Italy: Sanremo 2021 to take place with an audience on March 2-6
The Italian national broadcaster has confirmed that the next edition of Sanremo Festival will be held with an audience from March 2 to March 6.
Sanremo Festival will be taking place definetely next year despite ongoing reservations the previous months. The competition will run from March 2 to March 6, a month after its traditional dates in the past. However the Italian broadcaster hasn't confiirmed yet its Eurovision 2021 participation or whether it will use Sanremo again to select the country's next Eurovision hopeful.
Amadeus will continue to lead it, as artistic director and conductor, flanked by Fiorello, while the rules of the next edition are expected to go public the following weeks.
Sanremo 2021 with an andience
Sanremo 2021 will take place, and will be done with the public present at Teatro Ariston. The two presenters, who have always been in the foreground for an all-or-nothing organization of the program, can therefore breathe a sigh of relief. Interviewed by the journalists present in the hall at the official presentation of Tale and Quel Show , Stefano Coletta, Rai Uno;s director, therefore explained how the new edition will officially air with the audience present in the venue, in the closest possible way to the historical modalities of the Festival.
Sanremo 2021 will therefore welcome the public and journalists in standard numbers. Each of those present in the theater will be given a mandatory swab at the beginning of the event, and then proceed with constant monitoring of the temperatures in order to identify any covid-19 case. The physical dispositions are still to be defined, with many doubts to be resolved regarding the management of the crowds around the Ariston and in the meeting points, especially the press.
Italy in Eurovision
Italy has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 45 times since making its debut at the first contest in 1956. After a 14-year absence from 1998 and on, the country returned to the contest in 2011. Italy has won the contest twice in 1964 with Gigliola Cinquetti and her song “Non ho l’età”. Italy’s second victory in the contest came in 1990 with Toto Cutugno and the song “Insieme: 1992”.
Italy’s come back to the contest has proved to be very successful, the country having finished in the top ten in seven times of the last eight contests (2011–2019), with Raphael Gualazzi second in 2011, Nina Zilli ninth in 2012, Marco Mengoni seventh in 2013 and Il Volo third in 2015, Francesco Ghabbani 6th in Kiev. In 2018 the winners of Sanremo 2018 ,Ermal Meta and Fabrizio Moro, represented Italy in Eurovision in Lisbon with their song “Non mi avete fatto niente”. The Italian duo achieved an honorable 5th place in the Grand final with 308 points and a remarkable 3rd placing in the public voting.
In 2019 , Mahmood, winner of Sanremo 2019 represented the country in Tel Aviv with his entry Soldi. The Italian representative kept the good results for Italy achieving a 2nd place in the Grand Final in Tel Aviv.
This year Diodato might have won the Sanremo festival with 'Fai Rumore' but unfortunately didn't have the chance to perform in Rotterdam as the contest was cancelled de to the coronavirus pandemic. Lets remember Diodato's stunning performance of "Fai Rumore' in Arena di Verona broadcasted during the alternative show "Europe Shine A Light" last May: