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Eurovision 2022: The Dress Rehearsal of the First Semi Final! (Live)

Today is the first day of the Eurovision week! We can already hear the “Sound of Music” echoing from Pala Olimpico in Turin and it’s just a few days before we finally know who is actually going to win the 66th Eurovision Song Contest!

The dress rehearsal of the Eurovision 2022 First Semi Final has just started. EurovisionFun will be watching all the shows live at both the on-site press centre in Turin and at the online press centre and we will be covering this rehearsal, commenting on all the performances and describing in detail what is happening during the show.

You will be able to to follow the entire process and get the feeling that you are right at the heart of the contest! This article gets updated in nearly real-time, all you need to do is hit the refresh button on your browser and all the rest is on us!

We will keep you up to date with all the latest details about this dress rehearsal for the First Semi Final show, allowing you to get a glimpse of what you will get to see tomorrow May 10th, at 21:00 CEST when the actual semi-final show takes place.

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Italy : Blanco will not be present in the First Rehearsal of Eurovision 2022!

According to the Italian newspaper “La Stampa“, Blanco will not attend Italy’s first rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest 2022!

It is reported that the singer Blanco, who is going to represent Italy with Mahmood and the song Brividi, will not take part in the first rehearsal of Italy and the press conference that will follow, due to his Blu Celeste Tour which is due to have a show on May 5 at the TuscanyHall in Florence.

It is unknown at this time if Blanco will be replaced by a “stand-in” singer who will sing with Mahmood in the first rehearsal, as was the case when Flo Rida couldn’t attend the first rehearsal of San Marino in Eurovision 2021.

Listen to the Italian entry in Eurovision 2022:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4MgMhzfUmiA

Source: Eurovoix


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Italy: “Brividi” goes 4x platinum in Italy!

Mahmood’s and Blanco’s song “Brividi” has been certified 4 times platinum in Italy.

“Brividi”, Italy’s entry for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, has received four times platinum certification. This award comes just two months after the song won the 72nd Sanremo Festival and it has been streamed and downloaded over 400,000 times since then. Upon its release, the song broke the record with the most streams in 24 hours on the Italian Spotify.

Mahmood-Blanco

On Spotify it has over 73,000,000 streams, while on TikTok it is the song that has been used in most videos compared to the rest of this year’s competition. Click here so you can see the complete ranking of the songs that had the most videos on TikTok.

This is not the first time that an Italian Eurovision entry has had a large number of pre-competition sales and streams, with “Zitti e buoni”, “Occidentali’s Karma”, “Non mi avete fatto niente” and Mahmoud’s “Soldi”, all reaching at least platinum status in Italy before their respective contests.

Italy will appear in 9th place on Saturday in the Grand Final on May 14th.

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Source: eurovoix

 

Italy: Blanco will sing at Vatican’s St Peter square for the Easter!

Singing in the Vatican means being immersed in one’s own time, representing a voice capable of shaking consciences, beyond belief. Blanco he was contacted immediately after his victory in Sanremo together with Mahmood, considered the most suitable artist to talk to the thousands of young people (about 60,000) who will flock to St. Peter’s Square tomorrow for a day of celebration organized by the CEI.

The meeting for the Prayer Vigil with Pope Francis in St Peter’s Square will be preceded by a big event in which Blanco will perform. The singer, winner of the Sanremo 2022 Festival and representative of Italy in the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest, with the song ‘Brividi’ together with Mahmood, will perform on 18 April in front of almost 60,000 young people from all over Italy.

Andrea Delogu and Massimo Bagnato will present the event. On stage also the actors Giovanni Scifoni and Michele la Ginestra. Another young singer-songwriter, Matteo Romano, who also performed at Sanremo 2022, will close the event.

It will be the Pope’s first meeting in the Vatican with Italian children after the long pause due to the pandemic. A further sign of a return to normality after the announcement that the general audiences will resume in the Piazza. “With the pilgrimage of teenagers to Rome and their meeting with the Pope, we want to encourage and give signs of hope to those who are committed to the growth of teenagers and to those who look to the Christian community as the custodian of a future of life that comes from faith in the risen Jesus,” says Don Michele, head of the Italian Bishops’ Conference’s national office for youth ministry. While this time continues to put us to the test,” he adds, “we do not want to lose our sense of responsibility for the educational activities that have always characterised the ordinary pastoral care of our dioceses.

