Ermal Meta

After the meagre first night‘s viewing figures — 8,363,000 viewers and an audience share of 46.6%, the lowest result since 2014 in terms of share — Italian Sanremo 2021 continued on with its Wednesday night show.

The remaining 13 Campioni contestants — the big names from which Italy’s Eurovision 2021 artist will be chosen — performed their entries to the viewers for the very first time, just like yesterday.

At the end of the live show, a complete provisional ranking based on the results of the demoscopic poll was revealed.

Sanremo 2021 second night

Demoscopic poll ranking

Click on song titles to watch the performance.

  1. Ermal Meta with “Un milione di cose da dirti
  2. Irama with “La genesi del tuo colore
  3. Malika Ayane with “Ti piaci così
  4. Lo Stato Sociale with “Combat pop
  5. Willie Peyote with “Mai dire mai (La locura)
  6. Gaia with “Cuore amaro
  7. Fulminacci with “Santa Marinella
  8. La Rappresentante di Lista with “Amare
  9. Extraliscio feat. Davide Toffolo with “Bianca luce nera
  10. Gio Evan with “Arnica
  11. Orietta Berti with “Quando ti sei innamorato
  12. Random with “Torno a te
  13. Bugo with “E invece sì

Provisional ranking based on the first two nights

  1. Ermal Meta with “Un milione di cose da dirti”
  2. Annalisa with “Dieci”
  3. Irama with “La genesi del tuo colore”
  4. Malika Ayane with “Ti piaci così”
  5. Noemi with “Glicine”
  6. Fasma with “Parlami”
  7. Francesca Michielin & Fedez with “Chiamami per nome”
  8. Lo Stato Sociale with “Combat pop”
  9. Willie Peyote with “Mai dire mai (La locura)”
  10. Francesco Renga with “Quando trovo te”
  11. Arisa with “Potevi fare di più”
  12. Gaia with “Cuore amaro”
  13. Fulminacci with “Santa Marinella”
  14. La Rappresentante di Lista with “Amare”
  15. Maneskin with “Zitti e buoni”
  16. Max Gazzè with “Il farmacista”
  17. Colapesce & Dimartino with “Musica leggerissima”
  18. Coma_Cose with “Fiamme negli occhi”
  19. Extraliscio feat. Davide Toffolo with “Bianca luce nera”
  20. Madame with “Voce”
  21. Gio Evan with “Arnica”
  22. Orietta Berti with “Quando ti sei innamorato”
  23. Random with “Torno a te”
  24. Bugo with “E invece sì”
  25. Ghemon with “Momento perfetto”
  26. Aiello with “Ora”

The live show — hosted by Amadeus with the support of Rosario Fiorello and singer Elodie — started with the performances of half of the Nuove Proposte, the category dedicated to newcomers, judged by the demoscopic poll (33%), the members of the press centre (33%) and the televote (34%).

And these are the results: Wrongonyou with “Lezioni di volo” and Davide Shorty with “Regina” will go to the semi-final on Friday night, while Greta Zuccoli with “Ogni cosa sa di te” and duo Dellai with “Io sono Luca” have been eliminated.

During the evening we were treated to guest performances from Italian superstar Laura Pausini — who sang “Io sì (Seen),” awarded Best Original Song at the 78th Golden Globes just a few days ago — and operatic pop trio Il Volo, who represented Italy at ESC in 2015. They took the Festival stage to pay homage to legendary composer Ennio Morricone singing “Your love”.

They weren’t the only guests at the Ariston Theatre. Eurovision 1964 winner Gigliola Cinquetti reminded us the beauty of “Non ho l’età (Per amartì)” and “Dio come ti amo”, Fausto Leali (ESC 1989) performed “Mi manchi” and “Ti amo”, while Marcella Bella sang “Senza un briciolo di testa” e “Montagne verdi”.

Achille Lauro came back on stage to present his 2020 summer hit “Bam bam twist” but the most talked about moments of the night were Elodie‘s performances. She served Italian popstar realness with a breathtaking medley of her hits and a mash up of Italian and international evergreens and at the end of a night she offered an emotional rendition of “Mai così” by Mina.

