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Italy: Festival di Sanremo 2023 finalists to be announced on December 4!

The artistic director and presenter of Festival di Sanremo, the well-known Amadeus, attended the Milan Music Week and spoke about the hot topic of the Italian music industry, the big music festival!

In detail, he said that he will announce the finalists of Festival di Sanremo 2023, next Sunday, December 4 on TG1 on 13:30 CET.

He stated that for yet another year, what is of utmost importance in the selection process is the song and not the singer as “the song is what brigs the success to the singer and not vice-versa”.

We remind you that Festival di Sanremo 2023 will take place from February 7 to 11, and apart from the artists that Amadeus will announce next week, the top three artists of Sanremo Giovanni, will win a ticket to participate in Festival di Sanremo in February.

The previous winners of Festival di Sanremo and Italy’s representative in Eurovision 2022 was Mahmood & Blanco with the song “Brividi“ and they managed to bring their country in the top 10 of the Grand Final for the second year in a row, finishing 6th:

Stay tuned on Eurovisionfun for all the news regarding the Italian participation at the Eurovision Song Contest 2023, in Liverpool!

Italy: Sanremo 2023 finalists to be released on December 2 and 3?

We are three months away from the 73rd Sanremo Festival, where once again the winner will have the opportunity to represent their country in the Eurovision Song Contest. In case the Sanremo winner does not wish to participate in Eurovision, then RAI can choose any of the other finalists from the festival to represent them. 25 artists will compete for the Golden Lion, with three coming from Sanremo Giovani, which will take place on December 12.

In the past days, Italian media have been publishing lists of the possible names of artists expected to be seen at Sanremo 2023, and according to Il Messaggero, the official announcement of the artists for this year’s festival is expected to take place on two separate evenings, namely on December 2 and 3.

The announcement will be made by Amadeus, who is expected to reveal more about the festival on November 25th at Milan Music Week.

Last but not least, according to Il Messaggeroit, the number of songs collected for this year far exceeds that of last year.

Sanremo 2023 will take place from 7 to 11 February 2023. The voting rules remain unchanged. You can read the Sanremo regulations in detail here!

Last year’s Sanremo winner was Mahmood and Blanco with “Brividi” which brought Italy their fifth consecutive top 10 spot as they finished 6th with 268 points!

Stay tuned to Eurovisionfun for all the news regarding Italy’s participation in Eurovision 2023 in Liverpool!

Sanremo 2023: Amadeus wants Britney Spears and Lady Gaga as special guests

The first rumors about the 73rd Sanremo Festival are emerging.  The artistic director of the Italian festival wants pop superstars Britney Spears and Lady Gaga as international guests.

According to the website Coming Soon, Amadeus wants to have the pop princess in Sanremo.

In the early 2000s Britney Spears, was one of the most renowned and highest paid pop stars in the world. However, in 2008 she ended in a conservatorship with her father as conservator.  Britney continued working but suffered the lack of freedom until August 2021. Winner of countless music awards, Britney had her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at the age of 21.

According to these rumors, the managers of Britney Spears have already been contacted and therefore the negotiation is underway. In addition, someone revealed that Amadeus was undecided whether to call Britney Spears or Lady Gaga and that the choice was not easy. Finally, it seems that Spears will receive at least 200,000 euros for her participation.

Source: Comingsoon

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Italy: Sanremo 2023 to be held from 7 to 11 February!

It’s been officially announced today, by the artistic director and presenter of Sanremo Amadeus, that next year’s Sanremo festival will be held from 7 to 11 February 2023.

The announcement of the festival dates came along with the announcement of the regulations of Sanremo Giovani, the Sanremo subcategory for up-and-coming artists.

As was the case last year, the top three artists in the Sanremo Giovani ranking will win a place among the Big artists of the Sanremo festival in February. Sanremo Giovani will therefore be held separately, a few months earlier, on 12 December 2022.

We remind you that Amadeus has been selected for the third consecutive year in the positions of artistic director and presenter of Sanremo, already securing his place not only for next year, but also for the festival of 2024.

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Italy: Amadeus returns as artistic director and presenter of Sanremo 2023 and 2024!

Italian public broadcaster RAI has just announced that Amadeus, artistic director and presenter of Sanremo from 2020 onwards, will return to these two positions not only in Sanremo 2023 but also 2024!

