The Eurovision Song Contest is not necessarily the best vehicle for sophisticated, contemporary pop but Italy’s ethereal Francesca Michelin will do her best with “No Degree of Separation” to persuade viewers otherwise when she hits the Stockholm stage.
Since Italy’s return to the contest in 2011 they’ve only missed a Top 10 placing once so the task is ominous for young Ms Michelin. The danger for this gentle entry is that it could easily be swamped by energetic dance floor toe-tappers and brilliant belters with killer choruses and fabulicious key changes. Fingers crossed Francesca.
Watch Francesca Michielin's official video for 'No degree of separation':
Four Questions with Francesca Michielin
What are the three most interesting aspects about your entry?
I'm Italian and I love my country. It's a true honour that through me, the world will hear our music, one of the arts that Italy is most proud of.
My music will be heard by a huge and varied audience from all over the world. This is pure joy, a celebration, and it's amazing to be part of it
I've always been a Eurovision fan because it gives you the opportunity to listen to and experience many types of music. This event gives me a chance to listen to rhythms, moods and melodies that I am not familiar with, coming from many different countries
What are the three most impressive facts about you?
1. I adore pizza
2. I speak to my piano
3. I love cinema
Do you have a (lucky) routine before you go on stage?
No. I just take a deep breath and then...sing
Why is the Eurovision Song Contest important for you?
Taking part in such a huge event will enrich my life because I’ll meet artists from other countries and be connected to their music. Music is a universal language and Eurovision will give me the opportunity to share my music with artists from different countries and to talk together through music and this means to be truly part of the world.