With two shows behind it, Sanremo 2017 moved on to the traditional “cover night” on Thursday.
The 16 Campioni participants — who had placed in the top 8 in the first two episodes — performed their own version of an existing hit single to win the “Best Cover Performance” award. The outcome of this peculiar internal competition has no influence on the final result. But it’s tradition, and traditions linger.
Just like yesterday, the live show started with the performances of half of the Nuove Proposte, the category dedicated to newcomers, judged by televote (50%) and the press center (50%).
Two are in, two are out: Maldestro with “Canzone per Federica” and Lele with “Ora mai” advanced to the final, while Tommaso Pini with “Cose che danno ansia” and Valeria Farinacci with “Insieme” got the boot. Sayonara.
In the endless list of guest performers this evening, one is worth mentioning: British singer MIKA. His rendition of “Jesus to a Child” paid homage to the late George Michael. Another standout was the American songwriter LP — who earned a standing ovation singing “Lost on you” and “Other people“.
1. Ermal Meta – “Amara terra mia” (Domenico Modugno)
2. Paola Turci – “Un’emozione da poco” (Anna Oxa)
3. Marco Masini – “Signor Tenente” (Giorgio Faletti)
The key part of the evening, however, came at the end, when the six provisionally eliminated Big artists sang their entries again to earn a spot in Friday’s semifinal, with the public at home (50%) and accredited journalists (50%) deciding their fate.
We’re glad to report that the Wiwi readers’ big favourite Giusy qualified for the next round! Now let’s hope she sorts out her live vocals.
- Clementino – “Ragazzi fuori“
- Bianca Atzei – “Ora esisti solo tu“
- Giusy Ferreri – “Fa talmente male“
- Ron – “L’ottava meraviglia“
Tomorrow evening, the 20 semifinalists will sing their original entries, judged by the televote (40%), the jury experts (30%) and a demoscopic poll (30%) — a sample consisting of hundreds of people scattered throughout Italy chosen from those people who bought at least one album or saw a concert in the last six months.
Four of the Campioni will definitely abandon the contest, while 16 finalists will vie for the trophy on Saturday night. Who would you like to see representing Italy at Eurovision 2017?