Sanremo Highlights and Iconic Moments: Night 2
Another day - another evening of Sanremo! If you missed yesterday's shenanigans we've got you covered here. This morning flowed seemly quicker than yesterday with generally less time between acts which was much appreciated - the hosts Amadeus and Fiorello are to be commended for their world class presentation and bringing so much life to an empty Ariston Theatre.
Allora, time to move onto the artists that really caught our eye this morning:
Ermal Meta 'Un milione di cose da dirti'
The highly popular Ermal Meta (Italian Eurovision representative 2018 alongside Fabrizio Moro) with 'Un milione di cose da dirti' was an immediate standout. A paired back and beautiful performance with a lot of soul - the song is about love, strength and asking for help when needed. It would be surprising to see this out of the top of the pack by the end of the festival. It is to be noted he scored highest with the provisional demoscopic jury this evening.
Irama 'La genesi del tuo colore'
With a large fan following Irama did not disappoint with this upbeat number. His rehearsal footage was used due to having to quarantine with one of his staff members testing positive for COVID-19. Really loved this - the anthemic drop and vocals really cruise along. This is one that will really elevate without the orchestra.
Lo Stato Sociale 'Combat Pop'
'Combat Pop' certainly popped on stage!! These boys don't take themselves too seriously and gave throwback shenanigans with a bit of tongue and cheek. More than a bit messy but it sort of works in it's favour. Good fun - although it looks like someone raided a highschool drama props cupboard at times.
Gaia 'Cuore amaro'
Something more contemporary in the line-up this year. A nice little Mediterranean pop song with hypnotic vocals. Doesn't really get out of second gear but doesn't have to - it just works.
Willie Peyote 'Mai dire mai (La locura)'
One of the best beats of the evening - a real toe-tapper. Italian rap is a bit hit and miss at Sanremo but this one is definitely a hit. Buckets of atmosphere and has a point of difference from the rest.
Malika Ayane 'Ti piaci così'
A very lowkey number but in the best way possible. Not the most in your face entry at Sanremo this year but very beautiful in it's delivery. She looks like she's having a ball on stage.
La Rappresentante Di Lista 'Amare'
A bit of a grower - fun, carefree and very pretty with the orchestra. Takes a bit to get going but has some anthemic elements to hook into.
Fulminacci 'Santa Marinella'
Doesn't have all the bells and whistles of some of the other entries this year but is a strong man-and-his-guitar entry.
• Fiorello certainly knows how to make an entrance - complete with the new latex audience
• Celebrating Laura Pausini's golden globe for Italy
• Il Volo's tribute to the recent passing of Ignazio's father
• Elodi's 'Soldi' x 'Crazy' in Love mashup performance
• The retirement of the flower trolley from last night
• The creativity of mask Public Service Announcements at Sanremo
• Elodie's outfits
This morning was the second night of the five day festival - the rest of the week will proceed as follows (Australian Dates - 6:30am AEDT):
Night 1 (Wednesday): The first half of the 26 artists will perform their entry
Night 2 (Thursday): The second half of the 26 artists will perform their entry
Night 3 (Friday): All 26 artists will perform a cover of a piece of their choice. The artists will be able to decide whether to perform alone or be accompanied by Italian or foreign guests.
Night 4 (Saturday): All 26 artists will perform their entry
Night 5 (Sunday): All 26 artists will perform their entry...again. At the end of the voting, 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-sixth to the fourth position. A new vote will then follow with zeroing of the previous ones for the first three classified, voted by the opinion poll jury (33%), by the press room (33%) and by the public via televoting (34%) who will decide the winning song of the Festival