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๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Rai tease changes ahead for Sanremo 2022

Potential changes include fewer Campioni acts, a shorter run time and the return of a live audience

Earlier this month, Rai confirmed that the festival will be held from Tuesday 1 to Saturday 5 February 2022. In addition, Amadeus will indeed be hosting once again, after confirming in a press conference last month that he had entered talks. Although the host will be the same, the broadcaster has teased changes ahead of next year’s festival.

Although last year’s edition of Sanremo resulted in an epic Eurovision victory for Italy in Rotterdam, this later success was not matched by the ratings of the festival itself. In a bid to win back viewers, broadcaster Rai are looking to make changes to revitalise the festival for 2022.

In an interview with ADGInforma in Rome, Artistic Director and host of Sanremo 2022 Amadeus has outlined some potential changes. One likely change is a reduction of the number of artists competing in the Campioni category from the 26 we had this year. This is the main category, from which the winner has first refusal for the Italian ticket for Eurovision.

In addition, rather than stretch the running time into the early hours of the morning, Amadeus is looking to eliminate the Prima Festival pre-contest show in order to bring the start time forward.

As the lack of audience was a big controversy and talking point for the festival both before and during, Rai are looking to have an audience back in The Teatro Ariston. The broadcaster are looking to utilise the ‘greenpass’ (COVID passport) in order to welcome a live audience back to the festival.

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 Sanremoโ€™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 โ€œFai Rumoreโ€ by Diodato, who won the 2020 edition.

On night five, 26 became three, with Mรฅneskin, Michielin and Fedez and Ermal Meta advancing to the superfinal. Ultimately, Mรฅneskin 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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Costa Christou

Ever since I saw Helena Paparizou's triumph at Eurovision in 2005 (at the tender age of 6), I have been crazy about Eurovision. From the regional native language bops and shrieky female-led balladry to the sophisticated avant garde pop songs and chart-friendly EDM, I love everything about this cultural phenomenon. I'm currently working as a Delivery Manager in a software development team.

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