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 by 300 music fans who voted from their homes via an electronic voting system managed by global market research and a consulting firm Ipsos.
  • Orchestra voting, resulting from points assigned by musicians and singers of the Sanremo Music Festival Orchestra.

The four voting systems will have a percentage weight so distributed:

  • First and Second Evening: 100% demoscopic poll
  • Third Evening: 100% orchestra voting
  • Fourth Evening: 100% press jury voting
  • Fifth Evening: 100% public televoting

In the final part of the fifth evening, a new rank indicating the first three acts — determined by the percentage of votes obtained in that evening’s vote and those obtained in previous evenings — will be drawn up.

  • Super final: 34% public televoting; 33% press jury voting; 33% demoscopic poll

What do you think of the songs of Sanremo 2021? Who are you most excited for? Share your thoughts below!

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Andi
Andi
2 months ago

Started listening to the Sanremo songs today and the one I liked the most was ORA by AIELLO. Then I checked the current results and BOOM… hopes gone 🙁

But I’m really impressed by the songs, really nice (can only say something about the studio versions though)

Last edited 2 months ago by Andi
Piet
Piet
2 months ago

For me there is only one really good song: Polvere da sparo by Gaudiano. Participant in the Nuove Proposte, but I feel it’s the best song of the entire festival. His song would be great for ESC!

Bob
Bob
2 months ago

I like Irama and Ermal. Irama should win, Ermal already won and his song is a classic Sanremo ballad, beautiful but we have heard it all before. I hope to see Irama become the Mahmood of Sanremo 2021.

Ronald
2 months ago
Reply to  Bob

I agree, I love Ermal’s song and is my favorite so far but I would like to see a new face in eurovision like Irama or Annalisa.

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago

Irama and Malika Ayane are my two favourites right now – repeated listens might change that.

Reverb
Reverb
2 months ago

Really hope Irama makes it to the final without any more surprises. It just is one of those BIG songs that put a tear on your face while the rest of your body is dancing. We don’t get that very often.

aniello
aniello
2 months ago

the song with more Eurovision potential is AMARE by La Rappresentante Di Lista, pure energy… an Italian “Euphoria” – but Ermal or Annalisa will win. Fedez is the outsider…

IRAMAVISION
IRAMAVISION
2 months ago

IRAMAVISION2021!!!

Grft
Grft
2 months ago

For me it’s Francesca/Fedez, Irama, Madame or Maneskin. Please

Leanne
Leanne
2 months ago

I like Ermal, I really do, but I don’t really want him to win with this song. It’s not bad but it’s no “Vietato Morire” and there are so many other options I’d prefer to see at ESC. I’d like to see either Irama or Måneskin there, but I also really liked Fulminacci, La Rappresentante di Lista, Willie Peyote, Gaia and Lo Stato Sociale. I like Francesca+Fedez and Annalisa but I don’t think their entries are as good as they could have been. Annalisa would certainly do decently at ESC though because she’s a great singer with a decent stage… Read more »

GojoSatoru
GojoSatoru
2 months ago

I predict that Maneskin will be this year’s Mahmood (result wise).

My top 3 prediction is:

  1. Maneskin
  2. Francesca Michielin & Fedez
  3. Ermal Meta/Annalisa
Last edited 2 months ago by GojoSatoru
Nadors
Nadors
1 month ago
Reply to  GojoSatoru

Well you got it right! Well done!

Ronald
1 month ago
Reply to  GojoSatoru

Are you Nostradamus? 😮

Dani
2 months ago

Irama has to win!!!

hello Hi
hello Hi
2 months ago

I love Irama .. also in his full leather he is sex on legs

Ohi
Ohi
2 months ago

I loved Ermal. It’s just the way he delivers a song that can transmit emotion in any language. If I were picking strictly for Eurovision it would probably be Irama first (provided they can keep the instrumentation at the end when they cut the song) followed by Ermal and then Maneskin which was just cool

Ohi
Ohi
2 months ago
Reply to  Ohi

Slight Edit: after another few listens I would put Voce by Madame up there too maybe above Maneskin

nycforever
nycforever
2 months ago

After 2 evenings my personal favorites are Francesca/Fedez and Irama. Demoscopic Jury is such a mess so I hope everything will change in favor of these performes in following evenings. It is hard for me to understand how Ermal is first with all of my respect.

