Thursday, October 27, 2016


Let's go on with some other entries running for SanremoNewcomers selection. Out of these 60 shortlisted 12 will make it to the live show on Raiuno in December, and six of them to Sanremo festival next February. And could also end up in Kyiv for Eurovision should the Big winner decline the offer....

Tommaso Pini is a singer-songwriter from Florence and sings Cose che danno ansia. He's also from The Voice and tried to get to Sanremo also last year. His song is.... errr, interesting?
Ethan Lara is the most recent Castrocaro winner, the contest for new talents that has given us for example Gigliola Cinquetti who went on to win Sanremo first, and Eurovision right after. He's 19 and also from Florence. His entry is Pensami, a classy and classic Sanremo song. Maybe too much so. He got a free ticket to this selection thanks to his win.
Enrico Nigiotti is from Amici, and already did Sanremo Giovani in 2015 losing to eventual winner Giovanni Caccamo in the semifinal duel. This time he tries with Cercando miracoli
Valeria (Romitelli) also tried last year but didn't make it al the way to Teatro Ariston. She's back with La vita è un'illusione. And yes, she's also done Amici. 

Wednesday, October 26, 2016


The YLE jury has done its job and the #UMK2017 entries will be revealed on November 23. If it's like the previous years we will get full videoclips as well. The rumor is there will be only 10 of them this time around, and one off final in the end of January. 

Objetivo Eurovision returns for Spain but with some modifications. Anyone who's Spanish or has residence in Spain can send in entry for #eurocasting until November 27. Rtve will pick up 30 for the online voting. Out of these 10 will qulaify for the jury voting that picks up 3. Another online voting will pick up one for the national final to join in with the internally invited "young" artist in February. 

Armenian marathon Depi Evratesil continues each week. The first round ended with 37 qualified artists. Now in the second round each of six jurors has a chance to pick up four artists for the team and mentor them to the victory. A bit of a X Factor really it seems. 

A big chance in the Festivali i Këngës: people will actually have a say in the outcome. Previously there has only been jury. Otherwise it's as usual three day affair. 14 songs will make the final, chosen by professional jury (8), press/media (3) and public jury (3) making it a bit Sanremoesque. In the final there's 60-40 jury-televote. 

United Kingdom
UK is back with the national selection again. Anyone can send in entry (one per songwriter) until November 1. Local fans will once again have a say in the selection process. 

Czech Republic
Open call for song in Czech Republic. The one and only will be selected then internally.

Germans are back looking for young fresh talents instead of trying to get big names in the final. Open call for the artists and 30 will make it to live auditions where five will be selected. Then they are paired with songs written by top international writers and producers. The voting will be through televoting and the official Eurovision App also from abroad as well. 

Latvia will be the first country to use also Spotify data in the Supernova voting. There's 100% televote but the Spotify figures will be incorporated to that and will influence the outcome. 

Malta is doing Albania, too, and gets rid of the highly influencial jurors. They used to have 5/6 power in the outcome. Now it's time to try the televote instead.

The hosting nation's online wildcard phase has closed and 39 entries are still in the running. One of them will join the other finalists, that are being selected through live auditions all over country. The 12 finalists will be announced in the end of January.  The selection is again a co-production between NTU and private STB.

Swiss SRF received 160 submissions, and now 20 will qualify for the jury check on December 4. There 6-10 entries wil be chosen for the national final. It's a move away from the different language broadcasters having their separate selections to be joined only in the final stage and confusing us all as the same songs were listen here and there. Also, there's a rule that the act must be somewhat Swiss, or at least one of the team must be from Switzerland. 


Here are again some entries from the #SG 2017 that this blogger finds worth a mention. All are fighting for the 12 places in the December live final for the six places in the festival in February. 

Jo M or Giovanni Mazzara from Catania presents L'Uragano non ci prende, a nice pop song from his debut album to be released shortly. He started as a drummer and is now ready to breakthrough, he has a very famous production team behind him.
La Rua has done Castrocaro, Amici and has tried to get to Sanremo 2012, 2013, 2014... and now they are back with Tutta la vita questa vita. Will they make it this time?
LaKurA or Laura Carpani is singer-songwriter with pop and r'n'b influences. Pagine di noi sounds like a Swiss Eurovision entry. Not sure if that's a good thing really...
Lele (Esposito) is another ex-Amici, fron Naples. His Ora mai is a majestic pop tune with lovely arrangement. If he gets through he's going to be strong in televote at least..... at the moment he's leading in the clicks here. 

Tuesday, October 25, 2016


Il Volo hasn't really stopped since their Sanremo 2015 win and Eurovision song contest in Vienna. Last month they released their latest live album+DVD Notte magica - A tribute to the three tenors recorded live last summer in Florence. The album entered the Italian charts at #2. Next they are taking the show all over the world. 
Below are the confirmed dates so far starting from New York's legendary Radio City Music Hall. Next is some concerts in Italy, followed by an European leg of the tour in April-June  (dates and venues yet to be confirmed). Then it's time for Latin America (July-August) before Australia, China and Japan later in 2017. 


