Italy: Only 400 spectators at San Remo 2021?

According to the Italian press of today, RAI is considering to allow only 400 spectators to be present at Teatro Ariston, under of course strict measures.

The plan under consideration, envisages the presence of 400 spectators, who, after they go through COVID-19 tests, will be transferred to a cruise ship at the city harbour. They will be on board under strict quarantine from the 2nd to the 6th of March 2021. Every evening special buses will drive those 400 spectators to Teatron Ariston for the festival. During the Festival rapid tests will be carried out, so that the organisers make sure that everyone is safe.

There are similar plans for the accredited journalists, while it is examined that they will stay at the casino of San Remo where the press centre might possibly be. RAI’s plan is to protect everyone involved at the organising of San Remo, so that the Festival can be televised as close as possible to normal conditions.


Italy: Francesco Gabbani back to Sanremo 2020

A few days ago, an interview that was discussed was given by Francesco Gabbani on fanpage, one of the largest artistic portals in the country. The Italian superstar has revealed that his new song could do well at the Sanremo Festival, and has also postponed its release for the beginning of next year after the 70th Sanremo Festival, which he said would not exclude his participation!

Who is Francesco Gabbani?

Surely most of you still remember Francesco Gabbani from his win at Sanremo three years ago and his subsequent participation in Eurovision 2017 in Kiev with “Occidentali’s Karma”. There, while he was one of the biggest betting favorites to have ever gone through the history of the contest, with odds ranging from 1 to 1.3, he was eventually limited to sixth place in the standings.

Nevertheless, he remains one of the most popular Italian singers, with countless sold out appearances, platinum records and millions of streams on Spotify and views on YouTube. He also holds the record with the most millions of views on YouTube for participating in the Eurovision Song Contest.More than 228 million at the time of writing this article.

With Duemeladiciannove at Sanremo 2020?

His new song is called “Duemeladiciannove” and he dedicates it to his fans, who have been supporting him for so many years. It has  social content like “Occidentai’s Karma” and Gabbani’s original intention was to release it in the days ahead.

But eventually, and apparently because of his desire to re-attend the Sanremo Festival, he moved his release date for the first months of 2020. He also admits that he would be very positive about such a possibility and that “Duemeladiciannove” could have a very good run at the Festival.

Of course, in order to see Francesco Gabbani among the Sanremo 2020 contestants, Amadeus has to choose him. This, of course, is not unlikely, since artists such as Francesco Gabbani will raise the interest of the public and the media. The 20 artists of the Campioni category will be announced in a special show by Amadeus on January 6th, so we’ll know if Francesco Gabbani is among them.

We remind you that the 70th Sanremo Festival will take place from 4 to 8 February 2020 at the Teatro Ariston in Sanremo. The winner of the Festival will be given the opportunity to represent Italy at Eurovision 2020 next May in Rotterdam. You can refer to our previous article on the detailed rules and how the winner of the Sanremo 2020 will emerge.



Italy: Enormous interest in Sanremo Giovani

The countdown has begun for Sanremo Giovani with a new record to reward the artistic director Amadeus‘ decision to bring the category “Nuove Proposte (New Proposals)” to the renowned SanremoFestival. 842 participants expressed their desire to participate in this category. 163 more entries than last year were submitted to the music committee, with the increase reaching 24%.

Specifically, there are 743 singers (420 men and 323 women) and 99 groups. Most of the applications (365, corresponding to 43.35%) come from from the Italian South , the North follows with 299 (35.51%), while the Central Italy will have 167 representatives at the big celebration of Italian song (19.83%). The Italians abroad will also be represented with 11 contestants claiming the gold ticket for the final.

The music committee chaired by Amadeus as artistic director, consisting of Claudio Fasulo, Gianmarco Mazzi, Massimo Martelli and Leonardo De Amicis will initially select the first 60 artists to participate in the auditions. in Rome on November 3, at the Teatro delle Vittorie.

At the end of the audition, 20 groups and artists will be selected to participate in the semi-final of the institution. The semifinals of Sanremo Giovani will be aired on 4 different episodes through RAI television on November 16,23,30 and December 7. At the end of this process there will be the 10 finalists of Sanremo Giovani, who will renew their “meeting” with the Italian public on December 19 in the grand final.

The top 5 of the grand final  will be invited to join Teatro Ariston in February and the final of the “Nuove Proposte” category. In addition to the 5 winners of Sanremo Giovani, 2 artists from the greater area of ​​the city of Liguria as well as the winner of Sanremo Young will compete on the stage of the Sanremo Festival.


Italy: Lady Gaga at Sanremo 2020?

A bomb news has been circulating in Italy for the last few hours. According to local media, the new artistic director and presenter of the Sanremo Festival, Amadeus, has approached Lady Gaga to appear as a guest at the Teatro Ariston during Sanremo 2020.

Shallow Moments at Teatro Ariston

One of the prerequisites Amadeus set for RAI to assume the role of presenter and artistic director of the Sanremo Festival was the return of international stars as guests, something Baglioni’s predecessor abolished, as he preferred only domestic guests.

After Madonna, Amadeus concludes that Lady Gaga would be the best choice, as she is at the top of her career this year.

The revelation was made by Spy magazine. The article mentions the new artistic director’s attempt to bring one of the most successful international singers and actors to the city of Liguria on the occasion of the 70th edition of the Sanremo Festival. Although he is aware that Lady Gaga is not an easily accessible name for RAI budget, it seems that Amadeus is determined at all costs to do this.

The negotiations are currently completing one of the dreams Amadeus expressed when he agreed to take over the San Remo Festival: to bring Lady Gaga to Ariston stage . The cost of the business is prohibitive for RAI funds, but the team is trying to find creative solutions …

(SPY, for Lady Gaga at the Sanremo 2020 Festival)

The first names for the Campioni category

Another important piece of information mentioned in the SPY article is the first names of artists that Amadeus would like to compete in at Sanremo 2020. Some of them are Al Bano, Elettra Lamborghini and Alberto Urso.

We remind you that the nominees for the category of renowned artists at the Sanremo Festival 2020 will be revealed on January 6th. The Sanremo 2020 will take place from February 4 to February 8, 2020. Although RAI has confirmed its participation in Eurovision 2020, it has not yet revealed whether its representative will make it through the historic Liguria festival, though it seems most likely.

source: SPY,