Wednesday, 11 February 2015
Italy 2015 - Marco Masini - Che Giorno è
The annual marathon Sanremo festival is under way, and there's more at stake this year as the winner is guaranteed to be the Italian Eurovision entry. We've not heard them all yet, but as you'd hope, there's plenty of talky ploddy ballads that sound like they're full of regret - the kind of songs that only sound any good in Italian.
Up to now we're rather taken with this little growler. Mr Masini may look more like the duty manager of an out-of-town rock club than any kind of balladeer, but his delivery and charisma win you over by about the halfway mark.
It's not the kind of thing that ever does terribly well in Eurovision proper, but in the context of this contest it's a welcome treat.