Buonasera! The first live show of Sanremo 2019 sadly did not repeat the great success of last year (the opening night of 2018 destroyed all the records of the previous 13 years), but it nevertheless collected over 10 million viewers and an audience share of 49.5%. Whoo, these numbers are huge!

With its infectious enthusiasm, the super-duper Italian festival continued on with its Wednesday night show.

Half of the 24 contestants — the big names from which Italy’s Eurovision 2019 artist will be chosen — performed their entries to the viewers for the second time.

During the evening we were treated to guest performances from Sanremo winner and Eurovision 2013 entrant Marco Mengoni. Our Latin lover rocked the stage with the poignant “Hola (I Say)“, featuring Scottish singer Tom Walker, and the very well known “L’essenziale“. He also paid homage to late songwriter Lucio Battisti performing “Emozioni“. Teary eyes and goosebumps all over our body!

He wasn’t the only guest at the Ariston Theatre. Sanremo 2017 runner up Fiorella Mannoia presented the single “Il peso del coraggio” and her signature song “Quello che le donne non dicono“, while Italian singer, composer and musician Riccardo Cocciante sung the evergreen “Margherita” and “Bella” from the musical “Notre Dame de Paris”, together with Giò Di Tonno, Vittorio Matteucci and Graziano Galatone.

Then after almost five hours of music moments, random on-stage appearances and comedy sketches, the results were revealed in random order.

Sanremo’s second night

Top-ranked entries

Middle-ranked entries

Bottom-ranked entries

Just as yesterday, we remind you: this is not the definitive ranking of the second night. To keep us in suspense until Saturday, the organisers decided to show us just the results of ONE voting jury — and a different one each night. For the second night it was the turn of the press jury.

Tomorrow night will feature the other 12 artists who will sing their entries for the second time, including bookies’ favourites Ultimo and Irama and the blonde diva Patty Pravo.

How will the Sanremo winner be picked?

Voting during the five evenings will occur 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, expressed by accredited journalists that followed the competition from the Roof Hall at the Ariston Theatre.
  • 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 2019? Who are you most excited for? Share your thoughts below!

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Senhora do Mar
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Senhora do Mar

Marco Megnoni was the best Italian act in the last years. I want him back!! We need Marco again pls

Spyros
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Spyros

Top-ranked entries are sooooo bad… Il Volo’s song is not as great as Grande Amore, but still, it’s way better than the top 4.

Gina
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Gina

Here is my issue. This is the festival of Italian music. Many are judging the artist and not the song. I love many artists up there, but if I were to judge the song, not all of them would float to the top. I think too many, including many jury pools simply pick favorite artists. Years ago at Sanremo, a song was sung by two different artists. I found that a bit more fair because in that way you were more or less forced to hear the text and the music. I also think there should be categories. To me,… Read more »

Charli Cheer Up
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Charli Cheer Up

Rooting for Arisa too. Hope this year she will finally go to ESC! her song will surprise everyone for sure!!

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

A tangent question:
Is there an indication that a San Remo winner may turn down the opportunity of Eurovision this year?

esc stan
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esc stan

it happened in 2016 so who knows?

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Presumably, the artists themselves, their managers, or the vast Italian media; and, by proxy, a Wiwibloggs insider.

La Signora
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La Signora

Loredana for Tel Aviv 2019!!!

Sabrina
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Sabrina

The thing about Loredana is that for us foreigners it may be a little difficult to view it on the right context. It’s not one of my favorites (it would make my top 10, not my top 5), but I can see why many Italians are going crazy about it. Imagine if an artist with a long and successful trajectory in your country shows all this vitality and attitude in a later stage of their carreer. How not to be moved about it (unless, of course you always disliked them)? I don’t like how she “attacks” the chorus, but I… Read more »

Jonas
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Jonas

This may be true with the public televote, but will the press and expert jury be as sentimental?

Sabrina
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Sabrina

That’s a good question. Sanremo is so different from everything else (5 nights of performances, 4 different kinds of juries, second round of voting in the final night) that it’s tought to tell who are the real frontrunners.

Lourdes
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Lourdes

Totally agree with you. I don’t believe she will win, but I think she will reach top 3 though.

Sabrina
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Sabrina

I would bet on something like that too, Lourdes. And since Sanremo has all those side awards, she’ll bring at least one throphy home.

Gina
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Gina

The think about Loredana is that she can’t sing. Sorry. I never liked her. Even when I get past her arrogance, her rudeness, I am left with her voice. I can’t get past it. She is hard to understand and I never understand her songs. Now, I have heard some of her music sung by others and have to say she has sung some beautiful songs, but she ruins them. I never understood the Italian public when it comes to her. I don’t understand why they like her voice. I wouldn’t buy one piece of her music nor go to… Read more »

Maxim
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Maxim

In the end, I think Ultimo will win. The Italians love his lyrics and he has the most views on YouTube. But I can’t see this song achieving a high result in Eurovision. But I’m not sure.

Sam
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Sam

In spite of her vocals, Loredana was the one who surprised me the most. She should be top 3 at least.

