Tickets for the 68th Sanremo Festival will go on sale from January 8. The event will take place from February 6 to 10 in the Ariston Theatre in Sanremo. All five nights will be presented by Claudio Baglioni and Michelle Hunziker.
Ticket prices remain the same as last year: €672 for the upper gallery and €1290 for the audience. The Municipality of Sanremo and a large number of casinos and hotels in the area have already booked a share of the tickets, with only a small part of the tickets available for the public. Tickets will be available to buy from the Ariston Theatre.
It is also possible to win tickets for the Festival: adults who will register at the casino by 7 January and purchase non-convertible tickets worth 10 euros, will receive a card to participate in the draw of 5 pairs of tickets to attend a evening of the festival.
The prize draw is scheduled for January 8, at 12 , under the supervision of an official of the Chamber of Commerce of the Ligurian Rivieras. Five winners will be chosen, each winning two tickets to different nights of the festival.
The 68th Sanremo Festival will consist of two categories: Nuove Proposte and Campioni. The winner of the Campioni category receives the right to represent Italy at the Eurovision Song Contest. However they are not obliged to take part in Eurovision, as seen in 2016 when Stadio declined to participate in the contest. In the event that the winner decides not to compete in the Eurovision Song Contest, RAI and the organisers of Sanremo reserve the right to select the Italian entrant.
The 20 participants in the Campioni category are:
- Roby Facchinetti e Riccardo Fogli – “Il segreto del tempo”
- Nina Zilli – “Senza appartenere”
- The Kolors – “Frida”
- Diodato and Rosy Paci – “Adesso”
- Mario Biondi – “Rivederti”
- Luca Barbarossa – “Passame er sale”
- Lo stato sociale – “Una vita in vacanza”
- Annalisa – “Il mondo prima di te”
- Giovanni Caccamo – “Eterno”
- Enzo Avitabile and P. Servillo – “Il coraggio di ogni giorno”
- Ornalla Vanoni, Bungaro and Pacifico – “Imparare ad amarsi”
- Renzo Rubino – “Custodire”
- Noemi – “Non smettere mai di cercarmi”
- Ermal Meta e Fabrizio Moro – “Non mi avete fatto niente”
- Le vibrazioni – “Così sbagliato”
- Ron – “Almeno pensami”
- Max Gazzè – “La leggenda di Cristalda e Pizzomunno”
- Decibel – “Fuori dal tempo”
- Red Canzian – “Ognuno ha il suo racconto”
- Elio e le storie tese – “Arrivederci”
Source: Il Secolo XIX
Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest
Italy debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1956 and has participated a total of 42 times to date. Italy returned to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2011 having last participated in the contest in 1997, the country has withdrawn from the contest on a number of occasions in the past. Italy has won the contest twice, the first time being in 1964 and the latest being in 1990. Italy’s hosting of the contest in 1991 has been remembered as one of the most chaotic contests to date. Since their return in 2011 Italy has finished in the top 10 on five occasions.