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In 2015, the prestigious Italian Festival, Sanremo wlil take place between the 10th and the 14th February, with the main host being none other than Carlo Conti, one of the most popular television presenters on RAI Uno, mainly known for the quiz show "L'Eredita". Earlier today, during the afternoon, the artists, and the song titles were announced in a television programme, ending the endless speculation all over the internet, and the media in general.

One of the most interesting points it that rather than 16 entries, there will be 20, in order to ascertain a good level of talent, in terms of musicianship, and songwriting. Nevertheless, on the final night of the week long competition, only 16 will be in contention with 4 being eliminated during the first 3 nights. The finalists will then be eligible to represent Italy in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna, Austria. 

Annalisa Scarrone - Una finestra fra le stelle

Malika Ayane - Adesso e qui

Marco Masini - Che giorno è

Chiara Galiazzo - Straordinario

Gianluca Grignani - Sogni infranti

Nek - Fatti avanti amore

Nina Zilli - Sola

Dear Jack - Il mondo explode

Alex Britti - Un attimo importante

Biggio & Mandelli (I soliti Idioti) - Vita d'inferno

Moreno - Oggi ti parlo cosi

Bianca Atzei - Il solo al mondo

Raf - Come una favola

Lara Fabian - Voce

Grazia Di Michele & Platinette (Mauro Coruzzi) - Io sono una finestra

Il Volo - Grande amore

Anna Tatangelo - Libera

Nesli - Buona fortuna amore

Irene Grandi - Un vento senza nome

Lorenzo Fragola - Siamo Uguali

The list features a number of veterans, and newcomers, but of course, the one name which causes the most intrigue is surely the one of Lara Fabian, a worldwide star from Canada, who is now based in Belgium and France. and who represented Luxembourg in the 1988 Eurovision Song Contest with the song "Croire" finishing in 4th place. Other former representatives include RAF who represented Italy in the 1987 Eurovision Song Contest with "Gente di Mare" as well as Nina Zilli who also represented Italy in the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest with "L'Amore e Femmina". We urge you to stay tuned to even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: RAI

Published in Sanremo
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 01:24

Italy: An In-Depth Introduction to Sanremo 2015

The prestigious Italian Festival will next year take place between the 10th and the 14th February, hosted by none other than Carlo Conti, who is one of the most popular TV presenters on RAI 1, mainly known for the quiz show “L’Eredita”.

Infact, Conti himself has just recently published a sort of handbook for the festival, which will also include some new concepts. The festival will yet again be divided into two categories, mainly the “Giovani” (Italy’s upcoming talent) and the “Campioni” (Famous Italian singers). Unlike the previous years, the “Campioni” will be competing with one song and not two. The shows will be divided as follows:

10th February 2015: 8 “Campioni” will premiere their songs and 4 “Giovani” will do the same (2 will proceed to the semifinal round held on 12/02)

11th February 2015: 8 remaining “Campioni” will premiere theirs songs and the next 4 “Giovani” will do the same (2 will proceed to the semifinal round held on 12/02)

12th February 2015: The 16 “Campioni” will perform cover versions of famous songs, normally in a duet. The 4 “Giovani” will be heard again and 2 will proceed to the final.

13th February 2015: the 16 “Campioni” will fight for 12 spots in the grand final. “Giovani” final will be held on this day.

14th February 2015: “I Campioni” final

Neitherless, each night will be a one to remember, in which the competition will be infused with a number of special guests, whom will be announced most probably sometime around January 2015. For the first time ever, during the 2015 edition of Sanremo, the public can also vote via internet and also through an application, which for the Italians is a huge step forward indeed! Here pops the question - how will the votes be shared then? I have your answer below.

In the first rounds, the public (50%) and the accredited journalists (50%) will vote. In the semifinals and finals, the vote will be split between the public (40%), an expert jury (30%) and an opinion poll panel (30%). Yes, Italians are sophisticated and confusing indeed. Last but not least, the winner of the festival, that is the “Campioni” winner, willbe automatically chosen to wave the Italian flag in Vienna at the Eurovision Song Contest. 

And (yes, there is an ‘and’!) if the winner decided not to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest, no worries, RAI will hold an internal selection as a special committee will select the artist. Italians surely know “how to do it best”! J Let’s eagerly wait for the artists to be revealed now ... and get to hear some really good, and yes, romantic music I guess (maybe it will be the theme for the final night, seeing that is is falling on Valentine’s day). We urge you to stay tuned to even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: RAI

Published in Sanremo