The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues to rank and review the 43 songs competing in Eurovision 2018. Next we turn to Italy, where Sanremo 2018 winners Ermal Meta & Fabrizio Moro have their song “Non mi avete fatto niente” (You did nothing to me). Did we feel their message? Read on to find out?
Ermal Meta & Fabrizio Moro – “Non mi avete fatto niente”
“Non mi avete fatto niente” reviews
Robyn: I love this song, but it’s one that grew on me — and that isn’t always a good thing for Eurovision. “Non mi avete fatto niente” is packed with emotion and social commentary, a defiant anthem for this modern world. And that’s the big challenge for Italy. It’s a very wordy song, so if that message can get through, then the song stands a better chance of working as a Eurovision entry. But even without subtitles, Meta and Moro still convey the defiance of the lyrics.
Antranig: I have to agree with Robyn — this one took many many listens for it to grow on me. Does it have enough of an impact on the first listen to collect votes at Eurovision? Personally, I doubt it. Additionally, the message of the song is so deep that it may have limited appeal to non-Italian speakers. Even as someone who knows a little bit of Italian, I connect with the song a lot more with the subtitles on. I hope this does well for Italy but I have my doubts.
Chris: Italy’s major problem is that there’s at least one song that’s doing “social commentary” already in the final — and doing it better. The music video tells the story well, but live there’s just too much of a disconnect. It feels more like you’re being told off than made to rally around the message, which will surely be offputting to voters as well.
Cinan: Hmm. Not my cup of tea really, but I do like the chorus — one of the most important parts of a song. I like the message they are giving with this song, but not sure if they will do very good this year. I wish them good luck.
Kristin: Here you go again, Italy. Sweeping me off my feet. Bravo. “Non mi avete fatto niente” is completely different from the joy rush that was “Occidentalis Karma”, but jeez, this song is just too good! Meta and Moro have perfect chemistry, harmonize beautifully, the melody is a slam dunk from the first note and the meaning behind the lyrics give me chills and little lump in my throat. This is deep, this is raw and this is totally getting to me.
Padraig: As always, Italy has delivered a package that’s instantly Italian yet unequivocally universal. One might not understand the lyrics, but through Emal and Fabrizio’s vocals alone we know that their message is a serious one. The emotion is real, heightened by the contrast in the duo’s voices. The entry is packed with refreshing elements yet retains a timeless quality. And for those banging the political drum, I just roll my eyes. Since when is it political to want an end to terrorism? Is that not simply common sense?
In the Wiwi Jury we have 20 jurors but only have room for six reviews. The remaining scores are below:
We have removed the highest and lowest scores prior to calculating the average. This is to remove outliers and potential bias. We have removed a low of 4 and a high of 10.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 7.17/10
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