Italy: Sanremo Festival 2021 to run from March 2 to 6

Italy: Sanremo Festival 2021 to run from March 2 to 6
Thursday, 16 July 2020

  • Sanremo festival 2021 dates have been confirmed with the next edition of the music event to take place from March 2 to March 6. 

    During the press conference for the presentation of Rai1's schedules, the relocation of the Sanremo Festival 2021 was communicated in terms of dates: if for several years the first half of February had been chosen, in 2021 it will return in March, from 2 to 6.




    Stefano Coletta , director of the network commented:

    “ It will be postponed because we hope that a normal Festival can be held safely in March. Obviously we are thinking of alternatives in case the emergency is not over, but for us Sanremo is that formula there, and we aim to do it as we are used to . "


    The duo Amadeus- Fiorello remains

    Amadeus will continue to lead it, as artistic director and conductor, flanked by Fiorello."Sanremo 2021 will again be entrusted to the artistic director Amadeus, a measured, polite person, but also a great entertainer, who has done a great job of selecting the songs. Together with him there will be the great Fiorello. Sanremo which will reopen our normalcy: long live Sanremo ", concluded Coletta

    In addtion the organsiser will launch the new format that will serve to highlight those who we will see in the Youngs' category. It will be called Ama Sanremo , will also be led by Amadeus and will be probed along five second autumn evenings on Thursday.

    In 2020 Diodato won the  festival with the song  "Fai Rumore" (" Make noise "), and was set to represent the country at Eurovision 2020 in Rooterdam last MayFrancesco Gabbani was classified second with Viceversa ", Pinguini Tattici Nucleari third with Ringo Star ".


    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: