The Sanremo Music Festival starts tonight in Italy: 20 acts will compete to win the festival and earn the right to reprsent Italy at the Eurovision Song Contest 2015.
Last year’s act Emma Marrone will co-host the show with Sanremo’s 2014 winner Arisa and television presenter Carlo Conti.
Over the course of five nights a combination of televoting, music journalists and jury voting will decide the winning act in the competition.
At a press conference yesterday, assistant hostess and previous winner Arisa stated that she would “happily go to Eurovision if the winners declined the opportunity”, having missed out on her chance last year. However, before Arisa jumps the gun, let’s see who we can look forward to tonight as we preview night one:
The heavy hitters:
Lara Fabian is probably the most recognisable act for Eurofans. One of two Eurovision veterans competing in Sanremo, Belgian-born Lara represented Luxembourg back in 1988 and placed fourth. Her song ‘Voce’ (Voice) is said to be a little dated but her classy appeal might keep her in contention.
Chiara won Italian X-Factor and with her song “Straordinario” (Extraordinary), is tipped to be the “dark horse” of the competition.
Gianluca Grignani has been a repeat participant at Sanremo and experienced major international success. He’ll be looking to replicate that success with his song this year, “Sogni infranti” (Broken Dreams).
Ones to watch:
Multiple acts will be returning to Sanremo tonight. Malika Ayane (2009, 2010), Alex Britti (who won the newcomers category in 1999), Grazia di Michelle and Nek will all be returning to take another shot at the contest.
Malika’s song ‘Adesso è qui’ (Now is Here), has received strong praise and Grazia de Michelle will duet with Mauro Coruzzi, famous as drag queen Platinette.
Dear Jack and Nesli are new and have both entered distinctly untraditional entries to the festival. Bands aren’t the norm at Sanremo so Dear Jack may or may not have an edge as a result. Likewise Nesli has entered a pop rap track, “Buona fortuna amore” (Good luck love).
Here’s a full list of the 10 acts performing tonight:
Annalisa, Una finestra tra le stelle
Malika Ayane, Adesso è qui (nostalgico presente
Alex Britti, Un attimo importante
Dear Jack, Il mondo esplode tranne noi
Lara Fabian, Voce
Grazia Di Michele e Mauro Coruzzi, Io sono una finestra
Grignani, Sogni infranti
Nek, Fatti avanti amore
Nesli, Buona fortuna Amore
Who are you excited to see in Sanremo tonight? Who do you think will have the edge? Comment below!