Italy 2022: Mahmood & Blanco wins Sanremo 2022
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Italy: Sanremo to be used as national selection for Eurovision 2023

Italy will be using the mythical Festival di Sanremo as the national selection for Eurovision 2023. The event will feature five live shows starting on 7 February

Festival di Sanremo will continue to be used as Italy's national selection for Eurovision.

RAI – the Italian public broadcaster – has confirmed the news as well as the official dates of the competition and that Italy will indeed compete at next year's Eurovision.

The festival will take place at Teatro Ariston, in Sanremo, from 7 to 11 February. It is known that a total of 25 songs will compete and that Amadeo Sebastiani (or Amadeus) will be the artistic director of next year's show.

From the 25 songs, 22 will be invited by the artistic direction of the festival whereas three from the Sanremo Giovani pre-competition.

In the end, the winner of Sanremo 2023 will be invited to represent Italy at the Eurovision Song Contest 2023, an invitation that may be declined.

RAI is accepting proposals preferably until 28 November 2022 and the full regulation can be found on its homepage.

Sanremo 2023

Next year's Festival di Sanremo will feature five live shows:

  • 7 February

During the first night, 12 to 13 songs up for competition will be performed. In this first instance, only the juries will vote: the press and TV jury, the radio jury and the online jury.

  • 8 February

At the second night, the remaining songs will be performed. The voting method will be the same.

  • 9 February

All of the 25 songs will be performed and the voting will be shared between the televote (50%) and the opinion poll (50%)

  • 10 February

Each of the 25 artists will perform, with a special guest, a cover of a national or international song from the 60s, 70s, 80s or 90s.

11 February

The 25 songs will be performed one last time. The televote will determine the top 3 songs advancing to the superfinal. Here the voting will be split between the televote (34%), the demoscopic jury (33%) and the jury vote (33%) and a winner will be announced.

Italy in Eurovision Song Contest

Italy 2022: Mahmood & Blanco - "Brividi"

Italy has been in Eurovision for 47 contests. They have won three times:

Worst result was in 1966 where they finished last.

Italy 2022: Mahmood & Blanco - "Brividi"

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 27 years old and graduated in journalism. He has attended Eurovision Song Contest twice - 2018 and 2019 - 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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