RAI has announced that a total of twenty six acts will be competing in the Campioni category of Sanremo 2021.
Twenty six acts will be competing in the Campioni category of Festival di Sanremo 2021. The twenty six acts will all be in the running to represent Italy at the Eurovision Song Contest 2021. The number of artists competing in the Campioni category is up by two over last years competition and is the largest number of competing artists since the 1988 contest.
RAI will announce the acts that will compete in the Campioni category on December 17. 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.
It has already been confirmed by Diodato, who won the 2020 edition, that he will not be competing this year to represent Italy.
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Italy returned to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2011 having last participated in the contest in 1997, the country has withdrawn from the contest on a number of occasions in the past.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.