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Italy: Ermal Meta & Fabrizio Moro – Non mi avete fatto niente

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.…
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Most of Europe will forget about Italy at the first sign of a more relatable performance.

User Rating: 3.02 ( 38 votes)

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?

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21 comments

  1. It is a good song that got me hooked at the beginning and made me think this could be something brilliant but instead of building it just plod’s along and doesn’t improve and by the end I’m just wondering why I bothered clicking it to begin with. Weakest Sanremo winner we have had in a LONG time and will need a major rework in order to get Italy a top 10 finish.

  2. I’m coming to the song totally new. The video of the live performance left no impression at all. Then I went to Youtube and watched the video and looked at a translation of the lyrics. Understanding the message made the song much stronger. Finally I went back to the live performance and much of the impact was lost again.

    This song faces the same challenge as Mercy – how to get the message across to the majority of the audience that doesn’t understand the native language. This will require good staging and a (good) translation of much (or all) of the song into English, something I would imagine the Italians will be reluctant to do.

  3. A reminder, if need be, that NFs are subject to national variables that the main show is removed from. There’s politics everywhere of course but a message song can win in a smaller field easier than amongst an entire final, and it only takes a bad draw to scupper it completely.

    That would be something if the song were any good. But it sure does ramble along at a relentless pace. Notice our duo lean forward into the mics in an earnest/hectoring way. The meaning may all be well and good but even if they do translate into english it will still be lost within the party atmosphere of the final.

    The big 5 really not performing this year!

  4. It’s more like a rant than a song. I’m personally torn between appreciating what it’s going for or just being bored of it because it’s not really that good. Might be Italy’s weakest effort since returning though it might still get a better result than La Mia Cita. A result opposite to San Remo, with juries seeing this as arty and challenging and televoters not caring for it at all is likely. I’d say overall it will be 15th-20t

  5. You think no televote appeal? As of midday Sunday, they are charting as #1 on iTunes in Italy, Slovenia and Switzerland, #2 in Lebanon, #6 in Luxembourg, #23 in Sweden, #43 in Belgium and between #100 and #150 in the Netherlands, France, Germany and Norway

    • I just don’t see how :O I really don’t see anything in it at all :O

    • Reader do Switzerland, Slovenia and Lebanon broadcast Sanremo? I’d guess they do or at least broadcast the winning song, especially the neighbours who have cultural and linguistic closeness. So not that impressive or translatable to ESC really. If it stays high for ages that would be more impressive.

      • Well topping iTunes in Switzerland, Slovenia and Lebanon really doesn’t mean much. In Switzerland, for instance, you’ve only got to shift around 400 copies to reach no.1. It’s even less in Slovenia and Lebanon.

        Spotify is a more accurate measure nowadays.

  6. There’s nothing objectively wrong with this, it’s just not really likeable unless you fluently understand Italian. There’s no connection otherwise. I think it’ll end up about 14th-19th or so, unless something changes to clarify or enhance the package to non-Italian ears. In terms of pitting one message song against another, I think France will do better on the night.

    Funny how Italy tend to alternate between contenders and total duds year to year. Watch them be market favourites again in 2019, calling it now. 😛

  7. I’m wondering from the technical side how this is being allowed into the contest?

  8. This will be another lost chance for Italy as it stands.They have a contemporary male duet.Very rare at ESC.They have one of,if not the best song writers in Italy in Ermal.Yet instead of changing the song they decide to take A song that couldnt even win the jury or press jury on the final night at SR.

    In the podium voting the Jury gave Annalisa 62.5% of the vote,Ermal 25%,TSS 12.5%.

    What does this say?.Well almost all the jury who voted for other acts when all 20 songs were in the race went over to Annalisa in the last 3.Hardly any went to Ermal.Why?,well the jury knew this wasnt a good enough song or performance to win a Sanremo.Annalisa hammered them in the jury score.