Blanco who was a former boy of the oratory and always kisses the crucifix before his concerts, was chosen for this concert by the Pope the same.

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Italy: Listen to the new version of “Brividi”!

We have already informed you that Brividi will undergo changes in order to meet the 3-minute regulation of the EBU. This tactic has been done many times in the past for Sanremo’s winning songs!

The Italian delegation chose to shorten the final chorus of the song by four verses, to ensure that the song now meets the rules of the competition.

It now appears that the three-minute version of the song has been uploaded on the YouTube platform.

You can listen to “Brividi” below:

Now the last refrain has been formed as it follows:

Nudo con i brividi
a volte non so esprimermi
e ti vorrei amare, ma sbaglio semper
e mi vengeno i brividi, brividi, brividi.

 

We remind you that Mahmood & Blanco will perform”Brividi” 9th, in the Grand Final on May 14th.

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Italy: Here is the shortened final chorus of “Brividi”

With the revelation of the lyrics of “Brividi” on Eurovision.tv, the part of the song that has been cut was revealed too, so that the song meets the rule of 3 minutes.

Eurovision.tv revealed the lyrics of the 3-minute version of “Brividi” performed by Mahmood and Blanco. The Italian delegation chose to shorten the final chorus of the song by four verses, to ensure that the song now meets the rules of the competition.

The lyrics of the last refrain were as follows:

Nudo con i brividi
a volte non so esprimermi
e ti vorrei amare, ma sbaglio semper
e ti vorrei rubare un cielo di perle
e pagherei per andar via,
Accetterei anche una bugia
e ti vorrei amare ma sbaglio semper
e mi vengono ivid, brividi.

While the final chorus now is this:

Nudo con i brividi
a volte non so esprimermi
e ti vorrei amare, ma sbaglio semper
e mi vengeno i brividi, brividi, brividi.

https://youtu.be/4MgMhzfUmiA

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Sanremo 2022: Odds right before “Terza Serata”!

The 72nd Sanremo Festival continues tonight in Liguria. After two quite successful nights as far as the television is concerned, tonight “Terza Serata” is set to take place.

All 25 contestants will appear tonight for the second time on stage of the Teatro Ariston, in order to perform their songs again.

Now that we heard all 25 songs we can watch how the bets reacted!

Favourites, for now are Mahmood & Blanco with the song “Brividi“. The two singers were the winners of the Prima Serata back in Tuesday, while they are in second place in the overall standings of Sanremo.

Odds’ favourites Mahmood & Blanco performing “Brividi”.

Next, the winner of the Seconda Serata and leader of the ranking so far. Elisa with the songO forse sei tu, which in the last hours is closing the gap with Mahmood & Blanco.

Elisa on stage of Sanremo 2022

Third place, we meet La Rappresentante di Lista and Ciao Ciao, who were the favorite during the first listening of the songs according to journalists and are in the third place of the ranking so far.

La Rappresentante di Lista.

Finally, Dargen D’Amico with “Dove si balla” and Emma with “Ogni volta e cosi”, are in 4th and 5th place respectively.

The winner of Sanremo 2022 is going to represent Italy in May, in Turin. If the winner refuses,RAI is able to choose any other participant, according to its own criteria.

How to watch Sanremo 2022

You can watch the Sanremo Festival 2022 live on TV, from Rai1, but also from the RaiPlay website, 20.40 Local Time.

All of you who are fans of Italian music, be patient in the endless Italian shows. Many guests are coming, endless dialogues and a full bag of interferences that can drag the broadcast till the morning. Tune in with us to the great celebration of Italian song, from which great international stars started their careers!

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Italy: Record-breaking Spotify streams for Mahmood and Blanco!

A short while ago, Spotify‘s daily streams ranking for Italy was released. As expected, all 12 songs from the first night of Sanremo were at the top of the ranking. One song, however, set an incredible record.

