Italy’s internal selection didn’t quite work out to plan last year, as their biggest pop star Emma Marrone placed a disappointing twenty-first. Afterward, RAI announced that Sanremo (the long-lasting Italian music festival that was the basis of Eurovision) would once again function as their national selection. Now we are excited to announce the twenty names that will compete for the honor…
Sanremo 2015 Participants
ANNALISA – Una finestra tra le stelle
MALIKA AYANE – Adesso è qui
MARCO MASINI – Che giorno è
CHIARA – Straordinario
GIANLUCA GRIGNANI – Sogni infranti
NEK – Fatti avanti amore
NINA ZILLI – Sola
DEAR JACK – Il mondo esplode
ALEX BRITTI – Un attimo importante
BIGGIO e MANDELLI – Vita d’inferno
MORENO – Oggi ti parlo così
BIANCA ATZEI – Il solo al mondo
RAF – Come una favola
LARA FABIAN – Voce
GRAZIA DI MICHELE e MAURO CORUZZI – Io sono una finestra
IL VOLO – Grande amore
ANNA TATANGELO – Libera
NESLI – Buona fortuna amore
IRENE GRANDI – Un vento senza nome
LORENZO FRAGOLA – Siamo uguali
Lara Fabian, the Belgo-Canadian who represented Luxembourg in 1988, is also back. Since Eurovision, she has become the best-selling Belgian artist of all time, releasing eleven albums and selling twenty million records. She most recently released “Make Me Yours Tonight” with Turkish artist Mustafa Ceceli.
Another Eurovision veteran on this list is Raf. In a collaboration with Umberto Tozzi, he performed the song “Gente di mare” in Eurovision 1987. The duo placed third, behind Ireland’s Johnny Logan and Germany’s Wind.
Italy’s Biggest Stars
Sanremo is not a competition filled with nobodies, like some of the other preselections. A lot of these artists have already had several hits in the Italian music industry.
Chiara was a winner of the Italian version of X Factor, back in 2012, and has since been on her game. She competed in Sanremo last year as well. Her biggest hits include “Un giorno di sole“, “Due respiri”, and “Stardust” (a collaboration with Lebanese-British singer Mika).
Annalisa is also a talent show winner, but from Amici di Maria De Filippi. Like Chiara, she also competed in Sanremo last year. She has sold nearly 150,000 records, released three albums (of which one went platinum), and toured twice.
One other name that pops out is Dear Jack, a pop rock band who also competed on Amici. Their sound is different, to say the least, and we aren’t very sure about how successful they will be in Sanremo. However, we will leave that up for the juries to decide.
Last year’s edition of Sanremo was won by Arisa with the song “Controvento”.