Ermal Meta, Orietta Berti

Although ratings continue to be disappointing — the second live episode collected 7,586,000 viewers and an audience share of 42.1% — Sanremo 2021 moved on to the third night.

The 26 competing artists performed a cover of a song of their choice, not necessarily related to the history of the Italian festival. Almost all the Campioni were accompanied by a guest performer.

Among the artists were many former Sanremo entrants: Michele Bravi, Pinguini Tattici Nucleari, Nesli, The Kolors, Manuel Agnelli, Neffa, Daniele Silvestri, Neri per Caso and Donatella Rettore.

The cover night has become a regular feature of Sanremo over the years, but this year is crucial for the fate of the singers. Just like last year, these special performances — voted on by only the members of the orchestra — will contribute to the final ranking.

Sanremo 2020 third night

Orchestra ranking

  1. Ermal Meta with “Caruso”
  2. Orietta Berti with “Io che amo solo te”
  3. Extraliscio feat. Davide Toffolo with “Medley Rosamunda”
  4. Willie Peyote with “Giudizi universali”
  5. Arisa with “Quando”
  6. Måneskin with “Amandoti”
  7. Annalisa with “La musica è finita”
  8. Max Gazzè with “Del mondo”
  9. La Rappresentante di Lista with “Splendido splendente”
  10. Ghemon with “L’essere infinito (L.E.I.)”
  11. Lo Stato Sociale with “Non è per sempre”
  12. Gaia with “Mi sono innamorato di te”
  13. Irama with “Cyrano”
  14. Colapesce & Dimartino with “Povera patria”
  15. Fulminacci with “Penso positivo”
  16. Malika Ayane with “Insieme a te non ci sto più”
  17. Noemi with “Prima di andare via”
  18. Madame with “Prisencolinensinainciusol”
  19. Francesco Renga with “Una ragione di più”
  20. Fasma with “La fine”
  21. Francesca Michielin & Fedez with “E allora felicità”
  22. Aiello with “Gianna”
  23. Bugo with “Un’avventura”
  24. Gio Evan with “Gli anni”
  25. Random with “Ragazzo fortunato”
  26. Coma_Cose with “Il mio canto libero”

Provisional top 10 based on the first three nights

  1. Ermal Meta
  2. Annalisa
  3. Willie Peyote
  4. Arisa
  5. Irama
  6. Lo Stato Sociale
  7. Malika Ayane
  8. Extraliscio feat. Davide Toffolo
  9. Orietta Berti
  10. Måneskin

Among the special guests of the third live show — hosted by Amadeus with the support of Rosario Fiorello, Italian model Valeria Ceretti and Swedish footballer Zlatan Ibrahimović — were Negramaro and Achille Lauro.

The band opened the live show singing “4/3/1943” by Lucio Dalla and “Meraviglioso” by Domenico Modugno, and later sang a medley of their singles “Contatto” and “La cura del tempo”, while the extravagant artist performed his track “Penelope” together with Emma Marrone (ESC 2014) and actress Monica Guerritore.

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 this evening’s vote and those obtained in previous evenings — will be drawn up.

  • Superfinal: 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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Whisker
Whisker
1 month ago

I’m enjoying big time La genesi del tuo cuore, Ti piaci cosi, and Un milione di cose da dirti. I’m also enjoying Cuore amaro, Lezioni di vuolo, and Quanto ti sei innamorato.
Questions: who’s in charge with the orchestration part? Does the label choose the musical instruments, keys and all those details or somebody else?  Do the performers have any input? 

Alex
Alex
1 month ago

We shouldn’t sleep on Willie Peyote. His song is catchy, infectious, smart and has content. Jury are going to vote for it tonight for all those reasons.
And it did debut pretty well on Spotify. He could really be in that Superfinal.

Last edited 1 month ago by Alex
Ted
Ted
1 month ago

Irama and Ermal impressed me but Annalisa has it all: voice, looks, stage presence. I don’t think it’s up on YouTube yet but she posted a clip of the video for Dieci shot in a bus or tram, the movements looked great. Already getting staging ideas for her for Eurovision!

Colin
Colin
1 month ago
Reply to  Ted

I could see Annalisa being the middle ground between the juries and the televote. So far, it seems less likely that Ermal will do that well with the televote, as well as Irama, not to mention Francesca & Fedez, winning the juries. However, at this stage, anything is possible. These are all quality songs as well.

Last edited 1 month ago by Colin
Ted
Ted
1 month ago
Reply to  Colin

The studio version of Dieci is a tiny bit more uptempo than what we heard on Tuesday (which was also lovely!). I hope she gets a chance to represent Italy!

justafan
justafan
1 month ago

Does anybody know if Irama will sing live, or will the same video from the rehearsals be used on the final night?

