Namaste! The 67th edition of Sanremo Music Festival has come to an end and against all odds, Francesco Gabbani won the crown and the traditional “leoncino” — the little golden lion awarded to the sanremese winner.
The mustachioed songwriter — together with his dancing gorilla — emerged as an outsider in the competition with “Occidentali’s Karma”. From the start of the week though, the song was well received by both the public and critics.
During the week, it seemed that bookies’ hot favourite Fiorella Mannoia was heading to a crushing victory. She overshadowed all the competitors in every field, with millions of views on YouTube, thousands of Spotify streams and first place on iTunes Italy. Still, we’re sure she must be pleased with her silver medal.
The big question remains for Italian Eurovision fans though: will Francesco represent Italy in Kiev? At this point, it is unsure, as we are still waiting for an official answer from RAI. It’s thought likely that Francesco will take the spot, however.
We will hopefully know the name of the next Italian Eurovision representative later tonight, or even tomorrow.
Update at 01:15am: Francesco and RAI have confirmed that he will sing at Eurovision 2017.
As with last night, the overall combined results consisted of televoting (40%), a demoscopic jury (30%) and the expert jury (30%). All 20 Campioni finalists started off with a clean slate when they performed their entries on the night.
After the first round of voting, Fiorella Mannoia, Ermal Meta and Francesco Gabbani advanced to the second and last round. In the end, it was Francesco Gabbani who emerged triumphant!
- Francesco Gabbani – Occidentali’s Karma
- Fiorella Mannoia – Che sia benedetta
- Ermal Meta – Vietato morire
- Michele Bravi – Il diario degli errori
- Paola Turci – Fatti bella per te
- Sergio Sylvestre – Con te
- Fabrizio Moro – Portami via
- Elodie – Tutta colpa mia
- Bianca Atzei – Ora esisti solo tu
- Samuel – Vedrai
- Michele Zarrillo – Mani nelle mani
- Lodovica Comello – Il cielo non mi basta
- Marco Masini – Spostato di un secondo
- Chiara – Nessun posto è casa mia
- Alessio Bernabei – Nel mezzo di un applauso
- Clementino – Ragazzi fuori
Born 9 September 1982 in Carrara, Tuscany, Francesco Gabbani is a multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter who rosed to fame after winning the Newcomer’s section and the Critic’s prize of Sanremo 2016 with the song “Amen“.
In 2016, he also toured Italy and composed the soundtrack of Italian comedy film “Poveri ma ricchi”, directed by Fausto Brizzi. The song “Foglie al gelo” was released last December 2016 as a single from the film’s soundtrack album.