Sanremo 2023 Highlights, Results & Iconic Moments: Night 4
The penultimate night of Sanremo 2023 brought the fun antics of the 28 artists singing cover songs of iconic Italian or international tunes from the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s or noughties. The artists could perform solo or together with an acclaimed Italian or international guest.
If you missed Night 1, Night 2 and Night 3 drama and standouts we've got you covered. This far into the competition you'd require a mere 16 hours to catch up on the events of Sanremo 2023 - not impossible but also not probable.
Allora, let's get to the nitty gritty. Voting consisted of televote (34%), combined press jury (33%) and demoscopic jury (33%) for this evening. This is the provisional results from the fourth evening:
1st: Marco Mengoni & Kingdom Choir 13
2nd: Ultimo & Eros Ramazzotti
3rd: Lazza & Emma Marrone with Laura Marzadori
4th: Giorgia & Elisa
5th: Mr. Rain & Fasma
Rosa Chemical & Rose Villain with 'America' (Gianna Nannini - 1979)
Another provocative performance from Rosa Chemical and the equally captivating Rose Villain. This does feel a bit Achille Lauro at Sanremo-esque: an intense performances, cheeky songs and bold outfits. They put their own flavour and spin into the contest and 'America' was extremely enjoyable to watch. Rosa Chemical's whole aesthetic and persona is otherworldly and captivating - they could make any performance interesting.
Giorgia & Elisa with 'Luce (tramonti a nord est)' and 'Di sole e d'azzurro' (Elisa - 2001 / Giorgia - 2001)
One of the much anticipated duets of the night, many will recognise Elisa from Sanremo last year where she placed second to Mahmood & Blanco. The vocals were absolutely sublime between these ladies and were some of the best of the festival. A delicate but powerful performance with a classic Sanremo cover night vibe.
Marco Mengoni & Kingdom Choir 13 with 'Let It Be' (The Beatles - 1970)
All eyes were on Marco Mengoni to see if he could follow up his huge performances earlier in the festival with an equally as powerful cover. He performed The Beatles classic 'Let It Be' with choir and orchestra and absolutely nailed the performance with huge support from the audience. His vocals are unmatched this year in terms of passion and grit. Another standing ovation for Marco brings him one step closer to winning Sanremo 2023.
Elodie & Big Mama with 'American Woman' (Lenny Kravitz - 1999)
The moment Elodie strutted out to the stage and shed her coat we knew this was going to be a great performance. In Piero Pelù style she grabbed a handbag from the audience and swung it over her shoulder. Good show. Big Mama complimented Elodie well, their vocals and presence created a compelling package.
Paola and Chiara & Merk and Kremont with a Paola and Chiara medley
Their vocals have seen better days but there is no doubt these ladies have had a wonderful career and the crowd was delighted to see them back together on stage. I've never seen so many backing dancers at Sanremo - Paola and Chiara know how to put on a show. They've won over many of the Aussievision team this week.
Gianluca Grignani & Arisa with 'Destinazione Paradiso' (Gianluca Grignani - 1995)
This performance wasn't the most cohesive of the night but that worked in it's favour. At times it felt like Arisa and Gianluca hadn't even rehearsed together but the sporadic style and messiness made for a captivating and fun performance that got the whole crowd on their feet. Bonus points for Enrico Melozzi and Peppe Vessicchio conducting.
Guest artist Arisa tried to encourage an audience member to join along in song but it ended with this awkward exchange instead:
The beloved maestros Enrico Melozzi and Peppe Vessicchio, much to the amusement of the whole nation, conducted together for Gianluca Grignani and Arisa.
Rosa Chemical had some choice words after their performance
Fiorello reminding us all that the festival runs late into the night - he called in from the carpark in a sleeping bag
Final Night - Sunday (06:40am AEDT)
All 28 artists will perform their songs for the third and final time
At the end of televoting, the final ranking will be drawn up, determined by the average between the percentages of the final evening and those of the previous evenings, which will establish the final ranking from the twenty-eighth to the sixth position. The top 5 ranked acts will proceed to super final to decide the winner.
Votes will be reset. Of the top five in the super final - the winner will be decided by televote (34%), press jury (33%) and demoscopic jury (33%).
Notable special guest: Depeche Mode
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