Diodato has confirmed that he will not be competing in Sanremo 2021 in an interview today with RTL 102.5.
Diodato who won Sanremo 2020 has confirmed that he will not be competing in the 2021 edition of the contest. The singer told RTL 102.5 that:
In immediate projects, the Festival di Sanremo is not there. Going to the competition again is not my plan.
The singer had been reported in a number of Italian publications as one of the acts that would be taking to the Sanremo stage in 2021. The announcement means that Diodato joins an expanding number of acts who were due to compete in Eurovision 2020 who won’t compete in 2021, they are:
- Albania – Arilena Ara
- Croatia – Damir Kedžo
- Cyprus – Sandro
- Denmark – Ben & Tan
- Finland – Aksel
- Norway – Ulrikke
The Italian broadcaster has confirmed earlier that Sanremo will be used to select Italy’s entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2021. RAI will announce the 20 finalists of the Campioni category on December 17th.
However, the winner of the Camiponi category will have the option of first refusal to represent Italy at the Eurovision Song Contest. Sanremo is scheduled to be held between 2nd and 6th March 2021.
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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Italy returned to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2011 having last participated in the contest in 1997, the country has withdrawn from the contest on a number of occasions in the past.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.