For Diodato it was his third time as a participant in the prestigious San Remo Festival. This time he won it! He did not even win the main competition, furthermore he received the Critic’s and Press award.
Diodato, whose real name is Antonio Diodato was born in Aosta in 1981, but grew up in the very south of Italy – Taranto (Puglia). For his studies in cultural studies film he went to Rome. He even went to Stockholm to work with Sebastian Ingrosso and Steve Angello, better known as Swedish House Mafia. Diodato’s first album “E forse sono pazzo” has been released in 2013.
With his participation at the San Remo Festival 2014 and the song “Babilonia” he was awarded #2 in the category newcomer. In that year he released a cover album and sang in front of 30.000 people in Florence. In 2018 Diodato made an 8th place together with Roy Paci and the song “Adesso” . In 2019 he debuted in his first film role “Un'avventura”. In that year he released several singles e.g. “Vita Meravigliosa”.
The song “Fai Rumore” mean make noise and is an outstanding ballad with an intense impact to the listener. Of course, it’s a love song, but emphasizes the beautiful and terrible sides of love. It’s hard to let somebody go and the time will be hard when missing the others voice.
This song is another great Italian contribution with a very high winning potential. With the right stage show this one would have done a great place in the final. But we will never know. In regards of the Corona crisis, which hit Italy in a special intensity, this song will always be remembered how the Italians stick together in these difficult times. This song has been sung by the Italians on the balconies during the hardest day. This was impressing.
We still don’t know if Diodato will have the right to compete next year in Rotterdam.
Top 10: 34
Chances for Top 10: 72%
Chances for Grand Final: 100%
For Italy it would have been the 47th time participating in the Eurovision Song Contest! The original idea of the ESC resulted from the Italian music festival “San Remo Festival” which started in 1951 for the first time and it’s still exciting and is very popular, one of the most watched shows in Italy. A lot of popular Italian singers normally appear as well as international top stars. The winners have often been the representatives for Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest. The original concept came up to do a similar contest on an international level, which has become reality in 1956. Normally one of the winners of the San Remo festival has been chosen to be the Italian representative for the ESC, or the runner up. Despite of so many Italian evergreens and top hits, Italy could only win two times with “Non Ho L'étà” by Gigliola Cinquetti in 1964 and “Insieme: 1992” by Toto Cutugno in 1990, but always shaped up quite well, especially after the comeback in 2011. Over the years many of the Italian contributions became hits or even evergreens worldwide and these are strongly connected with typical Italian music like “Per Lucia” by Riccardo Fogli in 1983 (11th), “Gente di Mare” by Umberto Tozzi & Raff in 1987 (3rd) and “Fiumi di Parole” by Jalisse in 1997 (4th) and lately the tenor trio Il Volo with “Grand Amore” (3rd). Furthermore there were many Top 10 rankings for Italy – five times 2nd and five times 3rd -, so it’s one of the most successful countries in Eurovision. The chances for a Top10 placing are enormously high with 72%. Maybe it’s also due to the fact that Italian music is very popular in general all over the world, and the Italian entries show the Italian music at its best and it is appreciated everywhere.
Italy has paused for twelve years (1998 – 2010) until the Italian broadcaster RAI has decided to return in 2011, this has been highly appreciated internationally, as Italy is known for high quality music. Luckily, Italy shaped up very well in Düsseldorf with “Follia D’Amore” by Raphael Gualazzi who came 2nd. One year later with “L’Amore E Femina” by Nina Zilli a 9th rank could be reached. Another year later Marco Mengoni could even make a respectable 7th place in Malmö, while the 2014 entry "La Mia Città" by Emma Marrone reached the 21st place in Copenhagen only, but therefore Il Volo could make the Italians proud again with “Grande Amore” and a 3rd place! In 2017 Franceco Gabbani, who was one of the big favourites to win with “Occidentali’s Karma” and came 6th, Ermal Meta & Fabrizio Moro with “Non mi avete fatto niente” made a brilliant 5th place in Lisbon in Lisbon! Last year’s singer Mahmood was not exception, with “Soldi” he came 2nd.
2x 1st place “Non Ho L'étà” |Gigliola Cinquetti (Copenhagen 1964) “Insieme: 1992” |Toto Cutugno (Zagreb 1990)
5x 2nd place “Aprite Le Finestre” |Franca Raimondi (Lugano 1956) “Amami Se Vuoi” | Tonina Torielli (Lugano 1956) “Si” |Gigliola Cinquetti (Brigthon 1974) “Madness Of Love” |Raphael Gualazzi (Düsseldorf 2011) “Soldi” | Mahmood (Tel Aviv 2019)
5x 3rd place “Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu”| Domenico Modugno (Hilversum 1958) “Uno Per Tutte” |Emilio Pericoli (London 1963) “Era” |Wess and Dori Ghezzi (Stockholm 1975) “Gente Di Mare” |Umberto Tozzi and Raf (Brussels 1987) “Grande Amore” | Il Volo (Vienna 2015)