Italy Sanremo 2021: Winners Måneskin
Måneskin in Sanremo 2021 (Photo: RAI)

Italy: Dates of Sanremo 2022 announced

The Italian broadcaster has confirmed the dates of Festival di Sanremo. The show is scheduled to take place in February of next year and should pick the Italian representative for Eurovision 2022

Italy won the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 thanks to Måneskin and their song "Zitti E Buoni" and with that the honour of hosting the world's biggest music competition next year.

While more details on the host city, dates, hosts and so on are yet to come later this year, RAI – the Italian public broadcaster – has unveiled their plans and agenda for Festival di Sanremo.

The long and late nights of the Italian festival will be taking place between Tuesday 1 and Sunday 5 February, 2022. The winner will be given the chance of representing the country at next year's Eurovision.

Amadeus, the show's Artistic Director for the past two editions, will be back with the same role:

– The musical journey undertaken two years ago by Amadeus marked an important cultural change in the history of the Festival which led Måneskin, winners of the last edition, to also win the Eurovision Song Contest, explained the Director of Rai 1, Stefano Coletta.

– It is in this direction of innovation, one of the objectives of the public service, that Rai intends to continue to enhance the musical talent in an even greater way through the most popular television event in the country.

Italy in Eurovision Song Contest

Italy 2015: Il Volo - "Grande Amore"

Italy has been in Eurovision for 46 contests. They have won three times:

Worst result was in 1966 where they finished last.

Italy 2015: Il Volo - "Grande Amore"

The most known song is "Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu" or better known as "Volare" from 1958. It is also the most covered Eurovision Song Contest song. The song has been covered by famous stars such as Dean Martin, Cliff Richard, David Bowie and many more.

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.

About the author: Pedro Santos (Portugal)

authorPedro comes from Lisbon, Portugal. He's 30 years old and graduated in journalism. He has attended Eurovision Song Contest three times live - 2018, 2019 and 2022 - and covered the show twice more (2021, 2023) but his first Eurovision memory takes him back to 2007 when Sarbel delivered his catchy "Yassou Maria" performance. Pedro's favorite Eurovision song is Albania's 2015 "I'm Alive" by Elhaida Dani which is also his favorite Eurovision edition.

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