MAX
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MAX

C’mon guys!! Arisa has the best song and she would be great on the Eurovision stage.
I honestly can’t understand all this enthusiasm for Loredana Bertè…

Dawidek
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Dawidek

They can chose anything from all these songs To reach a decent rank in tel aviv
They can chose loredana if they want To win eurovision

Héctor
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Héctor

Nek and Einar bottom-ranked??? That jury has almost no taste it seems.

Mirko
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Mirko

Let’s imagine Loredana winning this whole competition and decide to go to Eurovision; it will be so interesting to see a 69 years old lady with that strong voice and attitude. Maybe Europe would like her even she’s not perfect; and don’t forget she’s Mia Martini’s sister who gave us amazing songs and performance that all Europe love!

Pavel
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Pavel

it would be something like Bonnie Tyler in 2013, maybe top 20

Mirko
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Mirko

Yeah, it could be even the two songs are very different actually

jordance
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jordance

Loredana have modern song, Bonnie had outdated song and vocals was weak live

Pavel
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Pavel

Loredana is also far from perfect vocally on the big notes

Loin dici
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Loin dici

Loredana has a charm that I can’t understand. Even I don’t really love rock, but looking at Loredane made me think ‘Hm, she must be one interesting artist’. I don’t know, even I’m still confused why.

Mirko
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Mirko

She’s a real diva, but in a good way, with funny and strong attitude; for me she deserve to be in Eurovision. At this point the only two right choice for us to have chance to win are Loredana or Irama

Jonas
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Jonas

Irama will have to change the almost spoken verses to English, though.

Mirko
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Mirko

They can use the ledwall like Germany 2018, so people can understand the most

Tibor
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Tibor

Of this bunch, I still prefer Einar’s “Parole nuove” – I don’t know what’s wrong with my hearing, I think this is a very sweet yet powerful love song and his live performance is solid. The studio cut is even better though, at least to my ear. Other than that, Ghemon’s second rendition of “Rose viola”was vocally even more on point, the song is still growing on me. And he has slightly moved up in the ranking, that’s good. I haven’t yet heard the second performance of Ex-Otago, but they, too, seem to fare better with the press than with… Read more »

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

loredana bertalènt should win tbh, so much energy + great song + i’d love her to represent us

Michèle
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Michèle

Glad to see Ghemon and Rose Viola going up the rankings – well deserved.

Chingiz Khan
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Chingiz Khan

Loredana looks like a sweet person and her song sounds like an enjoyable one. But let’s be real: the vocals is the problem as she is not hitting those notes. I won’t mind if she wins in Sanremo but I don’t want her to be chosen for Eurovision.

Loin dici
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Loin dici

Italian men are charming, but I need a new sensation so I’ll go with Loredane.

Pavel
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Pavel

I’d rather pick Paola Turci

Jordy
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Jordy

Loredana Bertè should win

Pavel
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Pavel

if eurofans want an italian version of Bonnie Tyler’2013

Loin dici
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Loin dici

Why not? Bonnie’s one kicking-ass lady!

CHRISTINE BURLO
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CHRISTINE BURLO

Expert Jury !! my foot – they just voted for the worst songs on the night !!! Achille Lauri?? Loredana Berte ??? just a horrible nightmare cannot believe these results they must be sick in the head SHAME ON YOU SANREMO JURY !!!!!!!!!!!!

Eduxtek .
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Eduxtek .

what’s wrong with Loredana Bertè?

Datme
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Datme

You mean press jury.

Niri
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Niri

Something is very off and very unbalanced jury.

Gina
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Gina

The press jury has always been an issue as far as I am concerned. They have no or very little taste. I doubt they listen to the song. They have favorite singers and that is who they support.

Erasmus
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Erasmus

I don’t want Il Volo – their song is boring and I’m glad they weren’t in the top. I want Irama or Loredana

JeyDelRey
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JeyDelRey

Exactly the same here. Irama or Loredana please!

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

we don’t support transphobes, so let’s root for loredana

Jonas
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Jonas

Irama is a transphobe? Sad.

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

directly from his stanotte song lyrics: “i wanna strip you in the subway, start a fight with a tranny, and wake up without an euro” canceled

Erasmus
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Erasmus

Well it’s not a proof he’s a transphobe tho, I mean..

Anya
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Anya

You forgot this is a song contest, and not who are you, what do you think and what do you like

Yssy
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Yssy

I do not understand why when any other artist return people are so welcoming but when Il volo tries to make another comeback they say they have had enough. Would be cool to see them perform again , but to each their own. Good luck to all contestants in Sanremo2019. Pretty good songs.

Loin dici
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Loin dici

If they win, we would expect them to rig the televotes again. I’m okay with them performing again but the contest would be pretty predictable with them around.

Nadors
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Nadors

So basically you say that they would rig the competition if people from all over Europe actually like them and vote for them?
Rather than juries putting them in the last place like in 2015?

