Italian broadcaster RAI have announced the 24 artists set to compete at this year’s Sanremo Music Festival. The winner will have the opportunity to represent Italy in Rotterdam at the Eurovision Song Contest 2020.
Sanremo 2020 (Festival di Sanremo) will be celebrating it’s 70th edition, to be broadcast from 4th to 8th February 2020 live from the Ariston Theater in Sanremo. Popular Italian presenter Amadeus was appointed host and artistic director.
The full list of artists and their songs:
- Achille Lauro – Me ne frego (I don’t care)
- Alberto Urso – Il sole ad est (The sun to the east)
- Anastasio – Rosso di rabbia (Red with anger)
- Bugo e Morgan – Sincero (Sincere)
- Diodato – Fai rumore (Make noise)
- Elettra Lamborghini – Musica e il resto scompare (Music and the rest disappears)
- Elodie – Andromeda
- Enrico Nigiotti – Baciami adesso (Kiss me now)
- Francesco Gabbani – Viceversa (Vice versa)
- Giordana Angi – Come mia madre (Like my mother)
- Irene Grandi – Finalmente io (Finally I)
- Junior Cally – No grazie (No thanks)
- Le Vibrazioni – Dov’è (Where is it)
- Levante – Tiki Bom Bom
- Marco Masini – Il confronto (The comparison)
- Michele Zarrillo – Nell’estasi o nel fango (In ecstasy or mud)
- Paolo Jannacci – Voglio parlarti adesso (I want to talk to you now)
- Piero Pelù – Gigante (Giant)
- Pinguini Tattici Nucleari – Ringo Starr
- Rancore – Eden
- Raphael Gualazzi – Carioca
- Riki – Lo sappiamo entrambi (We both know it)
- Rita Pavone – Niente (Resilienza 74) (Nothing (Resilience 74))
- Tosca – Ho amato tutto (I loved everything)
Among the names are former Eurovision artists Francesco Gabbani and Raphael Gualazzi. Francesco placed 6th in at Eurovsiion 2017 in Kyiv with his song ‘Occidentali’s Karma’. Raphael won Sanremo in 2011, placing 2nd at Eurovision 2011 in Düsseldorf with ‘Madness Of Love’.
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 45 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 seven out of nine occasions, including three top 3 finishes in 2011, 2015 and 2019. In Tel Aviv, Mahmood continued the successful run of Italian entries, finishing in second place, just 27 points shy of the coveted trophy.
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