Tonight Italy will decide the winner of the 71st edition of the iconic Sanremo Music Festival. But another decision to be made is who will represent Italy at Eurovision 2021. The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — has listened to the 26 competing entries and ranked their favourites. Read on to see who was top with the jury.

Cristian

1. Irama – “La genesi del tuo colore”

Save the best for last. Irama really impressed me with this track that rises from the line-up and creates a world of its own. The song manages to combine contemporary aspects with airy orchestral arrangements that draw heavily from the classical music tradition. It’s a clever mix of genres, with moving lyrics, and a rhythm that transports you on a rollercoaster of sensations. It sweeps me up emotionally and makes my eyes sparkle. Irama has found himself in a bad situation through no fault of his own, I hope this does not ruin his chances because it would be a crime. I cross my fingers and hope, as the Italian eurofan that I am, to be represented by this song at Eurovision.

2. Madame – “Voce”
3. La Rappresentante di Lista – “Amare”
4. Francesca Michielin & Fedez – “Chiamami per nome”
5. Noemi – “Glicine”

Pablo

1. Måneskin – “Zitti e buoni”

I wished for them a few years ago, and am I extremely glad to see them finally in the fray. Personally, I’m someone who will be the first in line to buy anything that Damiano sings, and show unwavering support. Despite having incredibly impactful ballads, “Zitti e buoni” is exactly what they needed to bring. This is pure unabashed chaotic energy at its finest, offering such a high-fashion glam twist to what is such a punk, not-give-a-damn song, and it’s simply rousing. This piece of stage-ready perfect stadium rock is a showstopper. Here is hoping my wish becomes true!

2. Irama – “La genesi del tuo colore”
3. Gaia – “Cuore amaro”
4. Willie Peyote – “Mai dire mai (La locura)”
5. La Rappresentante di Lista – “Amare”

Lauren

1. Irama – “La genesi del tuo colore”

Wow. I was almost certain Måneskin would be my favourite since day one, but Irama caught me off guard. “La genesi del tuo colore” is one of the best Sanremo songs I’ve heard. Without reading a single lyric from the song (other than the intriguing title), this song is fascinating in its composition, production, countless musical elements, and Irama’s performative ability is beyond description. It’s part indie rock, part deep house, but for the most part — brilliantly executed electropop that I’ve been longing to hear at Eurovision.

2. Måneskin – “Zitti e buoni”
3. La Rappresentante di Lista – “Amare”
4. Madame – “Voce”
5. Coma_Cose – “Fiamme negli occhi”

Luis

1. Måneskin – “Zitti e buoni”

What’s not to like about “Zitti e buoni”? Måneskin bring a fierce performance, a killer song and they have been consistently on point through the week. While the act itself might not be the most original thing ever, its execution is excellent. Sending them to Eurovision would be a bold move from Italy, and a much appreciated one!

2. Willie Peyote – “Mai dire mai (La locura)”
3. Madame – “Voce”
4. La Rappresentante di Lista – “Amare”
5. Extraliscio feat. Davide Toffolo – “Bianca luce nera”

Natalie

1. Irama – “La genesi del tuo colore”

I was all about this being Annalisa’s year until I heard this. This is a concoction of many layers, and all of them are amazing. it’s a whirlwind of traditional swings married with modern electronic production to make a sublime epic extravaganza. The only problem is how it might be cut to three minutes, as there is so much going on every second and so much to lose. But to be honest, I don’t even care, this will be a song to behold at Rotterdam.

2. Annalisa – “Dieci”
3. Francesca Michielin & Fedez – “Chiamami per nome”
4. Fasma – “Parlami”
5. Orietta Berti – “Quando ti sei innamorato”

Robyn

1. Måneskin – “Zitti e buoni”

Måneskin deliver a thrilling rock’n’f’n’roll performance. They bring a lot to the stage, plenty of style, swagger and attitude, but at the core is a good solid garage rock track. Regardless of who wins Sanremo, Måneskin would be a great pick for Eurovision, a burst of rock ‘n’ roll energy amid all the upbeat pop we’ll be hearing in Rotterdam.