Let's have a listen to some more of the entries running for the six places in the next Sanremo festival in the Newcomers section.

Francesco Guasti, ex-The Voice, tries his luck in Sanremo with Universo, a lovely modern ballad with piano and his rusty voice. Maybe a bit Mengonian as style?
Ivan Granatino, also ex-The Voice, is an urban Napolitan hip hopper who offers Chapeau, a fusion of sounds. 
Hugolini from Florence with his Semaforo has also an nteresting sound. Hard to say if these will appeal to the jury who selects the 12 for the live shows, and then if people will vote for the six finalists. Enjoyable anyways. 
Frè Monti is a singer-songwriter, musician and producer and offers us delicate Ciao amore buona fortuna, a lovely intimate little song. In the past he has played a year in London, and as a street musician all over Europe. 

Monday, October 24, 2016


Let's have a listen to some of the entries running for the six places in the next Sanremo festival in the Newcomers section.

Alberto Guarrasi aka APE'H, singer-violinist is back as solo this time with Proteggimi, a tender ballad. He has tried to get to Sanremo twice before with his ex-band Motovario.
Cantiere 164 is an alternative rock band from Savona with touch of grunge, post punk and Italian singer-songwriter tradition. Their Se chiudi gli occhi is a catchy pop rock tune.
Chiara Grispo is another familiar names from reality talent shows, from Amici. She tries her luck in Sanremo with Niente è impossibile, a song that could be written by Modà for Emma, and maybe it is. Catchy and easy song that she delivers with gusto.
Carola Campagna, familiar from The Voice, has already picked up various awards here and there but is now trying the definite breakthrough in Sanremo with Prima che arrivi il giorno, a classic piano driven ballad.

Sunday, October 23, 2016


Sandhja told MTV3 at ELLE Style Awards that the Eurovision hangover is finally over and she feels sober again, full of energy, inspiration and new plans. Finnish media didn't exactly treat her nicely after the semifinal, and some ever before Stockholm to be honest. She deserved fair game and didn't get it. It has taken awhile, five months to be exact, but she thinks her trip to Stockholm was very useful and she learned a lot about music business for example, how everything works for real. 
"Eurovision song contest it self is a huge machine. One always thinks the artist is the main thing but there are so many things behind it. I think the people who are involved in it all the time have a hard time. Changing from a nobody to a worldstar in a moment and for a moment can be hard to anyone"
"Krista has helped me a lot how to deal with it all. Especially what happens after Eurovision. She's been such a support. Our talks got really deep at times".
Sandhja won't take part in Eurovsion in the future again. 
"I don't see it would bring me anything more. I'm happy and grateful I had the opportunity to represant Finland but now it's time to do my own kind of music and my own stuff" 


There was not a shadow of doubt in this blogger's mind Margaret would walk this with Cool me down. And she does bring Poland its first ever victory. Sweden once again scores well with the fans placing second (which this blogger doesn't understand) but the rest of the top is rather in line what I thought. Finland's Mikael Saari did better than I believed and Switzerland's Vincent Gross way too low for my liking....  Check out the full results after the jump

Saturday, October 22, 2016


The 60 Newcomers are already online for the next Sanremo festival. Out of these the jury will select 12 in the live auditions in Rome for the prime time live show on Raiuno December 10, 2016 where six of them will qualify for the festival itself, to be joined by the two winners from AreaSanremo selection. 
It's worth remembering that according the rules this year should the eventual winner of Sanremo festival decline the Eurovision ticket, these newcomers are in game as well as Rai will pick up someone else from the festival. It might as well be the Newcomers winner just like happened with Raphael Gualazzi....
Once again many names from the other reality and talent shows: 8 are from The Voice (Alberto Guarrasi, Cristiano Turrini, Dylan Magon, Carola Campagna, Frances Alina Ascione, Francesco Guasti, Tommaso Pini, Frè Monti), also 8 from Amici, including two winners (Chiara Grispo, Gerardo Pulli, Valeria Romitelli, Julia Vertaldi, Lele, Luca Tudisca, La Rua, Martha Rossi), and Enrico Nigiotti from the X Factor. 
Other already familiar names are Lello Morra, Marianne Mirage, Gabri-El, Flo, Riky Anelli, Noemi Smorra, Marie and the Sun, and of course also the winner of Castrocaro 2016 Ethan Lara

You can listen to all their entries here

Friday, October 21, 2016


Here he is, next year's first confirmed artist for the Eurovision song contest 2017 in Kyiv. Cyprus will again order a song from Swedish Thomas G:son and it will be sung by Hovig, and will be revealed later.
Hovig Demirjian (27) is a Cypriot-Armenian and no stranger to Eurovision as he has tried to get there twice before in the Cypriot selections, 2010 with Goodbye (3rd) and 2015 with Stone in a river (4th). Before that he did X Factor Greece.


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