It has been confirmed that Festival di Sanremo 2021 will take place between March 2 and 6.
The dates for the 2021 edition of Festival di Sanremo mark a break from the traditional dates of the first week in February. Rai programme schedules for 2021 already confirmed that the festival would be held later than early February due to the onging COVID-19 pandemic, from which Italy has already been particulary affected. It has already been confirmed that Amadeus will once again be the Artistic Director for the contest.
Despite the confirmation of the dates for Festival di Sanremo 2021, Rai has not yet confirmed its participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2021. Diodato won the 2020 festival and was selected to represent Italy in Rotterdam with “Fai rumore”. It is currently unknown as to whether Diodato will represent Italy in 2021 or whether a new entrant will be selected.
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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Italy returned to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2011 having last participated in the contest in 1997, the country has withdrawn from the contest on a number of occasions in the past.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.