More specifically, Brividi by Mahmood and Blanco, not only topped the chart, but also scored the highest number of streams ever for a song on the Italian Spotify with 3,384,192 streams!

In detail, the ranking is as follows:

  1. Mahmood & Blanco – Brividi – 3,384,192
  2. RKomi – Insuperabile – 954,842
  3. La rappresentante di lista – Ciao Ciao – 922,011
  4. Dargen D’Amico – Dove Si Balla – 714,766
  5. Achille Lauro – Domenica – 672,812
  6. Noemi – Ti amo non lo so dire – 568,019
  7. Michele Bravi – Inverno dei fiori – 520,547
  8. Ana Mena – Duecentomila ore – 417,176
  9. Gianni Morandi – Apri tutte le porte – 399,737
  10. Giusy Ferreri – Miele – 358,251

Yuman was in the14th place and Massimo Ranieri in the 16th one.

Mahmood & Blanco, however, with this record also managed to reach the 5th position on Spotify’s global chart.

Tomorrow we will see how the songs of the second night of Sanremo will do on Spotify. Certainly the festival is subversive as we have seen in other years, but this record is unlikely to be overturned, at least as far as televoting is concerned.

Image source: Spettacolo

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Italy: The results of the first night of Sanremo 2022 | Listen to the first 12 songs!

The curtain opened tonight at Teatro Ariston for Sanremo 2022 and the first 12 Campioni artists performed their songs live. At the end of the night, we found out the ranking of the journalists, who are the ones voting the first two nights of the Festival.

The show

Tonight we watched a Sanremo that really had nothing to envy from the pre-pandemic shows. The audience returned to Teatro Ariston after two years and the difference was really obvious compared to last year’s festival.

Amadeus is, for the third consecutive year, in the position of presenter and artistic director of Sanremo. This year, the presenter has five important women of Italian showbiz on his side, each of them co-hosting each night. Tonight, perhaps the top Italian actress of the 70’s and 80’s, Ornella Muti, was the one co-hosting.

Guests of the night were last year’s winners of Sanremo, but also of the Eurovision Song Contest, Måneskin, who performed their winning song “Zitti e buoni” as well as their ballad “Coraline”. Of course, appearances from sports, television and other music industry personalities could not be missing. Also invited tonight were tennis player Matteo Berrettini, the house band Meduza with Hozier and actors and friends of Amadeus Fiorello, Raoul Bova and Nino Frassica.

The first 12 candidate songs

The main menu of today included the first 12 candidate songs of the festival. After months of gossip and speculation on the online and written press, the agony is (almost!) over after we finally listened to half of the songs of Sanremo 2022. These songs were the following:

Achille Lauro & Harlem Gospel Choir – “Domenica”

Achille Lauro has been successful mainly in the field of punk and hip hop music. This is his third participation in the Sanremo Festival.

Yuman – “Ora e qui”

Yuman is half Italian and half from Cape Verde. He had a difficult childhood, and music has always been his refuge. This is his first participation in the festival. He was the winner of the latest Sanremo Giovani last December.

Noemi – “Ti amo non lo so dire”

Although she failed to win The Voice in 2009, she has been a hugely successful name in the italian music scene ever since. She has participated seven other times in the Sanremo festival.

Gianni Morandi – “Apri tutte le porte”

A legend of Italian music, with sales exceeding 50 million records. He represented Italy in Eurovision 1970, and was the winner of Sanremo 1987.

La rappresentante di lista – “Ciao Ciao”

One of the favourites for the victory. The pop band from Palermo, who are constantly changing their appearance, hopes to represent Italy in Eurovision 2022. It is their second participation in the festival.

Michele Bravi – “Inverno dei fiori”

Bravi rose to fame after winning the seventh edition of the italian X Factor. This is his second participation in Sanremo.

Massimo Ranieri – “Lettera di là dal mare”

Winner of Sanremo 1988 and a two-time representative of Italy in Eurovision (1971 and 1973). This is his seventh participation in the festival.

