Last night saw the final of the 66th Sanremo Music Festival – the contest that often determines the act to represent Italy at the Eurovision Song Contest. Following heats that had been happening all this week, and the final of the “Newcomers'” section of the competition that took place the previous evening, 16 “Big Artists” battled for the crown. The results are as follows.
4th place: Enrico Ruggeri – Il Primo Amore Non Si Scorda Mai
5th place: Lorenzo Fragola – Infinite Volte
6th place: Patty Pravo – Cieli Immensi
7th place: Clementino – Quando Sono Lontano
8th place: Noemi – La borsa di una donna
9th place: Rocco Hunt – Wake Up
10th place: Arisa – Guardando Il Cielo
11th place: Annalisa – Il Diluvio Universale
12th place: Elio e le Storie Tese – Vincere L’odio
13th place: Valerio Scanu – Finalmente piove
14th place: Alessio Bernabei – Noi Siamo Infinito
15th place: Dolcenera – Ora O Mai Più (Le Cose Cambiano)
16th place: Irene Fornaciari – Blu*
*Blu by Irene Fornaciari was the winner of a five-act wildcard round that happened at the start of the show.
Without their positions being revealed, the top three acts went on to compete in a superfinal and votes were cast once more. The results of the superfinal are as follows.
1st place: Stadio – Un Giorno Mi Dirai
2nd place: Francesca Michielin – Nessun Grado Di Separazione
3rd place: Giovanni Caccamo & Deborah Iurato – Via Da Qui
Although the group Stadio won Sanremo, they have declined the offer to perform at Eurovision this year in Stockholm. Italy’s representative will therefore be decided by the national broadcaster RAI among the remaining competitors.