The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues to rate and review the 41 songs that had been selected for Eurovision 2020. Next up, we take a look at Italy‘s Sanremo 2020 winner Diodato and his song “Fai rumore”. Did the song inspire us to make some noise? Read on to find out!

Diodato – “Fai rumore”

“Fai rumore” reviews

Antranig: If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. If the formula keeps failing to win Eurovision, keep using the same formula. It’s no secret I have very little love for Italian entries of late, with a few exceptions. But this is the only one I’d call boring. I must admit that it was a very special feeling seeing the wonderful people of Italy belting this out on their balconies in these awful times. But I have to base my score on the quality of the song itself and unfortunately, it doesn’t stack up.

Score: 2

Barnabas: “Fai Rumore” might not be the most current song in this year’s repertoire, but it excels at all four pillars the recent Italian entries stand on: musical quality regardless of genre, emotional load, lyrical mastery, and finally, the Italian language. I really got captivated by the way Diodato uses the depths and possibilities of his mother tongue to convey his message. The simple melody is really just what the song needs, nothing done over the top, but still something authentic and memorable. And thanks to this year’s events, “Fai Rumore” will surely be one of Italy’s timeless classics. Deservedly.

Score: 9.5

Renske: Ohhh, how Sanremo always treats us with such amazing songs! Diodato is providing us with another Italian gem that will not be forgotten soon. In 2018, he already proved that he was one of the better Italian singers while releasing “Adesso”. “Fai rumore” is just that special type of song you can play when you are sad to energise and empower you. That’s the kind of song Europe needs now.

Score: 9.5

Robyn: With all the drama happening at Sanremo this year, it was a pleasant surprise to have “Fai rumore” win. Diodato’s strong and expressive vocals deliver the emotional heft of the song, but the pacing ensures that the power of the chorus is saved for just the right moments. If there’s any song that has slowly begun to represent 2020, it’s “Fai rumore” This is a song to be sung out loudly from the balconies.

Score: 9.5

William: The soft verses of Diodato’s “Fai rumore” have an intoxicating quality. It’s as if he’s chatting to you while singing, drawing you in before holding you captive in the gentlest way possible. When the chorus explodes out of nowhere it’s a shock to the system — he’s unable to keep it in any longer, and you just want to clap your hands while he lets it all out. The song feels cathartic and the bridge like an epiphany. It may be in Italian, but the power here is universal. My winner of 2020.

Score: 10

Diodato – “Fai rumore” rankings

In the Wiwi Jury we have 22 jurors but only have room for five reviews. The remaining scores are below:

Angus: 6

Åri: 8.5

Bernardo: 8

Calvin: 6

Deban: 9

Esma: 8

Florian: 6.5

Jonathan: 5.5

Lucy: 5.5

Luis: 7

Natalie: 7

Oliver: 5

Pablo: 6

Ron: 5

Sebastian: 4

Tobias: 7.5

Tom: 6

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 2 and a high of 10.

Wiwi Jury verdict: 6.95/10

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ESCFan2009

Italy – 6.5/10 (27th/41)

Mr X
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Mr X

Italia 9/10

Andreas
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Andreas

It’s very interesting how polarizing this song is. It’s my personal number 1, I don’t get why it shouldn’t have won. Haven’t heard such an unfaked emotional performance in a while. Well, apparently some people disagree.

Stephanie
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Stephanie

It’s not a bad song, but Soldi was much better

Emily
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Emily

I have to admit that on first listen, I was kinda disappointed. I’ve loved all of Italy’s entries since their return bar one, but this one was a real grower. I had more songs going into Sanremo that I preferred over this one (Carioca, in particular which I’m currently obsessed with), but judging by the reaction with singing this song going viral, I could have seen this as a potential Top 3 position.

Polliu
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Polliu

Snoozefest. 5/10

Anita
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Anita

P.S.: It is now my No.1 of Eurovision 2020! I have finally decided after all.

