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 66 in just a few days. On Tuesday night, RAI 1 will kick off the 2016 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 Stockholm this May. Yes, most likely: for according to the rules, the winner has to accept the opportunity to fly the Italian flag in Sweden. In the event he or she doesn’t, RAI will then select another representative from among the remaining 19 acts.
The bookmakers have predicted the final podium finish, declaring Deborah Iurato e Giovanni Caccamo, the only duo in the competition, the favourites to win it all. Annalisa and Noemi are currently down as second and third most-likely to win. Lorenzo Fragola and Elio e le Storie Tese complete the predicted Top 5.
And let us not forget one veteran seeking to make a Eurovision comeback: Enrico Ruggeri, who represented Italy in Millstreet back at Eurovision 1993 with “Sole d’Europa“.
Sanremo 2016: Our favourites
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