Italy: Changes introduced in Sanremo 2018 live shows

RAI has released the full set of rules of the next year’s Sanremo Music Festival. The famous Italian contest will serve once again to select the next national representative at the Eurovision Song Contest. Some changes have been introduced in the live shows.

Sanremo 2018 will be hosted by Claudio Baglioni, who was also appointed show producer, and a guest host each night. As in previous editions, the Italian Music Festival will be made up of five shows that will feature 20 acts, and the winner will be offered the chance to represent Italy at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018.

Changes announced:

A few days ago, RAI revealed some changes for the 68th edition of Sanremo Music Festival. This year the broadcaster will cooperate with record labels, as they will be able to suggest artists to compete in the Italian show. The deadline to apply was closed a few days ago.

In addition, a few changes have also been introduced in the live shows. In 2018, all 20 candidates will compete at the final night, so none of them won’t be eliminated in the previous shows. The fourth evening will see all entrants perform duet songs with guest artists.

The winner of Sanremo 2018 will be decided by a combination of public televoting, an expert panel and press members.

You can find the full set of rules here.

Sanremo schedule:

  • February 6 – First Night (20 candidates perform their entries)
  • February 7 – Second Night (20 candidates perform their entries)
  • February 8 – Third Night (20 candidates perform their entries)
  • February  9 – Fourth Night (20 candidates perform songs with guest artists)
  • February 10 – Final (20 candidates perform their entries and the winner is revealed)

Francesco Gabbani represented Italy at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 with the song Occidentali’s Karma. Despite being the favourite to win the competition, she ended 6th at the Grand Final.

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