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๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Dates for the 2021 Sanremo have been revealed

Will the selection be used to select Italy's 2021 Eurovision entry?

We previously reported that the 2021 edition of Sanremo might not be held in February, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Recently, we reported that it could be held a month later in March.

Now according to reports, it’s now been confirmed that the contest is due to take place on the 2nd to the 6th of March 2021. This news was confirmed, as new schedules were announced. During the announcement, it was revealed that Amadeus will continue working with the festival.

Will Sanremo be used to select Italy’s 2021 Eurovision act?

Italy is yet to confirm their participation for the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest. Based on previous patterns, Italy usually don’t officially confirm their participation for the contest later in the year (RAI confirmed participation for the 2020 contest in October last year).

As for whether or not the festival will once again select the 2021 Italian entry. This was not confirmed, when the dates of the festival were announced.

However, looking at previous patterns of another national selection (Melodifestivalen in this instance); the Swedish national selection usually takes place in the whole of February and the first two Saturdays of March.

This therefore could mean, that the potential Heads of Delegation Meeting could take place in 15th March 2021. This would therefore give Italy an interval of a week, should they decide to use Sanremo to select their entry.

Please note, the date for the 2021 Heads of Delegation meeting is yet to be confirmed by the EBU.

Italy at the Eurovision Song Contest

Italy were amongst the seven countries that took part in the inaugural Eurovision Song Contest in 1956. Before their first win, Italy scored two third place finishes in 1958 and 1963. Italy’s first win came in 1964 with Gigliola Cinquetti’s “Non ho l’età” in 1964 which won the contest in Copenhagen with 49 points. Their next top three didn’t come until 1974 – again with Gigliola Cinquetti. “Si” finished in 2nd place, behind Sweden’s ABBA.

In 1990, Toto Cutugno became Italy’s second, and most recent, winner with “Insieme: 1992”. It won the contest with 149 points. Italy took part a further 4 times in the 1990s, before taking a 13-year break from the contest from 1998 to 2010.

They returned to the contest in 2011 and has since finished in the top three on three occasions – 2nd in 2011, 3rd in 2015 and 2nd in 2019. Diodato was selected to represent Italy in 2020 with “Fai rumore” before the contest was cancelled.

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