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Italy: Sanremo 2018 Lineup

The lineup for Sanremo 2018 has been announced by the broadcaster RAI. 20 acts will compete in the Campioni category: One of them can be the Italian representative at Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon

The Italian broadcaster RAI has announced the lineup for Sanremo 2018 - the 68th edition of the popular song festival.

20 acts have been chosen to compete in the Campioni category. From this category the winner has the right to represent Italy at Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon.

Campioni – Big Artists

  • Roby Facchinetti & Riccardo Fogli - "Il segreto del tempo"
  • Nina Zilli - "Senza appartenere"
  • The Kolors - "Frida"
  • Diodato & Roy Paci - "Adesso"
  • Mario Biondi - "Rivederti"
  • Luca Barbarossa - "Passame er sale"
  • Lo Stato Sociale - "Una vita in vacanza"
  • Annalisa - "Il mondo prima di te"
  • Giovanni Caccamo - "Eterno"
  • Enzo Avitabile & Peppe Servillo - "Il coraggio di ogni giorno"
  • Ornella Vanoni & Bungaro & Pacifico - "Imparare ad amarsi"
  • Renzo Rubino - "Custodire"
  • Noemi - "Non smettere mai di cercarmi"
  • Ermal Meta & Fabrizio Moro - "Non mi avete fatto niente"
  • Le Vibrazioni - "Così sbagliato"
  • Ron - "Almeno Pensami"
  • Max Gazzè - "La leggenda di Cristalda e Pizzomunno"
  • Decibel - "La lettera del duca"
  • Red Canzian - "Ognuno ha il suo racconto"
  • Elio e le Storie Tese - "Arrivedorci"

Four former Eurovision contestants

Four of the contestants have already been competing for Italy in Eurovision Song Contest: 

Sanremo 2018 schedule

Here is the schedule for Sanremo 2018 – for simplicity's sake, we will concentrate on the "Big Artist" category, as the winner of this category will be offered a ticket to Eurovision Song Contest 2018 as the Italian representative.

Tuesday 6 February: Presentation

  • The 20 contestants present their songs
  • Voting: 40% televote, 30% demoscopic jury, 30% press vote

Wednesday 7 February: First 10

  • The first 10 of the contestants will perform their song
  • Voting: 40% televote, 30% demoscopic jury, 30% press vote

Thursday 8 February: Last 10

  • The last 10 of the contestants will perform their song
  • Voting: 40% televote, 30% demoscopic jury, 30% press vote
  • The ranking for the 20 contestants will be calculated based on the first three nights and revealed

Friday 9 February: Duets

  • The 20 contestants sing duets
  • Voting: 40% televote, 30% press vote, 30% expert jury

Saturday 10 February: Final

  • Round 1:
    • The 20 will again perform their songs
    • Voting: 40% televote, 30% press vote, 30% expert jury
    • The ranking for the 20 contestants will be calculated based on the whole week and revealed. The Top-3 advance to the Super-final.
  • Round 2 (Super-final):
    • Top-3 will perform again in the Super-final. 
    • Another round of voting takes place: 40% televote, 30% press vote, 30% expert jury
    • We have a winner! (and maybe a Eurovision representative for Italy)

The winner of the Sanremo "Big Artists" category has the option to represent Italy at Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon. If the winner declines to go to Lisbon then RAI will internally select another participant. This was the case in 2016, 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.

Claudio Baglioni will host Sanremo 2018 along with various co-hosts. Baglioni is also the artistic director of the live shows.

Italy in Eurovision Song Contest

Eurovision 2018 will be Italy's 44th 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.

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.




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