2. Irama – “La genesi del tuo colore”
3. Ermal Meta – “Un milione di cose da dirti”
4. Willie Peyote – “Mai dire mai (La locura)”
5. Colapesce & Dimartino – “Musica leggerissima”

Oliver

1. Irama – “La genesi del tuo colore”

Lady Gaga’s “talented, brilliant, incredible, amazing” monologue fits well here. Even with the bizarre stage presence — which could be put down to the fact RAI aired rehearsal footage while he quarantined —  Irama has it all. “La genesi del tuo colore” stands out for all the right reasons. The song is constantly surprising, unpredictable, and plays to everything that pleases the Eurovision juries without feeling calculated or contrived. And even without any big show-stopping notes, Irama shows off the full dynamic and expressive range of his vocal. The layered digital vocal effects at the chorus could use some balancing, but it’s still a totally ear-catching moment that pulls audiences in and demands their attention. Italy are long overdue a Eurovision win… and there is plenty of top-five material in this year’s Sanremo lineup.

2. Arisa – “Potevi fare di più”
3. Francesca Michielin & Fedez – “Chiamami per nome”
4. Annalisa – “Dieci”
5. Willie Peyote – “Mai dire mai (La locura)”

Tom

1. Irama – “La genesi del tuo colore”

I was totally torn between my top three but my decision comes down to who would make a bigger impact in Rotterdam and that definitely is Irama – This song is made for Eurovision. “La genesi del tuo colore” is full of surprises! From the start, opening with the delicate Spanish guitar, with a beautiful orchestral backdrop reminiscent of Elbow’s “One Day Like This”. Then pow! The catchy chorus hits with the voice effect. It turns into a pop banger with such an anthemic melody behind it. Italy’s staging at Eurovision usually falls short. Luckily, because Irama has already made such bold choices with his staging, he can just (more or less) cut and paste his Sanremo performance. Excellent work!

2. Noemi – “Glicine”
3. Madame – “Voce”
4. Francesca Michielin & Fedez – “Chiamami per nome”
5. Fasma – “Parlami”

What do you think? What are your favourites from Sanremo 2021? Who should represent Italy at Eurovision 2021? Sound off in the comments section below!

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Patrick Pastor
Patrick Pastor
16 days ago

Max Gazze…why do I feel like a Japanese holdout?

MartyMcCu
MartyMcCu
2 months ago

Irama’s song is a winner at ESC. I hope he gets chosen, Or the winner declines the invite and he goes instead!

Yes
Yes
2 months ago

The songs I REALLY like:
1. Annalisa
2. Irama
3. La Rappresentante di Lista
4. Maneskin
5. Willie Peyote
6. Ermal Meta
7. Francesca Michielin and Fedez
8. Madame
9. Fasma
10. Noemí
11. Arisa
I would love one of my top 5 to make it to Rotterdam, but i wouldn’t mind if one of my 6-9 places actually wins the italian ticket
Sanremo never disappoints!

Sabrina
Sabrina
2 months ago

I would go with someone between Annalisa, Irama, Madame, Maneskin and La Rappresentante di Lista. But I would be totally fine with Arisa, Coma_Cose, Ermal, Francesca and Fedez and Wille Peyote. So Italy will definitely pick something I like. I just hope they go with something I think it’s competitive.

Héctor
Héctor
2 months ago

I would go for Irama too.

zach
zach
2 months ago

Irama needs to get like first or second in the televote tonight to make top 3, so come on people!!!

Danny
Danny
2 months ago

1. Colapesce
2. Willie
3. La rapressante de lista
4. Maneskin
5. Fasma

David
David
2 months ago

Irama must win!!!!

lasse braun
lasse braun
2 months ago

i like coma_cose and this rosamunda band most but no chance.
måneskin could be an ok alternative.

Fast Food Music Lover
Fast Food Music Lover
2 months ago

Ermal Meta: Am I a joke to Wiwibloggs? 😥

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
2 months ago

No. Still loving your 2019 song.

Ewan
Ewan
2 months ago

My favourite song this year is Madame’s Voce: I understand it can be quite difficult to delve into especially for non-Italian speakers, but I think that once you get into it it really packs an emotional punch. It might not be the song with the best chance at ESC, but it is the one that would best represent the new Italian music scene: dark, experimental, authentic. And as we have seen in these past few years, in Eurovision authenticity is always the key.

