Chi sarà con te

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Italy "Chi sarà con te"
Eurovision Song Contest 1973 entry
Country Italy
Artist(s) Massimo Ranieri
Language Italian
Composer(s) Enrico Polito, Gaetano Savio
Lyricist(s) Giancarlo Bigazzi
Conductor Enrico Polito
Finals performance
Final result 13th
Final points 74
Appearance chronology
◄ "I giorni dell'arcobaleno" (1972)   
"Sì" (1974) ►

"Chi sarà con te" (English translation: "Who Will Be") was the Italian entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1973, performed in Italian by Massimo Ranieri.

The song is a ballad, with Ranieri describing his feelings as he waits for a date to arrive. Unusually, however, he describes them to the imagined presence of a former lover (who apparently dated him one year previously). He wonders how his own date will go and also how hers will turn out. This was quite a disappointing performance considering the song selection. Most other countries would allow the singer to perform their winning song from the national contest to sing it in the ESC. Massimo would have been better off singing "Erba di Casa Mia", which he could have a better chance of winning or getting higher than a miserable 13th place.

The song was performed tenth on the night (following Yugoslavia's Zdravko Čolić with "Gori vatra" and preceding Luxembourg's Anne-Marie David with "Tu te reconnaîtras"). At the close of voting, it had received 74 points, placing 13th in a field of 17.

It was succeeded as Italian representative at the 1974 Contest by Gigliola Cinquetti with "".

Some people consider the melodic structure of this song to a very high degree similar to the sixth palaced son of the 1968 Festival di Sanremo Quando m'innamoro, which was there interpreted by Anna Identici and The Sandpipers, but more successful in the version of Gigliola Cinquetti and a global success as Man without Love by Engelbert (Humperdinck).[citation needed]

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