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:

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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!

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Eurovision 2022: Artists will enter the stage like in Sanremo Festival!

Eurovision 2022 will have a great difference compared to what we are used to. The hosts of the contest (Laura PausiniMika and Alessandro Cattelan) will call each artist by their name to enter the stage, just like they do in Festival di Sanremo!

Before the postcard of each country, the hosts will call the name of the artist to enter the stage. This is a tradition that is used in the Sanremo Festival. We will also watch a few seconds of the artists entering the stage.
After that, with the help of a drone named Leo, and the addition of special 3D effects we will travel to different beautiful locations of Italy, which RAI chose for the filming of the postcards. Going even further, the artists will see a video that they haven’t watched before and react to it.

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Italy: “Brividi” goes 4x platinum in Italy!

Mahmood’s and Blanco’s song “Brividi” has been certified 4 times platinum in Italy.

“Brividi”, Italy’s entry for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, has received four times platinum certification. This award comes just two months after the song won the 72nd Sanremo Festival and it has been streamed and downloaded over 400,000 times since then. Upon its release, the song broke the record with the most streams in 24 hours on the Italian Spotify.


On Spotify it has over 73,000,000 streams, while on TikTok it is the song that has been used in most videos compared to the rest of this year’s competition. Click here so you can see the complete ranking of the songs that had the most videos on TikTok.

This is not the first time that an Italian Eurovision entry has had a large number of pre-competition sales and streams, with “Zitti e buoni”, “Occidentali’s Karma”, “Non mi avete fatto niente” and Mahmoud’s “Soldi”, all reaching at least platinum status in Italy before their respective contests.

Italy will appear in 9th place on Saturday in the Grand Final on May 14th.

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Source: eurovoix


Italy: First information about the Sanremo 2022 songs!

It is time for accredited journalists to listen to the 25 candidate songs of Sanremo 2022. The first information from the lucky ones who heard the entries was just published in the Italian press a couple of hours ago and Eurovisionfun, faithful to its appointment, is here to bring it to you. Intense dance and disco rhythms, classical ballads, rock and rap will be heard this year from 1 to 5 February 2022 at Teatro Ariston. Let’s see them in detail: The three big favorites for the trophy and the representation of Italy in Eurovision 2022, which as it is known is the host country, seem to be the entries of Mahmood & Blanco, Elisa, Rkomi and La rappresentante di lista (but a surprise is always possible and we’re even used to them!).

EMMA – “OGNI VOLTA È COSÌ” – (Davide Petrella, Emma Marrone)

10 years after her victory in Sanremo and eight years after her participation in Eurovision, Emma returns to the festival, performing the kind of music she knows well. A power ballad with hard lyrics and a wild performance.


Massimo Ranieri is also a Sanremo winner. His ballad, unlike Emma’s, ​​is a simple melodic ballad, based simply on the piano and his special tone.

SANGIOVANNI – “FARFALLE” – (Sangiovanni, Alessandro La Cava)

A radio uptempo track that will appeal to younger ages.

IVA ZANICCHI – “VOGLIO AMARTI” – (Emilio Di Stefano)

Perhaps the most classic Sanremo entry. A huge voice, in a ballad whose style we’ve been coming across for decades at the festival, but which apparently Italians are not tired of hearing.

ACHILLE LAURO – “DOMENICA” – (Achille Lauro, Simon Pietro Manzari, Davide Petrella)

A radio pop/rock song, with quite unconventional lyrics. The appearance of Achille Lauro is once again expected to be hotly debated.

AKA7EVEN – “PERFETTA COSÌ” – (Aka7even, Vincenzo Colella)

Aka7even’s song only starts with the piano, but soon becomes uplifting. Perfect for the radio.

MICHELE BRAVI – “INVERNO DEI FIORI” – (Michele Bravi, Cheope, Alex Andrea Raige Vella)

A love uptempo song, characterized by the elegance of Michele Bravi.


A vintage Italian piece, from a very great voice. It will definitely excite the older ages who will attend the Festival.


The most summer song of the Festival. Disco sound and Latin rhythm. A radio track that is expected to be liked by the fans of the competition.

ELISA – “O FORSE SEI TU” – (Elisa Toffoli, Davide Petrella)

Elisa, who 20 years after her victory returns to the festival, competes with a ballad. Simple orchestration, since in most of the song only the piano accompanies her voice, but powerful nonetheless. Possible winner.

