It’s the second night of Sanremo, and following a fantastic opening show, Italy introduced us to the second half of the artists and songs competing to win both the festival and the ticket to Rotterdam, if they so choose to take it.
The impact of the pandemic on the show was clear – as well as the lack of audience and masked-up orchestra from last night, one of the competing acts, Irama, had a member of his team test positive for Covid. As a result, a pre-recorded performance of his song, La genesi del tuo colore, was broadcast. However, the show retained the same level of energy and light-heartedness as the previous night, ably guided by Amadeus, Fiorelli, and guest presenter Elodie.
The night opened with the second four performances from the Sanremo Newcomers’ section, with the televote deciding who would join Folcast and Gaudiano in the semi-final. The four performing acts were:
- Wrongonyou – “Lezioni di volo”
- Greta Zuccoli – “Ogni cosa sa di te”
- Davide Shorty – “Regina”
- Dellai – “Io sono Luca”
Winners highlighted in bold.
Big Artists’ Section
A further 13 acts performed tonight, meaning that we have now heard all competing songs for Sanremo 2021! Tonight’s performances and songs were:
- Orietta Berti – “Quando ti sei innamorato”
- Bugo – “E invece si”
- Gaia – “Cuore amaro”
- Lo Stato Sociale – “Combat Pop”
- La Rappresentante di Lista – “Amare”
- Malika Ayane – “Ti piaci così”
- Ermal Meta – “Un milione di cose da dirti”
- Extraliscio ft. Davide Toffolo – “Bianca luce nera”
- Random – “Torno a te”
- Fulminacci – “Santa Marinella”
- Willie Peyote – “Mai dire mai (la locura)”
- Gio Evan – “Arnica”
- Irama – “La genesi del tuo colore”
These acts were voted on by the demoscopic jury, a jury consisting of approximately 300 people representative of Italy’s population as a whole. Erma Meta topped the jury vote this evening, with Irama in second place and Malika Ayane in third.
If Sanremo’s voting system has you a little confused, not to worry! Here’s a handy Twitter post to explain things:
True to form, Italy also had a wide variety of interval acts to pad the running time out a bit more! Eurovision winner Gigliola Cinquetti returned to perform her winning song almost 60 years on – Non ho l’eta”, Elodie performed a mash up of songs which included Madonna’s Vogue, Mahmood’s Soldi, Beyonce’s Crazy In Love and her own Andromeda. and Achille Lauro returned. Laura Pausini performed her Golden Globe-winning song, Io si.
Tomorrow night: duets!
Now that we’ve heard all of the competing songs this year, who are your top picks to win? Who would you love to see on stage at Rotterdam? Let us know!