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Francesca Michielin

The young and successful Italian artist Francesca Michielin came second at this year's Festival di Sanremo which granted her the participation in the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm, where she'll perform No Degree Of Separation. Her Sanremo entry which has already become a huge hit back home in Italy.

Born in 1995, Francesca studied piano and electric bass as a child. Aged 16, she won Italian X Factor, her single and EP titled Distratto (#1 on iTunes) was certified double platinum. The song was a gift from Elisa, who also worked on the artistic direction of Riflessi di Me, Francesca’s debut album. 

Released in 2013, Cigno Nero, was a double-platinum duet with rapper Fedez. They also recorded Magnifico (five times platinum). In 2014, she wrote and sang Amazing, on The Amazing Spider-Man 2 soundtrack. In 2015, she released di20 followed by Nice to Meet You: a musical autobiography that she toured solo in clubs playing keyboards, guitar, electric bass, kettle drum, and TC-Helicon.

In 2016, Francesca came second at Sanremo with Nessun Grado di Separazione (#1 on iTunes and radio charts, Festival’s most popular song on Spotify with more than 1 million streams). The video already has 5 million views. The track is from her new album di20are, which debuted at #1 on iTunes and is a bestselling album in Italy.

Things to know about Francesca Michielin

What are the three most interesting aspects about your entry?

  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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.

Lyrics of No Degree Of Separation

È la prima volta che mi capita
Prima mi chiudevo in una scatola
Sempre un po’ distante dalle cose della vita
Perché così profondamente non l’avevo mai sentita
E poi ho sentito un’emozione accendersi veloce
E farsi strada nel mio petto senza spegnere la voce
E non sentire più tensione solo vita dentro di me

Nessun grado di separazione
Nessun tipo di esitazione
Non c’è più nessuna divisione fra di noi
Siamo una sola direzione in questo universo che si muove
Non c’è nessun grado di separazione

Davo meno spazio al cuore e più alla mente
sempre un passo indietro e l’anima in allerta
e guardavo il mondo da una porta
mai completamente aperta e non da vicino
e no non c’è alcuna esitazione finalmente dentro di me

There is no degree of separation
There is no degree of hesitation
There is no degree of space between us
live in love
We are stars aligned together
dancing through the sky, we are shining

Nessun grado di separazione

Nessun grado di separazione
in questo universo che si muove

E poi ho sentito un’emozione accendersi veloce
E farsi strada nel mio petto senza spegnere la voce
It’s the first time it’s happened to me
Before, I just used to shut myself in
Keeping my distance from life and its stuff
Because I’d never felt it so deep down
And then I felt an emotion flare up quickly
And push its way into my heart without turning down its voice
And I feel no tension, only life inside me

No degree of separation
No kind of hesitation
There’s no division keeping us apart
We are going the same direction in this universe on the move

There’s no degree of separation

I had less time for my heart and more for my mind
Always one step behind and my soul on high alert
and I watched the world from a door
never completely open, from a distance
and no, there’s no hesitation now inside me

There is no degree of separation
There is no degree of hesitation
There is no degree of space between us
live in love
We are stars aligned together
dancing through the sky, we are shining

No degree of separation
in this universe on the move

And then I felt an emotion flare up quickly
And push its way into my heart without turning down its voice