Lourdes
Lourdes
2 months ago

I would want either Irama or Maneskin to win this year. I also like Annalisa, Madame, Ermal Meta and Francesca&Fedez.

Alex
Alex
2 months ago

I’m feeling more and more a Maneskin win tonight. The more I think, the more I see it happening.

Max
Max
2 months ago
Reply to  Alex

Would be great…. but I cannot believe it.. let’s see

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
2 months ago

Irama and nobody else.

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago

I’m sad Malika Ayane isn’t getting more appreciation.

Iamme
Iamme
2 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

She’s pure class, maybe too classy. Definitely not material for everybody!

Lena
Lena
2 months ago

irama

onemage
onemage
2 months ago

Irama’s song is the best thing I have heard out of potential ESC songs since I started actively following selections in 2015

Grft
Grft
2 months ago
Reply to  onemage

That seems a bit exaggerated but ok

Ifty
Ifty
2 months ago
Reply to  Grft

I feel the same. The song is brilliant.

David
David
2 months ago
Reply to  Grft

You’re response is exaggerated. A perfectly acceptable claim

Emily
Emily
2 months ago

It’s either La Rappresentante di Lista or Willie Peyote for me, the latter I like ever so slightly more.

Last edited 2 months ago by Emily
Emily
Emily
2 months ago
Reply to  Emily

That being said, I usually like whatever Italy sends so I only have good thoughts about tonight’s final 🙂

Grft
Grft
2 months ago

1. francesca e fedez
2. irama
3. madame
4. måneskin
please not Ermal Meta again…

Stef
Stef
2 months ago

My top:
1) Maneskin 9/10
2) Annalisa 8/10
3) Aiello 7,5/10
4) Lo Stato Sociale 7/10
5) Irama 6/10

Send Elodie already who gets 10/10!

nycforever
nycforever
2 months ago

1. Francesca/Fedez
2. Måneskin
3. Irama
4. La Rappresentante
5. Madame

Catriona Colville
Catriona Colville
2 months ago

I don’t understand the love for Irama’s song. It’s too modern and the autotune kills it.

Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
2 months ago

‘too modern’ are u joking?? imagine disliking a song because it’s current and reflective of the time. once again, you are negative and rude without any reason to be, what a shock

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago
Reply to  Ashton Schier

Just let her have her opinion.

Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
2 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

She’s entitled to it, and I’m entitled to respond to it with my own. That’s how an online forum works.

Ricardo
Ricardo
2 months ago

I do not like this song either but definitly not because it’s too modern.
While it might have a nice melody and production, the lyrics is very basic and forgettable.

AMonsterLikeMe
AMonsterLikeMe
2 months ago

Absolutely. It sounds like it could be sent by any country. Another mainstream song from the radio. It’s not bad, but Italy can do so much better than this. Even Irama himself had a much stronger song in 2019. Italy often go for classiness and beautiful tradition instead of serving fans’ generic taste, I hope they do that again.

David
David
2 months ago

Try postmodernism

Kredential
Kredential
2 months ago

Would be happy with an Irama, Francesca Michielin/Fedez or Noemi win, and also really like La rappresentante di lista. Aiello is also so underrated, totally does not deserve last place.

I’m so torn with Arisa, I am a big fan of hers and she deserves to go to Eurovision and she hasn’t been this close to victory since her win back in 2014, but I’m just not connecting with the song.

Nora
Nora
2 months ago

My top:
1. Irama 10/10
2. Willie 10/10
3. Ermal 9/10
4. Maneskin 9/10
I can’t deside on 5th place, other songs are good, but I really wanna see one of theese 4 as a winner.

Andrea Danese
Andrea Danese
2 months ago

I’m probably the only one but I really like Francesco Renga’s song!

DeusNãoDorme
DeusNãoDorme
2 months ago
Reply to  Andrea Danese

You are not alone. Such an addictive song!!!

