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.
— Festival di Sanremo (@SanremoRai) February 6, 2019
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
- Achille Lauro – Rolls Royce
- Arisa – Mi sento bene
- Loredana Bertè – Cosa ti aspetti da me
- Daniele Silvestri – Argento vivo
- Ex-Otago – Solo una canzone
- Ghemon – Rose viola
- Il Volo – Musica che resta
- Paola Turci – L’ultimo ostacolo
- Federica Carta e Shade – Senza farlo apposta
- Einar – Parole nuove
- Negrita – I ragazzi stanno bene
- Nek – Mi farò trovare pronto
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.
- A 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!