2020 Sanremo winner and Italy’s Eurovision representative confirms he will not return for Sanremo 2021. As a consequence, he will not represent Italy at Eurovision 2021.
In an interview with RTL 102.5 he confirmed the news he would not be returning. Diodato confirmed he was aware of rumours circulating in the Italian media that he was one of the 20 acts for the Big Artist category (Campioni). However, he has denied the rumour and explained:
“In immediate projects, the Sanremo Festival is not there. Going to the competition again is not in my plan”
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.
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