Sunday, April 17, 2011

ITALY 2011 - Follia d'amore

This year's ESC is a special event in one respect - after thirteen years, Italy is back in the contest. The ESC has never had the status in Italy that it's enjoyed in the rest of Europe ... they've never really needed it, they've had the San Remo festival - which, in fact, was the inspiration for the ESC back in the 1950s. They've been on a long hiatus, but now they're back, and as tradition dictates it is one of the San Remo winners who will represent them in Düsseldorf.

Personally I'm thrilled to see them back. I just wish it had been with a better song. >:-)

This entry is pretty ambitious, which I suppose is a good thing, as a general rule ... but it'll be interesting to see how they will manage this in Germany, considering the fact that the orchestra accompaniment is no longer in use in the ESC. It'll probably be rather less impressive. :-) But it'll be interesting to see how they present it. It's fun to see this type of song in the contest, I love any new type of music that pops up among the usual ditties. So kudos to the Italians for trying. But I don't hold out high hopes for this entry. It's rather too unusual to get very far. Look to Germany in 2007 and 2009. Points for trying, but not a lot of points from Europe, I suspect.

Personally I think the song itself isn't at all bad, it's the voice of the singer that ruins it. If he can even be called a singer. He really can't sing for shit. Especially the ending of the song is almost painful to listen to. Again, it'll be interesting to see how they'll present it. How they'll try to cover up his voice. :-D

Check it out for yourselves. This is Raphael Gualazzi performing Follia d'amore - his own composition, points for that too. He will be competing for Italy - one of the Big Five :-) - on Saturday, May 14th.

Widescreen here.

Lyrics with translation here.

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