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Italy: Sanremo 2020 line up completed with two more acts

The final line up of the 70th edition of the Sanremo festival has been completed with two more acts added according to this evening’s revelation on artistic director’s show I Soliti Ignoti.

Just a week ago the artistic director of Saremo Festival, Amadeus, had revealed to the Italian press the names of the the 22 acts that will compete in the Campioni category ( experienced and established acts). This evening during his show I Soliti Ignoti,  announced that eventually 24 acts will compete in the next edition of Sanremo festival, adding two more acts to the final line up of the festival. Namely, Tosca and Rita Pavone , two well established and past Sanremo participants, will join the rest 22 acts previously revealed. 

Thus the 24 acts that will compete in the upcoming Sanremo festival and the titles of their entry are:

  • Achille Lauro – Me ne frego
  • Alberto Urso – Il sole ad est
  • Anastasio – Rosso di rabbia
  • Bugo feat. Morgan – Sincero
  • Diodato – Fai rumore
  • Elettra Lamborghini – Musica (E il resto scompare)
  • Elodie – Andromeda
  • Enrico Nigiotti – Baciami adesso
  • Francesco Gabbani – Viceversa
  • Giordana Angi – Come mia madre
  • Irene Grandi – Finalmente io
  • Junior Cally – No grazie
  • Le Vibrazioni – Dov’è
  • Levante – Tiki Bom Bom
  • Marco Masini – Il confronto
  • Michele Zarrillo – Nell’estasi o nel fango
  • Paolo Jannacci – Voglio parlarti adesso
  • Piero Pelù – Gigante
  • Pinguini Tattici Nucleari – Ringo Starr
  • Rancore – Eden
  • Raphael Gualazzi – Carioca
  • Riccardo “Riki” Marcuzzo – Lo sappiamo entrambi
  • Rita Pavone – Niente (Resilienza74)
  • Tosca – Ho amato tutto

No surprise this year again, the big names of the Italian music industry, among which are two past Eurovision participants. The first one is Raphael Gualazziwho had represented Italy back in 2011 with his song  Madness Of Love (2nd place), marking Italy’s comeback to the contest after 14 years of absense. The second past Eurovision act is Francesco Gabbani who defended the Italian colors at Eurovision 2017 in Kiev, Ukraine. Despite being the favorite to win with his entry Occidentali’s Karma he finished in 6th place. Additionally, behind Elodie’s entry Andromeda is Mahmood, last year’s winner , who offered Italy a 2nd place in Eurovision 2019 with his song Soldi.

2020 edition

The 2020 edition of Sanremo festival sees some amendments in its regulations. For the first time the candidates to participate in the festival must declare in advance whether they wish to represent Italy at Eurovision in case they win or they just want to participate in the italian event. Notable that in 2011,2012 and 2016 the winner of Sanremo Festival didn’t represent the country in Eurovision but other participants were assigned to do so. In 2014 Italy had selected its representative via an internal selection and not the festival.

One more significant change concerns the way of determining the winner of the festival. Televoting will be held only in the Grand final night, the first two nights of the show the selection committee (demoscopic) will vote, the third night a committee formed by members of the orchestra and the vocals. On the 5th and final night of the festival the outcome will be determined via a combination of voting by the selection committee and the audience while the final winner will be determined by adding up the results of all five nights.

The Sanremo festival is set to begin on February 4,2020 while its final show will take place on February 8


Italy has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 45 times since making its debut at the first contest in 1956.  After a 14-year absence from 1998 and on, the country returned to the contest in 2011. Italy has won the contest twice  in 1964 with Gigliola Cinquetti and her song “Non ho l’età”.  Italy’s second victory in the contest came in 1990 with Toto Cutugno and the song “Insieme: 1992”.

Italy’s come back to the contest has proved to be very successful, the country having finished in the top ten in seven times of the last eight contests (2011–2019), with Raphael Gualazzi second in 2011, Nina Zilli ninth in 2012, Marco Mengoni seventh in 2013 and Il Volo third in 2015, Francesco Ghabbani 6th in Kiev. In 2018  the winners of Sanremo 2018 ,Ermal Meta and Fabrizio Moro, represented Italy in Eurovision in Lisbon with their song “Non mi avete fatto niente”. The Italian duo achieved an honorable 5th place in the Grand final with 308 points and a remarkable 3rd placing in the public voting.

In 2019 , Mahmood, winner of Sanremo 2019 represented the country in Tel Aviv with his entry Soldi. The Italian representative kept the good results for Italy achieving a 2nd place in the Grand Final in Tel Aviv while his entry has broken all records in streaming and now the most listened Italian song.

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