This year, Sanremo was pushed back to the first week of March by organisers in the hope that a later date would enable a live audience to attend the festival. Unfortunately, due to COVID protocols, the festival went ahead without an audience in the Teatro Ariston. For 2022, the festival will take place in February once again.
While the exact dates are yet to be confirmed, the 2022 Festival della canzone italiana di Sanremo is due to take place in the first week of February. This is a month earlier than the 2021 edition, which was pushed back due to the pandemic.
Regarding the Festival and Eurovision, everything is top secret. The works have begun but we have not defined artistic directions and directions, especially on Eurovision, since we will also have to choose the host city and follow the rules of the EBU to define the rules that the big show must admit. We will re-propose Sanremo in the first week of February.Stefano Coletta, director of Rai 1
In a press conference yesterday, the Director of Rai 1, Stefano Coletta, stressed that the details of the upcoming Eurovision will remain under wraps for the time being. He also suggested that Sanremo and Eurovision will likely be hosted by different people. Early rumours suggest that former X Factor Italy host Alessandro Cattelan is a favourite to host Eurovision 2022.
About Sanremo 2021
The 71st edition of Sanremo Music Festival took place between the 2nd and 6th March 2021. This was later than usual, having been pushed back due to the ongoing pandemic, which also caused other changes for the festival. For one, after weeks of exchanges between Sanremo’s Artistic Director Amadeus, the CTS and Rai, the festival did not have a live audience.
Despite the protocols, the festival went ahead with 26 participating artists. Alongside Amadeus and Floriello, the shows were co-hosted by Matilda De Angelis, Elodie, Vittoria Ceretti, Barbara Palombelli and Beatrice Venezi. Night one was opened with a performance of “Fai Rumore” by Diodato, who won the 2020 edition.
On night five, 26 became three, with Måneskin, Michielin and Fedez and Ermal Meta advancing to the superfinal. Ultimately, Måneskin triumphed with a staggering 53.5% of the vote. This success translated to Eurovision victory, winning the contest in Rotterdam with 524 points.
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