The 70th edition of the Sanremo Music Festival has come to an end with a twist: Diodato won the crown and the traditional leoncino — the little golden lion awarded to the sanremese winner.

The 38-year-old Italian singer emerged as an outsider in the competition with the poignant ballad “Fai rumore”. From the start of the week, though, the song was well received by both the public and critics.

During the week, there wasn’t a real stand-out favourite. The various rankings taken into consideration — the demoscopic poll, the orchestra and the press room — had different favourites day after day.

But will Diodato represent Italy at the Eurovision in Rotterdam? RAI confirmed earlier in the week that at least 16 of the competing acts had agreed to also represent Italy at Eurovision if they won Sanremo. If Diodate is on this list, the confirmation should arrive shortly, during the traditional press conference that follows the final of the kermesse.

In case Diodato refuses, RAI will internally choose another of the 22 singers in the competition, regardless of their final ranking.

Sanremo 2020 grand final results

The overall combined results consisted of televoting (34%), the press jury (33%) and the demoscopic poll (33%). All 23 finalists started off with the scores achieved in the four previous evenings behind them when they performed their entries on the night.

After the first round of voting, Diodato, Francesco Gabbani and the band Pinguini Tattici Nucleari advanced to the second and last round. In the end, it was Diodato who emerged triumphant!

Overall ranking

  1. Diodato – Fai rumore
  2. Francesco Gabbani – Viceversa
  3. Pinguini Tattici Nucleari – Ringo Starr
  4. Le Vibrazioni – Dov’è
  5. Piero Pelù – Gigante
  6. Tosca – Ho amato tutto
  7. Elodie – Andromeda
  8. Achille Lauro – Me ne frego
  9. Irene Grandi – Finalmente io
  10. Rancore – Eden
  11. Raphael Gualazzi – Carioca
  12. Levante – Tikibombom
  13. Anastasio – Rosso di rabbia
  14. Alberto Urso – Il sole ad Est
  15. Marco Masini – Il confronto
  16. Paolo Jannacci – Voglio parlarti adesso
  17. Rita Pavone – Niente (Resilienza 74)
  18. Michele Zarrillo – Nell’estasi o nel fango
  19. Enrico Nigiotti – Baciami adesso
  20. Giordana Angi – Come mia madre
  21. Elettra Lamborghini – Musica (E il resto scompare)
  22. Junior Cally – No grazie
  23. Riki – Lo sappiamo entrambi

Who is Sanremo 2020 winner Antonio Diodato?

Born 30 August 1981 in Aosta, Antonio Diodato is a singer-songwriter who rosed to fame after placing second in the Newcomer’s section of Sanremo 2014 with the song “Babilonia”.

In 2018 he competed in the main category of the Festival with “Adesso”, featuring trumpeter Roy Paci. They reached eighth place.

Diodato has released four albums: “E forse sono pazzo” in 2013, “A ritrovar bellezza” in 2014, “Cosa siamo diventati” in 2017 and “Che vita meravigliosa” in 2020.

Do you like “Fai rumore” by Diodato? Would you like to see Diodato go to Rotterdam in May? Share your thoughts below!

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L'oiseau

Italy did it again. I love that song and unless this year will be absolutely outstanding this song will for sure be in my top 10, possibilly top 5. But I must admit that compared to last year’s entry, the song feels less fresh and modern and I don’t think it will perform that well, unfortunately.

Cristina
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Cristina

I have always enjoyed Sanremo As well as other music competitions. I am blessed to live in Australia my parents Italian I would like to read the words of the song please

daniela
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daniela

Sai che cosa penso Che non dovrei pensare Che se poi penso sono un animale E se ti penso tu sei un’anima Forse è questo temporale Che mi porta da te E lo so non dovrei farmi trovare Senza un ombrello anche se Ho capito che Per quanto io fugga Torno sempre a te Che fai rumore qui E non lo so se mi fa bene Se il tuo rumore mi conviene Ma fai rumore, sì Ché non lo posso sopportare Questo silenzio innaturale Tra me e te E me ne vado in giro senza parlare Senza un posto a… Read more »

Miguel
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Miguel

An Italian ballad. This is your typical San Remo song. A powerful ballad with a meaningful message. Diodato has a nice voice, this is an upbeat ballad with a nice rhythm, and is a decent song, but at the same time I find it quite boring and old fashioned. I had high expectation for Italy but I am disappointed.

brunowskii
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brunowskii

I can’t believe the opportunity that Italy has lost with Elodie (or even Gabbani).
With all respect to Diodato that is a great artist, but as an eurovision entry it will flop deadly…
Sadly, San Remo 2020 was a really torture.

