Italy: Dua Lipa joins Sanremo guest star lineup


Yesterday, Italian broadcaster RAI held a press conference in which many new details emerge for the celebration of Sanremo’s 70th-anniversary celebration. The week-long event is set to take place the first week of February and as usual, is developing a good amount of excitement in its anticipation.

Perhaps one of the more notable details is the confirmation of another big international star to take part in the festival as a guest performer. Two -time Grammy award-winning artist, Dua Lipa will appear at this year’s edition. Dua will be in full swing in support of her sophomore album ‘Future Nostalgia’. Dua’s tour promoting the album kicks off in Madrid on April 26th and will make a stop in the Netherlands during Eurovision rehearsals week.

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Other details worth noting are:

  • All the shows will be broadcast, for the first time ever, in Italian Sign Language on RAI Play.
  • Hip-hop icon Salmo will be the main guest performer on the first show.
  • Other guests include Emma Marrone, Claudia Santamaria, Kim Rossi Stuart, Lewis Capaldi, Massimo Ranieri feat. Tiziano Ferro, Mika, Roberto Benigni, Johnny Dorelli and Monica Bellucci.
  • Ema Stokholma and Gigi & Ross will host the introduction show, “Primafestival” starting on 26 January.
  • A companion show following the end of each night, “L’altro Sanremo”, will also be broadcast on RAI Play featuring M¥SS KETA, Valerio Lundini and the Guidonia Twins, hosted by Nicola Savino.
  • Alongside Amadeus, the co-hosts for the five shows are: Alketa Vejsiu, Mara Venier, Rula Jebreal, Antonella Clerici, Diletta Leotta, Laura Chimenti, Francesca Sofia Novella, Emma D’Aquino, Sabrina Salerno and Georgina Rodriguez.
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The full schedule for Sanremo is as follows:

  • First and second nights (4-5 February):
    • The performers will make their first appearance, 10 per show. The voting for this show is fully up to the demoscopic jury (a jury selected by RAI that represents the Italian population).
    • The 8 artists from the youth category will also perform for the first time. The demoscopic jury will decide which four of them will advance to the next show.
  • Third night (6 February):
    • The artists will cover memorable songs from Sanremo’s past commemorating the 70th anniversary of the competition. The orchestra will vote this time.
    • The 4 qualified youth artists will perform their entries once again. A combination of the televote, the press jury and the demoscopic jury will decide the two finalists.
  • Fourth night (7 February):
    • The artists will perform their entries again. While the press jury will decide the results of that show.
    • The 2 youth artists that had made it to the final will perform their entries. Once again, the televote and the two panels will decide the winner of the Youth category.
  • Final night (8 February):
    • The artists will perform their entries for the last time. A combination of the televote, the press jury and the demoscopic jury will decide the outcome. As usual, the three superfinalists will be decided after adding up the votes of all shows. 
    • At the superfinal, the winner of Sanremo 2020 will be decided through the same voting combination, but, this time, the points will be reset. So, only the points of the superfinal will help choose the final winning entry. 

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