Eurovision, Achille Lauro shocked, but he is still out of final

“are you hot? “. Like Madonna at the legendary 1987 concert in Turin, Laura Puccini waved to the Pala Olympic crowd as they kicked off the second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest which determined the ten other contestants who would battle it out for the final victory on Saturday night. Belgium, Czech Republic, Azerbaijan, Poland, Finland, Estonia, Australia, Sweden, Romania and Serbia join Switzerland, Armenia, Iceland, Lithuania, Portugal , Norway, Greece, Ukraine, Moldova and the Netherlands, who have already won Tuesday’s final. The Big Five France, Spain, Great Britain, Germany and Italy, with the duo Mahmoud and Blanco, also have direct access to Saturday evening. for a total of 25 countries. Big disappointment for San Marino who lined up with Achille Lauro. The singer shocked the building went crazy with Stripper, but that wasn’t enough to convince jurors and TV. The singer showed up, over-the-top, over-the-top and overwhelming, amid flashes of fire, in a sheer black lace suit and cowboy hat. Before chasing the mechanical bull, Loro – repeating a gesture already seen in Sanremo – approaches guitarist Boss Dooms and kisses him on the mouth, sending the audience (and the person in the press room) into a state of awe. excitement. Malta’s Emma Muscat, known in Italy for her appearance at Amici, also stayed away.

Eurovision and Cattelan: “This year’s message of peace is even more important”

Alessandro Cattelan has the honor of opening the semi-finals with a cynical Italians – who have a reputation for being imprecise – as they struggle to prepare for a major event like Eurovision. Then the race, as the public has now learned, took off quickly with the eighteen competing nations putting in their performances within an hour and a half. From the mighty Jezebel Rock of Rasmus from Finland, to the set design of Sheldon Riley from Australia with some sort of wedding dress and a heavy retina covering his face, to the savage Roman Wrs. Eurovision has not forgotten the crisis in Ukraine until this evening: Laura Bossini and Mica, evoking peace, sing Fragile by Sting and People have power by Patti Smith. There’s also room to honor the Sanremo Festival, the putative father of Eurovision: “It’s Italian history, to remember.” So like the royal wedding in Britain or Thanksgiving in the United States, Sanremo – from Domenico Modogno to Manesquen – is the Italian tradition. Evening guest Il Volo, in semi-virtual version with Gianluca Ginoble at a distance because he tested positive for Covid. The trio succeeded Pala Olimpico with a rock version of Grande amore, which they won at Sanremo in 2015 and then participated in Eurovision. At 11:15 p.m. the usual salute, but the elimination of Achille Lauro leaves a bad taste in the mouth.

Achille Lauro at Eurovision San Marino


After all the singers have performed, each country awards two scoring sessions from 1 to 8, 10 and 12 points, one given to viewers via television, messages and the Eurovision site, and the other to a jury of five staff members to act. The participating countries (excluding their artist) as well as Germany, the United Kingdom and Spain can vote in the second semi-final. The top ten will skip the tour and perform again on Saturday the 14th, when your palmThese are the countries that go directly to the final: Italy, Germany, the United Kingdom, France and Spain. In the final, all participating countries vote.

Mahmoud and Blanco among the top five of the Eurovision Song Contest


The three artists FlightPiero Baron, Ignazio Pochetto E. Gianluca Ginobel. The latter led Positive for Covid It will work in the default version. “We will turn a problem into an opportunity,” says Rai1 deputy director Claudio Fasolo. The trio, when they represented Italy at the 60th Eurovision Song Contest (2015), won first place in TV shows and third overall.

There will also be room for Germany (owner Harris – Rockstars), Spain (Chanel – Silomo), UK (Sam Ryder – Spaceman) among the Big Five.And With Italy and France, with direct access to the final.

Helen D. Jessen