Rai has disqualified Laura Ciriaco from competing in Sanremo Giovani, which is due to begin tomorrow evening.
Laura Ciriaco has been disqualified from competing in Sanremo Giovani, after her entry “L’inizio” was deemed to be breaking the rules of the competition. Rai issued a statement reading;
The Organization of the Festival – Direction of Rai1, having heard the opinion of the corporate legal office and after a thorough assessment of its technical and musical sectors, has proceeded to the exclusion of the song by Laura Ciriaco, “L’Inizio”, which has important similarities with the song “I won’t give up” by the American artist Jason Mraz, thus breaking the fundamental requirement of novelty (unpublished song) of the regulations of the event.
You can listen to the song that has caused her to be disqualified below:
Laura has now been replaced by Federico Angelucci who will be performing the song “L’Uomo che verrà”. Laura was also being investigated by Rai at the same time as singer Einar, however Rai has allowed Einar to continue to take part in the competition.
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.
Source: Eurofestival News
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