Anita
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Anita

What happened to Sabrina? I hope she is well.
This song does something to me I did not especially wanted it to do, but I can’t but get a lot of emotions when I listen ot it. And besides the emotions it conveys – it is such a well written song and well performed. And because of what is happening to Italy and to all of us right now, the song elevated to a special one. Thank you San Remo.

Eurotrash
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Eurotrash

A total musicgasm.

Britt
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Britt

I have loved this entry since the very beginning.
Its powerful. It has a great build up.
But after a few listens I am able to sing along, which is needed to be remembered in Eurovision.
I believe this would have done really well in Rotterdam.
I certainly would have given this song a vote.

Gottsunda
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Gottsunda

Italy 10/10
Portugal 6.5/10
Belgium 4/10

Hipp
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Hipp

I see many underestimate Diodato, I say his live performances kicked asses! It would be deserved winner certainly.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

My 3rd favourite. Music from the heart. It’s elegance outshines its boredom. Here is yet another example of why some Eurovision songs need a 4th minute: What a beautiful extended Coda! That change-up moves me every single time. I shudder to think that this might have been cut out in a 3-minute version; although I guess we will never know now. In terms of performance, the vocals are extremely challenging to place in the upper range, yet the power behind the song does away with any potential cracked notes. Take all that, add the “silence” of a cancelled ESC, and… Read more »

Ria van de Velde
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Ria van de Velde

I love “Fai Rumore”, very much. It ‘s very beautiful.

Roelof Meesters
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Roelof Meesters

This could’ve done surprisingly well this year and this could have honestly HONESTLY been the jury winner of the year. Given that there’s no way Sanremo will be cancelled for 2021 and Diodato internally selected, so that’s sad because this could’ve been great on the stage. 8/10 and idk what Antranig was smoking when deciding on his score but a 2 is crazy…

Polliu
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Polliu

Not everyone had the same taste. I personally dislike this song.

Ashton
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Ashton

You’re in the minority, Polliu.

My Tears Are Getting Sober
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My Tears Are Getting Sober

It has really grown on me tbh. At one point it was 31st in my top

vangelis vt
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vangelis vt

My third favourite of the Ghost Edition 2020… 🙁 Best male ballad of the crop by far. Such a timeless gem of pure lyricism. I wish his voice was deeper and fuller for this song but he makes up for it in sensitivity.

9/10

Voxtaylor
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Voxtaylor

My 5th favorite of 2020! You guys are getting all the song I like out of the way first xD

Honestly I initially didn’t like Fai Rumore, but it’s grown on me in a big way. The composition is very simple, which turned me off at first, but that simplicity really works in it’s favor.

3. Belgium
5. Italy
6. Portugal

Jo.
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Jo.

Superb. This song has a different meaning to me and many other people right now.
If ESC hadn’t been cancelled, I do think this could’ve been the winner.
9.0/10

Jo.
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Jo.

sorry to disagree with Antranig, but this isn’t the same formula used by Italy at least since 2016.

Fab
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Fab

Beyond the fact that I actually share his taste and point of view (to each their own, naturally), William’s review is, as usual, the most accurate, well-structured and illustrated.
PS: even if you don’t really “enjoy” listening to it, to give this song this a “2” or a “4” as a grade out on ten, does not objectively make any sense, all the more so coming from experienced eurobloggers. That mirrors some so-called music experts/juries’ nonsense every year.

Filomena Mercurio
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Filomena Mercurio

In addition this is a song in sung in Italian. Italy is courageous and proud to sing in Italian and let’s celebrate languages. To give it a 2 is highly disrespectful. This song would have slayed live. Antonio is amazing live. Let’s talk up Italy .

Gwendal
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My – surprisingly – winner of the year. When Italy decides to go back to classic ballads, they go with a golden one. So many possibilities for staging (not the Sanremo’s one obv). It could have been the year for Italy. Maybe next year?

01. ITA 9,5/10
10. BEL 7/10
13. POR 6,5/10

Aya
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Aya

I love fai rumore and Antonio’s shyness on stage. He is very talented and his voice gives me goosebumps. Fai rumore may not be a modern song but it has an identity, it’s sensational, classic and beautiful. It’s the perfect song for him and his live presence is so pleasant and familiar on stage. I hope to see him next year.

