Era stupendo

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Switzerland "Era stupendo"
Paolo Meneguzzi, Switzerland, Eurovision 2008, 2nd semifinal.jpg
Eurovision Song Contest 2008 entry
Mattias Brånn,
Pablo Meneguzzo
Pablo Meneguzzo,
Vincenzo Incenzo
Finals performance
Semi-final result
Semi-final points
Appearance chronology
◄ "Vampires Are Alive" (2007)   
"The Highest Heights" (2009) ►

"Era stupendo" ("It was wonderful") is a song by Paolo Meneguzzi which was chosen to represent Switzerland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2008, to be held in Belgrade. The song was publicly unveiled as the Swiss entry on 13 January 2008 at the Swiss Music Awards.[1] The song is a soft rock ballad in Italian. It is written and composed by the Swedish songwriter Mattias Brånn. On 20 January 2008, Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet reported that the song had been accused of being plagiarised from Amy Diamond's "It Can Only Get Better".[2]

"Era stupendo" is a ballad that starts softly but speeds up just in the beginning of its second half. It's accompanied fundamentally by piano.

Excitement about the song rose sharply since the very moment that Paolo Meneguzzi was confirmed as the Switzerland's representative in Eurovision 2008. However, the version played in Switzerland wasn't the one performed in the contest in Belgrade, as the song, having a length of 3'30", needed to be shortened to 3' maximum to suit EBU's regulations. The "maximum" points to this song were given from Malta (12 points) and Albania (10 points).

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak
Swiss Singles Chart[3] 11

See also[edit]


  1. ^ (13 January 2008). Era stupendo publicly presented. Retrieved on 21 January 2008.
  2. ^ Aftonbladet (20 January 2008). Schweiz kopierade Amys låt. Retrieved on 21 January 2008.
  3. ^ Switzerland Singles Chart