On February 7 the Ariston Theatre will crank up the lights for the 2017 edition of the Sanremo Music Festival. Twenty-two artists will hit the stage and one will earn the right to represent Italy at the next Eurovision Song Contest. We’re super excited to discover who will take the baton from Francesca Michielin.
Carlo Conti, the host and artistic director of the show, recently announced the participating artists. Even more interesting, however, is that the perma-tanned presenter revealed details about the content of their entries. Over the past sixty years Sanremo has guarded info about the songs, treating them as state secrets until the first performance on the stage. Grab the popcorn and let’s discover what he told TV Sorrisi e Canzoni…
CARLO CONTI ON SANREMO 2017
Al Bano is an example of energy, strength and love for the music. His “Di rose e di spine” could have been written by Puccini or Mascagni. It reminds me of “Mattino“, one of his most classic reinterpretations.
“Ora esisti solo tu” has been written by Kekko Silvestre, lead singer of the band Modà. It’s a radio friendly song with a refrain that gets stuck in your head.
“Nel mezzo di un applauso” has the same vitality of the entry he sang last year [Noi siamo infinito], with an even stronger crescendo.
He’s a popular character. He won The X Factor but then remained a bit in the shadows. He went back to study and later carved out a niche for himself on the web. Now he brings “Il diario degli errori” on stage, a particular ballad, strong and unusual ’cause it talks about the mistakes a young guy can make. After all there is always something positive, even in a negative situation.
“Nessun posto è casa mia” is a sweet song, almost only piano and voice, that hypnotizes the audience. It will be remarkable proof for her as a performer.
His “Ragazzi fuori” is perfectly in keeping with the best rap tradition. It’s committed to young people.
Freshness and energy from a girl able to host, dance and sing. We will find those qualities in her “Il cielo non mi basta” — a beautiful piece of rhythm.
In February Gigi will turn 50. He will celebrate this special birthday with “La prima stella”, a lovable song written for a loved one who is no longer alive. Gigi speaks of how the world has changed and who he has become today.
In a few months she became popular thanks to her fierceness, voice and image. She’s a beautiful reality and her song, “Tutta colpa mia”, has a powerful crescendo.
“Fatalmente male” is an impressive entry, a hit that goes straight to the point and won’t let you sit still. Giusy sings it with her resounding voice.
“Occidentali’s karma”, like “Amen“, is a mix between the genius and madness of the lyrics and the energy of the music.
This year’s line up is like a bouquet of flowers and Fiorella is the red rose in the middle of it. “Che sia benedetta”, penned by Amara, is a hymn to life, a ballad that convinced her to enter the Festival so that the message of the song can reach a wide audience.
I believe that Marco will be the real surprise of this edition: his change will amaze you. “Spostato di un secondo” has got a new sound, in the first part he has an unusual way to sing it, and there’s an explosive modern refrain.
His “Vietato morire” is peculiar due to the contrast between the music, that has great rhythm, and the lyrics, that tell a deep story.
He’s an expert songwriter, launched years ago by the Newcomers’ section of Sanremo. “Portami via” is an extraordinary ballad in his own style.
NESLI & ALICE PABA
Their voices blend as best they can. “Do retta a te” is a wonderful radio-friendly song. I like these duets in which different worlds meet.
RAIGE & GIULIA LUZI
These two artists will make the audience dance with “Togliamoci la voglia”, an uplifting entry that exalts the union between two seemingly distant genres.
He sings an amazing love song. “L’ottava meraviglia” is dedicated to everyone we love.
Paraphrasing the title of his latest success, “La risposta“, his participation is the right answer to the skeptics who think that some artists refuse to go to Sanremo. “Vedrai” will be a bombastic hit on that stage.
“Sergione” [his nickname] is a big singer in every way. He takes the stage with “Con te” a slow track penned by Giorgia. It has some interesting shades that give value to his voice and interpretation.
A beautiful songwriter with a lot of experience. “Fatti bella per te” is a radio-friendly tune with lyrics of considerable weight and importance.
A great comeback to Sanremo and I’m so happy about it. He sings “Mani nelle mani”, a song that reflects his recognizable style.
What do you think of the Sanremo 2017 lineup? Can one of these artists give Italy its third victory? Share your thoughts below!