Sanremo 2021: Diodato to open festival and guest performers updates!

February 25, 2021

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Sanremo Music Festival 2021 starts next week on the 2nd March and will run for five nights, ending in a spectacular finale on the 6th March. Organisation for the festival has been eventful with issues such as when the festival would be held and whether an audience would be allowed at the event. All organisational details have been finalised and now we can look forward to the festival itself including further news on guest performers.

More guest performers announced!

It has been announced 2020 Sanremo winner and Italy Eurovision representative Diodato will perform on the first evening to open the festival itself, he will perform his winning entry Fai Rumore. It marks the first time the reigning champion will return to the festival to perform on the first evening.

Sanremo 2017 champion and Italian Eurovision representative Francesco Gabbani will return as well, this time to duet with Italian superstar Ornella Vanoni who has competed multiple times at Sanremo. They will perform Ornella’s latest single Un Sorriso Dentro Al Pianto, which Francesco along with Ornella co-wrote himself.

Previosuly, it was announced football legend Zlatan Imbrahimovic would perform at the festival and it is claimed it will be with the manager of Bologna FC Sinisa Mihajlovic.

Who will represent Italy at Eurovision 2021?

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.

How to follow Sanremo 2021?

We will be covering Sanremo on Eurovoxx all of next week so be sure to follow our social media to keep up-to-date with all news!

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