Amadeus, the artistic director of Fetsival di Sanremo, has clarified that there are no plans to cancel the 2021 edition of the festival, in response to comments he made earlier in the week.
During an interview at the Dogliani TV and New Media Festival, Amadeus commented about how he would not want to see Sanremo go ahead with Covid restrictions. He stated: “I can’t imagine a Sanremo without an audience in the hall or without an orchestra.” In the same interview, he stated that there was no “plan B”, leading to speculation that if the festival could not go ahead as normal, Sanremo 2021 would be cancelled.
Lucio Presta, Amadeus’ manager, later clarified that Amadeus was not actually thinking about cancelling Sanremo. “He did not say that. Rather, he said that without the public it is better to move things to a later date. To be precise.” Il Fatto Quotidiano also explained that if there were new restrictions that required no audience, no orchestra and no press at Sanremo, it would not make sense to hold the festival under such conditions.
Preparations for Sanremo 2021 continue regardless. Amadeus has stated that the priority is still music and that several submissions have already been submitted. Meetings with record companies will begin today also.
In October, Ama Sanremo, the semi-finals of the Sanremo Giovani will be held across five nights on Rai 1. Ama Sanremo will select the acts who will move on to the Sanremo Giovani grand final in December. In the final, eight acts will be chosen to perform in a separate contest as part of Sanremo 2021.
Sanremo 2021 will take place between March 2 and 6. The festival has already been moved from early February due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Rai is still yet to confirm their participation in Eurovision 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.
Source: Il Fatto Quotidiano
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