Grey
Grey
2 months ago

Me and my friend shared top at this moment:

  1. Colpesce or whats their name
  2. Irama
  3. Ermal Meta
  4. Lo Stato Sociale
  5. LaRepresenta di Lista something like that
  6. Måneskin
  7. Fasma
  8. willie
  9. Max Gazzé
  10. Noemi

something like that 🙂 it can change! Good luck from Sweden

Patrick Pastor
Patrick Pastor
16 days ago
Reply to  Grey

Finally, a Max Gazze fan!

Lucianna
Lucianna
2 months ago
  1. Irama 10/10
  2. Willie Poyote 10/10
  3. Maneskin 9,5/10
  4. Annalisa 9/10
  5. Madame 9/10

Hoping for Irama or Willie Poyote to win! Would love to see them at ESC and they would be my number 1. But not sure if Willie would want to go to Eurovision lol?

Nora
Nora
2 months ago
Reply to  Lucianna

All 26 agree to go to Rotterdam

Last edited 2 months ago by Nora
nycforever
nycforever
2 months ago
Reply to  Nora

Really? Bad news. Honestly, I won’t be happy to see Ermal in Rotterdam.

Argon
Argon
2 months ago
Reply to  Nora

When and where was that said/confirmed? Curious

Nora
Nora
2 months ago
Reply to  Argon

At the press conference on March 1, it was reported that all 26 participants agreed. But I don’t know if they can refuse or not

F@b
2 months ago

Oooooh my favourite hasn’t been picked…
1 – Fulminacci
2 – Annalisa
3 – Fedez & Francesca
4 – Noemi
5 – Colapesce Dimartino
The weird thing is that Ermal is slightly forgotten by Wiwi (only Robyn puts him in the Top 5) while he is leading in Italy… I totally agree: several songs are better!

Martin Månsson
Martin Månsson
2 months ago

Il Farmacista

Hector
Hector
2 months ago

Arisa, Francesca & Fedez, Maneskin, Irama, Annalisa, Noemi, Fasma, Madame… Once again Sanremo serves a lot of quality. If I had to choose, it would be Francesca & Fedez purely based on the song. But any of the ones I mentioned I would be fine with

Fionn
Fionn
2 months ago

oh ok I see that fasma is not getting a mention by the wiwibloggers. my top 5:
1. fasma
2. madame
3. irama
4. arisa
5. noemi

Liam
Liam
2 months ago

1. Irama 2. Francesca e Fedez 3. Manëskin 4. Ermal Meta 5. Annalisa I really love all of the above songs, it’s hard to choose an order to be honest. I placed Ermal and Annalisa towards the bottom because I really like their songs but I don’t think they’d come across as very original at Eurovision as much as numbers 1-3 might. Any of the above would bring Italy a top 10, but I think that 1-3 offer something more unique then 4 and 5. Irama has his instrumentals, Manëskin is Manëskin and Fedez has his rap. Plus Ermal has… Read more »

Ria van de Velde
Ria van de Velde
2 months ago

I hope for Ermal Meta or Annalisa

Kay
Kay
2 months ago

Is it still possible for Irama to win?

Kosey
Kosey
2 months ago

My top 5:

1. Fasma
2. Madame
3. Francesca and Fedez
4. Willie Peyote
5. Irama

Jo.
Jo.
2 months ago

Irama and Maneskin are the best options for ESC, imo

John Klaus
John Klaus
2 months ago

I am Maneskin fan, BUT Irama make me feel grande with this song. I feel huge vibe of breathtaking, like I did with “Euphoria”. When I heard this first time yesterday it was like “omg, if he wins Sanremo, he wins Eurovision 2021 no doubt”. I am bit of scared, because of this competition, cause Sanremo is ot about ESC. However, i am believer, so maybe our prayers will be heard, i need this song in ESC. THIS IS THE WINNER.

hello Hi
hello Hi
2 months ago

Irama please .. also him in full leather makes me wet !

GojoSatoru
GojoSatoru
2 months ago

Wow. Maneskin looks like this year’s Mahmood so far.

1st day 2019: Mahmood came 8th
1st day 2021: Maneskin came 8th
3rd day 2019: Mahmood cme 4th
3rd day 2021: Maneskin came 6th
4th day 2019: Mahmood came 3rd
4th day 2021: Maneskin came 2nd

Who knows, Maneskin might win San Remo this year.

