Perché Sanremo è Sanremo! After weeks of anxious waiting, on February 6 Sanremo Music Festival has finally kicked off.
A glamorous atmosphere, tons of glitter and sequins, a bombastic dynamic scenography. The most loved and talked-about Italian program of the year delivered another amazing — even if endless — show. But it’s always worth it to see!
— Festival di Sanremo (@SanremoRai) February 6, 2018
During the first episode, we enjoyed special guest appearances from Italian host, comedian and singer Fiorello — who opened the show and made several incursions on stage during the night — and Eurovision 1970 representant Gianni Morandi. He performed his latest single “Una vita che ti sogno” together with Tommaso Paradiso, leader of the band The Giornalisti.
Guess what? There was also a face many European viewers may remember. 83-year-old salsa dancer Paddy Jones — who took part in Britain’s Got Talent, Tu si que vales and La France a un incroyable talent — earned a standing ovation dancing to Lo Stato Sociale‘s performance “Una vita in vacanza“.
— LALLERO (@SeeLallero) February 6, 2018
Anyway, all of our attention has been focused on the main event for Eurovision fans: the original numbers, heard by the public for the very first time, as required by sanremese tradition! After four hours of songs, the results were revealed in random order.
SANREMO’S FIRST NIGHT
- Annalisa – Il mondo prima di te
- Lo Stato Sociale – Una vita in vacanza
- Max Gazzè – La leggenda di Cristalda e Pizzomunno
- Ermal Meta & Fabrizio Moro – Non mi avete fatto niente
- Nina Zilli – Senza appartenere
- Noemi – Non smettere mai di cercarmi
- Ron – Almeno pensami
- Luca Barbarossa – Passame er sale
- Elio e le Storie Tese – Arrivedorci
- Giovanni Caccamo – Eterno
- Mario Biondi – Rivederti
- The Kolors – Frida (Mai mai mai)
- Ornella Vanoni, Bungaro & Pacifico – Imparare ad amarsi
- Red Canzian – Ognuno ha il suo racconto
- Decibel – Lettera dal Duca
- Diodato & Roy Paci – Adesso
- Enzo Avitabile & Peppe Servillo – Il coraggio di ogni giorno
- Roby Facchinetti & Riccardo Fogli – Il segreto del tempo
- Le Vibrazioni – Così sbagliato
- Renzo Rubino – Custodire
If you’re cheering for the results, we must warn you: this is not the definitive ranking of the first night. To keep us in suspense until Saturday, the organizers decided to show us just the results of ONE “voting jury” — a different one each night.
A bit messy indeed… but this is how it works! That said, for the first night it was the turn of the “demoscopic poll”.
Tomorrow night will feature ten artists who will sing their entries for a second time, including your hot favourite Annalisa, Italian Eurovision 2012 act Nina Zilli and betting agencies’ pick Ermal Meta and Fabrizio Moro. Who are y’all excited for?
HOW WILL THE SANREMO WINNER BE PICKED?
Voting during the five evenings occurred through different combinations of four methods:
- Public televoting, carried out via landline, mobile phone, the contest’s official mobile app, and online voting.
- Press jury voting, by accredited journalists that followed the competition from the Roof Hall at the Ariston Teathre.
- A demoscopic poll, composed of a sample of 300 music fans, which voted from their homes via an electronic voting system managed by Ipsos.
- Expert jury voting, resulting from points assigned by eight personalities from the world of music, entertainment and culture.
The three voting systems will have a percentage weight so distributed:
- First, Second and Third Evening: 40% Public televoting; 30% Demoscopic poll; 30% Press jury voting
- Fourth and Fifth Evening: 50% Public televoting; 30% Press jury voting; 20% Expert jury voting
In the final part of the fifth evening, a new rank indicating the first three acts — determined by the percentage of votes obtained in this evening’s vote and those obtained in previous evenings — will be drawn up.
What do you think of the songs of Sanremo 2018? Who are you most excited for? Share your thoughts below!