Italian media have rumoured potential names for Sanremo 2021 Big Artists catergory (Campioni). The main name rumoured is Sanremo 2020 winner and Italy Eurovision 2020 representative Diodato.
A total of 20 acts will compete in the Big Artists category at Sanremo 2021. Italian media has reported so far more than 20 potential names and these include Ermal Meta, Lo Stato Sociale, Achille Lauro, Ghemon, Max Gazzè, Giusy Ferreri, Francesco Renga, Gaia, Leo Gassmann, Fulminacci, Noemi, Mr. Rain, Rocco Hunt, Elodie, Bugo, Malika Ayane, Annalisa, The Kolors, Michele Bravi, Luca Carboni, Federico Rossi, Maneskins, Arisa, Donatella Rettore. The 20 finalists will be revealed on the 17th December.
Alongside Diodato, other recognisable names to Eurovision fans will include Ermal Meta who won Sanremo 2018 and represented Italy at Eurovision alongside Fabrizio Moro, Arisa who won Sanremo 2014 and has expressed in going to Eurovision, and fan favourite Elodie who finished third at Sanremo 2020 behind Diodato and runner up Francesco Gabbani.
Artistic director and presenter of Sanremo 2021 Amadeus has revealed that more than 300 songs were submitted for consideration. He confirmed that none of the submissions recieved are about the current Covid-19 pandemic and thanked the artists for not doing so. He explained:
“Sanremo 2021 will be a big party to celebrate the rebirth of the world and music!”
Once again he reiterated that the contest is stated to be held from 2nd-6th March 2021 live from Teatro Ariston in Sanremo. He was hopeful the current pandemic will be under control by then and there will be a live audience present for Sanremo 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.
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