Cacao
Cacao
2 months ago
Reply to  GojoSatoru

Good observation ! Nevertheless, if your conclusion is possible (and expected by a lot of people) it will not be the same victory as Mahmood. He won Sanremo 2019 thanks to the “Jury d’Onore” and the Press. The televote was for Ultimo 50%, 30% for il volo and 20% for Mahmood. in this case, the people can be with Maneskin but not the demoscopic jury. It will be an interessant night !

Belle
Belle
2 months ago
Reply to  GojoSatoru

Just me trying not to get my hopes up but failing miserably because I just want Maneskin to win…

Nobody
Nobody
2 months ago

Irama all the way! The live performance with the orchestra was on another level, sooo good!

Cacao
Cacao
2 months ago

I am happy to see Willie Peyote is well classified and slowly growing in the top for the jury, the televote ( he begins 7th on Spotify, in Italy’s Top 50) and is liked by the demoscopic jury. He can maybe win the whole thing. I would love to see him sing ” Brute intenzioni… che succede” davanti 200 million people ^^

Jang
Jang
2 months ago

It’s Annalisa for me

Ted
Ted
2 months ago
Reply to  Jang

I’m 100% behind Nali too. Only her song has stuck in my head all week. She’s more visible in the fan rankings here in the comments than the Wiwiblogg panel ones so feel confident she’ll do well tonight.

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
2 months ago

I like Fasma’s song the most

Tibor
Tibor
2 months ago

I think, this is a really strong selection, but at the moment the “just fine” category is prevailing in the official ranking, that’s a bit of a shame. Perhaps Sanremo should bring back the expert panel that narrowly saved Mahmood in 2019.
As for my top 5, I agree with Cristian: I’d change the order and swap Noemi for Aiello, but that’s it.

Thanos
Thanos
2 months ago

Madame is my winner! Such a modern and at the same time emotional song and she has an amazing voice! I also really like Ermal Meta, Max Gazze, Annalisa, Noemi and Lo Stato Sociale and would be content with any of them winning. Good songs are also Michielin e Fedez, Malika Ayane, Fulminacci, Arisa and Fasma. Tbh I am not really feeling either Irama or Maneskin, although I can see that both of them would do good in Eurovision. Nevertheless I think the best choice for Eurovision would be Madame, I am confident she could do as good as Mahmood.… Read more »

Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
2 months ago

A lot of taste is exhibited in all these rankings. I’d go with Irama, Madame, or Gaia, in that order. 3 amazingly current songs with different but intriguing flavours.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
2 months ago

The Wiwi team must have such fascinating debates and discussions. I mean, out of twenty-six songs in a quality selection, all of you have either a) or b) as your winner. 😉
Celebrate diversity eh?

EurovisionBenny_AUT
EurovisionBenny_AUT
2 months ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

I’m not surprised that these two are the only ones picked as favourites. They stand out for leaving the biggest impact out of all the entries.

I’m crossing my fingers for one of them to be selected…

Andi
Andi
2 months ago

I really don’t understand the Hype around Irama. Is the the robotic chorus? I don’t get it.
A bit sad that nobody has Ora in their Top 5.

Lorenzo Celli
Lorenzo Celli
2 months ago

I’m strongly hoping for either Irama or Måneskin. They would stand out so much!

Milla
Milla
2 months ago
Reply to  Lorenzo Celli

Stand out.. but in a good way once in eurovision? That’s the problem with Italy. Italy’s songs is usually not for everyone. Not every year of course.. And their staging is meh.. The same goes for France.

Jo.
Jo.
2 months ago
Reply to  Milla

if you try to please everyone, you’ll end up pleasing no one…the typical “a song for ESC”. I don’t think Italy is seeking that approach.

Liam
Liam
2 months ago
Reply to  Milla

Their staging is their weakest point, no doubt, but even then it isn’t too bad. They’ve been killing the game since they returned in 2011, and no doubt would have secured another top 5 last year the contest taken place. In my opinion, they’re one of the best counties in Eurovision, and sing in their own language, which is also admirable.

Esc addict
Esc addict
2 months ago
Reply to  Milla

Please take care of your Sweden the best of the world, and let the others in peace, I mean Italy and France don’t need your advices.