It has been revealed that former Sanremo winners and Italian Eurovision representatives Diodato and Il Volo will perform in the semi-finals of this year’s Sanremo Festival.
With the 71st edition of the Sanremo Festival less than a week away, details surrounding guest performances have begun to surface, with two former Italian Eurovision entrants set to appear as special guests in the semi-finals. Il Volo, who won Sanremo in 2015 with “Grande amore” and later finished in 3rd place at the Eurovision Song Contest, announced tonight via Instagram that they will perform in the 2nd semi-final on 3 March:
It has also been reported that Diodato, who won last year’s Sanremo and who was set to represent Italy in Rotterdam, will open the first semi-final of this year’s festival with a reprise of his winning song “Fai rumore”. According to InstaNews.it, whilst it is uncommon to open Sanremo with a reprise of the previous year’s winning entry, the decision was taken this year as “Fai rumore” symbolises a lasting memory of ordinary life before the pandemic.
The 71st Sanremo Festival will take place from 2 to 6 March. The winner of the show will have first refusal to represent Italy at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.
Sources: Instagram / InstaNews.it | Image source: YPeople
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Italy returned to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2011 having last participated in the contest in 1997, the country has withdrawn from the contest on a number of occasions in the past.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.