Liba
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Liba

This will be my “I make a toilet break”-song at the final.

jus
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jus

I LOVE IT

Moongaze
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Moongaze

Really pretty song, so far my favorite

poe-tay-toe-chips
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poe-tay-toe-chips

This is a good Sanremo winner, …but not a good Eurovision song.

Not to be rude but if winning Eurovision is Italy’s goal, then he should have declined participation.

Frank Arthur
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Frank Arthur

Is really diferent ,not the tipical italian song, lol,i:)

Yordan
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Yordan

Not bad son but meeeh, not so special. I give it 4/10. And this is because of Diodato and his voice. We can say for sure he is from Italy.

Joseph
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Joseph

Worst winner ever of sanremo period

GLBhmn
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GLBhmn

This song has something special, really touching. Also lyrically impressive. Def my number one for the moment.

Héctor
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Héctor

The song is just okey. Another Italian classy ballad. His voice is powerful and flawless. And overall, a good high quality entry but, by any means, Top 5 material (with the standars of previous years). For me it is just more of the same from Italy. San Remo has dozens of songs like this one every year. But yeah, it will place top 5-top 10 because Italy. “Soldi” wasn’t generic though and deserved that 2nd place even if the staging was a bit underwhelming. Same as “Occidentalis Karma”. I think Achille would be riskier but also more interesting. Though his… Read more »

Melody Fox
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As much as I don’t agree to Diodato’s taking home the prize, someone had to win… Lol??
I’m happy to see that Achille Lauro made it to the 8th position! ??
LPM
(ps: I’m a journalist too, with no work… If anyone in the magazines/newspapers/radio reads this, please contact me. I also write in Italian. Expert in Rock Pop Jazz, having interviewed hundreds and hundreds of Artists around the universe… Thank you)

dani
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dani

Your comment is meaningless! You express an opinion and right after put a double question mark. I can see why you are jobless!

Ba beth
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Ba beth

I can never understand how Australia enters the Eurovision Song Contest… Australia is not in Europe.

GLBhmn
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GLBhmn

Hey! Let’s be inclusive

Roo
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Roo

Neither is Israel. I imagine they are glad Australia is taking part as it means people stop asking this question to Israel.

Love only
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Love only

Israel, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Turkey is half in Asia and hell most of Russia is also in not in Europe. What is your point.

Igal
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Igal

Love that song!!!! Incredible!

Igal
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Igal

I looooooooove that song!!!! Love it!!

Malin
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Malin

I have never looked at the Sanremo shows. A question! Have Italy a jury whith non Italians? This is just a thought from someone that love when Italy sends song in Italian. You should have juries with peoples that don’t speek Italian. If there would be ten Italian songs and the juries wouldn’t understand a word and didn’t know a thing about the artist, then the juries would give Italy a hint what non speaking Italian audience would appreciate.. The most of the audience in ESC don’t speak Italian and don’t know anything about the song or the artists. We… Read more »

Jonas
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Jonas

I do not think that would be a popular idea, because Sanremo is a prestigious contest in its own right, and its own history – the Eurovision connection is incidental, far from the main focus.

Johan
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Johan

No offense to Italy but do italians REALLY like this voting with so many different? I mean all modern songs are in the bottom when the old men are voting. I bet mostly old men with a lot of money votes in Italy in the different jurys.

Isabel Lopes Dias Isabel Azevedo
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Isabel Lopes Dias Isabel Azevedo

PTN finished in 3rd place, Elodie in 7th place and Achiles in 8th place. That’s definitely not the bottom.