Amadeus will be the Artistic Director and presenter of the 2023 and 2024 editions of the San Remo Italian Song Festival. This was agreed this morning during a meeting at which Rai CEO Carlo Fuortes, along with Prime Time CEO Stefano Coletta, welcomed Amadeus into a long and cordial conversation. “I am pleased and honored by the proposal of CEO Carlo Fuortes and Prime Time CEO Stefano Coletta. Having received this offer now allows me to work immediately. I look forward to starting,” said Amadeus.

RAI

We expect and hope for success from Italy in the next two years, as it was Amadeus who, as the artistic director, chose Måneskin to compete in Sanremo 2021, leading them to victory in Eurovision 2021, but also Mahmood & Blanco this year, who are already considered one of the biggest favorites to win Eurovision on home soil in Turin!

Source: RAI

Italy: Grand Final of Sanremo 2022 tonight | Who will represent Italy in Turin?

The 72nd Sanremo Festival is about to come to an end. After four very successful nights in terms of viewership and more, the Festival concludes tonight with its grand final. The winner will have the right to represent Italy in May in Turin. If they don’t want to, RAI has the right to choose any of the other participants, according to its own criteria.

For the results of Quatra Serata check out our article from last night!

The show

On the Ariston scene, Amadeus will not be alone. Each night, as we know, he has different co-hosts by his side. Sabrina Ferilli, one of the most famous actresses of Italian television and Italian cinema, will be next to him on the night of the final. Farilli has been on the stage of Teatro Ariston two more times, in 1996 and 2002.

Fabio Rovazzi and Orietta Berti will also be co-hosting on the fifth night of the 72nd Sanremo Festival, on the special Sanremo cruise outside the stadium.

Tonight’s program

During the final of Sanremo 2022, we will have the opportunity to listen to the songs of all 25 candidates of the Festival for the third time. These artists are:

  1. Achille Lauro & Harlem Gospel Choir “Domenica”
  2. Yuman “Ora e qui”
  3. Noemi “Ti amo non lo so dire”
  4. Gianni Morandi “Apri tutte le porte”
  5. La Rappresentante di Lista “Ciao Ciao”
  6. Michele Bravi “Inverno dei fiori”
  7. Massimo Ranieri “Lettera al di là del Mare”
  8. Mahmood & Blanco “Brividi”
  9. Ana Mena “Duecentomile Ore” 
  10. Rkomi Insuperabile”
  11. Dargen D’Amico “Dove si balla”
  12. Giusy Ferreri “Miele”
  13. Sangiovanni Farfalle
  14. Giovanni Truppi Tuo padre, mia madre, Lucia
  15. Le Vibrazioni Tantissimo
  16. Emma Ogni volta e cosi
  17. Matteo Romano Virale
  18. Iva Zanicchi Voglio amarti
  19. Dittonellapiaga feat Donatella Rettore Chimica
  20. Elisa O forse sei tu
  21. Fabrizio Moro Sei tu
  22. Tananai Sesso occasionale
  23. Irama Ovunque sarai
  24. Aka 7even Perfetta cosi
  25. Highsnob & Hu Abbi cura di te

The ranking so far

After the first four nights, the Mahmood & Blanco duo continues to be in the lead, being the big favorite to win the 72nd Sanremo Festival and represent Italy in Eurovision 2022 in May. In second place is Gianni Morandi, legend of Italian music yet probably this year’s Sanremo surprise so far. The top 3 is completed by Elisa, who from the first place after the second night has now dropped to the third. In any case, this trio is expected to reach the final round that will determine the winner. Nevertheless, as Sanremo’s long history has taught us, no one can rule out the possible entrance of Irama, Sangiovanni, Emma, La Rappresentante di Lista or another surprise entry into the top three after the audience votes.

The voting

There are two rounds of voting tonight. In the first round, only the television audience has the right to vote. The ranking of the audience will be taken into account and will be combined with the scores of the previous nights.

Then, positions 23 -4 will be unveiled. The top three in the ranking, without their exact placing being revealed, will advance to the second round of voting.

In the second round, all previous voting for the top 3 artists from the previous nights and rankings will be canceled. The televote (34%), the journalists (33%) and the demoscopic jury (33%) will vote among the top 3 from scratch, in order to determine the winner.