Mahmood & Blanco – “Brividi”

Also one of the favorites for the win. Mahmood does not need introduction to the fans, as he was the winner of Sanremo 2019 and brought Italy near the victory at Eurovision. Blanco is a rather new artist who has already made a name for himself in Italy among the younger generations, especially with his album “Blu Celeste”. This is his first participation in the festival.

Ana Mena – “Duecentomile Ore”

First participation in Sanremo for the Spanish singer and actress.

Rkomi – “Insuperabile”

First participation for the rapper from Milan too. He already counts three albums that arrived at the top of the Italian charts, especially last year.

Dargen D’Amico – “Dove si balla”

Another first-time participant as a performer, although he has already participated in the festival as a composer of the songs “Chiamami per nome” and “Dieci”.

Giusy Ferreri – “Miele”

Known for several hits in Italy and not only. Her fourth participation in the festival.

The voting

The first 12 songs competing in Sanremo 2022 were heard by the general audience for the first time tonight. The result was determined 100% by a jury of journalists (34% television editors, 33% radio and 33% online correspondents).

The same process will be repeated tomorrow night, for the remaining 13 songs of Sanremo 2022. Journalists will have the right to vote again on the fifth and final night of the festival, Saturday, February 5th.

The ranking of the first night

At around 1am, Amadeus announced the journalists’ ranking of the 12 songs. The ranking was as follows:

  1. Mahmood & Blanco
  2. La rappresentante di lista
  3. Dargen D’Amico
  4. Gianni Morandi
  5. Massimo Ranieri
  6. Noemi
  7. Michele Bravi
  8. Rkomi
  9. Achille Lauro feat. Harlem Gospel Choir
  10. Giusy Ferreri
  11. Yuman
  12. Ana Mena

The winners of the first night were Mahmood & Blanco with the song “Brividi”.

What do you think of the results of the first night? What was your favorite song and/or performance? Tell us in the comments!

Italy: The lyrics of the songs for Sanremo 2022!

The traditional TV sorrisi e canzoni magazine photoshoot of Sanremo’s artists is here, along with the interviews of the artists and the lyrics of their songs.

Let’s look at the lyrics of the songs one by one:

  • ACHILLE LAURO feat. Harlem Gospel Choir – Domenica

Achille Lauro seems to talk about a carefree life like a “roller coaster”, full of occasional love affairs, likening it to “Sunday”, which is the title of the song, as the most carefree day of the week.

  • AKA 7EVEN – Perfetta così

A love song, in which Aka 7even explains that the woman he is referring to is “perfect with her imperfections”. In his own words, “In this song I tried to put myself in the shoes of an insecure woman who, in a relationship or while looking at herself in the mirror, feels fragile. So, I sing to her what I’ve always told the girls I’ve been with in my life: Be strong, there’s nothing wrong with you.”

  • ANA MENA – Duecentomila ore

Ana Mena sings about a secret, perhaps toxic love story, about the desperate wait until “the night comes” to see her beloved, only to be separated again the next day.

  • DARGEN D’AMICO – Dove si balla

The lyrics of this song, as Dargen D’Amico explains in his interview, were born as a metaphor for the need we have to rationalize the time of coronavirus, each in our own way, especially in the midst of quarantine. Dargen’s way is to dance carefree, although he admits that he always had a love-hate relationship with dance songs before he appreciated their vitality because of the quarantine.

  • DITONELLAPIAGA & RETTORE  Chimica

As you would expect from the title “Chimica” (Chemistry), the song by Ditonellapiaga and Rettore talks about how no one can stop two people when there is chemistry between them.

  • ELISA – O forse sei tu

Another clear love song, with Elisa singing “maybe you are the moment that will bring me a little joy, and that stupid will to live”. Essencially, she’s talking about “the chemistry that should be in a relationship, the difference the person you love makes to you”.

  • EMMA – Ogni volta è così

As she explains, Emma’s song is about “a love story and a situation in which women’s attitudes in relationships are misunderstood and often judged as being wrong”.

  • FABRIZIO MORO – Sei tu

A love song with Fabrizio Moro’s intense and distinctive way of writing that he has gotten us used to. According to him, “I have written many love songs in my life, but I believe this is the most intense and significant dedication of love I have ever made to a person”.

