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Italy: Sanremo 2020 song titles published – New participants join the line-up

RAI has just published the titles of the songs that will compete at this year’s Sanremo music festival. Moreover, they have announced two more performers increasing the list of participants to 24. All of them will compete to win the big prize and the chance to represent Italy at Eurovision 2020.

Once again, Sanremo will select the Italian entrant for the Eurovision Song Contest. Artists and their labels must confirm RAI if they want to participate in Rotterdam before the first night. In order to do this, they’ll be required to fill in a form and submit it to the Italian broadcaster before the festival. So, if the winner doesn’t submit the form, RAI will internally select the Italian entry from the other participants.

Amadeus chose the songs without knowing the identity of the singer(s) thinking of tracks that could be successful on Spotify. So, among the participants, there are some rappers, which are very popular in Italy. Former Italian entrants of 2011 and 2017 are also back in the race with the following compositions:

THE SHOW FORMAT

The format of Sanremo 2020 has undergone a few changes. Most notably, a jury made up of all the members of the orchestra will have a say on the third show, while they’re also completely getting rid of the expert jury.

  • First and second nights (4-5 February):
    • The 24 performers will make their first appearance, 12 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 24 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 24 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 24 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. 

You can read the full regulations here (in Italian).

How much are you looking forward to Sanremo 2020?

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