RAI has announced the split of the twenty four participants in Sanremo 2020 between night one and night two.
The 70th edition of the Festival di Sanremo commences tomorrow evening with the first night of competitive performances. Twenty four artists are competing in the Campioni category, with the opportunity to represent Italy at the Eurovision Song Contest 2020.
Performing on night one are:
- Achille Lauro – Me ne frego (I don’t care)
- Alberto Urso – Il sole ad est (The sun to the east)
- Anastasio – Rosso di rabbia (Red with anger)
- Bugo e Morgan – Sincero (Sincere)
- Diodato – Fai rumore (Make noise)
- Elodie – Andromeda
- Irene Grandi – Finalmente io (Finally I)
- Le Vibrazioni – Dov’è (Where is it)
- Raphael Gualazzi – Carioca
- Riki – Lo sappiamo entrambi (We both know it)
- Rita Pavone – Niente (Resilienza 74) (Nothing (Resilience 74))
- Tosca – Ho amato tutto (I loved everything)
Performing on night two are:
- Elettra Lamborghini – Musica e il resto scompare (Music and the rest disappears)
- Enrico Nigiotti – Baciami adesso (Kiss me now)
- Francesco Gabbani – Viceversa (Vice versa)
- Giordana Angi – Come mia madre (Like my mother)
- Junior Cally – No grazie (No thanks)
- Levante – Tiki Bom Bom
- Marco Masini – Il confronto (The comparison)
- Michele Zarrillo – Nell’estasi o nel fango (In ecstasy or mud)
- Paolo Jannacci – Voglio parlarti adesso (I want to talk to you now)
- Piero Pelù – Gigante (Giant)
- Pinguini Tattici Nucleari – Ringo Starr
- Rancore – Eden
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.
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Italy returned to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2011 having last participated in the contest in 1997, the country has withdrawn from the contest on a number of occasions in the past.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.