Despite the tidal wave of new Eurovision 2017 songs presented in the past few weeks, he remains the bookies’ hot favourite to win Eurovision 2017.
And on March 25 Italy’s Francesco Gabbani reminded the world why as he delivered another delightful performance of “Occidentali’s Karma” at the Coca Cola Onstage Awards.
The event — which honours the best live tours and concerts of the year — took place in Milan and welcomed several Italian artists, including Sanremo 2017 contestants Michele Bravi and Clementino.
Among the winners were two former Eurovision entrants. Marco Mengoni won three gongs (Best Tour, Best Fan Base and Live Hymn of the Year for his song “Parole in circolo“), while Emma Marrone won the Best Female Artist award.
Gabbani was invited as a special guest following the huge success of “Occidentali’s Karma“. The song topped the Italian FIMI Singles chart, gaining double platinum status for pushing more than 100,000 copies and streams in four weeks. The official video clip of the song now has more than 70 million of views on YouTube. The tune is definitely keeping the momentum going!
You can watch the powerful live performance above — and without the iconic gorilla. He didn’t join Francesco on stage this time but he will be on hand to greet the audience in Kyiv. A few days ago Italian HoD Nicola Caligiore confirmed that the “dancing ape” will be part of the performance.
“How could we possibly get rid of the gorilla?” he said. “I mean, it’s our selling point this year. I think that our act will be quite similar to the one in Sanremo, our national final. We will enhance it and adapt it for the stage. It has been so successful so far. We don’t feel we need to turn things.”
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