As one of the “Big 5” in the Eurovision Song Contest, Italy doesn’t need to be worrying too much about all those little minion countries (like Australia) in the two semi finals; they’re automatically qualified in the Grand Final on May 14, alongside the other Big 5 nations… France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom, along with host nation Sweden.
This year, they’re sending along 21 year old pop starlet Francesca Michielin, a former winner of her country’s ‘X Factor’ competition, a second place getter in the San Remo Music Festival, a multi award-winner and a recording artist with a string of chart hits in her homeland under her belt.
But all that will count for nothing in Stockholm, as she battles the rest of the continent with her Italian/English language single ‘Nessun Grado Di Separazione’ (‘No Degree Of Separation’).
It’s a decent enough pop ballad, with plenty of mainstream appeal, particularly after the two minute mark, when the track ticks over into the English language.
But is it special enough to win? No. Sept points.