2016 Review: Italy

According to Twitter this year, there were two national selections that lasted way longer than they should have: the NF’s from Italy and Ukraine. Given that they weren’t on the same day, scheduling wouldn’t be a problem. But if they did overlap, pick Italy for more musical performances and Ukraine for more drama among the juries.

Jamala is not pleased about this.

In the case of Italy, the performances occurred, juries cast their votes, and a winner, Stadio, was selected. They declined due to scheduling issues. (And since San Remo is older than Eurovision, some of the artists just go for that one night and not to the contest in May.) Eventually RAI selected Francesca Michielin with “Nessun Grado de Separazione”, eventually re-titled as “No Degree of Separation” with one refrain translated into English.

Considering that part of the inspiration behind the song was the game 6 Degrees of Separation, then I wonder if she plays Wikipedia golf, hopping from page to page and getting par 5 while going from DeBeers diamonds to Natalie Portman. In the case of Francesca and Eurovision, she would only need one click between the two pages. So that’s easy.

italy 2016

What about from a random page to Francesca?

Starting page: February 2009 Lunar Eclipse

The moon moved west to east through the constellation Leo

Leo was killed by Heracles, known to the ancient Romans as Hercules

The Roman Empire was centered around the city Rome

Rome hosted the Eurovision Song Contest 1991

Italy participated in the Eurovision Song Contest

Francesca Michielin is representing Italy this year at ESC.

That took me six clicks.

I don’t know how to describe the song besides saying that it’s “very Italian” and that it’s not something that I would typically listen to. It reminds me a bit of Italy’s 2013 entry, which seemed really laid back yet didn’t need any major choreography to tell a story; all she would need is the camera angles and a way to show the audience that through the screen, everyone’s connected.


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