  • GIANNI MORANDI – Apri tutte le porte

A hopeful song that advises us to “open all the doors and let the sun in”, instead of letting our lazy thoughts and habits drown us.

  • GIOVANNI TRUPPI – Tuo padre, mia madre, Lucia

“A love song in which I recognize myself and which contains roughness and various contrasts. Suitable for listening to in the dark,” according to Truppi. “Lucia” in the title is his daughter.

  • GIUSI FERRERI – Miele

As Ferreri explains, “a song that is both romantic and melancholic. As the lyrics say, ‘it’s a blade that tastes like honey’, in every relationship there is sweetness but also bitterness.”

  • HIGHSNOB & HU – Abbi cura di te

A song about “a special aspect of love: letting a person go peacefully after a period of a toxic relationship. We both had similar experiences, so we understood each other immediately,” as Highsnob & Hu explain.

  • IRAMA – Ovunque sarai

“It’s not a love song,” Irama clarifies, even if at first glance the lyrics suggest that. “It talks about the memory of a person who is no longer in my life. I would rather not reveal who that person is. I want everyone to be free, listening to it, to think of a person they have in their heart.” In any case, it’s a song written like a poem, about people who are no longer in our lives.

  • IVA ZANICCHI – Voglio amarti

A song about passion that goes beyond ages. “It is a hymn to love. It evokes peace and joy. Love is a strange emotion that one can feel at any age,” in the singer’s own words.

  • LA RAPPRESENTANTE DI LISTA – Ciao ciao

“A song about the end of the world”, we are sung by La rappresentante di lista. In fact, the song seems to be a great metaphor for all kinds of human crises, the intense emotions we feel during them, but also the small signs of hope expressed more in the joyful refrain.

  • LE VIBRAZIONI – Tantissimo

“Tantissimo”, according to Le Vibrazioni, is about the wounds that remain forever, which we must try to turn into something positive.

  • MAHMOOD & BLANCO – Brividi

Perhaps the most beautiful love song of the year, as noted by the journalists who were the first to hear the songs, as they are every year. More specifically, “the lyrics begin by narrating a dream and go on to describe the problem of wanting to give it all to love, to the point where you end up feeling like you’re doing something wrong yourself.”

  • MASSIMO RANIERI – Lettera di là dal mare

A song that talks about “a perpetual journey and the feeling of finally being able to find the ‘other shore'”, another side of life.

  • MATTEO ROMANO – Virale

Another love song that describes love as “something so beautiful that everyone talks about, especially young people”, hence the title “Virale” (Viral).

  • MICHELE BRAVI – Inverno dei fiori

“A love song intimate, sentimental but not sad, that speaks of hope”, according to Bravi.

  • NOEMI – Ti amo non lo so dire

The song with the most lyrics at this year’s festival. “It’s a metaphor: You can take it as a love song, but I feel like it’s a song about our relationship with others and ourselves. To say ‘I love you’ to someone takes a lot of sincerity and a lot of strength,” Noemi explains.

  • RKOMI – Insuperabile

“Insuperabile” has special lyrics, as it talks about “a love that is conflicting and very dangerous, comparable to sports cars”, according to Rkomi.

  • SANGIOVANNI – Farfalle

This song was written after a period of crisis that Sangiovanni went through due to the pandemic. The title Farfalle (Butterflies) and the rest of the lyrics refer to the singer’s need to “find the butterflies in his stomach again”, perhaps with the help of a companion.

  • TANANAI – Sesso occasionale

Contrary to what one might think based on the title, “Sesso occassionale” (Casual sex) is about the exact opposite, about the fact that we should sometimes put our minds in their place and not just make reckless decisions in our (erotic) relationships with others.

  • YUMAN – Ora e qui

Sanremo Giovani winner Yuman invites us to “seize every moment, the classic ‘carpe diem'” through his song “Ora e qui”.

 

As a reminder, the Sanremo Festival will take place on 1-5 February at the Teatro Ariston in San Remo.

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