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.


ABBA's Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus are planning and considering a possible comeback concerts and tour with the British music mogul Simon Fuller - as holograms. "Nobody wants to see us old people on stage" they have stated many times before and are searching through the material from their 1977 and 1979 world tours that could possible used for the project. Techically it would be possible as likes of Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson and Frank Sinatra regularly keep on performing in Las Vegas shows these days.
Björn and Benny and their represants don't want to comment the plans at the moment except with "there are always all kinds of plans in the air".... 
Meanwhile you can enjoy them as holograms in Stockholm's ABBA Museum. 

Thursday, October 20, 2016


The rules for the 67th Sanremo festival are out and once again it is used as the platform for the Italian entry - or rather the entrant as nothing is said about the song - for the Eurovision song contest in Kyiv. The winner has the option to fly the Italian flag if (s)he wants to and is the first choice. In case of "no, grazie" by the winner Rai will choose internally whoever they think suitable unlike in 2016 when it clearly stated the runner up would be next in line and gave us Francesca Michielin when Stadio declined the offer.
Another interesting step is shortening the entries. Now for the Big category it is set to max 3:30, and for the Newcomers 3:00. Sounds very Eurovisionesque, doesn't it?
Some changes in the line up of the evenings, too.
All the 20 Big aka Campioni will perform already the first night and be voted 50-50 by televote-press. Ten of them will perform again on 2nd and 3rd night each with the same voting system. After counting the votes for these two nights six songs will go directly to the final, while the other four will have a Second Chance on the 4th night.
The 8 newcomers will perform on the 2nd and 3rd night, four each and two qualifying for the 4th night's final where they have due duels, and then the superfinal. Same voting system as for the Big.
The 4th night or Friday sees the 12 already qualified artists perform covers and the 8 others fight for the remaining 3 places in the final with zeroed votes so it all begins from the start for them with televote, jury vote and demoscopic jury vote. 
In the final there will be then 15 songs, the beforementioned 3-way voting system and zeroed votes from the previous nights. The top-3 will have a superfinal, again with the 3-way voting and zeroed votes.
Sanremo number 67 ccomes from Teatro Ariston in Sanremo from 7 to 11 February, 2017. For the third year in a row Carlo Conti is hosting and in charge. His co-hostess will be most likely Laura Pausini if you believe the rumors and gossip.


Ricchi e Poveri will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in business next year but since few months the trio has become a duo, when Franco Gatti (74) decided to leave the group he was part for over 48 years. 
 "I don't have the age anymore to travel all over the world. And since the death of my son it just hasn't been the same" 
The other member Angela and Angelo fully understand and go on as duo.
Franco's son, only 22.year-old, was found dead the night before Sanremo 2013 where the group was due to perform and accept an award for their musical career. In the funeral the trio became quartet once more, as also Marina was present. 
Ricchi e Poveri was founded as singing group back in 1967 in Genoa, north-west of Italy. Originally a quartet including Franco Gatti, Angela Brambati, Angelo Sorgiu and Marina Occhiena came to spotlight in 1968 and several Sanremo appearences in the early 1970's (with classics like Che sarà) made them household name in Italy. 
In 1978 they represented Italy at the Eurovision song contest with Questo amore, and in 1981 scored an European wide hit with Sará perche ti amo, from that year's Sanremo festival. Just before Sanremo Marina leaves the group - apparently after a cat fight with Angela over a man, but the trio's success continues with M'innamoro di te all over Europe. In 1985 they finally win Sanremo with Se m'innamoro
In the 1990's they toured the world from Albania to Australia and from South America to Georgia. And finally in the 2000's they have been very popular in Russia and Eastern Europe with tours and sold out concerts. 
Add some reality television at home, various life time awards and hommages and even a musical based on their songs..... Over 20 million reords sold, 12 Sanremos with one victory and two second places. 
The story's not over yet. 


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