Sanremo 2017 has two sections:
- Big Artists (Campioni) with 20 artists
- Newcomers (Nuove Proposte) with 8 artists
The winner of the Big Artist section of Sanremo 2017 will be offered the option to represent Italy at Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kyiv.
Sanremo 2017 runs over 5 consecutive nights, and will be hosted by Carlo Conti at the Teatro Ariston in Sanremo, Liguria, Italy.
Sanremo 2017 schedule
Tuesday, 7 February 2017
The first show features the 20 Big Artists. These 20 entries will be performed for the first time, and the voting begins (50% press jury and 50% televote). No eliminations.
Wednesday, 8 February 2017
The 20 Big Artists will be split into two parts. The first part with ten of the Big Artists will perform on Night 2, and the voting continues. Best six qualifies directly to the Final.
Thursday, 9 February 2017
The second part of the Big Artists with the last ten entries will be performed and voted upon. Best six qualifies directly to the Final.
Covers night + Second chance
Friday, 10 February 2017
The 12 qualified finalists will perform a cover of a known Italian song. The 8 non-qualified entries will perform again, and the best 3 will qualify to the Final.
Saturday 11 February 2017
The 15 finalists will all perform in this evening's Final of Sanremo 2017. The 3 best will advance to the Super Final. The winner of Sanremo 2017 will be decided by 50% press jury and 50% televote.
Sanremo winner and Eurovision
The winner of Sanremo Big Artists have the option to represent Italy at Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kyiv. If the winner declines to go to Kyiv then RAI will internally select another participant. This was the case last year, when Stadio won Sanremo 2016 with 43% of the votes in the Final. They couldn't compete in Eurovision 2016, so the runner-up Francesca Michielin was offered the ticket to Stockholm with her Sanremo entry "No degree of separation", finishing 16th at Eurovision 2016.
Sanremo 2017 will be aired on Rai 1 and Rai HD.
The full set of rules and regulations can be seen on sanremo.rai.it
Eurovision 2017 will be Italy's 43rd contest. They have won twice, in 1964 with the song "Non Ho L'étà" and in 1990 with "Insieme: 1992". Worst result was in 1966 where they finished last.
Italy had a long pause from Eurovision Song Contest from 1998 to 2010. Since then Italy has been a"Big-5"-country, automatically qualifying for every year's Grand Final.