The winning song of Sanremo 2022 is automatically considered to be Italy’s participation in Eurovision 2022. However, the winner still has the right to refuse and in that case, the Sanremo 2022 organizing committee and RAI will select one of the other artists to represent the country, according to their own criteria.

How to watch Sanremo 2022

You can watch the Sanremo Festival 2022 live on TV, from Rai1, but also from the RaiPlay website at 20:40 CET.

So, those of you who are fans of Italian music and have patience in the Italian shows with many guests, endless sometimes dialogues and any other kind of interference that can make the show end even after 2 in the morning, tune in with us to the great celebration of Italian music, from which great international stars started their careers!

Stay tuned to EurovisionFun for the full coverage of the 72nd Sanremo Festival.

Italy: The results of the third night of Sanremo 2022!

After two really successful first nights of Sanremo 2022, we saw all the competing songs performed on stage for the second time tonight. At the end of the night we found out the new general ranking. Today the vote was determined by the public, 50% through televoting and 50% through the demoscopic jury of 1000 people selected specifically for this purpose. Of course, tonight’s ranking was combined with the ranking of the previous two nights.

The show

Amadeus was accompanied on stage at Teatro Ariston by the persona Drusilla Foer (alter ego of Gianluca Gori).

Guests of the evening were singer Cesare Cremonini, actress Anna Valle, journalist and writer Roberto Saviano and carabinieri Marina Pigliapoco.

The songs

Tonight we listened to all 25 candidate songs for the second time:

  • Giusy Ferreri – Miele

Known for several hits in Italy and not only. Her fourth participation in the festival.

  • Highsnob & Hu – Abbi cura di te

First participation for the duo with one of the most emotional songs.

  • Fabrizio Moro – Sei tu

Eighth entry for Fabrizio Moro who, in a duet with Ermal Meta, won once in 2018 and represented Italy in Eurovision.

  • Aka 7even – Perfetta così

First entry for the young rapper who became famous from the talent show Amici di Maria De Filippi, finishing fourth. He also won the MTV Europe Award for Best Italian Artist in 2021.

  • Massimo Ranieri – Lettera di là dal mare

Winner of Sanremo 1988 and a two-time representative of Italy in Eurovision (1971 and 1973). This is his seventh participation in the festival.

  • Dargen D’Amico – Dove si balla

Another first-time participant as a performer, although he has already participated in the festival as a composer of the songs “Chiamami per nome” and “Dieci”.

  • Irama – Ovunque sarai

His fourth participation in the Festival. Despite his young age, he has already made a name for himself in Italy.

  • Ditonellapiaga & Rettore – Chimica

Fifth appearance for veteran Donatella Rettore, this time in a duet with indie pop singer Dittonellapiaga, who is making her first appearance.

  • Michele Bravi – Inverno dei fiori

Bravi rose to fame after winning the seventh edition of the italian X Factor. This is his second participation in Sanremo.

  • Rkomi – Insuperabile

First participation for the rapper from Milan too. He already counts three albums that arrived at the top of the Italian charts, especially last year.

  • Mahmood & Blanco – Brividi

One of the favorites for the win. Mahmood does not need introduction to the fans, as he was the winner of Sanremo 2019 and brought Italy near the victory at Eurovision. Blanco is a rather new artist who has already made a name for himself in Italy among the younger generations, especially with his album “Blu Celeste”. This is his first participation in the festival.

  • Gianni Morandi – Apri tutte le porte

A legend of Italian music, with sales exceeding 50 million records. He represented Italy in Eurovision 1970, and was the winner of Sanremo 1987.

  • Tananai – Sesso occassionale

First participation for the young singer, who is one of the three Sanremo Giovani “qualifiers”.

  • Elisa – O forse sei tu

One of the biggest names in the Italian music scene and another favorite for the win. This is her second participation after her victory in 2001!

  • La rappresentante di Lista – Ciao Ciao

One of the favourites for the top 3. The pop band from Palermo, who are constantly changing their appearance, hopes to represent Italy in Eurovision 2022. It is their second participation in the festival.

  • Iva Zanicchi – Voglio amarti

A huge name in Italy who returns to the Festival for the eleventh time! She has already won three times (1967, 1969, 1974) and represented Italy in Eurovision 1969.

