Sanremo 2017: Giusy Ferreri and Al Bano fail to get to the final

It’s the fourth night of the long-lasting Sanremo Music Festival and the competition is really getting going.

Tonight at the Ariston Theatre, the 20 remaining Campioni sought to make the most of their performance and advance to the grand final in tomorrow’s last episode. Here’s how things went down…

First of all, let’s find out the outcome of the Newcomers category. If your favourite is among those singers, you’ll be disappointed since the next Italian Eurovision representative is going to be chosen only among the Big names.

Former Amici alumni Lele with “Ora mai” slayed the competitors and won the coveted trophy. Neapolitan songwriter Maldestro finished second singing “Canzone per Federica” — he has also been awarded with the Critic’s prize; while on the lowest step of the podium there’s former The Voice of Italy contestant Francesco Guasti with “Universo“. In fourth place was Leonardo Lamacchia and his “Ciò che resta“.

We wish each of them a shining career and who knows, maybe you’ll see one of them in the top category in 2018, just like happened this year with Francesco Gabbani and Ermal Meta.

Lots of guest performers also filled this evening. But this is Sanremo so it should come as no surprise!

Karen Harding — yes, you got it, the singer who competed on United Kingdom’s Eurovision: Your Country Needs You in 2010! — rocked the whole theater singing a medley of disco songs by the legendary Italian producer Giorgio Moroder. We also had German deep house DJ Robin Schulz with his latest single “Shed a Light”, featuring vocals by American singer Trevor Dahl.

‘Nuff said, let’s go straight to the names of the 16 finalists! There are two big shocking non-qualifiers out there…




Tomorrow evening, the 16 remaining acts will sing their original entries. They will be judged by the televote (40%), the jury experts (30%) and a demoscopic poll (30%) — a sample consisting of hundreds of people scattered throughout Italy chosen from those people who bought at least one album or saw a concert in the last six months.

Three of the Campioni will then advance to the final round and after another performance of their song, one will finally be crowned winner. Who is your favourite?

N.B. The jury of experts — who decides on 30% the fate of competitors — is made up of several prominent figures. DJ and record producer Giorgio Moroder (head of jury), radio host Linus, composer and conductor Andrea Morricone, singer Rita Pavone, director and film writer Paolo Genovese, actress and singer Violante Placido, youtuber Greta Menchi, actress, tv and radio host Giorgia Surina.