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Italy: Results of the first night of Sanremo 2021

First half of the contestants taking part in Festival di Sanremo 2021, Italy's national selection for Eurovision Song Contest, have performed for the first time

Today, the first night of Festival di Sanremo 2021 took place for the first time without an audience due to the ongoing pandemic situation. During the first night, half of the contestants performed their song for the first time.

At the end of the show, the songs were ranked and were fully decided by a demoscopic jury (a jury selected by RAI that represents the Italian population). These results are for guidance however an average of these results will be taken into consideration when combined with the public televote on the final night to determine the superfinalists.

During the show, the winner of last year's Sanremo, Diodato, gave a performance of the song that should have been at Eurovision 2020, "Fai Rumore" whilst giving a medley of this new singles which were released after "Fai Rumore".

Sanremo 2021 – 1st night

Demoscopic Jury Ranking

The remaining 13 acts will be presented Wednesday evening at the second night of Sanremo.

Sanremo 2021

  • 2 March 2021: Sanremo Night 1
  • 3 March 2021: Sanremo Night 2
  • 4 March 2021: Sanremo Night 3
  • 5 March 2021: Sanremo Night 4
  • 6 March 2021: Sanremo Final

At Nights 1 & 2 (Tuesday & Wednesday) all the 26 artists perform their song for the first time, half of them sang in the first one, the other half will sing in the second night. The outcome of both nights is decided by a demoscopic jury (a jury selected by RAI that represents the Italian population).

At Night 3 (Thursday) all the 26 artists will be given a chance to choose and to perform songs that have competed at previous editions of Sanremo Music Festival. The members of the orchestra and choir will decide Thursday's ranking.

At Night 4 (Friday) all the 26 artists will perform their own song again. The press jury will judge every act and a new ranking will be elaborated, where all the previous votes from previous nights will be added.

At Saturday's Final, every contestant will perform their songs again. In a first stage, the voting will be determined by a system involving the demoscopic jury (33%), the press jury (33%) and the televote (34%) - songs will be ranked from 26th to 4th place.

The top 3 acts qualify to the Superfinal. A new voting will take place and at the end of it, we will have the winner of the 71th edition of Sanremo Music Festival, and will have first refusal to represent Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest 2021.

Italy in Eurovision Song Contest

Italy 1964: Gigliola Cinquetti - "Non Ho L'étà"

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 1964: Gigliola Cinquetti - "Non Ho L'étà"

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: Steven Spiteri (Malta)

Steven has been a huge Eurovision fan since 1995. He comes from a small town called Birkirkara located in Malta and graduated in Business & Administration. Steven follows all the national finals and Eurovision Song Contests every year especially Melodifestivalen and Eesti Laul. He has an endless list of favorites but the all time favorite entry would be Italy's 2016 entry "Nessun grado di separazione" by Francesca Michielin whilst Lisbon 2018 is his favorite Eurovision edition.



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