Sanremo winner Francesco Gabbani didn’t just capture Italy back in February, but now he’s the favourite for a Eurovision win. Is it a third win for Italy?
Armed with a dancing gorilla, a bucket, oozing of charisma and a solid feel good pop song, Francesco Gabbani, heads to Kyiv as the big favourite to take the Eurovision crown.
His story has been quite remarkable. The 34-year-old started his music career in 2011. Last year he rose to fame after winning the newcomers section of the Sanremo Festival. Who knew, one year later, Francesco would do exactly the same, winning the established section with Occidentalis Karma.
Since his victory, Italy and Europe have gone crazy for the charismatic singer and his dancing gorilla, passing over 86 millions Youtube video views. A very strong omen.
Eurovision absence and favourite status
Italy’s Eurovision relationship has been pretty rock in the past. The country were not represented for more than a decade, until they returned in 2011. Since then, the nation has on several occasions been a favourite to win the contest. In 2015, the tenor group Il Volo, won the televote but finished third, after they didn’t top the jury vote, giving Sweden ultimately their fifth win.
This time could be jackpot however. Occidentalis Karma is a cleverly build pop song, featuring enough key elements to get stuck inside your head for days. Throw in the Alé in the middle of the chorus, and a memorable act, and it’s quite clear to see why mister Gabbani is the favourite for victory.
We’re not gonna lie, this makes us very happy, and let’s be honest the Italians are way overdue that win. Even if it’s only to restore our faith in chaotic, Italian organisation in 1991.