Tonks
1 month ago
Reply to  justafan

Yes please guys invite us

BeepBoop
BeepBoop
1 month ago
Reply to  justafan

He is not expected to perform since he is still in quarantine so… I guess the will use the video!

BeepBoop
BeepBoop
1 month ago

I am not sure about what is going to happen, really. In my opinion, Ermal has the most let’s say… Sanremo tailored song? It is winning music from start to finish so, I understand why he is up there with the demoscopica, and the orchestra. The festival also tends to favour both traditional “standard” Italian songs, and respected and experienced artists so … he has options to be in the final TOP3. Still, does it mean he will win? Not necessarily. The televote is normally a total contrast, and it favours contemporary music so, there are still various contestants that… Read more »

Tonks
1 month ago
Reply to  BeepBoop

I really hope Irama can win this

GojoSatoru
GojoSatoru
1 month ago
Reply to  BeepBoop

As how it looks now, Ermal is this year’s Francesco Gabbani.

BeepBoop
BeepBoop
1 month ago
Reply to  GojoSatoru

Definitely! Last year Viceversa did really well on the festival but not so much on charts at the moment it was released, in comparison to other songs at least!

Kalla
Kalla
1 month ago

I didn’t watch all of last nights show, but what I did see was a real stand out performance. I’m shocked to see he was placed so low on the rankings.

Kalla
Kalla
1 month ago
Reply to  Kalla

Oops forgot to put Fasma in my comment haha!

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
1 month ago

I’m a broken record til Saturday: IRAMA!!!

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
1 month ago

Well, til Sunday.

GojoSatoru
GojoSatoru
1 month ago

Maneskin still gives me Mahmood vibes despite having totally different genres. Mahmood came also like 15th or something in his first night and came top 6 in the 3rd night.

Colin
Colin
1 month ago

This all happens way too fast for me to have some sort of stable ranking or rating. I haven’t even watched most of the official videos yet. By my impression on the first two nights, I still think that Sanremo offers a lot of genre diversity and quality. Ermal really delivered a great song and I’m not surprised that the jury liked it. Annalisa’s song is equally elegant and lovely. Another classic song which is severely underrated is Orietta’s. That gave me that good old-fashioned operatic vibes. At the same time, modern and frenetic song by Madame was also underrated.… Read more »

Last edited 1 month ago by Colin
Confused
Confused
1 month ago

Why the ratings are going down? I don’t follow Sanremo so I don’t know, is it because it’s coming later in the year than it normally does? I’m just curious, that’s all!

hzalfa
hzalfa
1 month ago
Reply to  Confused

I’ve seen some people speculate that it’s because they chose a lot of lesser known artists this year and sadly, I think it makes sense.

Fra
Fra
1 month ago
Reply to  Confused

Several reasons: different time of the year, contemporaneity with football league matches (1st time since several years), missing public in the theatre, etc…

Confused
Confused
1 month ago
Reply to  Fra

Thank you both for the answers, I guess the football matches might be one of the biggest reasons since it’s such a popular sport

zheng
zheng
1 month ago

Ok Irama is out right now, so Italy please choose Annalisa pleeeaseee!!

Giolo
Giolo
1 month ago
Reply to  zheng

Irama is not out. Mahmood was not even in top 5 after Night 3…

Iron95
Iron95
1 month ago

Maneskin were the best by far!! Pure energy, music and powerful performance!

Milanolich
Milanolich
1 month ago

Madame is my favourite this year but she’s definitely not winning so I’m hoping for my second favourite Willie Peyote. I think he’ll get a big boost by the press tonight (he was an early favourite by the press with Colapesce e Dimartino and he’s still getting good reviews after his first performance) but I’m afraid of the televote. I really don’t want Ermal or Annalisa to win this year, their songs are not that special and there are a lot of more interesting songs this year

nycforever
nycforever
1 month ago

I hoped that after the third evening the ranking would change in the better. But everything got even worse. My favorites Irama and Francesca/Fedez are 5th and out of Top 10 respectively. It’s really disappointing. Seems like Annalisa and Ermal are cementing two spots in final 3. And it’s all about the last third place. Of course, everything can still change because the press voting and public have huge weight. I think Irama still has good changes to get into Top 3. But for Francesca it’s very important to get high press results, as I think they can do very… Read more »

Kosey
Kosey
1 month ago

Not sure I get the San Remo voting system. It seems like all the modern artists get massively pulled down. Maybe that is the intention?

