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
Il Volo at Eurovision 2015
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!