There has been many a good year since anyone last used words like "The best song is the one from Switzerland" and meant them. That country of alps and cheese have had a soft spot for entries ranging from unspectacular to disastrous. (Of course, the exception to the rule was Vanilla Ninja in 2005, they were good.)
But this year, the Swiss got it right. Very right.
"Era stupendo" is a timeless piece of pop drama in a great arrangement, the kind of song that can change its tempo without disturbing you. And it does.
And Paolo Meneguzzi is adorable. How could he take part in Sanremo so many times without becoming a real star in Italy? Well, the Italians sort of fell off the wagon a few years back, didn't they? But Paolo Boy looks right, has a magnificent voice and delivers the song with all the attack it requires.
Switzerland will surely be in the final this year. And quite high up there, also, I predict.
Paolo Meneguzzi - Era stupendo - Switzerland 2008