The Eurovision 2018 Review: Day 24

I think I like this one. When I listen to the verses, it sounds like a pair of perky servers reeling off the fillings in a New York deli. I’ll admit I’m salivating at the prospect of a Qualcuno Canta Forte on rye.

If it was any other year I’d be slightly less disposed to this. After all, it’s OK – but that’s about it. However, it’s the Italian entry following in the wake of the seemingly unstoppable juggernaut that was Occidentali’s Karma, the Francesco Gabbani number that was definitely, absolutely, unequivocally, nailed-on to win Eurovision 2017. The unstoppable juggernaut which finished sixth.

That means I do feel a little sorry for Italy. Their song last year was one of the best pop songs submitted to the Contest in years but in the end the hype just couldn’t cash its cheque. Somewhere, a gorilla is still sulking and venting its depression by writing a really big essay on Jean-Paul Sartre. I’d like to see them to do a little better this year.

Non Mi Avete Fatto Niente isn’t the instant ditty that screams winner. What it does do is have a video which highlights all that’s wrong with the world and how humans have an insatiable appetite for hating each other. There’s not an om to be had.

While documenting the tragedies to befall the world in recent years is more sensitively handled by France in the 2018 line-up, there is something to admire here. I’m not entirely sure how sincere the sentiment is, especially when Ermal and Fabrizio’s dad dancing at the end seems to reverse all that is wrong in the world in much the same way Christopher Reeve did in the first Superman film.

Despite its serious message, there is a certain jolliness to this which bobs it along nicely. How much it will translate into votes depends on what we first see and hear during rehearsals. It would be kinda nice if this finishes fifth. With one point more than Francesco got.

It’s what you call karma.

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