P.S. True queen of the evening was Elodie. Her mash up was fantastic, especially Soldi’s interpretation. Good Job. It would be better if RAI independently choose her to represent Italy on Eurvovision. She is gorgeous.

Candy
Candy
2 months ago
Reply to  nycforever

Totally agree with you though Ermal’s song is not a good choice for eurovision, it’s one of the best songs to win Sanremo. Totally agree with the Elodie thing too. I’m still listening to Andromeda

nycforever
nycforever
2 months ago
Reply to  Candy

Me too. Like her so much. She’s not a strong vocalist or musician but she seems to be such a cool personality and has very good repertoire. Lots of her songs are in my playlist.

Lena
Lena
2 months ago

irama

Nessa
Nessa
2 months ago

Måneskin, clearly the right choice!
I’d say they’re ahead of everyone else by miles. But we all know they won’t win Sanremo and go to Eurovision. 15th place overall so far and 7th place during the first night??? Really??
I knew they’d probably score a bit lower but 7th??

sam
sam
2 months ago
Reply to  Nessa

keep in mind that mahmood placed 8th on night 1 and 4th on night 3, anything can happen.. he was not high in the odds to win either

Kredential
Kredential
2 months ago

None of the songs are instant apart from Annalisa and Irama, which is a shame. But many of these songs have potential to be massive growers – Irama’s song in particular which has a really interesting composition. Arisa and Noemi don’t have as strong songs this time round which is a shame as I always love their entries, but this may change with a few more listens. I hope Ermal Meta doesn’t win again, his song is good but it feels like it’s already been done before and there are more interesting songs to choose from. I may be alone… Read more »

Thanos
Thanos
2 months ago

Lo Stato Sociale are such a guilty pleasure!! I also enjoyed Malika, Fulminacci and of course Ermal Meta. Decent songs all in all, and as always with Sanremo, you never know who is going to win.

GojoSatoru
GojoSatoru
2 months ago

Ermal Meta and Maneskin are my favorites, I’d be fine with either of them winning.

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
2 months ago

i really don’t like irama as a person but his songs are somehow always amazing lmao ! he and gaia are my favorites

BeepBoop
BeepBoop
2 months ago

Fulminacci was a pleasant surprise for me! I really liked his song ^^
I hope the final order changes a bit with following votings because there are a few names in there that I just do not get? Lo Stato Sociale and Francesco Renga above Madame or Maneskin is something that baffles me. I am not saying they are bad (Renga’s song is a choice though) but there are better ones in lower positions in my opinion ._.

Fast Food Music Lover
Fast Food Music Lover
2 months ago

So many good songs! I’m speechless.

Zheng
Zheng
2 months ago

IRAMA for Eurovision!!!!

Tibor
Tibor
2 months ago

As every year, the demoscopic jury is messing up things and voting up some mediocre songs. As every year, there’s still hope that the press, the orchestra and the general public will counterbalance this on the remaining evenings – like they did with Mahmood in 2019 who the demoscopic jury placed at the lower end of the scoreboard. My personal favourites are once again scattered all over the place. Irama or Malika Ayane could be good choices, I’m not against Francesca Michielin & Fedez or even Willie Peyote. I have absolutely no idea how Aiello and Madame have ended up… Read more »

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

I thought the whole point of the demoscopic jury was that no one group would decide the result, it’s representative of everybody…

Tibor
Tibor
2 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

Perhaps that’s the reason, why it always favours such bland songs. The perfect middle, that’s representing everybody a little bit, is the textbook definition of mediocrity … 😉

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

True.