    The one good point is Ermal might be able to do something to get this to work better at ESC.He is a superb song writer and there could be big changes,though it would take them to open this up to ESC televoters.

    • Hi Durham, how did you come up with those numbers for podium jury voting?

      • They went onto the podium with,
        Meta-Moro 46.82%
        The State Social 29.67%
        Annalisa 23.51%

        By removing all the other votes from all nights up to that point we then get the final totals by working out the increase when putting them all together.
        Once on the podium the scores then went
        Ermal Meta and Fabrizio Moro
        Televoto: 54.41%
        Experts: 25%
        Press Room: 34.31%
        Total: 42.50% + Accumulated Score (46.82%) : 44.66%

        The Social State
        Televoto: 22.10%
        Experts: 12.50%
        Press Room: 45.27%
        Total: 27.13% + Accumulated Score (29.67%) : 28.40%

        Annalisa
        Televoto: 23.49%
        Experts: 62.50%
        Press Room: 20.42%
        Total: 30.37% + Accumulated score (23.51%) : 26.94%

        RAI dont publish them.
        Interesting as well RAI opened the televoting and closed it after each song the first night.Most people didnt know this and Annalisa went first so many people couldnt vote for her once RAI said after the song stop televoto.She came 9th that night.After that she came 2nd and 3rd in the televote.If that hadnt happened shed probably of come 2nd instead of 3rd.

        • Hey thanks for the details, was looking at Italian wiki page but didn’t know how it’s calculated in the end.
          That jury score doesn’t inspire confidence for M&M…

  9. Hippo nailed it…a rant and not a song. A let down after the genius but ultimate disappointment of Occidentalis Karma 2017.

    15 to 20 and that’s pushing it.

  10. I beg to differ here, the song lyrics are emotional enough to catch voters, if Portugal did it last year so will Italy. More serious scene than last year expected, I see that high in the ranking. Waiting rest of the songs, to see where is the competition bar of this year.

    • I agree with lavezzi7. This seems to be the perfect politically correct winner with an emotional message. It would have an impact in May. It’s the dark horse of eurovision 2018. even though people may not understand the lyrics, if Italy has tasteful visuals and they convey the emotion, I think it’s enough for them. Afterall all languages in the songs may be foreign to the local viewers. For example, almost all countries (except for UK, Ireland an Malta) consider the English a foreign language. Song impact is never the same when it’s not in your native tongue. So, Italian, French, Portuguese, English – it doesn’t matter, they’re all foreign to someone. 😉 Language is not an issue in most cases.

  11. Filomena Mercurio

    An interesting but ill informed review about a song that oozes class. Language does not and should not preclude it from being relatable to a television audience. Meta and Moro a charismatic and they draw you into a narrative that speaks about fear but ends with hope. Why must Eurovision always be a staging, or fireworks or indeed singing in English? This song is powerful, their voices blend beautifully. The Italian entry is a dark horse and it is set apart from the other songs that are similar to other musical styles and artists. It is more a Si than a NON

    • ‘Ill Informed’ – No worries, I’ve only been betting on Eurovision for 10-years.

      And I agree the song oozes class, but it is weaker when viewed through a Eurovision lens. This is the sort of song Albania would struggle to qualify with. And if the narrative of the song is so universal, why hasn’t it registered a single point on the Eurojury poll yet? Over the last two years, the Eurojury poll has got 8/10 of the Eurovision Jury’s top-10. Even France, which is ‘easier to get’ is only 20th overall.

      Eurovision is an entertainment show featuring 26 songs all trying to be the most memorable. That is why staging is so important – as are fireworks at times.

      • Filomena Mercurio

        There you go – Italy top 5 finish. If the Jury had done a better job of recognising the beauty of Non mi avete fatto ninety it could have been higher. Deserved better.

  12. Filomena Mercurio

    Europoll predicted 6/10 songs in the top 10 for both 2017 and 2016. 60% accuracy. I wait with breath that is bated in May. Have to love the unpredictable nature of the competition.

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