Over the coming weeks, sometimes more than once a day, we will bring you daily previews of the contest, spotlighting each of the songs individually in random order, where they come from, who will be performing them, and more, as well as some historical info on the contest and some of the past winners and participants.
Next up on our Song-By-Song preview is the official entry from Italy, “Non me avete fatto niente” by Ermal Meta & Fabrizio Moro, written by the artists and Andrea Febo. The song is performed in Italian. Both Meta and Moro are accomplished solo performers with long careers in Italy, and their decision to team up on this song has seen them sent together to represent their country this year. Italy is one of the “Big Five” along with Spain, the UK, France, and Germany, and as such gets an automatic “bye” advance to the Grand Final.
I have to say, I am HELLA impressed with this song, easily the most hard-hitting song and video in the contest this year. In English, the title translates to “You Did Nothing To Me” and is a strong shout out to the peoples of the world who commit terrorism, telling them that their way of acting is not doing anything to the world except making it stronger and calling on them to give up their arms and find a peaceful solution. it also speaks to the countries at war in the world, and urges them to also stop. Unlike Iceland’s rather bland call for unity in the European immigrant crisis with their entry in the contest this year, Meta and Moro take the bull by the horns, demand changes, and also demand a respect for those who find hope throughout the world. The video is especially evocative, with images of terrorism, war, those affected by it, and some unfortunate spastic shadow dancing by the performers near the end that marrs the message of the video somewhat, along with they lyrics of the song which appear on screen verse by verse in almost two dozen languages from every continent except Antarctica, a brilliant stroke of creativity. I don’t think it has much of a chance on the US charts unless the video turns out to be somewhat universal or the duo produces an English language version, but man oh man does this unrelenting, powerful, and anthemic song deserve what ever it can find in the contest this year, and hopefully, it will be near the top.
Italy was a EuroVision founder from the first contest in 1956, but they have withdrawn from time to time over the years, and have participated 43 times. They left the contest for a long stretch from 1998 to 2010. They have won the contest twice, with “Non ho l’eta” by Gigliola Cinquetti in 1964 and with “Insieme: 1992” by Toto Cutugno in 1990. Three of their non-winners have also gone on to become EuroVision classics over the years: “Nel blu dipinto id blu (Volare)” by Dominco Modugno, 1958, third place (and also likely the most covered EuroVision song in history, with dozens of versions in dozens of languages); “Madness Of Love” by Raphael Gulazzi, 2011, runner-up; and most recently “Occidentali’s Karma” by Francesco Gabbini, 2017, sixth place.
Here’s the official music video – it’s powerful and gutwrenching – and due to graphic imagery, parental discretion is advised by me…
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We’re featuring FOUR songs today, and tomorrow. After we’re finished with the song by song preview, it will be time for yours truly to start unleashing some historical favorites and such…
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