2000 and Whatever – Italy

We may not get to see our 2020 favourites take to the stage, but that doesn’t mean we can’t reminisce on our Eurovision favourites. This series is aimed to discover the team’s favourite entries from the 21st century, from 2001 to 2019.

In collaboration with ESCDaily, we will be reviewing some of their 21st Century favourites, while over on their site, you will find their reviews of our favourites!

Below our reviews, you will find a poll where you can vote for your favourite Eurovision entry from the 21st Century.


Anita Reviews Dennis’ 21st Century Favourite

Marco Mengoni – L’essenziale | 7th place, 126 points (Final)

Looking at the recent history of Italy at Eurovision, it was genuinely so challenging to select my own personal favourite. With that said, Dennis could have picked almost any Italian entry and there would have been a strong chance that I would be a fan. Marco Mengoni? Yep, I’m a fan. Italy has achieved some great results lately, and I think that comes down to the authenticity of the songs. The artists stay true to themselves, and this is a great example. L’essenziale is such an understated entry. The performance was very simple, but it worked so well as it put the full focus on Marco and his vocals. Also, that suit was stunning. All round, a fantastic entry from Italy.

Joshua Reviews Brandon’s 21st Century Favourite

Il Volo – Grande Amore | 3rd place, 292 points (Final)

Dramatic, epic, and unmistakably Italian. What a song. Italy has had such a strong run on entry in the past decade, and Grande Amore is definitely one of my favourites! In almost any year, I feel that this would have won. It was just bad luck that it competed in a 2015 contest that was full to the brim with high quality songs. Their voices on their own are impressive, and simply outstanding when sung in harmony. There is such a great power and drive behind this song, and it feels like it goes for far less than three minutes. Admittingly, I rarely listen to it as a studio track. However, as a live performance, it’s as good as it gets at Eurovision.

What does the ESCDaily team think of our 21st Century favourites? Make sure to head over to escdaily.com to find out!

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