  • Achille Lauro feat. Harlem Gospel Choir – Domenica

Achille Lauro has been successful mainly in the field of punk and hip hop music. This is his third participation in the Sanremo Festival.

  • Matteo Romano – Virale

Another Sanremo Giovani “qualifier”. The young singer became very famous through TikTok.

  • Ana Mena – Duecentomila ore

First participation in Sanremo for the Spanish singer and actress.

  • Sangiovanni – Farfalle

First participation in the Festival for the young singer who stood out in the talent show Amici di Maria De Filippi, finishing second.

  • Emma – Ogni volta è così

Another comeback for Emma who is participating for the third time. She won the Festival in 2012 and represented Italy in Eurovision 2014 with the song “La mia città”.

  • Yuman – Ora e qui

Yuman is half Italian and half from Cape Verde. He had a difficult childhood, and music has always been his refuge. This is his first participation in the festival. He was the winner of the latest Sanremo Giovani last December.

  • Le Vibrazioni – Tantissimo

Fourth participation for the rock band from Milan.

  • Giovanni Truppi – Tuo padre, mia madre, Lucia

First participation for the rock singer and composer from Naples.

  • Noemi – Ti amo non lo so dire

Although she failed to win The Voice in 2009, she has been a hugely successful name in the italian music scene ever since. She has participated seven other times in the Sanremo festival.

The voting

Tonight the voting was in the hands of the public, 50% via televote and 50% through the demoscopic jury.

The ranking

The general ranking is now as follows:

  1. Mahmood & Blanco
  2. Elisa
  3. Gianni Morandi
  4. Irama
  5. Sangiovanni
  6. Emma
  7. Massimo Ranieri
  8. Fabrizio Moro
  9. La rappresentante di Lista
  10. Dargen D’Amico
  11. Michele Bravi
  12. Ditonellapiaga & Rettore
  13. Aka 7even
  14. Achille Lauro
  15. Noemi
  16. Rkomi
  17. Matteo Romano
  18. Iva Zanicchi
  19. Giovanni Truppi
  20. Highsnob & Hu
  21. Giusy Ferreri
  22. Le Vibrazioni
  23. Yuman
  24. Ana Mena
  25. Tananai

The ranking takes into account the votes received in the first two nights, as well as tonight’s sole ranking, combined.

Winners tonight were crowned, once again, Mahmood & Blanco with “Brividi”.

What did you think of the third night’s results? What was your favorite performance? Tell us in the comments!

Italy: Terza Serata of Sanremo 2022 tonight!

The Sanremo 2022 festival continues tonight with the Terza Serata (third night). All 25 contestants will be performing their songs for the second time, after presenting them for the first time some during the first night, others during the second.

For the results of the Seconda Serata check out our relevant article!

The show

On the Ariston scene, Amadeus will not be alone. Each night, as we know, he will have different co-hosts by his side. Next to him at the Terza Serata will be Drusilla Foer.

Also appearing on the third night of the 72nd Sanremo Festival will be Roberto Saviano, one of the most well-known journalists and writers in Italy.

Tonight’s program

During the third night of Sanremo 2022, we will have the opportunity to listen to all 25 candidate songs of the Festival for the second time. We remind you that the competing artists are the following:

  1. Achille Lauro & Harlem Gospel Choir “Domenica”
  2. Yuman “Ora e qui”
  3. Noemi “Ti amo non lo so dire”
  4. Gianni Morandi “Apri tutte le porte”
  5. La Rappresentante di Lista “Ciao Ciao”
  6. Michele Bravi “Inverno dei fiori”
  7. Massimo Ranieri “Lettera al di là del Mare”
  8. Mahmood & Blanco “Brividi”
  9. Ana Mena “Duecentomile Ore” 
  10. Rkomi Insuperabile”
  11. Dargen D’Amico “Dove si balla”
  12. Giusy Ferreri “Miele”
  13. Sangiovanni Farfalle
  14. Giovanni Truppi Tuo padre, mia madre, Lucia
  15. Le Vibrazioni Tantissimo
  16. Emma Ogni volta e cosi
  17. Matteo Romano Virale
  18. Iva Zanicchi Voglio amarti
  19. Dittonellapiaga feat Donatella Rettore Chimica
  20. Elisa O forse sei tu
  21. Fabrizio Moro Sei tu
  22. Tananai Sesso occasionale
  23. Irama Ovunque sarai
  24. Aka 7even Perfetta cosi
  25. Highsnob & Hu Abbi cura di te