Jake Mason
Jake Mason
1 month ago
Reply to  Kosey

Elodie 🙁

Ricardo
Ricardo
1 month ago
Reply to  Kosey

1st and 2nd night (so all the 26 aristis’ songs) Demoscopic Jury 100%
at the end of the 2nd night there’s the first complete ranking
3rd night Orchestra jury 100% on the cover performance
at the end of the 3rd night there’s the jury ranking first, then it’s summed to the previous one, so a third ranking is out (50% demoscopic 50% orchestra)
4th night Press voting, it’s a separate award .
5th night Audience televoting is added to the previous ranking.
At this point the first three artists will be televoted again.

Fra
Fra
1 month ago
Reply to  Ricardo

No, press voting is also added to the final ranking.

Fra
Fra
1 month ago
Reply to  Kosey

Well, it’s clearly explained in the article. Four different juries equally weighted which in the end express at the best the Italian musical taste. It’s not a case that since Italy’s comeback in ESC, it has always reached top10 (7th-3rd-6th-5th-2nd) when the winner of Sanremo has participated.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
1 month ago

I actually like eight of the top ten so far but I think that is more about me just liking so many of the Sanremo entries this year. I know everything can change but I think Italy are going to end up with three good songs at the end of this.
It’s been a great festival so far!

Maclaren
Maclaren
1 month ago

If Ermal really needs to win Sanremo this year, then I hope he will be all nice, and gracious, and kingly about it, will just pick up that golden lion of his (or whatever they give to winners these days) and will disappear into hirozon for good claiming he’s had enough of Eurovision in his life and that a new generation deserves their shot (a meaningful wink at Irama will be appreciated at this stage). This little ditto of Ermal’s song is all nice, and refined, and classy, and overwhelmingly superior, but honestly it only goes well with a twenty-five… Read more »

Reverb
Reverb
1 month ago
Reply to  Maclaren

Seriously, I stan every word and gap in this paragraph. Relatable sis

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 month ago

The current top 5 would all be in my top 10, but I wish Maneskin, La Rappresentante di Lista and Madame to be doing much better. I’m afraid Fedez has been dragging Francesca down so far (he was better tonight, but his singing is not nearly as good as his rapping) and though the televote will certainly boost them, they’ll need to do well with the press to not risk their qualification to the final round. But nobody needs to panic yet, the press and televote can and will change a lot of things yet. Last year, in the end of… Read more »

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
1 month ago
Reply to  Sabrina

Willie’s my 12th so far but otherwise, I agree with you about the top five. All of them are in my top ten too. I also agree with you about Fedez and the effect he’s having on Francesca’s entry, too.

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 month ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

Hopefully Fedez will keep improving night after night. The next performance will be crucial for them.

Bella
Bella
1 month ago

This voting system is so confusing, so at this point all I need to know is: does this mean Irama is out? I’ve been listening to his song on repeat since yesterday, I would love to see him in Rotterdam and I’m sure he can bring back the trophy to Italy!

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 month ago
Reply to  Bella

Irama is pretty much alive, the orchestra vote doesn’t have that much weight and he’ll probably do well with the televote. No idea how the press will vote though, they can be very unpredictable.

Last edited 1 month ago by Sabrina
Esc addict
Esc addict
1 month ago

Ok the last night is purely televote then, and only the superfinal will use again demoscopic and press if I’m not wrong, so it means at this point we have already 50 % of the final ranking already decided.

Fra
Fra
1 month ago

By the way, the article is wrong about the weight distribution of the voting system. Differently from 2020, the 5th night will be 100% televote, making all the 4 ranks equally weighted. Then, only in the final part of the 5th night (when only the top3 will be ranked) the weight will be 33-33-34 as written in the article.

Fra
Fra
1 month ago

You’re welcome. Happy to help! 🙂

Giolo
Giolo
1 month ago
Reply to  Fra

Actually, this ia wrong.
The averages are cumulative.
The first average is between Demoscopic ranking and The Orchestra one. Then what you got is another chart and you do the average bewteen this new ranking and the Press Poll one and so on…

At the end, before the super final, these are the weights for ecco voting panel

* Demoscopic jury: 12.5%
* Orchestra: 12.5%
* Press poll: 25%
* Televoting: 50%

Lime
Lime
1 month ago
Reply to  Giolo

It’s such an unnecessary complicated system… So weird.

Fra
Fra
1 month ago
Reply to  Giolo

If I remember correctly, that’s the system of some years ago (Carlo Conti’s festivals). This year (like last year) it is basically just the sum of each night, making all the ranks equally weighted. It is a bit of bureaucratese, but that part has not changed since last year when the ranks of all nights where just summed.

Alex
Alex
1 month ago
Reply to  Fra

I didn’t know. Thank god they changed it.

