Francesca Michielin is receiving some truly supreme support ahead of Eurovision 2016!
On Saturday the 21-year old Italian songstress had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet Pope Francis! Twelve points from the Vatican City?
Clearly moved by the experience, she took to social media to share a selfie with the leader of the Catholic Church.
On Instagram she wrote: “Forever in my heart! Grazie Papa Francesco!”
The photo clocked up more than 80,000 likes on Facebook within a few hours.
Francesca was in Rome to participate in a special concert at the Stadio Olimpico to commemorate the “Jubilee of Young Boys and Girls”.
She delivered another brilliant rendition of her ESC track “No Degree of Separation”. She opted for the full Italian version.
Before the performance, Simone Annichiarico — host of the concert — asked her about Eurovision. Francesca said she will embark on a special project connected to her song, which, as you know, was inspired by the theory of six degrees of separation.
The young singer will travel Stockholm on a bus and make six stops in six European cities starting from her hometown Bassano del Grappa, near Venice.
In an interview with the Italian Eurovision source Eurofestival News, Francesca revealed that she will definitely stop in Vienna and Berlin.
Day after day there are fewer degrees of separation between Francesca and all of us — we cannot wait to see her in Sweden!