Italy’s Eurovision 2014 Entry

Italy announced this week that Emma Marrone will be its representative at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest (rather than just casually mention it during the Sanremo Music Festival). Marrone, a platinum-selling artist in Italy, will be performing the song “La mia cittá.”

I hate this song. Hate hate hate hate hate this song. Hate it. I hate it so much. I’ve listened to it several times now, and each time, I find something else I don’t like about it. It intentionally has an 1980s pop-rock sound (think Duran Duran’s “Girls on Film” meets J. Geils Band’s “Centerfold”), but I don’t think it’s even a good example of the genre. And besides, is it even a good idea to enter a music competition in 2014 with a song that sounds marginally better than 1989’s winner?

Jen is more apathetic than I am. She just found it boring. In fact, she might be in a worse place than me, because it doesn’t even register with her as a song worth caring about. What’s worse: a negative reaction or no reaction at all?

Emma is a dynamic performer with a terrific raspy, husky voice. She can bring the charisma live: see her performance with Modà, “Arriverà” from Sanremo 2011 as an example. I personally don’t think that “La mia cittá” is the song that is going to show Eurovision viewers just what she can do.

UPDATED 2 MARCH 2014: Here is a video of Emma performing “La mia cittá” at a Radio Italia show:

I think she looks like she’s trying too hard to be a rock star. I can’t see this continuing Italy’s hot streak at the Song Contest.