RAI, the Italian national broadcaster, has revealed the second half of participants for the Festival di Sanremo 2019.
The participants were revealed during the second night of Sanremo Giovani, in which two artists were selected to compete in the Festival di Sanremo. Mahmood was the second artist selected and will join Einar in the festival. Although he performed “Gioventù bruciata” (Burned youth) during the competition, Mahmood will perform a different song for Sanremo.
The second half of Sanremo 2019 participants are:
- Patty Pravo & Briga – Un po’ come la vita (A little like life)
- Daniele Silvestri – Argento vivo (Quicksilver)
- Ex-Otago – Solo una canzone (Just a song)
- Federica Carta & Shade – Senza farlo apposta (Without doing it on purpose)
- Negrita – I ragazzi stanno bene (The kids are all right)
- Arisa – Mi sento bene (I feel good)
- Achille Lauro – Rolls Royce
- Francesco Renga – Aspetto che torni (I wait for you to come back)
- Boomdabash – Per un millione (For a million)
- Enrico Nigiotti – Nonno Hollywood (Grandpa Hollywood)
- Nino D’Angelo & Livio Cori – Un’altra luce (Another light)
- Mahmood – TBD
Arisa won the 2014 festival with “Controvento”. Patty Pravo finished sixth in the 2016 festival with “Cieli immensi”, which was also selected to represent Italy in the OGAE Second Chance Contest that year.
The finalists announced yesterday were:
- Paola Turci – “L’ultimo ostacolo” (The last obstacle)
- Simone Cristicchi – “Abbi cura di me” (Take care of me)
- Zen Circus – “L’amore è una dittatura” (Love is a dictatorship)
- Anna Tatangelo – “Le nostre anime di notte” (Our souls at night)
- Loredana Bertè – “Cosa ti aspetti di me” (What do you expect of me)
- Irama – “La ragazza con il cuore di latta” (The girl with a tin heart)
- Ultimo – “I tuoi particolari” (Your details)
- Motta – “Dov’è Italia” (Where is Italy)
- Nek – “Mi farò trovare pronto” (I will make myself ready)
- Il Volo – “Musica che resta” (Music that stays)
- Ghemon – “Rose Viola” (Purple roses)
- Einar – TBD
Unlike in previous editions, there will not be “Big” and “Nuove Proposte” categories in this year’s festival, which contain established and newer artists, respectively. Instead, all of the artists involved in the 69th edition of the festival will compete on an equal footing. The winner of the festival will get first refusal on whether or not they want to represent Italy in Tel Aviv.
Ermal Meta and Fabrizio Moro won Sanremo in 2018 and represented Italy in Eurovision in Lisbon. The duo performed the song “Non mi avete fatto niente”, and went on to finish in 5th place with a grand total of 308 points. They finished 17th with the juries but ended the night in third with the public vote.
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 six occasions.