RAI, the Italian national broadcaster, has announced the 26 artists that will compete in the Campioni category of Sanremo 2021.
The 26 competing artists are:
- Francesco Renga – Quando trovo te (When I find you)
- Coma_Cose – Fiamme negli occhi (Flames in the eyes)
- Gaia – Cuore amaro (Bitter heart)
- Irama – La genesi del tuo colore (The genesis of your colour)
- Fulminacci – Santa Marinella
- Madame – Voce (Voice)
- Willie Peyote – Mai dire mai (La locura) (Never say never (The madness))
- Orietta Berti – Quando ti sei innamorato (When you fell in love)
- Ermal Meta – Un milione di cose da dirti (A million things to tell you)
- Fasma – Parlami (Talk to me)
- Arisa – Potevi fare di più (You could have done more)
- Gio Evan – Arnica
- Måneskin – Zitti e buoni (Silent and good)
- Aiello – Ora (Now)
- Annalisa – Dieci (Ten)
- Bugo – E invece sì (Instead yes)
- Colapesce e Dimartino – Musica leggerissima (Very light music)
- Francesca Michielin e Fedez – Chiamami per nome (Call me by name)
- Ghemon – Momento perfetto (Perfect moment)
- La Rappresentante di Lista – Amare (To love)
- Lo Stato Sociale – Combat Pop
- Malika Ayane – Ti piaci così (You like yourself like that)
- Max Gazzè e Trifluoperazina Monstery Band – Il farmacista (The pharmacist)
- Noemi – Glicine (Wisteria)
- Random – Torno a te (I come back to you)
Ermal Meta represented Italy alongside Fabrizio Moro in 2018, while Francesca Michielin represented Italy at the 2016 contest in Stockholm, Sweden.
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. The winner of the this category will have the option of first refusal to represent Italy at the Eurovision Song Contest.
Sanremo is scheduled to be held between March 2 and 6 2021.
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Italy returned to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2011 having last participated in the contest in 1997, the country has withdrawn from the contest on a number of occasions in the past.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.