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RAI completes list of Festival di Sanremo entrants

Last night, RAI already confirmed twelve acts taking part in the 2019 Festival di Sanremo. During Sanremo Giovani’s second show tonight, the second set of twelve is going to be announced. Stay tuned to this article as we’ll update it as soon as RAI reveal more names!

Tonight’s names

RAI are revealing the new entrants in groups of two or three entries at a time. Interesting names so far include the reunited Federica Carta and Shade, who had major success with “Irraggiunibile” last year. Also, 2014 Sanremo winner Arisa is making another appearance in Italy’s beloved contest. So far, they’ve revealed seven more names and song titles, being:

  • Patty Pravo & Briga – Un po’ come la vita
  • Daniele Silvestri – Argento vivo
  • Ex-Otago – Solo una canzone
  • Federica Carta & Shade – Senza farlo apposta
  • Negrita – I ragazzi stanno bene
  • Arisa – Mi sento bene
  • Achille Lauro – Rolls Royce
  • Francesco Renga – Aspetto che torni
  • Boomdabash – Per un millione
  • Enrico Nigiotti – Nonno Hollywood
  • Nino D’Angelo & Livio Cori – Un’altra luce
  • Mahmood – Song TBD

*More names announced soon, article will be updated as soon as more names are revealed.*

Yesterday’s names included Il Volo

RAI’s confirmed list of entrants yesterday was a feast of recognition for many fans of Sanremo. Along with familiar Sanremo participants such as Loredana Bertè and Paola Turci, we’ll also be treated to a rematch of the 2015 contest in Italy. Both runner-up Nek, as well as winners and Eurovision representatives Il Volo will make their comeback to the competition. The full list of yesterday’s artists is below:

  • Paola Turci – L’ultimo ostacolo
  • Simone Cristicchi – Abbi cura di me
  • Zen Circus – L’amore è una dittatura
  • Anna Tatangelo – Le nostre anime di notte
  • Loredana Bertè – Cosa ti aspetti di me
  • Irama – La ragazza con il cuore
  • Ultimo – I tuoi particolari
  • Motta – Dov’è Italia
  • Nek – Mi farò trovare pronto
  • Il Volo – Musica che resta
  • Ghemon – Rose Viola
  • Einar – Song TBD

First refusal for the winner

With names like Loredana Bertè and Patty Pravo, singers well above the average age of Eurovision entrants, the question always is what will happen if they’d win Sanremo and be offered the chance to go to Eurovision.

In recent years, we’ve heard such singers and entrants, like 2016 winners Stadio, declining the chance to go to Eurovision. The other prolific artist to do so was Fiorella Mannoia, who finished second in 2017 to Francesco Gabbani.

As always, RAI will offer the winner of the Festival di Sanremo – whoever it is. That winner has the right to represent Italy at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel. However, the winner is allowed to decline the honour to do so. In such cases, RAI will select one of the other entrants to fly the Italian flag.

In three of the past four years, the winners of Sanremo have accepted the task of representing Italy in Eurovision. Only in 2016, RAI had to pick another act after Stadio declined. They then opted for Francesca Michielin. Last year, Ermal Meta and Fabrizio Moro won the 66th Festival di Sanremo.

Nick van Lith

I'm one of the founding members of ESCXTRA.com. Eleven years after the start, I'm proud to say that I am now the Editor-in-Chief of this wonderful website. When I'm not doing Eurovision stuff, you should be able to find me teaching German to kids... And cheering on everything and everyone Greek, pretty much. Pame Ellada!

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