The Italian national selection for Eurovision, Sanremo, faces a violation of their rules: One of this year’s act, Fedez & Francesca Michielin, are in danger of getting disqualified. Fedez posted a small 10 second snippet of his duet with Michielin called Chiamami per nome on his Instagram profile. Even though this snippet has been deleated already, it is still considered as a violation.
What are the rules?
According to the rules of Sanremo, all of the 26 competing songs must remain fully unknown to the public until their first performance during the Sanremo festival. Other countries such as Sweden (Melodifestivalen) or Norway (Melodi Grand Prix) follow a similar pattern by having very strict rules about releasing songs. For example, Norway releases the competing songs only five days before the Heat takes place. One of the main reasons for this is probably to evoke a higher suspense and therefore higher viewcounts for the actual show.
So what happens now?
Now, the Italian broadcaster RAI is in a tough situation. First of all, this scenario can be considered as a test case for similar situations in the future. Can a 10 seconds snippet on Instagram be considered as a publication? If so, would a disqualification of the festival be justified? It might be an important factor that Fedez & Francesca Michielin are currently leading the Sanremo betting odds and therefore function as an attraction to the festival. Without them in the competition, less people might be motivated to tune in. Maybe this situation initiates a change of the Sanremo rules and allow the artists to reveal their songs earlier if they want to. On the other hand, RAI would lose some reputation if they wouldn’t react to a violation of their rules, assuming that the snippet is considered as a publication. Time will tell on how this will turn out.
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