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Francesca Michielin - Distratto.jpg
Single by Francesca Michielin
from the album Distratto
Released 6 January 2012
Format Digital download
Recorded Henry Stills Studio, Villesse, province of Gorizia, Italy
Genre Pop
Length 4:14
Label Sony Music Italy
Producer(s) Andrea Rigonat
Francesca Michielin singles chronology
Music video
"Distratto" on YouTube

"Distratto" is a song recorded by Francesca Michielin, the winner of the fifth series of the Italian talent-show X Factor. The song, written by Elisa and Roberto Casalino,[1] was arranged and produced by Andrea Rigonat.[2] Michielin performed it for the first time during the semi-final of the show, on 29 December 2011.[3][4] On 5 January 2012, after performing the song for a second time, Michielin was announced the winner, beating runner-up band I Moderni.[5]

On 6 January 2012, the song was released as a digital download EP, also including three re-recorded covers previously performed during the live shows.[6][7] On 12 January 2012, the single debuted at number one on the Italian Singles Chart[8] and it was later certified double platinum by the Federation of the Italian Music Industry, for domestic downloads exceeding 60,000 units.[9]


The song is a pop ballad with rock and soul influences.[10] It was written from the point of view of a woman who is living the end of her relationship with a man unable to understand their problems.[11]

Music video[edit]

The music video for the song was directed by Stefano Sollima and it features a cameo appearance by Italian actor Luca Argentero.[12] The clip, filmed in January 2012 at the Roma Tiburtina railway station,[13] was premiered on 3 February 2012 on Sky Uno HD.[14][15]

Track listing[edit]

Digital EP[6]
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Distratto" Elisa, Roberto Casalino 4:14
2. "Whole Lotta Love" John Bonham, John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, Willie Dixon 4:04
3. "Someone Like You" Adele, Dan Wilson 4:36
4. "Higher Ground" Stevie Wonder 3:11

Chart performance[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2012) Peak
Italy (FIMI)[16] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2012) Position
Italy (FIMI)[17] 10


  1. ^ Gian Maria Collicelli (30 December 2011). "La sedicenne di Bassano conquista la finalissima". Corriere del Veneto (in Italian). Retrieved 13 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Francesca Michielin vince X Factor 5 con "Distratto"" (in Italian). www.elisatoffoli.com. 6 January 2012. Retrieved 17 January 2012. 
  3. ^ Alessandro Alicandri (29 December 2011). "X Factor: la diretta web della settima puntata commentata su Panorama.it, Nicole e Jessica le eliminate dal talent show". Panorama (in Italian). Retrieved 14 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "X Factor, semifinale con doppia eliminazione e Venditti come ospite". La Stampa (in Italian). 29 December 2011. Retrieved 14 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "X Factor, Francesca vince la quinta edizione". Corriere della Sera (in Italian). 6 January 2012. Retrieved 17 January 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "Distratto (X Factor 2011) - EP di Francesca Michielin" (in Italian). iTunes. Retrieved 13 January 2012. 
  7. ^ "X Factor 5, vince Francesca". Rockol.it. 5 January 2012. Retrieved 13 January 2012. 
  8. ^ "Musica: classifiche, ancora in vetta 'L'amore e' una cosa semplice' di Tiziano Ferro" (in Italian). Adnkronos. 12 January 2012. Retrieved 13 January 2012. 
  9. ^ "Certificazione Single Digital dalla settimana 1 del 2009 alla settimana 12 del 2012" (PDF) (in Italian). Federation of the Italian Music Industry. 3 April 2012. Retrieved 3 April 2012. 
  10. ^ Alessandro Alicandri (11 January 2012). "Gli inediti X Factor 5: la recensione". Panorama (in Italian). Retrieved 17 January 2012. 
  11. ^ Christian Valbonesi (6 January 2012). "Francesca Michielin - Distratto" (in Italian). Musicsite.it. Retrieved 17 January 2012. 
  12. ^ "Argentero nel video di Francesca (X Factor)" (in Italian). Agenzia Nazionale Stampa Associata. 24 January 2012. Retrieved 24 January 2012. 
  13. ^ "Francesca Michielin: il nuovo video con Luca Argentero" (in Italian). Metello.com. 30 January 2012. Retrieved 31 January 2012. 
  14. ^ "I videoclip dei finalisti: stasera alle 22.55" (in Italian). Sky Italia. 3 February 2012. Retrieved 8 February 2012. 
  15. ^ "Francesca, Antonella, I Moderni: ecco i videoclip". la Repubblica (in Italian). 2 February 2012. Retrieved 8 February 2012. 
  16. ^ "Top Digital Download - Classifica settimanale dal 02/01/2012 al 08/01/2012" (in Italian). Federation of the Italian Music Industry. Retrieved 13 January 2012. 
  17. ^ "Ferro è il re degli album più venduti nel 2012". TGCOM (in Italian). Mediaset. 14 January 2013. Retrieved 14 January 2013.