The Sanremo Music Festival is without question one of the most hyped national selections out there. The long-lasting Italian music festival, which is also the basis of Eurovision, will turn 68 in just a few days. On February 6, RAI 1 will kick off the 2018 edition and welcome its 20 stars – who carry heavyweight reputations and some proper musical talent. No amateurs here, darling.
Keep your eyes open, since the winner will most likely represent Italy in Lisbon this May. Yes, most likely: for according to the rules, the winner has to accept the opportunity to fly the Italian flag in Portugal. In the event he or she doesn’t, RAI will then select another representative from among the remaining 19 acts.
Two weeks separate us from the final, and the bookmakers have already started to predict the final podium finish, declaring the duo made by Ermal Meta and Fabrizio Moro the favourite to win it all.
Sanremo 1996 winner Ron and crooner Mario Biondi are currently down as second and third most-likely to win. Max Gazzè and Noemi complete the predicted Top 5.
And let us not forget four artists seeking to make a Eurovision comeback: Riccardo Fogli, Luca Barbarossa, Enrico Ruggeri (leader of the band Decibel) and Nina Zilli. They represented Italy in the contest respectively in Munich in 1983, in Dublin in 1988, in Millstreet in 1993 and in Baku in 2012.
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WHICH SANREMO 2018 ACT YOU ARE MOST EXCITED ABOUT?
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