The artists that will compete in the 70th edition of Festival di Sanremo have been revealed. The lineup was revealed a week earlier than scheduled due to the list leaking to Italian media.
The 22 artists that will compete in the Campioni section are:
- Giordana Angi
- Bugo feat. Morgan
- Francesco Gabbani
- Irene Grandi
- Raphael Gualazzi
- Paolo Jannacci
- Junior Cally
- Elettra Lamborghini
- Achille Lauro
- Le Vibrazioni
- Marco Masini
- Enrico Nigiotti
- Piero Pelù
- Pinguini Tattici Nucleari
- Riccardo “Riki” Marcuzzo
- Alberto Urso
- Michele Zarrillo
Two of the participants previously represented Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest. Raphael Gualazzi represented Italy in 2011 with “Madness of Love” and finished second in the final. He was the first artist to represent Italy since the country last appear at the contest in 1997. Francesco Gabbani represented Italy in 2017 with “Occidentali’s Karma” and finished sixth in the final.
The titles of the Campioni artists’ entries will be revealed in the coming days. One of the Campioni artists will represent Italy at the Eurovision Song Contest 2020.
Also announced were the Nuove Proposte artists. Unlike the Campioni, these artists are not in the running to represent Italy in Rotterdam and their entries have already been released.
The eight artists in the Nuove Proposte category are:
- Eugenio in Via Di Gioia – “Tsunami”
- Fadi – “Due noi” (Two of us)
- Fasma – “Per sentirmi vivo” (For me to feel alive)
- Gabriella Martinelli e Lula – “Il gigante d’acciaio” (The steel giant)
- Leo Gassmann – “Vai bene così” (You’re fine like this)
- Marco Sentieri – “Billy Blu”
- Matteo Faustini – “Nel bene e nel male” (In the good and in the bad)
- Tecla Insolia – “8 Marzo” (March 8)
Sanremo 2020 will begin on February 4 and will run each night until February 8.
Mahmood represented Italy in Tel Aviv with the song “Soldi”. He finished second in the Grand Final with 472, equaling Italy’s best finish in the contest since their return in 2011.
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Italy returned to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2011 having last participated in the contest in 1997, the country has withdrawn from the contest on a number of occasions in the past.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 seven occasions.