RKOMI – “INSUPERABILE” – (Rkomi, Alessandro La Cava)

The best-selling artist in 2021 in the country brings a rock song. Will rock win for the second year in a row at the festival? It is already considered one of the favorites.

DITONELLAPIAGA E DONATELLA RETTORE – “CHIMICA” – (Ditonellapiaga, Donatella Rettore)

Another radio song, with 80’s electropop elements.

MAHMOOD E BLANCO – “BRIVIDI” – (Mahmood, Blanco)

Mahmood and Blanco participate with a ballad, which in itself is a surprise. The first information states that it is the most beautiful love song of Sanremo 2022. Will Mahmood win for the second time?

GIUSY FERRERI – “MIELE” – (Davide Petrella, Takagi e Ketra, Federica Abbate)

Another surprise! Giusy Ferreri with a country song at the Sanremo festival!

GIOVANNI TRUPPI – “TUO PADRE, MIA MADRE, LUCIA” – (Giovanni Truppi, Marco Buccelli, Giovanni Pallotti, Gino De Crescenzo “Pacifico”, Niccolò Contessa)

A “scenematographic” song that is characterized as the most complex entry of the festival. It takes a lot of listening to make you truly take it in.

FABRIZIO MORO – “SEI TU” – (Fabrizio Moro)

Another Sanremo winner who also represented Italy at Eurovision 2018. Fabrizio Moro with his very characteristic voice and strong performance hopes for another victory, with a song exactly in the style we are used to from him.

HIGHSNOB E HU – “ABBI CURA DI TE” – (Michele Matera, Federica Ferracuti)

Highsnob and Hu bring a slightly lighter hip hop ballad, which tells of a finished love and the desire, the hope, to start from the beginning. One of the weakest and most predictable songs of the competition.


A shocking ballad from Irama, showing off his excellent vocal skills. The singer-songwriter turns to his distant or disappeared love, singing “wherever you will be, wherever I will be, in every gesture I will look for you”. A classic Sanremo song, which could do the surprise nonetheless.

LA RAPPRESENTANTE DI LISTA – “CIAO CIAO” – (Veronica Lucchesi, Dario Mangiaracina)

A seemingly light song, but with an important message. Full of rhythm and energy, just like the band’s last year’s participation.

NOEMI – “TI AMO NON LO SO DIRE” – (Alessandro Mahmoud, Alessandro La Cava)

A powerful ballad about accepting the risk of change to live love to the fullest. The pace changes and at some point becomes faster. A song that highlights the romantic soul but also the exquisite pop voice of the now experienced Noemi.

DARGEN D’AMICO – “DOVE SI BALLA” – (Dargen D’Amico, Edwyn Roberts, Gianluigi Fazio)

The youngest artist in Sanremo 2022, but with the most modern and contemporary song, which could do the surprise, just like with Mahmood in 2019.

LE VIBRAZIONI – “TANTISSIMO” – (Roberto Casalino)

The band sings about the opportunities that are lost when you are not in contact with yourself and the indelible scars that remain inside. Another beautiful ballad.

YUMAN – “ORA E QUI” – (Tommaso Di Giulio)

The winner of the New Proposals category brings a classic ballad that will not go unnoticed.

TANANAI – “SESSO OCCASIONALE” – (Alberto Cotta Ramusino, Davide Simonetta, Paolo Antonacci, Alessandro Raina)

From the category of Young Artists to the big stage, this time with a more uptempo piece.

MATTEO ROMANO – “VIRALE” – (Matteo Romano, Alessandro La Cava, Federico Rossi)

A decent, beautiful, fascinating song. Great contribution from Matteo Romano who presents a love song that suits his age.

Until then, let’s remember Måneskin’s performance from last year’s Sanremo:

Source: ilfattoquotidiano

Italy: It’s official | Sanremo 2022 will have an audience!

Very pleasant and interesting news have just been brought to light by the host country of this year’s competition, Italy. As announced by the Italian authorities, the events at Teatro Ariston are considered the same as with any other theatrical show and thus the sale of tickets for the upcoming Sanremo festival is possible. This practically means that Sanremo 2022 will take place in the presence of the public, and of course with the provided security measures against the pandemic.

Preparations for Sanremo 2022 are progressing smoothly, with rehearsals already underway, the puzzle of the guests being completed slowly and any other pending issues being resolved. An important issue was whether the presence of the public would be possible at this year’s festival. Until now, italian law had banned music/concerts at Teatro Ariston. From January 12, however, these shows are equated with the other theatrical performances, which allow the presence of an audience. Hence RAI, without wasting any time, announced that from January 14, the online ticket sale will be possible.