The voting

The 25 songs that will be performed on the Terza Serata of Sanremo 2022 are heard for the second time tonight. The result will be determined 50% by the televote and 50% by the demoscopic jury. The demoscopic jury consists of 1000 fans all over Italy who vote online from home and have been specifically selected for this purpose, according to demographic, age and other quality characteristics.

Today’s ranking will be combined with the ranking of the first two nights, where a jury of journalists were the ones voting.

At the end of the night we will find out the general ranking of the overall score. We remind you that so far, the ranking is as follows:

How to watch Sanremo 2022

You can watch the Sanremo Festival 2022 live on TV, from Rai1, but also from the RaiPlay website at 20:40 CET.

So, those of you who are fans of Italian music and have patience in the Italian shows with many guests, endless sometimes dialogues and any other kind of interference that can make the show end even after 2 in the morning, tune in with us to the great celebration of Italian music, from which great international stars started their careers!

Stay tuned to EurovisionFun for the full coverage of the 72nd Sanremo Festival.

Italy: The results of the Seconda Serata of Sanremo 2022 | Listen to the rest 13 of the songs!

The second night of Sanremo 2022 at Teatro Ariston has been completed, with the rest 13 Campioni artists performing their songs live for the first time. At the end of the night we found out the ranking of tonight, as well as the general ranking of the journalists for the first two nights.

The show

Amadeus is, for the third consecutive year, in the position of presenter and artistic director of Sanremo. This year he has five important women of Italian showbiz by his side, each one co-hosting each of the five nights. Tonight, popular actress Lorena Cesarini was the one co-hosting.

Laura Pausini, Gaia Girace, Margherita Mazzuco, Arisa and Malika Ayane were present as guests of the evening.

The 13 candidate songs

The main menu of the day included the rest 13 candidate songs of the festival. After months of gossip and speculation, in the online and written press, the agony is over after we finally listened to all Sanremo 2022 songs.

SangiovanniFarfalle

First participation in the Festival for the young singer who stood out in the talent show Amici di Maria De Filippi, finishing second.

Giovanni TruppiTuo padre, mia madre, Lucia

First participation for the rock singer and composer from Naples.

Le VibrazioniTantissimo

Fourth participation for the rock band from Milan.

EmmaOgni volta è così

Another comeback for Emma who is participating for the third time. She won the Festival in 2012 and represented Italy in Eurovision 2014 with the song “La mia città”.

Matteo RomanoVirale

First entry for the young singer, who is one of the three Sanremo Giovani “qualifiers”. The singer became very famous through TikTok.

Iva ZanicchiVoglio amarti

A huge name in Italy who returns to the Festival for the eleventh time! She has already won three times (1967, 1969, 1974) and represented Italy in Eurovision 1969.

Ditonellapiaga & RettoreChimica

Fifth appearance for veteran Donatella Rettore, this time in a duet with indie pop singer Dittonellapiaga, who is making her first appearance.

ElisaO forse sei tu

One of the biggest names in the Italian music scene. This is her second participation after her victory in 2001!

Fabrizio MoroSei tu

Eighth entry for Fabrizio Moro who, in a duet with Ermal Meta, won once in 2018 and represented Italy in Eurovision.

Tananai – Sesso ocassionale

The last candidate from Sanremo Giovani.

IramaOvunque sarai

His fourth participation in the Festival. Despite his young age, he has already made a name for himself in Italy.

Aka 7evenPerfetta così

First entry for the young rapper who also became famous from the talent show Amici di Maria De Filippi, finishing fourth. He also won the MTV Europe Award for Best Italian Artist in 2021.

Highsnob & HuAbbi cura di te

First participation in the Festival for our last entry tonight.

The voting

The rest of the 13 competing songs in this year’s Sanremo were heard tonight for the first time by the general public. The result was determined 100% by a jury of journalists (34% television editors, 33% radio and 33% online correspondents). Journalists will have the right to vote again on the fifth and final night of the festival, Saturday February 5th.

