After a week of live music and a mammoth finale consisting of twenty songs, Ermal Meta & Fabrizio Moro have triumphed as the winners of this year’s Sanremo with their song Non mi avete fatto niente.
The duo qualified to the super final round of the festival along with Annalisa and Lo Stato Sociale. All three acts had been favourites among fans and bookmakers since the songs were released last week.
But will they go to Eurovision?
The winner of the festival is automatically offered the invitation to represent the country at the Eurovision Song Contest. In most cases, this invitation is promptly accepted although it is not uncommon for the winning act to refuse the opportunity, as was the case in 2016. Italian group Stadio won the festival but declined the additional prize. The runner-up that year, Francesca Michielin, was chosen to represent the country instead.
Update: Eurovision invitation accepted
It is now official – Ermal & Fabrizio have accepted RAI’s invitation and will therefore represent Italy at the contest in May. The confirmation comes from Eddy Anselmi who asked the question at the winner’s press conference which followed tonight’s show.
— Eddy Anselmi (@eddyanselmi) February 11, 2018
Watch the song performed live at the festival: