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!

Posted on March 13, '12, in 2012, Italy. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Ouch! Couldn’t see that one coming!

    Well, I’ve been listening to NIna’s whole album, and I’ve really got to love her as an artist; and whilst L’Amore E Femmina is more representative of her whole album, and is still a fab song … I think I preferred “Per Sempre”… :/

    Never mind – Glad they’re still sending Nina, and it’s still in my top 10, I guess…

    RIP Per Sempre. 😥

  2. What a pity they have got rid of “per sempre”, one of my favorite songs this year ! I was seeing Nina as a possible winner, but not with her new song unfortunately. We’ll see anyway. Italy is back:that’s what matters.

  3. They’ve pulled a Belarus on us! lol That made me laugh. xD As to the two songs, I’m not sure which I like better. I think the new one has less of a chance to win because it’s been put into a boat with other similar songs. Whereas the former song was unique and would have gotten a lot of votes for people who like that genre. I don’t know my personal opinion, though…

    I can’t wait for you to publish your list. Also, I’m pretty excited for San Marino. I’m ecstatic that they came back again.

  4. I have listened to the song again, and it’s true that it should be more instantly memorable than the former one, which is important at Eurovision. Though, I still prefer the former one personally.
    Good luck, Nina !

  5. I need to think about this one. It’s presently too “in your face” for my liking.

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