“Are you hot?”. Like Madonna in the legendary 1987 concert in Turin, Laura Pausini greeted the audience of the Olympic Pala starting the second semifinal of the Eurovision Song Contest which decreed the other 10 finalists who will battle for the final victory on Saturday evening. Belgium, Czech Republic, Azerbaijan, Poland, Finland, Estonia, Australia, Sweden, Romania, Serbia join Switzerland, Armenia, Iceland, Lithuania, Portugal, Norway, Greece, Ukraine, Moldova, Holland who had already won the final on Tuesday. The Big Five France, Spain, Great Britain, Germany and Italy, with the duo Mahmood and Blanco, also have direct access to the Saturday evening. For a total of 25 countries. Great disappointment for San Marino who lined up Achille Lauro. The singer gave the building a shock that went crazy with his Stripper, but it was not enough to convince juries and televoting. Exaggerated, excessive, overwhelming the singer, he showed up, amid flashes of fire, in a transparent black lace suit and cowboy hat. Before getting on the mechanical bull, Lauro – repeating a gesture already seen in Sanremo – approached his guitarist Boss Doms for a kiss on the mouth, sending the audience (and the one in the press room) into a state of excitement. Emma Muscat for Malta, known in Italy for her participation in Amici, also remained out.
Eurovision, Cattelan: ‘Peace message this year even more important’
Alessandro Cattelan has the honor of opening the semifinal with a self-ironic portrait of the Italians – with the reputation of a people who lack rigor – grappling with the preparation of a great event like Eurovision. Then the race, as the public has now learned, ran off fast with the 18 competing countries who performed in an hour and a half. From the powerful rock of Jezebel by Rasmus for Finland, to the scenographic Sheldon Riley for Australia with a sort of wedding dress and heavy retina covering his face, to the wild Romanian Wrs. Eurovision has not forgotten the crisis in Ukraine even tonight: Laura Pausini and Mika, invoking peace, sang Sting’s Fragile and Patti Smith’s People have the power. There is also room for a tribute to the Sanremo Festival, putative father of Eurovision: “It is Italian history, which must be remembered”. So like the Royal Wedding in Great Britain or Thanksgiving Day in the United States, Sanremo – from Domenico Modugno to Maneskin – is the Italian tradition. Guest of the evening Il Volo, in a semi-virtual version with Gianluca Ginoble remotely because he tested positive at Covid. The trio dragged the Pala Olimpico with a rock version of Grande amore, with which they won Sanremo in 2015 and then participated in Eurovision. At 11.15 pm the customary greetings, but the elimination of Achille Lauro leaves a bad taste in the mouth.
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Achille Lauro at Eurovision for San Marino
After the performance of all the singers, each nation assigns two sessions of scores from 1 to 8, 10 and 12 points, one entrusted to the spectators via televoting, messaging and the Eurovision website, the other to a jury composed of five employees to work. Participating nations (except for their own artist) plus Germany, UK and Spain can vote for the second semi-final. The best ten will pass the round and will perform again on Saturday 14th, when the Big Five, that is the countries that directly access the final Italy, Germany, United Kingdom, France and Spain. In the final all participating nations vote.
Mahmood and Blanco among the Big five of the Eurovision song contest
The three artists of The flightPiero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto e Gianluca Ginoble. The latter having resulted positive for Covid will perform in virtual version. ‘We will transform a problem into an opportunity’, says the deputy director of Rai1 Claudio Fasulo. The trio, when they represented Italy in the 60th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest (2015), won first place in televoting and third overall.
There will also be room for a passage of Germany (Malik Harris – Rockstars), Spain (Chanel – SloMo), United Kingdom (Sam Ryder – Space Man) between the Big Five, together with Italy and France, with direct access to the final.
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