Loin dici
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Loin dici

Yes, all of Europe would love them and support them in the televoting–here’s the context of ‘rigging’, just in case. With Sergey Lazarev (possibly) joining again, I can expect nothing but a televote fight between them–and it becomes a predictable contest, by the book. I mean, you can quickly tell these two would get the biggest televote numbers in the Grand Final, and for me, that doesn’t bring any excitement. Unrelatable thing I would add, ‘Musica che resta’ is not ‘Grande Amore’: It was good because of Il Volo, but not by itself. If they were sent, it’s a chance… Read more »

Jonas
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Jonas

Nothing you’ve written there suggests rigging.

Loin dici
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Loin dici

r/whoooosh

Janice
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Janice

il Volo was by far the best. Great song.

Janice
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Janice

il Volo was by far the best. Great song.

Evan
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Evan

Glad to see that Loredana did well with the juries and demoscopic polls. I worry a little bit how the public will respond to her in the televote though. She looks and sounds different and that doesn’t always go over well with audiences…

Chessguy99
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Chessguy99

Loredana is a living legend in Italy, having a career spanning four decades. She had one of the top hits of 2018 with Boomdabash. This could be similar to the 2016 result when Stadio, a band with a multi-decade career, swept all the voting by double digit margins.

Evan
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Evan

Thanks for the info! You can tell how up-to-date I am on Italian pop music!

CHRISTINE BURLO
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CHRISTINE BURLO

She is just one hell of a crazy woman i am very sorry but very bad choice for Italy ! this is the first time that i really hated the Italians for such a bad choice !!! IL VOLO should be the outright winners !! They were the only ones that could really sing ! come on !! why does the jury do this every time so so angry ! 🙁 iTALY CAN ONLY WIN THE EUROVISION WITH IL VOLO !

Loin dici
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Loin dici

You can support Il Volo, but for f*cks sake, don’t trash other contestants. Loredana and Il Volo are on separate leagues.

Evan
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Evan

Well, if they can’t win with the jury in San Remo, what makes you think they’re going to win with the juries in Tel Aviv?

Pavel
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Pavel

to be fair, Il Volo is a cheesy sugary act that is never going to win the juries, but it can easily win the public vote since girls and even boys are melting

Fast Food Music Lover
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Fast Food Music Lover

Considering how popular Sanremo is, is there any betting polls available? I’m curious who really are the betting favorites.

Mirko
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Mirko

Ultimo is stills in the lead, and than we have Irama, Cristicchi, il Volo, Silvestri and Bertè.

Mark
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Mark

The Italians need to drop Sanremo as their method of finding their representative. They should create a new show for the soul purpose of Eurovision. You’d see a better selection of modern songs.

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

Results and quality of entry imply that Sanremo is doing just fine. 😉
Besides, my favourite NF entries (that don’t go to Eurovision) usually come from Italy.

Lourdes
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Lourdes

Then you’d see a significant drop in the songs’ quality. For Italian artists, winning Sanremo is way more important than merely participating at Eurovision.

Pavel
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Pavel

SanRemo’s general quality has dropped anyway, especially if we talk about the live vocals. I like Achille Lauro’s song in studio version, but the live one…he would have been laughed out of the room 20 years ago.

James
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James

Sanremo was never meant as a national selection for Eurovision but it is a top-rated song festival that has given RAI a strong set of artists and/or songs for them to send to the contest anyway, whether the eventual participant is a Sanremo winner (Marco Mengoni, Meta/Moro, Il Volo) or not (Francesca Michelin).

For the most part since its return, such a set-up have yielded great results for Italy in Eurovision.

Chingiz Khan
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Chingiz Khan

What are you talking about? It’s all fine.

Loin dici
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Loin dici

Since Eurovision itself was the child of Festival di Sanremo, I can’t see that happening, bud.

Milla
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Milla

Agree. I think it’s too pretentious for eurovision.

Anisa
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Anisa

Sanremo is a part of Italian culture and Eurovision is all about celebrating different cultures, so we should respect that. If you only want modern song, just turn on the radio.

Thunder and lighting it is getting exciting
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Marco mengoni the guy that even koza mostra with the old guy from greece took better place than him lol

Catriona Colville
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Catriona Colville

Arisa to win!

Mark
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Mark

She’s already won Sanremo before and she has stated that she doesn’t want to go to Eurovision.

Thomas
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Thomas

Actually shes said she would love to go to Eurovision, she even was going to go for San Marnio but couldnt afford it.

Thunder and lighting it is getting exciting
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Juries today kinda showed that they don’t want il volo to win . I mean arisa has better than il volo song ? Lol . Anyway s juries dont like il volo see what happened in Eurovision and even in san remo that they won nek was first in juries

José
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José

Popera is cheap, there is no way a music expert would support anything like that. They just have strong vocals but thats just it.

Jo.
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Jo.

Irama ftw!
Il Volo is kind of overhyped by the fandom and the Il-Volettes, but I doubt they will win this year.

Thunder and lighting it is getting exciting
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I hope irama wins so he will take a good place in Eurovision from 15 till 24 places of course

Jo.
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Jo.

-.-

Mark
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Mark

I prefer Ultimo but Irama would be just as good.

Loin dici
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Loin dici

Il Volo in the middle pack….
Okay.