.

Sparrow
Sparrow
4 years ago

Still just as beautiful as the original. I’d be more then happy if she takes it to Italy next year.

Final song release? I was hoping Switzerland would revamp their entry

Marc
Marc
4 years ago

Love it! Italy never dissapoints. In my top 5 once again. Francesca has something really special. If the performance is good and catch the atention this could do really well in May!

Hello hi
Hello hi
4 years ago

Classy again from Italy .. It’s in my top 5 with France , Sweden , Bulgaria and Malta ..

Not a strong as grande amore but still a quality piece of music ..

Erwann
Erwann
4 years ago

Mi piace tanto! Ma è inutile la parte in inglese. Comunque, l’Italie, douze points !

Peter
Peter
4 years ago

Love it!! A song like this should win Eurovision! Well written, beautiful calm song! Top ten please!!

Denis
Denis
4 years ago

Not a winner and not the best Italian entry since their return, in fact I think it’s one of their weaker efforts. But I can’t see it doing bad so top 10 again for Italy

chessguy99
4 years ago

They did a great job with the editing, I was put off by how Grand Amore was edited by just hacking off the second verse. Good job on the video edit. This could win with a good staging, but then there are a handful of songs I can say the same for.

Jan
Jan
4 years ago

I love Italian entry. It is very underrated in my opinion.. I would be very Happy if Italy or France won it all. But I kind of don’t like English part… Anyway,, WIWI, You made a videos acording to fan misleading pools… What about make a videos about dark horses of competition (according your opinion)? I think there are many underated good songs where is huge potential improvment in case of good staging….

van der
van der
4 years ago

AWESOME. I hope ITALY wins! Please Europe!

shay
shay
4 years ago

They should have done it all English .
The English part is the best in the song if would be more English it would have been my top 5 . Now I am not sure even if it’s in my top 10

nick
nick
4 years ago

I would not mind if she won!

Ejin
Ejin
4 years ago

Great version for Eurovision and the English translate refrain is also great,but the full Italian version is better and it still my number 5!.Francesca can sing great English too!

Bradley
Bradley
4 years ago

It’s modern and current certainly not the best Italy sent since their return the song song not even memorable and will just be forgotten