Dawid
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Dawid

old “MEN”. Like old women voted any differently. What does their gender has to do with it?

Sam
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Sam

Congratulations to Diodato (as well as to Francesco and Pinguini) for their results. I was particularly rooting for Pinguini for they could bring the band point and something different to the contest after years of individual artists representing Italy. However, contrary to previous editions of Sanremo in which I had lots of favourites (many of which I still listen to) and which made me consider it the best “NF”, this time it was not the same. I don’t think it was anywhere near the song quality we had in the three previous editions of the contest and I would go… Read more »

Whisker
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Whisker

I was cheering for Italy to win in 2017, 2018, 2019. I also had massive crushes on Francesco, Ermal and Fabrizio, and Mahmood. Not sure that will apply in 2020.

CHUPACABRA
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CHUPACABRA

Last years’ entries were great. Mahmood was my Nr1 from the beginning. This here is okayish. Diodato is skilled. Ballades can b strong and touching, but here it’s only ok.

jim
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jim

the song is very bland

Tibor
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Tibor

Look, I understand how it feels, if your favourite doesn’t win, I really do, I had five of them and thought, one of them would surely make it, yet they didn’t. But Diodato isn’t a bad choice at all, he’s a skilled performer and “Fai rumore” is a beautiful song. My favourites don’t always have to get picked, sometimes it’s other people’s turn. I had a lot of fun with Sanremo this year again, have discovered many great songs and performers I otherwise probably wouldn’t have, and I’m already looking forward to next year’s edition. Great job!

escbet
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the televote:
PERCENTUALI TOTALI
39.3% DIODATO

33.9% FRANCESCO GABBANI

26.8% PINGUINI TATTICI NUCLEARI

PERCENTUALI TELEVOTO
23.9% DIODATO

38.9% FRANCESCO GABBANI

37.2% PINGUINI TATTICI NUCLEARI

poe-tay-toe-chips
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poe-tay-toe-chips

Jeez…the margin between Diotato and the other two is not even small…it’s like the superfinal doesn’t even matter because of how much everything before it is worth in comparison.

Jonas
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Jonas

Everything before it is worth nothing, as all votes are cancelled and they start again.

Jessey
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Jessey

People elodie was my favorite too and yes she should have won but hating on diodato song is a shame just because our favorites dind’t win this song is absolutely stunningly so stop hating

AndersP
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AndersP

I like the song a lot, staged simply and sung well, I think it will attract a lot of votes (think back to Marco Mengoni). My worry is that shaving 45secs off the song might compromise it as has happened to other songs not specifically written for Eurovision in the past. I really hope it does well in May.

dani
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dani

don’t worry, Diodato is a great musician and he will easily edit the track the right way

Fan
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Fan

The song is nothing special… Boring!!!
Next please?

Malin
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Malin

First time I listens at the song now and I have no info about the singer, the song or what other think. I think that those who listen to the song for the first time on ESC and don’t know Italian won’t vote. I’m sorry. I guess it’s the lyric that it’s the think in this song ? Italys song last year was my top three and I love when Italy sings in Italian, I think the song is nice but it doesn’t make an inpakt on me. Maby I change my mind when I see it live and when… Read more »

Sal
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Sal

It’s okay? Elodie would have been a better choice. I predict a very average mid-table finish for Italy this year.

Lithuanianfan
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Lithuanianfan

Italy has a hit song Andromeda which would probably win Eurovsion , surely they wont screw up.

ITALY: DIODATO with your typical Italian balad..

justafan
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justafan

We’re awarding the best song, not choosing a winner for Eurovision. Andromeda is nothing exceptional, Elodie is beautiful and the base is cool but the lyrics aren’t well written. At all. I’m sorry Mahmood, I love you, but you could have done much better.

dani
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dani

Lithuanians can only dream the history and the quality of italian songs. Italian power ballads have a personality and have sold around the world millions of records.

