X Factor, we start again. 12 artists competing and one eliminated in the first Live. The podcast



It begins again.

New Year. New Live. With a new jury. A new host. And 12 new artists competing. Simple rules for this first episode: two rounds, 6 artists per block and one eliminated.

To kick off the dances a Francesca Michielin in great dusting: she sports a medley that makes the whole Repower Arena dance. The icing on the cake: the duet with Fedez on the notes of Blink 182. It is the former competitor of 11 years ago who represents one of the most beautiful revelations of this season: charged, self-confident, always in control, empathetic and sympathetic. Passed with full marks.

Live shows resume under a constant: great musical research and great choreographies that make this show one of the most contemporary in terms of visual and language. A constant change of pace, a kind of roller coaster of the bit. We go from the rock of the Ramones with the Omini to Iako’s Franco Califano. Unanimity of the judges: the two performances convince. Disco Club Paradiso does it less with their high school party sound, the minimal and intimate mood of Lucrezia and the emotionality of Matteo Orsi who brings “The coldest place” of the Dogs (where the Italian indie was born, the Cani were). To bring full agreement between the judges the electro-Neapolitan sound of Dada ‘suspended between Renato Carosone and Dengue Dengue Dengue: top.

The least voted of the first heat is Lucrezia, team Ambra. The first artist of the second block is Linda. Open applause for her “Excluded the dog” by Rino Gaetano. A risky piece because it is not particularly well known. And Matteo Siffredi who brings Mina also takes a risk: a performance that warms but does not excite. What instead do the French Saints who wear a gossip mashup: there is a comb in this performance, as in them. Both Beatrice Quinta, who unleashes and goes wild with Cher, and Joelle who instead takes us back to the early 2000s with Avril Lavigne keep the bar high. But the Tropea are the ones who mix up by listening to a vintage Vasco again: Asilo Republic. If the children of Vasco’s kindergarten were making a mess, so are the Tropeas.

The least voted goes to the ballot: Matteo Siffredi. A challenge entirely internal to Ambra’s team that asks for the tilt and the unquestionable judgment of the public. To pay the bill is Matteo who is forced to say goodbye to X Factor.