A switch in Italy: “L’amore è femmina” to Baku
Yeah, remember last week when I said that it had been confirmed that Italy’s Nina Zilli would be performing her San Remo entry “Per Sempre” in Baku?
Scratch that. Sorry!
Seemingly out of the blue, Italian broadcaster RAI and the EBU confirmed that the lovely Nina seems to have pulled a Belarus on us, and switched her song from the smoky, bluesy “Per Sempre” to the uptempo, hip-swinging retro title track of her newest album.
“L’amore è femmina”, or “Love is Female”, seems to have been tailor-made for Eurovision, even clocking in at a perfect three minutes. There might be a slight linguistic tweak in its future (that is, adding some English-language lyrics, much like what Raphael Gualazzi did last year to “Madness of Love“), but that is still to be seen. I can only assume that we’ll have more clarity on the topic after next week’s Head of Delegation meeting in Baku. (The bookies have perked up their ears as much as the fans have, however…before the announcement, Italy’s odds were hovering at about 40 to 1…they have since shortened to as low as 16 to 1 on some sites.) As for me, I enjoyed “Per Sempre” immensely, but with this switch, Italy is now firmly in my personal Top Five (but I’ll get more into that after all of the songs have been selected and confirmed).
What do you think of the change? Did you prefer “Per Sempre”, or is “L’amore è femmina” flipping your switch? Leave a comment, and let your voice be heard!