Italia, il tuo tempo per brillare è ora

That ... Was ... Fucking ... Amazing! Where do I start? Well, for starters, if any of your local bookmakers are offering even money (or better), get some cash...

Eurovision Countdown 2017 – Part 9

You know how you'll miss us when we're gone, well that day is finally here. The last of our Eurovision Countdown shows for 2017....

The Seven Strangest Eurovision Venues Of All Time

So you might think that Ukraine’s chosen venue for staging this year’s contest is a little unusual. Indeed, to the untrained eye, a convention...

Monty’s Eurovision Countdown – Italy

Occidentali's Karma by Francesco Gabbani It’s the one with the monkey! Yay! And the one with all the hype. Does it live up to it?...

Sanremo vs Objetivo Eurovision … if this were a boxing...

So, the exam question that everyone was answering on Feb 11th 2017 was : “What is the difference between Spain and Italy in the Eurovision...

Man with a monkey wins Sanremo 2017

Francesco Gabanni has been named winner of the 2017 Sanremo Festival. In a press conference after the show, he confirmed he will accept the...

The granddaddy of them all? oh Italy!

Webstream The Festival della canzone italiana di Sanremo (in English: Italian song festival of Sanremo) is the most popular Italian song contest and awards, held...

La Bella Italia? – Mostly

If you have been reading these missives, and I know plenty of you have, you’ll have noticed that I’ve drawn comparisons between ages and...

Italian power and British midfield

I went into the arena for Italy & the UK. Both are among my absolute favourites this year, both highly improved by lovely staging....

Italy…. Absolutely beautiful

This is beautiful. No Degree of Separation is a lovely song, performed really really well with a simple staging.  Francesca does nothing silly here -...