ITALY – Baltimore, born Edoardo Spinsante from Ancona, 20 years old, a young music producer, won X-Factor 2021. In the last heat Baltimora, led by Hell Raton, beat the talented gIANMARIA, 19-year-old from Vicenza belonging to Emma’s stable, who from a few weeks was on everyone’s lips as the predestined winner of this edition. Third place went to the Bengala Fire of Manuel Agnelli, fourth Fellow led by Mika and left the scene after the first heat.
This year was supposed to be the most inclusive edition ever, but none of the finalists was particularly prone to a diversity of flag – as could have been Erio, eliminated in the semifinals, or Jathson, out even before the lives. But, perhaps, that of inclusiveness was a wrong premise. It’s hard to control the music, and rightly so.
On the other hand, the decision to mix the categories, effectively breaking them down, appeared more appropriate. The race appeared freer from weights and representation schemes. The popular audience vote did the rest, finally rewarding the most conservative singer.
Although Baltimore’s growth path, which reached X Factor as a producer, finally blossomed (almost) completely as a solo singer-songwriter, was undeniable, his victory seems to belong more to a 2003 Sanremo than to an X-Factor 2021.
More inspired and contemporary the young and intimate verse writer gIANMARIA appeared right from the start. The boy mixed brilliant narrative lyrics with today’s teen slang metrics and accents and stuffed great songs by sacred monsters of the past with the intemperance of the child prodigy. It wasn’t enough for gIANMARIA to win, but it is worth remembering here that the Måneskin also finished second at the X-Factor.
And Måneskin opened the evening, guests of the show together with Coldplay. The latter were rather dull, the Måneskin much hotter and more empathetic, with Damiano letting himself be carried away by the public’s arms for the umpteenth time, but at that moment he seemed frighteningly made up of extras.
However, both mega guests took a back seat compared to a race that gradually warmed up. The final took place according to tradition at the Assago Forum, filled more with lights and scenographic effects, than with the 5,000 people of an audience reduced by the restrictions due to Covid.
Ludovico Tersigni, a bet by Sky Italia which, according to the much-specialized television press, made Alessandro Cattelan regret, kept the show together by making some mistakes, but solving it with a good dose of sympathy and freshness.
We don’t seem to have to regret Cattelan, on the contrary, we can promote Tersigni for his awkward naturalness and the transparent humility that has marked a certain more Instagrammer than television way of conducting a show.
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