Vol812
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Vol812

Actually, the verdict is 6,86 /: (I have calculated because I am bored)

Héctor
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Héctor

It’s not bad but I wouldn’t say this is a 10 tbh. For me it’s just another classic Italian ballad. Beautiful arrangement, good voice, powerful chorus, but more of the same from Italy. I kind of agree with the final score. Given the low quality of other entries this year Italy stands in my 11th place.

11. Italy – Diodato – Fai rumore (6.75)
14. Belgium – Hooverphonic – Release Me (6.75)
24. Portugal – Elisa – Medo de sentir (6.5)

Jose
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Jose

Italy is one of my favorites Eurovision countries. They are authentic, they are genuine and they don’t follow any Eurovision-song formulas. They are the anti-‘Love Love Peace Peace’. And they bring really good and famous artists, which really boosts their chances. ‘Fai Rumore’ follows the amazing Italian track – 13th in my top. It’s a really good song with meaningful lyrics. The instrumental has a lot of quality and it has an incridible ending. And Diodato’s has a nice voice and he is able to deliver on stage. But somehow I keep forgeting that this song exists – I don’t… Read more »

Hector
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Hector

Watch Armenia, and Serbia, and Azerbaijan, score more than this

Kosey
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Kosey

Hell yeah!

sam
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sam

they all should

Escvegi
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Escvegi

My Top:
21. Italy 6.5/10
30. Cyprus 5/10
31. Portugal 5/10
32. Belgium 4.5/10

Sanscemo
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Sanscemo

They could have won in 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2019. And they didn’t, for different reasons.
In 2020 they had (again!) a real chance to make it with this song that has gained continental importance over time.
And Eurovision gets cancelled.
My God, that must be so frustrating!

Audrey Chienne
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Audrey Chienne

This is how to write a timeless song

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

Was my favourite Sanremo song this year. He had my favourite Sanremo song in 2018 (and would’ve been my Eurovision winner had it been selected) so yeah, I love this. It would’ve been an appropriate and fantastic Eurovision winner. It’s a beautiful piece of work.

John
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John

This song was my favorite in 2020. It has already won for Antonio Diodato far more than ESC could have. His song has become a unifying anthem for the Italian people. No one would ever sing songs like ‘Chains on You” or “Think About Things” while quarantined from balconies. The other songs are just mindless entertainment they are not consequential in the same sense as Fai Rumore. The scores here are entirely irrelevant.

Lily
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Lily

9/10

GUEST
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GUEST

This is a top 5 song <3 Love from Malta

Gök
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Gök

Antranig is totally right on this one. How come people keep shaming countries like Sweden on relying on the same formula yet Italy keeps doing the same with the exception of last year and no one even blinks an eye? There is no such thing as ‘objectively good’ in my opinion. This song is incredibly boring, especially if you know what Italy is capable of sending. More contemporary pop please and less of this generic outdated noise.

Lily
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Lily

You’re incredibly boring

Nudiecrudi
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Nudiecrudi

Are you lacking memory???? Some Omega3 maybe.
Analyse all Italian entries from 2011 till now.
You ll find some similarities between Fai rumore and Essenziale but the rest are all different.
Jazz, R&B, ballad, glam rock, indie, pop opera, electro pop, trap-rap. What do you wNt more???
Be sure that no Maruv style song or cheapy shake your bootty will ever come from Italy.
Trash maybe is your thing.

Indiana07
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Indiana07

Yep, it’s quite overrated but given the average quality of this year’s songs, it would’ve finished in top 10 or top 15.

Azriq
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Azriq

holy goody Antranig’s score is removed but overall score is 6.95? makes me wonder who ever score above 8 or 9 when all entries have been reviewed. but seriously..2? 2?

