Country
🇮🇹 Italy
Song
No Degree Of Separation
Written by
Francesca Michielin, Federica Abbate, Norma Jean Martine
Composed by
Fabio Gargiulo, Federica Abbate, Cheope
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Broadcaster
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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

  • Italian/English
  • English
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