The ranking

At around 1am, Amadeus announced the journalists’ ranking of tonight’s songs. The ranking was as follows:

  1. Elisa
  2. Emma
  3. Ditonellapiaga & Rettore
  4. Irama
  5. Fabrizio Moro
  6. Giovanni Truppi
  7. Sangiovanni
  8. Matteo Romano
  9. Highsnob & Hu
  10. Iva Zanicchi
  11. Aka 7even
  12. Le Vibrazioni
  13. Tananai

The winner of the second night was Elisa with the song “O forse sei tu”.

The combined ranking

The ranking of the first two nights has been combined into one ranking. The combined ranking of the first two nights is as follows:

  • Elisa
  • Mahmood & Blanco
  • La rappresentante di lista
  • Dargen D’Amico
  • Gianni Morandi
  • Emma
  • Ditonellapiage & Rettore
  • Massimo Ranieri
  • Irama
  • Fabrizio Moro
  • Giovanni Truppi
  • Noemi
  • Sangiovanni
  • Michele Bravi
  • Rkomi
  • Achille Lauro feat. Harlem Gospel Choir
  • Matteo Romano
  • Highsnob & Hu
  • Giusy Ferreri
  • Iva Zanicchi
  • Aka 7even
  • Le Vibrazioni
  • Yuman
  • Tananai
  • Ana Mena

So far, Elisa is first in the combined ranking. Mahmood & Blanco and La rappresentante di lista complete the top 3.

What do you think of the results of the second night, as well as the combined ranking? What was your favorite song and/or performance of tonight? Tell us in the comments!

Italy: Biggest TV viewership since 2005 for the Prima Serata of Sanremo 2022!

The 72nd edition of Sanremo started incredibly yesterday Tuesday, February 1st. Nearly 11 million viewers tuned in to RAI, 54% of all TV viewers. It was the highest viewership for the Festival since 2005!

11 million viewers for the Prima Serata of Sanremo 2022

The first night of the Sanremo festival attracted 10,911,000 viewers and a share of 54%. Last year, during the pandemic, in an empty Teatro Ariston stadium audience-wise, viewership was lower. Excellent result therefore for Amadeus and his renaissance festival that surpasses its previous viewership performance. In fact, for the first night of the pre-pandemic 2020 festival, viewrship was at 52.2% with 10.058.000 viewers.
We have to go back to the 2005 Festival hosted by Paolo Bonolis with Antonella Clerici and Federica Felini, when the average share of the debut night was 54.78%, to find a more successful Prima Serata than yesterday’s!
Regarding the competition last night, the show did not really bring any surprises, since the favorites were in the first three places. All the songs are already available on all streaming platforms, while their music videos are available on YouTube as well. We are looking forward to today’s second night, where Elisa seems to be the favorite.

Mahmood & Blanco with “Brividi” were in first place yesterday:

La rappresentante di lista with “Ciao ciao” came second:

Dargen D’Amico with “Dove si balla” came third:

Tonight’s program

During the second night of Sanremo 2022, we will have the opportunity to hear the songs of the remaining 13 of the 25 candidates this year for the first time. These artists are, in the order in which they will be performing tonight:

  • Sangiovanni
  • Giovanni Truppi
  • Le Vibrazioni
  • Emma
  • Matteo Romano
  • Iva Zanicchi
  • Ditonellapiaga & Rettore
  • Elisa
  • Fabrizio Moro
  • Tananai
  • Irama
  • Aka 7even
  • Highsnob & Hu

The voting

The 13 songs that will compete in the Seconda Serata of Sanremo 2022 are heard tonight for the first time. The result is determined 100% by a jury of journalists (34% television editors, 33% radio and 33% online correspondents), just like in the Prima Serata.

How to watch Sanremo 2022

You can watch the Sanremo Festival 2022 live on TV, from Rai1, but also from the RaiPlay website at 20:40 CET.

So, those of you who are fans of Italian music and have patience in the Italian shows with many guests, endless sometimes dialogues and any other kind of interference that can make the show end even after 2 in the morning, tune in with us to the great celebration of Italian music, from which great international stars started their careers!

Stay tuned to EurovisionFun for the full coverage of the 72nd Sanremo Festival.