Skiwalko
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Skiwalko

Even if we ignore the coronavirus context, “Fai rumore” is still a great song. It’s amazing how much it grew on me, going from the middle of my ranking to the top 5. It feels raw, genuine, almost like a confession. Maybe it’s not the fastest or loudest song of the bunch, but emotionally this is a rollercoaster. The music is excellent, the lyrics are touching and Diodato’s voice gives me goosebumps – Italy did it again. 8/10

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

the good sis antranig basing his score on the “quality of the song” and giving it a 2? kii, just say you based it on your own taste and go on.

Nudiecrudi
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Nudiecrudi

Aintrag was not trying to be influenced by the emotions felt when people was singing Fai rumore from their balconies. He only considered the quality of the song. WHAT?????? I think his consideration should be taken seriously. These show to us how superficial in its judgment a person could be. According to t his expert the verses aren’t qualitative The composition, interpretation and the voice aren’t considered worthy but a 2. You may like or not a song. But some facts are objective and not subjective. Or maybe the subject in this case, Aintrag, isn’t able to judge a song… Read more »

Tom
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Tom

Italy 10/10
Belgium 8/10
Portugal 7.5/10

dxi
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dxi

That score is waaay to low in my opinion, I’m all with William on this one.

Lily
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Lily

Agree, it’s criminally underappreciated.

Andrea
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Andrea

diodato was getting used to a stage against his shyness, he would have sung in front of all europe, I’m sorry that next year there won’t be but I only hope that Italy will confirm his presence for the next contest

Denis
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Denis

It’s the song that describes our situation right now. Especially in Italy. But it also hits me and I know I’m not alone, it tells so much about my flaws, insecurity, anxiety. more. What a song!

Gottsunda
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Gottsunda

It’s a 10/10 for me, don’t know what else you would want in a ballad? I second everything William said. And that’s right: This could have been the winner of esc2020! And it sort of is the winner, at least in my eyes, just by what’s going on in the world at the moment, and given how this song is about isolation from our loved ones, it touches us on that personal level.

Anita
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Anita

Is Padraig not part of the Wiwi-Jury?

Mikey
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Mikey

UNDERRATED

James
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James

it’s a ballad with rock undertones, something I’ve noticed right away from listenting to the studio cut following Diodato’s initial performance at the start of Sanremo. It’s dramatic, sentimental, and highly emotional that can leave listeners teary-eyed even if one doesn’t understand the language. Diodato’s rocker identity comes through and through and I can see this being performed in small clubs and bars as well as well as in arenas, colliseums, and stadiums as that one anthemic song fans will sing along to. I really hope RAI would keep Diodato (as long as he’s willing) for next year. I’d love… Read more »

James
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James

Erratum: I’d love to see in in the Eurovision stage with a song that comes close, if not surpass, “Fai Rumore”.

Tibor
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Tibor

A very classic ballad with nice lyrics, a good progression and a rather unexciting instrumentation. The main issue I have with this is his voice, my old problem with tenor voices. For me to like them, they need a smooth quality, but Diodato’s vocal tone is rather grating and strained. Perhaps I’d like this better if it was lowered by a note, I’m not sure. Still, this remains quality, he can sing and it’s miles ahead of certain other classic ballads we were served this year. Like I said, I won’t speculate about placing, but for me this is only… Read more »

Kosey
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Kosey

28th place: Italy – 6/10 – a solid, respectable, heartfelt ballad. There is a piano of poignancy and I believe that he means what he’s singing about. The lyrical sentiment is interesting and different. There is something missing though that I just can’t put my finger on, but I am rarely driven to remember this song or come back to it for a repeat listen.

17. Portugal – 7.5/10
24. Belgium – 6.5/10
28. Italy – 6/10

Ewan
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Ewan

Well, I was expecting an average score here due to the fact that it’s mostly a “love-it-or-hate-it” type of song. But if this were an ESC-style jury, all these high scores would become 8s, 10s and 12s.
This could have won guys.

Odysseas
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Odysseas

That’s a tough one for me. Italy sends another classic song and that’s kinda a letdown after soldi. Personally, i love the Italian language and diodato’s voice is really good. But that’s it. Nothing makes it stand out.
Overall: 16th (7/10)