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24 finalists of Sanremo Giovani revealed

Earlier today, the 24 finalists of Sanremo Giovani were revealed. These 24 will compete for 2 spots in Sanremo, which takes place next year. 

From 69 to 24

A significant cut has been made in comparison to the number of artists who made it to the first stage. This morning, artistic director Claudio Baglioni appeared on Rai Radio2’s Social Club to announce the finalists. 

The finalists can be found below. They will compete for a place in Sanremo 2019 over two evenings on December 20 and 21.

Andrea Biagioni – Alba piena
Cannella – Nei miei ricordi
Cordio – La nostra vita
Deschema – Cristallo
Diego Conti – 3 gradi
Einar Ortiz – Centomila volte
Federica Abbate – Finalmente
Fedrix&Flow – L’impresa
Fosco17 – Dicembre
Francesca Miola – Amarsi non serve
Giulia Mutti – Almeno tre
La Rua – Alla mia età si vola
La Zero – Nina è brava
Laura Ciriaco – L’inizio
Le Ore – La mia felpa è come me
Mahmood – Gioventù bruciata
Marte Marasco – Nella mia testa
Mescalina – Chiamami amore adesso
Nyvinne – Io ti penso
Roberto Saita – Niwrad
Ros – Incendio
Sisma – Slow motion
Symo – Paura di amare
Wepro – Stop/Replay

Familiar names

Some of these finalists might ring a bell to viewers. Federica Abbate wrote Italy’s 2016 entry “No Degree of Separation”, which was performed by Francesca Michielin. Moreover, many of the finalists took part in talent shows such as The X Factor, The Voice and Amici (think of it as the Italian version of Operación Triunfo, except there’s no Eurovision involved). Names who found fame from these shows include Einar Ortiz, La Rua, Laura Ciriaco and Mahmood. Andrea Vigentini, who provided the backing vocals for Ermal Meta and Fabrizio Moro’s “Non mi avete fatto niente” this year, unfortunately failed to make the cut.

Good luck to the 24 finalists!

Italy in Eurovision

Italy has had a good amount of success since debuting in 1956. They have won twice so far, in 1964 and 1990. Since returning in 2011, they have finished in the top 10 six times. More recently, Italy has come close to winning for a third time. Raphael Gualazzi and Il Volo took 2nd and 3rd place in 2011 and 2015 respectively. This year, Ermal Meta and Fabrizio Moro maintained Italy’s string of good results. “Non mi avete fatto niente” (“You haven’t done anything to me”) finished 5th with 308 points.

Who are you rooting for in Sanremo Giovani? Let us know in the comments below or via our social media pages @ESCXTRA!

Natalie Walpole

ESC fan since 2009, based in the United Kingdom. Also a lover of travel and astrology

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