Likely Televote Appeal
Likely Jury Appeal
Most of Europe will forget about Italy at the first sign of a more relatable performance.
Ermal Meta & Fabrizio Moro won Sanremo 2018 last night and the official Eurovision website has since confirmed they will be singing their winning entry, Non mi avete fatto niente, in Lisbon.
As has been highlighted in the comments section already, it is blindingly obvious that Meta & Moro will struggle on the televote. The Italian language traditionally transcends Europe’s borders more successfully than any other language, but unusually, there isn’t much for non-Italian speakers to engage with here. There isn’t a mildly eccentric pianist singing about the Madness of Love, or a slightly distant, but suave guy melting female hearts. Nor is there a trio of show-stopping popera stars or a Mr Charisma dancing alongside a guy in a gorilla costume. This year most of Europe will watch Fabrizio Moro screech “Non mi avete fatto niente” through their TV screens.
That’s no criticism of Meta or Moro, as they are rightly seizing the opportunity to showcase their Sanremo winning song to Eurovision’s global audience. Non mi avete fatto niente isn’t a Eurovision song, though. The Kolors or Lo Stato Sociale would have been wiser choices for Lisbon. In fact, The Kolors already had an English translation ready to go to Lisbon.
The juries will likely reward the anti-terrorism message of the song, but most of Europe will forget about Italy at the first sign of a more relatable performance.
- Strong message
- The sort of song juries should support
- Message is lost/not universal enough
- Vocals can be overpowering
- Limited options for staging
Are Italy in line for a tricky year at Eurovision 2018?