Tonight the grand final of Italy’s iconic Sanremo Music Festival will take place. The winner won’t necessarily be the Italy act for Eurovision 2018, but it will at least give an indication of who might be boarding that plane to Lisbon in May.
For the first time, broadcaster RAI has uploaded the performing videos of the competing acts to YouTube. And from that, it’s possible to look at the view counts of all the performances.
Is this a good indication of potential Sanremo success? It’s hard to tell, but in the past Italians have smashed records for the YouTube views of “Grande Amore” and “Occidentali’s Karma”. So it’s fair to say there is a national appetite for videos of Sanremo stars.
Topping the list with 2,227,491 views is one of the big favourites of the competition, Ermal Meta & Fabrizio Moro with “Non mi avete fatto niente”. The song was the subject of controversy earlier in the week after it was discovered that it uses the chorus of an older song by the same author. This is within the rules of Sanremo, but may prove problematic if it were to go to Eurovision.
In second place with 1,430,244 views is indie band Lo Stato Sociale with their song “Una vita in vacanza”. Their Sanremo performance is generating plenty of buzz due to its guest dancer. 83-year-old salsa dancer Paddy Jones makes a jaw-dropping appearance halfway though the song.
Third is three-time Sanremo veteran Annalisa. Her song “Il mondo prima di te” has picked up 740,197 views. She’s followed by the pop-rock group The Kolors who gained 545,378 views for their song “Frida”
iTunes could also provide similar hints. In the Italian chart, the top four positions are taken by Sanremo entries: Lo Stato Sociale, Ermal Meta & Fabrizio Moro, Annalisa and The Kolors.
These four acts also appear in the Spotify Top 50 chart for Italy. Ermal Meta & Fabrizio Moro are in 7th place, Lo Stato Sociale is 11th, Annalisa takes the 18th spot and The Kolors is 29th.
Views of Sanremo 2018 competing acts on RAI’s YouTube channel
- Ermal Meta & Fabrizio Moro – “Non mi avete fatto niente” (2,227,491 views)
- Lo Stato Sociale – “Una vita in vacanza” (1,430,244 views)
- Annalisa – “Il mondo prima di te” (740,197 views)
- The Kolors – “Frida” (545,378 views)
- Max Gazzè – “La leggenda di Cristalda e Pizzomunno” (553,304 views)
- Nina Zilli – “Senza appartenere” (538,896 views)
- Noemi – “Non smettere mai di cercarmi” (435,568 views)
- Luca Barbarossa – “Passame er sale” (428,201 views)
- Ornella Vanoni feat. Bungaro & Pacifico – “Imparare ad amarsi” (370,367 views)
- Elio e le Storie Tese – “Arrivedorci” (343,028 views)
- Ron – “Almeno Pensami” (240,244 views)
- Diodato & Roy Paci – “Adesso” (252,703 views)
- Enzo Avitabile feat. Peppe Servillo – “Il coraggio di ogni giorno” (234,636 views)
- Giovanni Caccamo – “Eterno” (223,731 views)
- Roby Facchinetti & Riccardo Fogli – “Il segreto del tempo” (204,094 views)
- Red Canzian – “Ognuno ha il suo racconto” (198,478 views)
- Mario Biondi – “Rivederti” (166,858 views)
- Decibel – “Fuori dal tempo” (136,753 views)
- Le Vibrazioni – “Così sbagliato” (369,264 views)
- Renzo Rubino – “Custodire” (101,780 views)
What do you think? Can Spotify predict the Sanremo winner? Or are we in for a surprise? Share your thoughts below!