Carlo Conti will announce the 20 artists of the Sanremo Campioni category in a primetime show on Raiuno on the 10th of December. In the same show, the 8 Newcomers will be revealed too. Once again, the final winner will have the right to represent Italy at the Eurovision Song Contest.
On the 10th of December, in the primetime show of Raiuno the six Newcomers for the 2017 Sanremo Music Festival will be revealed. In the same show RAI will also reveal the two that made it through from the AreaSanremo selection. In order to attract more viewers for the newcomers and hype up Sanremo in general, Carlo Conti who is the presenter of Sanremo in the last 2 years and the music director of the festival, will be in the same show to reveal the artists for the Big category and his co-host(s) for next year’s competition.
Meanwhile the guessing and wishing for the Big artists has also started in Italy. According to local press Chiara, Nina Zilli, Francesco Sarcina, Michele Zarrillo and Giusy Ferri should be sure. Marco Carta (he has tried to get back to Sanremo many years since his victory in 2009), Clementino, Fausto Leali, Syria, Nesli and Elodie are also highly tipped, as is last year’s newcomers winner Francesco Gabbani. One to propose themselves – once again – is Jalisse.
Italian press supports that among next year’s guests will be Tiziano Ferro, Il Volo, Zucchero and Giorgia. But it is only speculations. Only Carlo Conti knows who’s in and who’s out until the last-minute. Stay tuned on EuroVisionary for all news regarding Sanremo 2017. As the case with the last two years, the winner of the most famous Italian music festival will have the right to represent Italy in Kyiv, Ukraine.
Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest
Italy has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 41 times since making its debut in 1956. It was one of only seven countries that competed in the very first contest. Italy competed frequently in the contest until 1997. After a fourteen-year absence, the country returned for the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest, with a respectable second place achieved by Raphael Gualazzi and Madness of Love. Italy has won the contest twice (1964 and 1990).
Along with Germany, France, Spain and the United Kingdom, Italy is one of the Big 5 who are automatically allowed to participate in the grand final because of their contribution to the Eurovision Song Contest, both with a substantial amount of viewers and economically.
This year in Stockholm, RAI had appointed the runner-up of Sanremo 2016 Francesca Michielin, as the Italian representative. Michielin performed a bilingual Italian and English version of her Sanremo entry at the Eurovision Song Contest and placed sixteenth out of the 26 participating countries with 124 points.
Below you can watch Francesca Michielin performing No Degree of Separation in Globe Arena: