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🇮🇹 Sanremo 2021 to take place without audience

The 71st edition of the festival will be held 2nd-6th March

Rai and local Italian media confirm that the 71st Sanremo Music Festival 2021 will not have an audience. However the shows will still go ahead as scheduled from 2nd-6th March, following all safety protocols.

Rai confirms Sanremo 2021 plans

After weeks of exchanges between Sanremo’s Artistic Director Amadeus, the CTS and Rai; a decision on attending guests has finally been reached. Unfortunately the 71st Sanremo Music Festival will not have a live audience. Instead, documents seen and approved by Rai, confirms it will be a festival for the viewers at home. Due to the Covid-19 crisis, local health officials have outlined the priority is the safety of the residents. So in agreement with the City Mayor, no connected events to the Festival will be held in Sanremo either.

Thus Sanremo 2021 will go ahead as scheduled for the 2nd-6th March. But not as we know it. In line with official protocols and a Biological Risk Assessment for Covid-19, the Teatro Ariston will have a very different feel. Firstly artists must arrive already dressed to perform. A minimum social distancing of 1.5m must be adhered to and hosts, performers and guests will appear by themselves. Backstage space has been expanded to allow greater separation of support staff. Everyone on site must be temperature checked. As well as this, PPE and self cleaning kits for workstations will be supplied. Furthermore the evenings will finish no later than 2am local time. Some might say that’s an early night by usual standards!

What do we know about the show?

Overall 26 acts will be taking part in Sanremo 2021, they are:

  • Aiello – Ora (Now)
  • Annalisa – Dieci (Ten)
  • Arisa – Potevi fare di più (You could have done more)
  • Bugo – E invece sì (Instead yes)
  • Colapesce e Dimartino – Musica leggerissima (Very light music)
  • Coma_Cose – Fiamme negli occhi (Flames in the eyes)
  • Ermal Meta – Un milione di cose da dirti (A million things to tell you)
  • Extraliscio feat. Davide Toffolo – Esordienti (Beginners)
  • Fasma – Parlami (Talk to me)
  • Francesca Michielin e Fedez – Chiamami per nome (Call me by name)
  • Francesco Renga – Quando trovo te (When I find you)
  • Fulminacci – Santa Marinella
  • Gaia – Cuore amaro (Bitter heart)
  • Ghemon – Momento perfetto (Perfect moment)
  • Gio Evan – Arnica
  • Irama – La genesi del tuo colore (The genesis of your colour)
  • La Rappresentante di Lista – Amare (To love)
  • Lo Stato Sociale – Combat Pop
  • Madame – Voce (Voice)
  • Malika Ayane – Ti piaci così (You like yourself like that)
  • Måneskin – Zitti e buoni (Silent and good)
  • Max Gazzè e Trifluoperazina Monstery Band – Il farmacista (The pharmacist)
  • Noemi – Glicine (Wisteria)
  • Orietta Berti – Quando ti sei innamorato (When you fell in love)
  • Random – Torno a te (I come back to you)
  • Willie Peyote – Mai dire mai (La locura) (Never say never (The madness)

Already we know that supermodel Naomi Campbell is set to take part in hosting duties for the first Notte, alongside ‘Andromeda’ singer Elodie. Viewers can tune in to Rai1 on Monday 2nd March at 9:40pm GMT for the first show of the five night festival of entertainment.

Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest

Back in 1956 Italy were amongst the seven countries that took part in the inaugural Eurovision Song Contest. 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 second 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. During the 1990s Italy took part a further four times, before taking a 13-year break from the contest from 1998 to 2010.

Since their return to the contest in 2011, they have finished in the top three on three occasions – second in 2011, third in 2015 and second in 2019. Last year Diodato won the 70th edition of the famous Sanremo Festival and was selected to represent Italy with ‘Fai rumore.’ Unfortunately the EBU was forced to announce the cancellation of the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Which acts are you looking forward to in Sanremo 2021? Let us know! Stay up to date by following @ESCXTRA on Twitter, @escxtra on Instagram and liking our Facebook page for the latest updates! As well as subscribing to our YouTube channel. Where you can watch our reactions to the news in the upcoming months. You can also follow our Spotify for more music from your favourite acts!

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