Eurovision, the charge of the 40s: party and colors at the Reggia di Venaria

from Andrea Laffranchi

At the Reggia di Venaria the «turquoise carpet», the first official fashion show of the competing artists. Ovations and fan chants for Mahmood and Blanco

They are not only the bookmaker to bet on victory of Ukraine.
Mahmoodwhich represents Italy together with Blanco after the victory at the Sanremo Festival
he had made it clear in recent days: neither the victory of 20 Eurovision Song Contest may be worth the peace. Sentiment shared with other competitors. Yesterday the
official way at the event with the red carpet (became turquoise for sponsor reasons)
at the Royal Palace of Venaria. Forty artists marched with the national delegations, live on RaiPlay conducted by Gabriele Corsi, Mario Acampa and Carolina Di Domenico, and flags in the wind at coloring an afternoon with uncertain weather.

The sound of war in Ukraine covers that of songs. Ochanrepresentative of the Polandhad a double brooch on the jacketone with the flag of his nation and one of Ukraine: «I am proud to represent my country that is giving shelter for so many refugees. Singing is not enough, they need a lot more and I hope they can go home safely ». And also the Systurthree sisters – blonde, redhead and brunette – representing theIcelandthey launched a pacifist message intoning a cappella “Imagine” by John Lennon. “We are honored to host this event also for the message of European peace and brotherhood that it launches at a time so complicated by the war in Europe,” he said. the mayor of TurinStefano Lo Russo.

The representatives of Kiev feel the solidarity Kalush Orchestracompeting with “Stefania”, a song between rap and folklore dedicated to the leader’s mother, but with a broader interpretation in the light of the war: “It is very important for the Ukrainian culture to be seen, to show how much it is identifiable, how unique it is. We are doing the best we can to represent our country in the best possible way ». In short, this is how theEurovisionarrived in Italy after the 2021 victory of the Måneskin.
In competition there are 40 artists
would have been 41 but the Russia it was excluded following the invasion; on Tuesday and Thursday the two semifinals they will send to final evening on Saturday 10 artists each, which will be joined by the Big F
ive – Italy, France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom -, the nations that founded Eurovision in the 1950s.

Then the idea was that of rebuild Europe from rubble from the Second World War: after years of trashy circus, in this edition there is an important message. There is a lot of Italy, not only because we are the host country. And therefore the conductors are ours: Laura Pausini, Alessandro Cattelan and, let’s consider it adoptive, Mika. Even in the race. Not only Mahmood and Blanco with “Chills”, second place for bettors, whose red carpet show was enlivened by an environmental protest by Extinction Rebellion. “Sing live it’s the best experience, ”said Blanco.

Achille Lauro he took off the ticket passing through San Marino
. On stage he will present “Stripper” riding a mechanical bull, renamed, mystery as to why, Roberto. “We are the result of our influences, the past makes what we are today and it is right that great names in music are heard in my song,” he said. The colors of Malta will be defended by Emma Muscat. She is Maltese but the Italian public met her at “Amici”. «My song – she says – is a message from love for oneself“.

May 8, 2022 (change May 8, 2022 | 21:37)

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Eurovision, the charge of the 40s: party and colors at the Reggia di Venaria

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