Davo
Davo
2 months ago

My Top 4: 1. Fasma, 2. Annalisa, 3. Irama, 4. Ermal Meta. But I thought Gaudiano was better than all of them. Can they send him to Eurovision?

Liam
Liam
2 months ago
Reply to  Davo

I love Gaudiano, he was really selling it! And yet no one seems to be talking about him?

Tibor
Tibor
2 months ago
Reply to  Liam

Because Gaudiano definitely won’t go to Eurovision. 😉 I have downloaded this song when it was first presented in November and have listened to it ever since. The nuove proposte are always worth a listen.

Iamme
Iamme
2 months ago
Reply to  Davo

No, he is in the Newcomers section, so he won’t go to Eurovision.

eurofan mexico
eurofan mexico
2 months ago

IRAMA must win

Alo
Alo
2 months ago

For ESC I hope to see irama or maneskin(how just 15?!)..

OpenUpToKazakhstan
OpenUpToKazakhstan
2 months ago

Yes! San Remo with the quality every year!

Fernando Cigala
Fernando Cigala
2 months ago

Annalisa, periodt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
2 months ago

i don’t get the hype with her… her songs are always so bland and not even catchy ? she’s a good girl but the music is… uninspiring and i say it as an italian

Esc addict
Esc addict
2 months ago

So in conclusion Italy you have to make the choice between the uptempo summer hit of Irama and the classic timeless Italian ballads of Ermal or Annalisa, it’s a choice but in any cases you will be well represented.

yom
yom
2 months ago
Reply to  Esc addict

The first couple night results dont really show anything. I dont think mahmood even finished in the top 15 on the first night.

We all know fedez and francesca are going to win the televote comfortably, so its just going to come down to where the press jury places them in reference to the other big hitters.

Leanne
Leanne
2 months ago
Reply to  yom

If I remember correctly, Mahmood was actually among the last ranked acts of the first night. I could be remembering wrong though.

Tibor
Tibor
2 months ago
Reply to  Leanne

He was 19th out of 24 contestants. The first two nights alone don’t tell us anything.

Catriona Colville
Catriona Colville
2 months ago

Nothing really impressed me tonight as a winner except maybe Ermal. I think (finally) Annalisa is going to Eurovision.

Bella
Bella
2 months ago

Loved the songs again, but I feel like Irama has that je ne sais quoi that would do great. Can he use these that modified voice at Eurovision though?

Sabrina
Sabrina
2 months ago
Reply to  Bella

Considering it’s a creative effect for a specific moment of the song and not a way to mask the singer’s vocals, I don’t think they would have a problem getting approval from EBU.

Lime
Lime
2 months ago
Reply to  Bella

Autotune is completely forbidden in Eurovision… Maybe he can use that effect for one sentence maximum, but this is too much.

OpenUpToKazakhstan
OpenUpToKazakhstan
2 months ago
Reply to  Lime

There is an allowance of pre recorded backing vocals this year so no reason he can’t put that into the backing vocals and get away with it

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
2 months ago
Reply to  Lime

microphone audio effects have been allowed through times. denmark 2000, georgia 2011 and montenegro 2014 all employed them

Esc addict
Esc addict
2 months ago
Reply to  Bella

Good question, I don’t know if you are allowed to transform your voice in esc……but in the worst case he could use the pre recorded backing vocals for the chorus and parts with autotune in his song and it would work I think.
And it was maybe not the same situation but Jowst from Norway in 2017 was allowed to pre record autotune voices for his performance.

Last edited 2 months ago by Esc addict
zach
zach
2 months ago

dang i was surprised by Irama i thought the weird techno voice thing was gonna be too much, but it really helped elevate the song

Grey
Grey
2 months ago

Ermal Meta and Irama were clear stand out acts, I hope to see them both in the superfinal on Saturday. Irama would be a good choice for Eurovision. Ermal too of course, but I’m thinking he already had his moment and it was a big success with the televote. This is a weak year for Sanremo festival from what I have been able to glean, but there are a few alright songs in the bunch so Italy should be able to keep the tradition of sending quality entries to the European contest. Good luck Italians 🙂 thank you for the… Read more »

