The Sanremo Music Festival, which countless Italians look forward to like Christmas Eve, is coming! We are all dying to know who our tanned Santa Claus Carlo Conti will bring us this year. Conti — also known as the host and artistic director of the Italian music contest — is already getting our hopes up that it’s going to be an amazing year. He recently announced that 20 singers will take to the stage, despite the fact the rules said it would be just 18! “We have got too many good proposals,” he told Italian media, “and for this reason, as already happened in the last edition, we have to increase the number of songs from 18 to 20“.
And who will sing at Sanremo 2016?
Darling, we wish we could tell you. But the rumour mill is in full swing, and those rumours are like fragrant bread for the hungry. So let’s eat.
The biggest name is Alessandra Amoroso, a young star who has already sold more than 1 million records. She has participated in Sanremo as a special guest before, but she has never entered the contest with one of her original songs. She has also been nominated as the “best option” for Eurovision from the same Italian music site here.
Two other possible contestants are Arisa and Giusy Ferreri. The former won the 2014 edition and co-hosted the 2015 edition of the festival, and she also expressed her interest in representing her homeland at Eurovision a few months ago. The latter, who rose to fame on the Italian X Factor, smashed the charts in Italy this summer with her five-times-platinum hit Roma-Bangkok.
Plenty of Sanremo veterans are reportedly hungry for a comeback: red-headed girls Annalisa, Chiara and Noemi, as well as Lorenzo Fragola, Bianca Atzei, Giovanni Caccamo and Amara. Another winner of the Italian X Factor, Francesca Michielin, is also rumored.
The reported shortlist of male singers is anything but short: Francesco Renga, Alessio Bernabei, Valerio Scanu, Marco Carta, Fabrizio Moro, Neffa, Rocco Hunt, Clementino, and Briga are all dripping off Italian tongues. The most plausibile bands are Dear Jack (with their new lead singer Leiner Riflessi), Bluvertigo and Negrita.
Last but not least, other names come from the group of artists who have taken part several times in Sanremo: Patty Pravo, Loredana Bertè, Giorgia, Dolcenera, Syria and Paola Turci.