Esc addict
Esc addict
1 month ago

Ermal has killed it again, he is so talented, I’m sure he will be among the top 3 of this San Remo, for the others two, I don’t know because the voting system is complex here, so each acts is voted 4 times in 5 nights, demoscopic, orchestra, press, and the last night, it’s demoscopic, press, and televote, ok, but to make the final ranking before the superfinal do each evenings have the same weight ? I mean 25% demoscopic, 25% orchestra, 25% press, 25% demoscopic, press and televote combined?

Last edited 1 month ago by Esc addict
Giolo
Giolo
1 month ago
Reply to  Esc addict

No, there is a cumulative average

1) You get RANKING 1 fron the average between Demoscopic and Orchestra Voting

2) RANKING 2 is the average between Prrss Poll ranking and RANKING 1

3) The final ranking is the average between RANKING 2 and the public vote

So the panels are weighted this way

Demoscopic: 12.5%
Orchestra: 12.5%
Press: 25%
Televoting: 50%

Fra
Fra
1 month ago
Reply to  Giolo

Not really. The average is not cumulative. It’s a bit of bureaucratese but it has not changed from last year. For each night, the rules say: “…the average between the percentage of the current night and the oneS obtained in the previous nights will determine the rank…”. It means that: after Wednesday we have only Demoscopic -> Demoscopic 100% after Thursday (vote of Orchestra) -> the rank is made by Demo 50% + Orchestra 50% after Friday (vote of Press) -> the rank is made by Demo 33% + Orchestra 33% + Press 33% after Saturday (televote) -> the rank… Read more »

MaelleForFra
MaelleForFra
1 month ago

Sanremo confuses me so much. Why are they singing covers? How can you rank someone for Eurovision when they’re not even singing their song for Eurovision? If someone had a bad song, they could still rank high if they sang a good cover of a totally random song? Anyways, when’s the sanremo final? Annalisa’s song is a masterpiece and fully deserves to represent Italy at Eurovision.

Last edited 1 month ago by MaelleForFra
yoloo
yoloo
1 month ago
Reply to  MaelleForFra

Jesus… Sanremo is not a National Selection for Eurovision…

Fra
Fra
1 month ago
Reply to  MaelleForFra

I also don’t like that in the last two years the cover night contributes to the final ranking. However, in Sanremo they are NOT singing their song for ESC. Sanremo has NEVER been about ESC. It just happens that lately the winner has the opportunity to participate to ESC, if he/she agrees. I’m a huge fan of ESC, but here in Italy no one has ever considered Sanremo as a national final.

MaelleForFra
MaelleForFra
1 month ago
Reply to  Fra

Oh, alright.

MaelleForFra
MaelleForFra
1 month ago
Reply to  Fra

Is annalisa considered a favourite for sanremo? What do you think her chances are of winning?

Last edited 1 month ago by MaelleForFra
yom
yom
1 month ago
Reply to  MaelleForFra

If annalisa beats ermal meta and fedez in the press vote, her chances of winning are good. If she loses to both of them, her chances of winning are null as theres no way shes beating either in the televote.

Leanne
Leanne
1 month ago
Reply to  MaelleForFra

Sanremo is not a national final for Eurovision. Most acts entering Sanremo don’t even take into consideration the possibility of going to ESC which is why they can refuse to take part. The cover night is simply a part of the Sanremo competition.

Esc addict
Esc addict
1 month ago
Reply to  MaelleForFra

But the aim of San Remo is not to find the best act for Eurovision, Eurovision is only the cherry on the cake for the San Remo’s winners.

Alex
Alex
1 month ago

I hate we already know the results as it gets too predictable and boring for Saturday.
Superfinal will probably be: Ermal and then There’s 3 names for 2 spots. Annalisa, Willie or Irama. Press will decide it tomorrow. Might be a close race.

Last edited 1 month ago by Alex
Esc addict
Esc addict
1 month ago
Reply to  Alex

Don’t sleep on Maneskin, Arisa, Lo stato Sociale, and even Orietta. The press seem to like Colapesce Dimartino, Fulminacci and la Rappresentante di lista, the public will probably go with Francesca Fedez, Ermal, Annalisa, Irama, they are among the most popular seeing the streams, but Gaia, Madame and Maneskin have been well received by the fans, so let’s see.

Last edited 1 month ago by Esc addict
Alex
Alex
1 month ago
Reply to  Esc addict

I thought televote had barely any weight like 2020 that’s why I think it was already pretty predictable based on 2020. They changed it this year and televote might change some things.

yom
yom
1 month ago
Reply to  Alex

Fedez is probably going to win the televote by an enormous margin. Whilst ermal is probably a lock for top 3, the rest of the race isnt over at all.

Alex
Alex
1 month ago

No surprise Ermal won the night. He did Caruso and that’s always a winning song. He’s an amazing performer