Two artists have dropped out of the Sanremo Giovani auditions, as RAI announces their replacements for November 12.
RAI has announced that two artists have dropped out of the Sanremo Giovani auditions on November 12. Giacomo Eva has dropped out of the auditions due to personal reasons, while Samuel Pietrasanta has been disqualified as his song did not meet the shows requirements. In the place of Giacomo and Samuel, RAI has revealed that the following artists will take part:
- Lelio Morra – Giganti
- Simone Laurino – Non so più chi sei
18 artists will be selected on November 12th at an auditions round in Rome, while a further 6 artists will be selected from local singers from the Sanremo Academy.
Sanremo Giovani has undergone a number of changes this year. The show which will be held from December 17 to 21 is open to young up and coming singers, bands and songwriters. The format which is designed to help boost the profile of the best young talent in the Italian music industry is also a path to taking part in the well known Festivali di Sanremo.
The artists that finish first and second in Sanremo Giovani will win a spot in the line up of Festivali di Sanremo which takes place every February. The show has in recent years been used to help determine the artist that represents Italy at the Eurovision Song Contest. The winner of Sanremo has been given first refusal on representing Italy at the Eurovision Song Contest. In the event that the winner declines, RAI then approaches an act of their choosing from the final of Sanremo.
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Italy returned to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2011 having last participated in the contest in 1997, the country has withdrawn from the contest on a number of occasions in the past.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 six occasions.