Voxtaylor
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Voxtaylor

At least Bugo got a happy ending at the end of it all:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=4-CvcvzKGwQ

So nice to see him smiling after all that 🙂

Skiwalko
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Skiwalko

Lovely lyrics, great performer, mediocre melody. I like the genuineness and heartfeltness of the song, but I cannot lie, I’m quite indifferent about the whole. “Fai rumore” lacks the appeal that the previous Sanremo-winning songs had, it’s pleasant, but not outstanding or very memorable, and I think that could be a problem when it comes to Eurovision. It might grow on me, but for now I’m just a bit disappointed about Italy’s choice.

Sandrine
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Sandrine

I listened to it twice and I have to admit it: I like this entry for Italy. I have not listened to the other contestants of Sanremo. This could be a gem in Rotterdam. Good luck Italy!

Sandrine
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Sandrine

What does the song mean? I read there’s a beautiful meaning in the lyrics of that song. Listening to it for the first time: it is going to grow on me. I don’t dislike it at all. Diodato could do well on the night of Eurovision Song Contest 2020.

Skiwalko
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Skiwalko

From what I understood it’s about a disfunctional relationship (it might also be about a couple that just broke up) where the distance between the protagonist and his significant other is greater than it used to be. He refers to the troubles they had in the past (“the storm”), yet his admits that his love and affection still continue (“however much I run away I always return to you”). In the chorus the protagonist asks his loved one to make a noise (“fai rumore”) to break the “unnatural” silence, which I interpret as opening up to other person, being honest… Read more »

justafan
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justafan

Funny detail: the song was probably written about his ex who also was a contestant in this year’s Sanremo (it’s Levante).

Female lovely
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Female lovely

Since the first time listened to this song, I have very good feeling about it just like when Salvador Sobral competed in his country’s national selection.. I hope it is a good sign

DMG
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DMG

Nice try, but this is nothing like Salvador Sobral. Why even compare this 2, so different songs and performances.

Gurl
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Gurl

Beautiful song, but somehow I can’t connect with it. It feels like 10 minutes long. Anyway good luck Italy. although you are not going to need it, juries are going to love this. I was hoping for Andromeda, though. Such a good song

Living for esc
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Living for esc

I love the language but the melody is boring, sorry.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Admittedly “Andromeda” is more interesting, but let’s look at “Fai Rumore” for a moment:
The melody consists of simple cadential phrases with some suspensions, followed by a huge octave step up for the Choruses, with huge high notes and a lot of expression. What more do you want from the melody? More syncopation? :S

L'oiseau
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L'oiseau

You are back!!!

Esc fan 1997
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Esc fan 1997

Juries darlings won again . Televote winners again lost lol. It’s so fair . I don’t know why people spend money to vote anyways . Juries darlings always are going to win

Female lovely
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Female lovely

In my honest opinion, beside juries darling can do bias towards one or more contestants, I believe the juries are a professional in this field (music and singing contest).. so maybe the results also came based on their experience and their knowledge.. a good choice this year for me.. although andromeda also outstanding..

DMG
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DMG

The juries has no more knowlage about music than the artist or songwriter or producers themself. One jurymember can give a song full score and another can give the same song low score, how is that impossible if they are expert on quality songs? I think it is all about music taste for the jury memebers as it is for the televoters.

beccaboo1212
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Yay! 😀 And to make things better, Diodato will sing to prerecorded instrumentation in Rotterdam. Yep, an orchestra is only for the grand final’s INTERVAL act!

Bart
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Bart

The live version of this song with orchestra is so much better !

Jonas
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Jonas

I have some small questions, if anybody feels kind enough to answer them.

Who was the family in the front row, the boy with his parents?
Has there ever been a female creative director/main host?
Who is Maria di Filipi and why were they making fun of her?
Why did the conductor Beppe (Visicio?) always get such big applause?
Why so much of Tiziano Ferro?
What was Piero’s armbands and chest paint all about? Why did he steal that lady’s bag?
Is there no Italian word for “standing ovation”?

