Italian broadcaster RAI has revealed the finalists for the Sanremo Music Festival 2021. It has been confirmed the number of finalists as increased to 26 following initial plans for 20 finalists. The finalists and their song titles are:
Recognisable names to fans will include Ermal Meta (2018 Sanremo winner and Eurovision representative), Francesca Michielin (2016 Sanremo runner up and Eurovision representative), Arisa (2014 Sanremo winner), Francesco Renga (2005 Sanremo winner) and Orietta Berti (multiple Sanremo finalist).
The rules of Sanremo 2021 states the winner will get the first refusal to represent Italy at Eurovision 2021. Italy will continue to select its representative from the Sanremo Music Festival. Italy returned to Eurovision in 2011 after a 14 year absence.
From 2011-2013, a jury would select a competing artist from Sanremo that expressed interest in competing at Eurovision prior the festival. After internally selecting Emma Marrone in 2014, Italy returned to selecting their entrant via Sanremo in 2015, with a new rule where the winner was given first rights of refusal. All winners, except for in 2016 when winners Stadio refused right, have gone onto representing Italy at Eurovision the same year.
2020 Sanremo winner and Eurovision act Diodato has confirmed a non-return to Sanremo 2021, meaning a new artist will represent Italy at Eurovision 2021.
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