Rai has ruled that Fedez & Francesca Michielin will be able to compete in Sanremo 2021 following an investigation.
The Italian broadcaster has decided that Fedez & Francesca Michielin can still compete in Sanremo 2021. The investigation was launched after Fedez posted a snippet of their song for the contest on social media. On Saturday Fedez published a 10 second snippet of “Chiamami per nome” to his Instagram feed.
According to the rules of the competition:
All songs be new be new. The 26 songs performed by the Campioni artists must be new at the time of registration for Sanremo 2020 and remain so until their first performance during the festival.
It was determined that the publication of a snippet and swift removal of the clip did not break the rules of the competition. Rai expressed a serious condemnation of the incident to ensure no other artist releases snippets of their song.
Image Source: RAI | Source: Andrea Conti
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Italy returned to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2011 having last participated in the contest in 1997, the country has withdrawn from the contest on a number of occasions in the past.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.