There are the kind of things I think about at 03.35 on a Saturday night.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

These are all very good questions. Answers from Polegend?…

Lourdes
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Lourdes

1. The family of Amadeus, the main host. 2. I’m not sure, but I’m leaning towards no. 3. She is the host of a number of famous italian TV shows like Amici (Talent show) and Uomini e Donne (kinda like The Bachelor).She has also been a co-host of Sanremo some years ago. 4.He’s conducted Sanremo and other italian shows for many years. A great conductor and very beloved and respected in Italy. 5. No idea. He’s very famous in Italy, but no idea why he was a guest every night. Kinda annoying. 6. It’s awareness towards feminicide and violence against… Read more »

Whisker
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Whisker

How about “ovazione a piedi” for “standing ovation”?

Polegend Godgarina
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it’d be ovazione IN piedi but there’s no such thing, it’s just ovazione. or more commonly standing ovation in english

Whisker
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Whisker

Ah ok. I learnt something new, thanks.

Jonas
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Jonas

Thank you, Lourdes.

Sucof
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Sucof

1) yes
2)yes, ANTONELLA CLERICI 2010, RAFFAELLA CARRA’ 2001, SIMONA VENTURA 2004 ecc.
3)a famous TV presenter, led the festival 3 years ago
4)and an icon, has participated in many editions of the festival
5)because it is part of the presenters of this edition

Jonas
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Jonas

Grazie!

GaryH
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GaryH

I honestly think this could win Eurovision, some might say it’s too classical but if Salvador Sobral could win with a much weaker song then italians shouldn’t worry for Diodato!

Voxtaylor
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Voxtaylor

LOL

beccaboo1212
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Look on the bright side, because all songs will still be sung to prerecorded instrumentation in Rotterdam. A symphony orchestra will only be during the grand final’s interval act, most likely to perform a medley of past Eurovision winning songs. 😉

Polliu
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Polliu

I’ll kill myself if this dated song wins.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

That would be one “killer song” then.
Seriously don’t do it. It ain’t worth it.

Voxtaylor
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Voxtaylor

His song Adesso was one of my favorites in 2018! This song, though… this isn’t it. At least, not compared to the other songs in this year’s Sanremo.

MTD
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MTD

A beta-male ballad. For the ex-gf.

Nope, thanks.

Mia
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Mia

ROFL

Ashton Schier
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Ashton Schier

my 18th place won, yay

La la love but in the uk
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La la love but in the uk

XD

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

So many people saying there were better options for ESC…who cares?
This is a beautiful song in Italian, sang by a brilliant singer/songwriter. If you’re Italian and you’re not proud of this entry then really, I can’t help you.

Jonas
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Jonas

Will we see Leo Gasmann at Sanremo 2021?

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

I hope so. 🙂

Pineaple
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Pineaple

It’s been confirmed that Diodato will represent Italy. I like the song. I think it’s a good choice. I like all of the songs so far except for Latvia unfortunately. Here is my current top 6.

1. Spain
2. Italy
3. Australia
4. Czech Republic
5. Albania
6. Latvia

Looking forward to adding more to the list next week! 🙂

Melody
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Melody

I havent listened to Spain yet but how can Australia and Czech Republic be better than Albania! Your taste is horrible

Pineaple
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Pineaple

Melody its comments like yours that give the Eurovision fanbase such a toxic image. If someone doesn’t agree with your personal taste that doesn’t mean their taste is horrible, it means their taste is different to yours. All music is welcome in Eurovision and everyone has the right to an opinion. If we all had the same favourites it would be a very boring contest.

DMG
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DMG

I love the song from SPAIN AND ALBANIA

No One
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No One

He said he’s going I wanna kill myself this is a nightmare. We had better stuff to send.

Joe Lestingi
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Joe Lestingi

Eh dai, io avrei detto la stessa cosa se Achille Lauro vincesse. Lui meritava terzo dall’ultimo.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

It’s really not worth dying for.

GaryH
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GaryH

Just because he isn’t Mahmood does not mean he wouldn’t do well in Rotterdam.

Melody
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Melody

He is so much better than the female version of Mahmood, Elodie.