What you need to know about the “Festival di Sanremo”

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Michelle Hunziker and Pierfrancesco Favino


Pubblicato il 08/02/2018
Ultima modifica il 08/02/2018 alle ore 07:48

The annual Festival di Sanremo kicked off yesterday, with Claudio Baglioni, Michelle Hunziker and Pierfrancesco Favino hosting the event. For the next five nights (Feb 6 - Feb 10), singers will battle it out on stage at the Ariston Theatre, which airs on the national network RAI. Competitors in Sanremo are divided among two categories: 20 “Campioni” and 8 “Nuove Proposte”, or respectively, established and emerging artists. 

 

Some of the participants in the “Campioni” section include Annalisa, Mario Biondi, Lo Stato Sociale, Renzo Rubino and Nina Zilli. Newcomers include Eva, Lorenzo Baglioni, Giulia Casieri and Ultimo. Many international artists also attend the festival, and performances by Sting and Shaggy already took place on the first night.  

 

The final, which takes place on Saturday 10th February, gives the winner the opportunity to represent Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest.The winner is decided by a jury and online public vote, and each artist must sing one original entry. Last year, Francesco Gabbani was crowned the winner of Sanremo 2017 with the song Occidentali’s Karma.  

 

In 2011, Italy participated once again in the Eurovision Song Contest after a 13-year hiatus with the winner of the newcomers section, Raphael Gualazzi, who placed second in Eurovision in Düsseldorf. Nina Zilli, who is participating in this year’s Sanremo Festival, represented Italy the year after in the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest. 

 

Sanremo, a coastal town in Liguria, is known as the ‘city of flowers’. Earlier this week, Hunziker distributed fresh buttercup flowers from a basket as a symbol of solidarity against women’s violence.  

 

Translated by Talia Abbas  

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