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Tonight: Sanremo 2021 kicks off in Italy

Today the 71st edition of the iconic Italian music festival will kick off at Sanremo’s Ariston Theatre. As in previous editions, the winner will get the right to represent Italy at the Eurovision Song Contest. Both the ‘Campioni’ (big artists) and ‘Nuove Proposte’ (newcomers) will compete in the shows.

As in previous editions, we can find some former participants in the line-up of the ‘Campioni’ category, but not Diodato, the 2020 winner, who had already announced he wouldn’t be taking part. The 26 contestants of Sanremo 2021 are:

  • Francesco Renga – “Quando Trovo Te”
  • Coma_Cose – “Fiamme Negli Occhi”
  • Gaia – “Cuore Amaro”
  • Irama – “La Genesi del Tuo Colore”
  • Fulminacci – “Santa Marinella”
  • Madame – “Voce”
  • Willie Peyote – “Mai Dire Mai (La Locura)”
  • Orietta Berti – “Quando Ti Sei Innamorato”
  • Ermal Meta – “Un Milione Di Cose Da Dirti”
  • Fasma – “Parlami”
  • Arisa – “Potevi Fare Di Più”
  • Gio Evan – “Arnica”
  • Måneskin – “Zitti e buoni”
  • Malika Ayane – “Ti Piaci Così”
  • Aiello – “Ora”
  • Max Gazzè – “Il Farmacista”
  • Ghemon – “Momento Perfetto”
  • La Rappresentante Di Lista – “Amare”
  • Noemi – “Glicine”
  • Random – “Torno A Te”
  • Colapesce Dimartino – “Musica Leggerissima”
  • Annalisa – “Dieci”
  • Bugo – “E Invece Si”
  • Lo Stato Sociale – “Combact Pop”
  • Extraliscio feat. Davide Toffolo – “Bianca Luce Nera”
  • Francesca Michielin & FDEZ – “Chiamami Per Nome”
The stage of Saremo 2021 (RAI)

THE SHOW FORMAT

Last year, the format of the contest underwent a few changes, which will remain at this year’s shows. Like last year, a jury made up of all the members of the orchestra and choir will have a say at the third show.

  • First night (March 2nd):
    • The first 13 ‘Campioni’ will present their competing entries for the first time. The voting of the first show will be fully up to the demoscopic jury (a jury selected by RAI that represents the Italian population). A preliminary ranking of the 13 candidates will be revealed at the end of the show.
    • The first 4 artists from the ‘Nuove Proposte’ will also perform for the first time. The demoscopic jury, the press jury and the audience will decide which two of them will advance to the final at the fourth show.
  • Second night (March 3rd):
    • The last 13 ‘Campioni’ will present their competing entries for the first time. The voting of the second show will be fully up to the demoscopic jury (a jury selected by RAI that represents the Italian population). A preliminary ranking of all 26 candidates will be revealed at the end of the show.
    • The last 4 artists from the ‘Nuove Proposte’ will also perform for the first time. The demoscopic jury, the press jury and the audience will decide which two of them will advance to the final at the fourth show.
  • Third night (March 4th):
    • The 26 ‘Campioni’ artists will cover songs of the history of the singer-songwriters either alone or with national or international guest artists. The orchestra and choir will vote this time, and a preliminary ranking resulted from the combination of votes from all previous shows will be revealed at the end of the show.
  • Fourth night (March 5th):
    • The 26 ‘Campioni’ artists will perform their entries again. The press jury, made up of radio, TV and web journalists, will decide the results of the show. A preliminary ranking resulted from the combination of votes from all previous shows will be revealed at the end of the show.
    • The 4 ‘Nuove Proposte’ contestants that had made it to the final will perform their entries again. A combination of votes from the demoscopic jury, the press jury and the public will determine the winner of ‘Nuove Proposte’.
  • Final night (March 6th):
    • The 26 artists will perform their entries for the last time. The public will vote for their favourites and decide the results of the show. As usual, the three superfinalists will be decided after adding up the votes of all previous shows. 
    • At the superfinal, the winner of Sanremo 2021 will be decided by the combination of votes from the demoscopic jury (33%), the press jury (33%) and the audience (34%), but, this time, the points will be reset. So, only the points of the superfinal will help choose the final winning entry. 

Don’t miss today’s Sanremo 2021 show, hosted by the artistic director Amadeus and Fiorello as co-host, at 21.00 CET on our Multi-Window live feed!

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