“You didn’t do anything to me!” they sing in their Sanremo 2018 entry. A prophetic title, since the RAI legal department has ruled that Ermal Meta and Fabrizio Moro will remain in the competition with the song “Non mi avete fatto niente“.
This is the end of a quarrel — that made headlines in Italy— which involved the hot favourites to win. According to the allegations, the song could not be considered “new” — as required by the rules of the Italian contest — as it contains parts of “Silenzio“, a track by Ambra Calvani and Gabriele De Pascali, already published in 2016 and performed on several occasions.
During this morning’s press conference, RAI 1 assistant director Claudio Fasulo read an official statement from the broadcaster:
Following technical evaluations, RAI believes that the song “Non mi avete fatto niente”, interpreted by Ermal Meta and Fabrizio Moro, should not be excluded from the competition, as it complies with the requirements of the Sanremo regulations in force since 2013.
According to the regulation, it is allowed to use excerpts of songs already published, within the limits of a third of the new song. The song “Non mi avete fatto niente” contains excerpts of the song “Silenzio” for less than the third of its overall duration, so the fact that the song “Silenzio” was already published, does not affect the song in the competition.
These, for transparency, the results of the technical analysis that led to the decision. Although the refrains of the two songs are partially overlapping, in music and lyrics, the sum of the excerpts used does not exceed one minute and three seconds of the total duration of the same song of three minutes and twenty-four seconds, and is therefore less than one third of the whole song. The two songs therefore, although presenting analogies, are not the same song, for this reason the entry remains in the competition”.
Ermal Meta and Fabrizio Moro cheer and speak to journalists, rushed to their press conference held in the afternoon.
“Everyone knows who we are,” they say. “You have two songwriters in front of you, we have been doing this job for a long time, we are among the lucky ones who have transformed their passion into a job facing hard times”.
“We know what it means to write a song, it’s like preserving beauty. We are not two scoundrels, it would have made no sense to do what we are accused of. We have many unpublished songs, both Fabrizio and I have enough to make three more albums”.
While Sanremo 2018 continues, several participants are aiming to sing at Eurovision.
On Saturday we’ll get to know who among the 20 big names will fly to Lisbon next May. And year after year, the desire to perform on the European stage grows in many Italian artists.
“It would be cool! They told us that this year RAI will choose who goes: we hope to convince the broadcaster,” said indie pop band Lo Stato Sociale to La Repubblica. They, of course, brought on stage the 83-year-old salsa dancer Paddy Jones to perform to “Una vita in vacanza“.
Funk-rock trio The Kolors — competing with “Frida (Mai Mai Mai)” — already has a clear idea about their project: “In case we would sing it in English, it was born in that language as every our other song”.
A recent winner made crooner Mario Biondi change his mind. “When I watched Eurovision for the first time I was in London with some British friends,” he admits. “They only highlighted the trash of the show, so I didn’t want to go there. But after the victory of Salvador Sobral, with a very delicate piece, I changed my mind. Yes, I would like to take part”.
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