Sabrina
Sabrina
2 months ago

My highlights tonight were Ermal, Irama and La Rappresentante di Lista. Ermal’s song is beautiful and builds up to one of those chorus we can only find in Sanremo. I imagine it’s also a grower like Gabbani’s entry from the last year. Irama’s song is as alive and colorful as its title suggests. Not the kind of song people would normally picture winning Sanremo (plus the autotune works better in the studio version than in the live performance), but one that could do very well in Eurovision. And he has momentum, he had a BIG hit last summer. With so… Read more »

Tibor
Tibor
2 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

I completely agree, La Rappresentante di Lista knocked it out of the park tonight, they looked and sounded amazing and the song is a winner. Let’s see if the rest of the country can alleviate the routinely questionable taste of the demoscopic jury. I’m beginning to suspect that the Sanremo officials always start with this part of the vote to throw people of the scent and present someone completely different as the winner after the fifth night. 😉

Last edited 2 months ago by Tibor
Sabrina
Sabrina
2 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

I just listened to the studio version of “Amare” and I love it even more now! It’s a song that checks all the boxes for me. And it’s not easy to do it both with Sanremo and Eurovision standards. The televote fight is probably already too busy for them (if we count Francesca & Fedez, Annalisa and Maneskin, there’s already few space for other big names to succeed with it), but I hope at least Sala Stampa give it the love they deserve.

Tibor
Tibor
2 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

We’ll see, it was the press that saved Mahmood for us, why not LRDL as well? I’m not giving up hope just yet. You know, I don’t throw around these labels lightly and don’t call every third song I kinda like a masterpiece, but this is nothing short of a perfect popsong for me. I downloaded it immediately after it was available and am listening to it non-stop since. And I still feel it. My neighbours, on the other hand, are by now probably hating me, because over the years I’ve learned that not everyone finds it elating to hear… Read more »

Sabrina
Sabrina
2 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

I checked and back on Mahmood’s year, they had also an experts jury pushing him along with the press. His numbers with the televote also grew during the week. Though that year had less artists with an avid younger fanbase. There were basically Ultimo (which I remember was pre-contest big favorite and got really pissed after losing it), Il Volo and Irama (who wasn’t as famous as he’s now). Plus Loredana in the beloved veteran corner of the fight. I feel this year the televote and the demoscopic jury will carry at least 2 very popular acts to the fina… Read more »

Last edited 2 months ago by Sabrina
Tibor
Tibor
2 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

Oh, I forgot about the expert jury … they should bring it back, then. 🙂 2019 was quite something, the audience booing the poor presentators for 10 minutes, because Loredana Bertè didn’t make it among the final three …
And I’m also not super worried for the result, I expect the televote to kill Ermal Meta’s and Annalisa’s chances, and I’m actually also fine with Irama or Francesca & Fedez winning, they are actually my numbers 2 and 3 respectively, so no drama from my side.

Esc addict
Esc addict
2 months ago

I suspect Rai whatever is the winner, to have already chosen Irama’s song for eurovision.

Grey
Grey
2 months ago
Reply to  Esc addict

Why? They almost always go for the winner

Esc addict
Esc addict
2 months ago
Reply to  Grey

My instinct, because Irama song is the more esc friendly of San Remo 2021 in my opinion, but Ermal and his beautiful voice could be good too. The thing is could they be potential esc winners, honestly I don’t know, I hadn’t esc winners vibes in this San Remo me personally like I had already twice this year for others countries, but one thing is sure, as it is Italy (like Sweden) a place in the top 10 is already assured without even competing 😉 I’m joking it’s because they often bring quality songs, however some others countries bring quality… Read more »

Last edited 2 months ago by Esc addict
yom
yom
2 months ago
Reply to  Esc addict

Your literally saying esc friendly to the country which has sent everything to eurovision and still done well. There is no such thing as esc friendly to rai and they will be more than happy to put their faith into who wins sanremo if they choose to go to eurovision.

