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Italy: You can now listen to the Sanremo Giovani competing entries!

As we reported back in late June, Italian broadcaster (RAI) eliminated the newcomers section of Sanremo and instead created a brand new show called Sanremo Giovani. You can now listen to the 69 potential entries! 

From 69 to 24

You can now listen to the 69 potential entries from Sanremo Giovani! It may take a while to listen to all, but you can do so here!

The show will take place between December 17 to 21 and will see 24 newcomers participating. The line-up will consist of 18 entrants selected through an audition round and 6 from local singers from the Sanremo Academy. They will compete for 2 places in the Sanremo Festival next February. Furthermore, the winners will also compete for victory at the Festival, something newcomers were not able to do until now. Thus, the winners may potentially be Italy’s Eurovision 2019 entrant(s)! 

An effort to find new musical talents

RAI says that the idea comes from the show’s Artistic Director and popular Italian singer Claudio Baglioni, who believes it is very important to strengthen RAI’s efforts to find new Italian musical talents. Before the shows, singers will have the opportunity to introduce their music and personal stories to the public through evening shows of 45 minutes each. The shows will be aired on RAI’s main channel, RAI 1.

Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest

Italy was one of the seven countries that competed in the very first contest in 1956. So far, it participated at Eurovision 44 times, winning twice in 1964 and 1990. The country regularly participated at Eurovision until 1997 when it withdrew for 14 years. Italy returned to the contest in 2011, represented by Raphael Gualazzi with “Madness of love” earning 2nd place. Since returning, Italy ranked in the top 10 in six out of eight occasions, including two top 3 finishes in 2011 and 2015. In Lisbon the duo Ermal Meta and Fabrizio Moro represented Italy. Although they placed 17th with the jury, they came 3rd with the televote, coming 5th overall.

Will you be watching Sanremo Giovani? Do you think it was a good idea to make such a revamp of Sanremo? Will Italy finally be able to take the trophy home in Tel Aviv? 

Let us know in the comment section below or on all social media platforms @ESCXTRA. 

Riccardo Maddalozzo

Born in Italy, I have lived in 5 countries in 3 continents. I discovered Eurovision by accident in 2010 and became a superfan in 2013. I attended both Eurovision and Junior Eurovision events and covered several national finals on the ground and hope to continue doing so for a long time!

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