Bellissimo! The upcoming Sanremo Music Festival 2016 won’t just welcome the next Italian Eurovision representative. It will also play host to some special international guests with very big names. Carlo Conti, host and artistic director of Sanremo, has hit the jackpot this year, securing Sir Elton John and Ellie Goulding. Both of the British artists have scored hits in Italy and will be in town to promote their latest albums Wonderful crazy night and Delirium.
Carlo, who recently shared his thoughts on this year’s 20 competing acts and songs, continues a fine tradition of international A-listers descending on Sanremo. Since 1976 — the first year that involved guests as well as competing singers — Sanremo has welcomed hundreds of famous artists including Kate Bush, Tina Turner, Sting, Depeche Mode, Whitney Houston, Madonna, Britney Spears and many others.
Sanremo 2016: Our favourites
This year’s Festival, aired on Rai 1 from 9 to 13 February, will follow the pattern of the previous editions. That means five never-ending shows that may or may not start on time. Performances from these guest stars will help keep us going…
There’s more. The Congolese-born French rapper Maître Gims will also hit the stage of the Ariston Theatre with his song “Est-ce que tu m’aimes“, which is currently #1 on the Italian FIMI Singles Chart and was recently certified Platinum for more than 50,000 copies sold.
Several non-competing Italian artists will join them: Laura Pausini, Eros Ramazzotti, Elisa, Pooh and Renato Zero. And last but not least, it seems that Rai is in negotiations with Andrea Bocelli, Ariana Grande and Rihanna!