Esc addict
Esc addict
2 months ago
Reply to  yom

“In my opinion” are my words.
Yeah I’m saying esc friendly to Italy! What an offense! Italy is a competing country like the others no ?!!
Ok Rai keep the faith

Milanolich
Milanolich
2 months ago
Reply to  Esc addict

By Sanremo rules if the winner wants to go to Eurovision they will, it doesn’t matter what the delegation would want to send

Esc addict
Esc addict
2 months ago
Reply to  Milanolich

Ok but the winner need a competitive song for eurovision, a San Remo winning song is always good for italians but maybe not each time adjusted for the eurovision audience.

GLBHMN
GLBHMN
2 months ago

Irama was ok yea, but Fulminacci stole my heart. What a magical song!

Sale
Sale
2 months ago

When will the songs be available on spotify everywehere not just in Italy here in Montenegro I can see the songs but cannot play them?

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
2 months ago
Reply to  Sale

Same. It sucks. I only want Irama anyway. Like, give me that one goddamn song already.

Sale
Sale
2 months ago

I hope soon

Jo.
Jo.
2 months ago

for me it’s Irama or Annalisa. Not a fan of Ermal’s entry this year…

Alex
Alex
2 months ago

Irama.. The Banger.
He could really win this Sanremo from his home. A legend.

Alex
Alex
2 months ago

I knew Ermal was gonna pull a Gabbani and do much better than expected. Never underestimate these talented kings for Sanremo. Serving class

Esc addict
Esc addict
2 months ago

My prediction, top 3 of San Remo 2021, winner Ermal Meta, 2nd Irama, 3rd Annalisa. Ermal will say ok I’ve already been on the esc stage so I let my place to the youth, and Irama will go to eurovision, with Irama’s song I think Italy has something for eurovision, it’s modern, with summerish vibes, uptempo, a charismatic and good performer, the eurofans will love it forcefully moreover it’s Italy 😉 ,this robotic autotune chorus is interesting, it makes the song modern and special and original but being not a fan of autotune myself I already know it will be… Read more »

Escfan
Escfan
2 months ago
Reply to  Esc addict

I like Iramas song, I just wish he would not have as much auto tune, normally I wouldn’t mind it but it’s very noticeable and I worry if he was to be selected, would he get a lower televote for having very noticeable autotune. That bring said though, I do like his song a lot 🙂

Esc addict
Esc addict
2 months ago
Reply to  Escfan

I understand but it makes the song original with this chorus, without that the song is a too simple uptempo song.

Kalla
Kalla
2 months ago

Well this was a lot better tonight, maybe as I was expecting long interval acts between each competitor. Was going very fast and nicely until midway when the OAP karaoke began for at least 20 minutes! Great to see so much of Elodie, her left ear is definitely cursed though haha! Was some good songs in this night, for me the best were the two last performers Gio and Imara, although the voda may have kicked in by then. After a better night, I still can’t see a winning entry coming from Italy this year.

Esc addict
Esc addict
2 months ago
Reply to  Kalla

Irama could do well, and it’s exactly what the eurofans love.

Last edited 2 months ago by Esc addict
Kalla
Kalla
2 months ago
Reply to  Esc addict

Yes definitely, was the only song I could really see at Eurovision.

Esc addict
Esc addict
2 months ago
Reply to  Kalla

Irama and Eric Saade would bring autotune in eurovision 😉

Antonio
Antonio
2 months ago

Irama has the best song. It’s such a shame that he had to go through that situation. I hope he wins, but i don’t think they will give the victory to someone whos not performing live.

Sale
Sale
2 months ago

IRAMA stole the show tonight, I want him to win it all!

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
2 months ago

Irama was my favorite artist already before and I had a feeling that he was gonna be the best when I read that he was the one participant who had to quarantine. Like, of course it’s gotta be the good one. But even in the rehearsal clip he is way above the rest.

Last edited 2 months ago by Mr Vanilla Bean
Bea
Bea
2 months ago

Irama for the win!

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
2 months ago

I want Irama. He is the only one who really convinced me this year. IRAMA!