A prerequisite for entering Teatro Ariston on the nights of the festival, however, apart from securing a ticket, will be having a super green pass, as it is called in Italy. This certificate is available only to those who have completed their vaccination against COVID-19 and less than six months have passed since then. That is, in case there is a longer period of six months from the completion of the vaccination, then the repeated dose is required for the renewal of the super green pass.

Although it is still too early, the measures taken by RAI for Sanremo, but also in general for all indoor spaces, means of transport, cafés, restaurants, etc., are very likely to apply during the Eurovision Song Contest in May.

Those who wish to buy a ticket for Sanremo 2022 can do so, from 14/01, by clicking here.

Sanremo 2022 will take place from 1 to 5 February.

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Italy: The co-hosts for Sanremo 2022 revealed!

The final countdown for Festival di Sanremo 2022 has started and the art director Amadeus reveals, as the firts week of February comes closer and closer, information about what we are going to see the five nights of the festival. A little while ago, he published the names of the five co-hosts that will accompany him each of the five nights.

  • Tuesday, 01/02: Ornella Muti, actress with long career in cinema and TV, well-known in Italy and internationally

  • Wednesday, 02/02: Lorena Cesarini, actress mostly known from the Italian series Suburra: Blood of Rome, which since its beginning back in 2017 has a great success in and out of Italy

  • Thursday, 03/02: Drusilla Foer, a made-up character/role and social media star created by the actress Gianluca Gori.

  • Friday, 04/02: Maria Chiar Giannetta, actress known for her leading role in the Italian series Blanca, that premiered in 2022

  • Saturday, 05/02: Sabrina Ferilli, theatre and cinema actress

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Italy: Sanremo rehearsals begin!

The rehearsals of the first show of this year’s Sanremo, which will take place on February 1st, have already begun!

Pictures of the live orchestra of the show have been published, also displaying Emma Marone (Italy 2014) and Fabrizio Moro (Italy 2018), who have represented the country in the past, rehearsing!

Sanremo 2022 will be held from February 1st to February 5th and all the contestants are already known!

Source: Eurovoix

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RAI’s president: “Sanremo’s voting system should be fixed”

One week after the end of the 69th Sanremo Festival and the reactions have not yet stopped, due to the unexpected results and the enormous difference in the results of the audience and the juries. RAI’s president, Marcello Foa, in his statements, seems to take his reactions into account and announces the change of the voting system at the historic Festival. Read more

Italy: The full results of Sanremo 2019

The 69th Festival of Sanremo came to an end last night, as Mahmood reached the first place. The 27-year-old singer will represent Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv.

It’s a victory that few people saw coming. Mahmood was never among the top favorites to win. The announcement of the final result was combined with booing from the audience of Teatro Ariston.

The full results of Sanremo 2019

RAI published earlier today the full results of Sanremo for all the shows.

During the first, second and third show the voting was 40% televoting, 30% demoscopic jury and 30% press jury. During the final night televoting has a power of 50%, while the press jury has a power of 30% and the expert jury a power of 20%.

Ultimo came first, Il Volo came second and Mahmood was third in the final ranking.

Ultimo won the televoting, Il Volo were second, Loredana Berte came third, Arisa fourth and Simone Cristicchi came 5th. Mahmood reached only the 7th place.

The press jury gave maximum points to Loredana Berte, while Mahmood came second and Daniele Silvestri came third. Ultimo finished 6th and Il Volo 13th.

The expert jury gave maximum points to Mahmood, while Daniele Silvestri finished second and Arisa third. Ultimo was 6th in their ranking and Il Volo 21st!

After the last voting among the three top scorers, Ultimo won the televoting, Il Volo came second and Mahmood third. The expert jury and the press jury gave the victory to Mahmood ranking him first.

Here you can see the full results in more detail.

Ultimo’s reaction during the press conference

Ultimo criticized the journalists during the press conference. When Mahmood entered the hall he didn’t clap and stated that he never took part in the festival just to win, since his victory is the love of the audience. He then congratulated the winner (not calling him by his name) and said that he feels bitter with himself.

Il Volo congratulated both the winner and the runner-up.

Do you like the winning song? Would you have prefered Ultimo or Il Volo’s song instead?