Sixteen artists stated that should they win Festival di Sanremo, they would compete at the Eurovision Song Contest 2020.
It has been confirmed that sixteen of the twenty four artists competing in the Campioni category of Festival di Sanremo, have agreed to participate in Eurovision. The disclosure comes as part of the rules of Festival di Sanremo to ensure that RAI is aware in advance of artists views on the competition.
The artists competing this year 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)
- Elettra Lamborghini – Musica e il resto scompare (Music and the rest disappears)
- Elodie – Andromeda
- Enrico Nigiotti – Baciami adesso (Kiss me now)
- Francesco Gabbani – Viceversa (Vice versa)
- Giordana Angi – Come mia madre (Like my mother)
- Irene Grandi – Finalmente io (Finally I)
- Junior Cally – No grazie (No thanks)
- Le Vibrazioni – Dov’è (Where is it)
- 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
- 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)
The rules of the competition state that all participants and their record companies must submit a form to RAI stating whether the artist will take part in the Eurovision Song Contest. All parties must inform RAI by the first night of the contest whether they wish to take part in Eurovision.
The rule means that the 2020 edition will not see a repeat of the winning artist contemplating whether they want to go to Eurovision after Sanremo has taken place. Mahmood took a number of days after winning the contest to decide whether he wished to represent Italy in Tel Aviv.
Source: Eurofestival Italia
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Italy returned to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2011 having last participated in the contest in 1997, the country has withdrawn from the contest on a number of occasions in the past.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.