Italian broadcaster RAI moved the new artists portion of the Sanremo festival to December. This competition played out over the last few nights and was won by Mahmood and Einar. They will join the other 22 artists for the Big Artists part of the Sanremo Festival in February. The winner of this segment will be given first refusal to become the Italian Eurovision 2019 representative.
Italy’s Eurovision competitor for 2016 and Sanremo runner up, Francesca Michielin has announced that she will sing “Nessun grado di separazione” in Sweden in May.
Italy’s weeklong marathon song contest, Sanremo came to a close last night. The overall ‘Big Artists’ was won by Stadio with their song ‘Un giorno mi dirai’. They had advanced to the final round alongside Francesca Michielin who finished in second and duo Giovanni Caccamo & Deborah Iurato who finished third.
Tonight is the final night of Italy’s Sanremo song contest and is the culmination of a week long series of concerts in which twenty acts have competed in the Big Artists competition and tonight they will crown a winner.
The second of Italy’s Sanremo shows took place last night with ten more of the big artist acts perfroming. Of these ten, six came top of the rankings while the other four were at risk of being eliminated. In addition to this the first of the new artists performed in ‘battles’. Four of these acts faced off against each other, with two progressing to the final and two getting eliminated. The overall winner will be crowned on Saturday on the final evening and will be given first refusal at representing Italy at Eurovision 2016. Read on to find out which acts came top and which are at risk of being eliminated.
As one of the Big Five, Italy automatically get to compete in the Eurovision Finals. Since their debut in the first contest in 1956, Italy have won twice (Gigliola Cinquetti in 1964 and Toto Cutugno in 1990), come second on four occasions (Franca Raimondi in 1956, Tonina Torrielli in 1956, Gigliola Cinquetti in 1974 and Raphael Gualazzi in 2011), they have also finished third five times including their most recent attempt with Il Volo in 2015. Italy didn’t participate in the contest between 1994 and 1996 and again from 1998 to 2010. What are their plans for 2016?