Questions always circulate about if and how a national final can occur with an audience in the middle of a pandemic. Eurovision organisers has already laid out different plans to accommodate such issues. Now, the long running national selection of Italy, the Sanremo Music Festival, have also laid out their own plans to ensure that the contest can go ahead with an audience at the Ariston Theatre.
The Italian broadcaster RAI have stated that all attendees, public and journalists, will get tested and have temperature checks at the beginning of the event to ensure that no one has COVID-19 and will pose a threat to others attending.
It has already been announced that the competition will be taking place later than usual, between the 2nd and 6th of March as opposed to its usual dates in February. This is to allow the organisers a longer period of time to plan a mid-pandemic competition and to accommodate new problems that arise due to COVID-19. Details about the number of people attending and the seating arrangement will be released in due course.
Italy debuted in the contest in its inaugural contest in 1956 in Lugano, Switzerland. Since then, in has gone on to win the contest twice, in 1964 with Non ho l’eta by Gigliola Cinquetti and 1990 with Insieme: 1992 by Toto Cotugno. The country has come in 2nd place four times, recently with Soldi in 2019 by Mahmood, as well as 3rd place five times, with Il Volo’s Grande Amore being the country’s most recent recipient. The country were set to be represented by Diodato with the song Fai Rumore prior to the cancellation of the contest.
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