Alberto Bianchieri the Mayor of Sanremo has confirmed that the Festival di Sanremo 2022 will be held with a reduced capacity audience.
Speaking to the Italian press agency ANSA, the Mayor of Sanremo has confirmed that Sanremo 2022 will not be held with a 100% capacity audience in the Teatro Ariston:
Let’s see what will happen between now and January 10, but it will be a Festival with the public, even if it will not be a one hundred percent Festival like the one of 2019, but it cannot even be compared to last year.
Surely it will be a Festival that up to three months ago none of us would have ever imagined having to face. Unfortunately, the infections are high.
The Festival has already been forced to cancel some planned events around the competition which are prohibited under current COVID-19 restrictions.
Restrictions are also set to be put in place regarding who will be able to accompany the artists at the competition. It is reported that the number of personnel assisting artists e.g. stylists and make-up artists will be limited along with the number of representatives of record labels.
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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Italy returned to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2011 having last participated in the contest in 1997, the country has withdrawn from the contest on a number of occasions in the past.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 three times, the first time being in 1964 and the latest being in 2021. 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 eight occasions.