Italy: Stadio win Sanremo Music Festival, but say no to Eurovision!

After five shows, the winner of Sanremo has been finally revealed!

The band Stadio has got the trophy of the popular Italian music festival having the right to represent Italy at Eurovision 2016. However, they have declined the invitation to perform in Stockholm, so the Italian hopeful will be selected among the other candidates.

A total of 16 acts have competed at today’s final:

  1. Francesca Michielin – Nessun grado di separazione
  2. Alessio Bernabei – Noi siamo infinito
  3. Clementino – Quando sono lontano
  4. Patty Pravo – Cieli immensi
  5. Lorenzo Fragola – Infinite Volta
  6. Noemi – La Borssa di una Donna
  7. Elio e le Storie Tese – Vincere l’odio
  8. Arisa – Guardando il Cielo
  9. Stadio – Un Giorno mi Dirai
  10. Annalisa – Il diluvio universale
  11. Rocco Hunt – Wake Up
  12. Dolcenera – Ora o mai più (le cose cambiano)
  13. Enrico Ruggeri – Il Primo Amore Non Si Scorda Mai
  14. Giovanni Caccamo & Deborah Iurato – Via Da Qui
  15. Valerio Scanu – Finalmente piove
  16. Irene Fornaciari – Blu (Wildcard)

The winner has been selected after two rounds of voting. In the first round, the top three entries from the sixteen competing entries advanced to a the second round of voting. In the second round, the winner was decided by the combination of public televoting (40%), expert panel votes (30%) and the demoscopic poll results (30%).

These were the three superfinalists:

  1. Stadio – Un Giorno mi Dirai (1st place)
  2. Giovanni Caccamo & Deborah Iurato – Via Da Qui (3rd place)
  3. Francesca Michielin – Nessun grado di separazione (2nd place)

The 66th edition of Sanremo was hosted by Carlo Conti along with Gabriel Garko, Madalina Ghenea and Virginia Raffaele.

About Belén García (Spain)

Belén García (Spain)

My name is Belén. I’m a musician and English teacher from Spain.

I have been following Eurovision since I was only 11 and the junior version since the beginning (expert of this contest). I love Eurovision because I love discovering new songs every year.

Before ESC+Plus, I have been part of very well-known websites about (Junior) Eurovision. Apart from writing, I love taking professional photos, designing and editing videos, I’m very creative!

I have already traveled to Eurovision and Junior Eurovision a few times and I highly recommend it! =)

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