Italy: Diodato wins Sanremo 2020 – ready for Eurovision

Abbiamo un campione! Diodato has just been crowned as the winner of the 70th Festival di Sanremo in Italy. And most importantly: Diodato has confirmed, that he will represent Italy at Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Rotterdam

The Italian Sanremo Music Festival 2020 has come to an end after five entertaining – loooong –nights of music and full of special acts and notable guests.

In tonight's final, all 24 participating artists performed their songs for the very last time. Tonight's outcome was determined by the demoscopic jury, the press jury and the televoting. Then, the overall ranking combining every voting until that moment was announced, from 24th to 4th place, as well as the 3 songs that qualified to the Superfinal.

Diodato was crowned as the winner of Sanremo 2020 after beating Francesco Gabbani and Pinguini Tattici Nucleari in the super final, and after 6½ hours (!!!!) it was finally announced that Diodato will represent Italy at Eurovision Song Contest 2020 with Fai rumore.

Diodato – "Fai rumore"

The winning song Fai rumore is written by Diodato and Edwyn Roberts.

Sanremo 2020 – Results

First round



Antonio Diodato (38) is not an unknown name among the fans of Sanremo – This year, it was his third presence in the Festival.

He brought the song Babillonia to the newcomers section of the contest in 2014, finishing 2nd. Later that year, he won MTV Italia Awards in the "Best New Generation" category. He came back to the Ariston Theater stage in 2018, placing 8th in the main contest.

He has already released two albums and he has also debuted as a movie actor in the film Una avventura (2019).

Sanremo 2020

  • Sanremo Night 1: Tuesday 4 February 2020
  • Sanremo Night 2: Wednesday, 5 February 2020
  • Sanremo Night 3: Thursday, 6 February 2020
  • Sanremo Night 4: Friday, 7 February 2020
  • Sanremo Final: Saturday, 8 February 2020

At Nights 1 & 2 (Tuesday & Wednesday) all the 24 artists performed their song for the first time, half of them in the first one, the other half in the second night. The outcome of both nights was decided by a demoscopic poll.

At Night 3 (Thursday) all the 24 artists had the chance to choose and to perform songs that have competed at previous editions of Sanremo Music Festival. The members of the orchestra and choir decided Thursday's ranking.

At Night 4 (Friday) all the 24 artists performed their own song again. The press jury judged every act and a new ranking was elaborated, where all the previous votes from previous nights were added.

At Saturday's Final, every contestant performed their songs again. In a first stage, the voting was determined by a system involving the demoscopic jury, the press jury and the televoting – songs were ranked from 24th to 4th place.

The top 3 acts (Diodato, Francesco Gabbani and Pinguini Tattici Nucleari) qualify to a Superfinal. A new voting took place and at the end of it, Diodato was crowned the winner of the 70th edition of Sanremo Music Festival and Italy's representative for Eurovision Song Contest 2020.

Italy in Eurovision Song Contest

Italy 1990: Toto Cutugno - "Insieme: 1992"

Italy has been in Eurovision for 45 contests. 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 1990: Toto Cutugno - "Insieme: 1992"

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: João Barateiro (Portugal)

João has watched his first show in 2009, but he has become a fan recently. He has a very unpredictable taste and he is easily influenced by a way a song is performed live and by the way it is staged. Albania and Norway are his favourite ESC countries.

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