For some reason, we have it in our heads that we don’t like Italy’s Eurovision entries. Yet more often than not we find ourselves making exceptions to that rule we’ve invented. That’s not to say we love everything Italy does. But broadly speaking, we are wrong about what we think we think about Italian pop.
Case in point: Diodato’s “Fai Rumore.”
Antonio Diodato released his first album E forse sono pazzo in 2013 and went on to win the MTV Italian Music Award for Best New Generation. In 2014, he first participated in Sanremo with “Babilonia.” He broke onto the Italian album charts in 2017 with Cosa siamo diventati. He now has his first number one single with “Fai Rumore,” which he co-wrote with Edwyn Roberts.
He also looks like the son of Arne Darvin, the secret Klingon agent in the “Trouble with Tribbles” episode of Star Trek.
We like “Fai Rumore” a lot. Its soaring melodies fill us with a beautiful sense of longing. Diodato has a delicate vocal tone, yet he brings Lamborghini levels of power to the chorus. And if the camera catches him just right, we bet he will be able to peer right into our souls.
While we try to review each song without consideration of other entries, we can’t help but compare “Fai Rumore” to Spain’s entry “Universo.” They operate in similar places in both style and mood. But Blas Cantó knew he was going to Eurovision and selected and orchestrated a song that could have uni-universal appeal. Diodato catered to Italy first, and now his goal is to amp his song up for a wider audience.
We’re not saying there are problems in either approach, and it will be interesting to see which song finishes higher in May. But we know which song we’d put money on if we were betting Lemurs.