Earlier this year Italy’s Ermal Meta & Fabrizio Moro won the always competitive Sanremo Festival with their powerful song “Non Mi Avete Fatto Niente”. The song, which translates as “You haven’t done anything to me”, takes inspiration from a powerful line written by the partner of a victim at the Bataclan attack in Paris: “You will not have my hate, you will not have my fear.”
During their first rehearsal at Eurovision 2018, the duo made it clear they want to spread this message of hope — that we can and should continue to live our lives in an age of terror — to as many people as possible. To do so they use multi-lingual overlay displayed on the television, conveying key messages from the song in 15 different languages. French, Russian, Portuguese, Norwegian and Turkish are among the languages that fill the red space that surrounds the singers.
Fans of the Sanremo staging will appreciate much of this. As in the Italian competition, the two singers stand on stage before red lights. The camera pans in on each of them as they passionately deliver their lines. But now all of the free space contains an ever-changing display of words and phrases. Many people loved this. But I found it rather distracting as I kept waiting for English to pop up, so much so that I didn’t focus on the song. The words also clutter the screen, driving attention away from the highly expressive faces of the singers.
Ermal Meta & Fabrizio Moro — “Non mi avete fatto niente”: Reviews and Reactions
Italy: First rehearsal at Eurovision 2018
Italy: First press conference 2018
Photo: Andres Putting (EBU)