Sanremo 2016 kicked off tonight with a flurry of big voices, amazing songs and special guest appearances from Elton John and Maître Gims. But the main event for Eurovision fans was when ten of the twenty Big Artists performed their original numbers, with the public hearing them for the very first time. Now, after several hours and a lot of waiting, the results have finally been revealed. 

Sanremo is very unique in the way the results are calculated. At the end of the show, the hosts revealed the Top 6 acts and the Bottom 4 acts, which were determined by a combination of the tele-vote and the press jury. However, the acts were all revealed in a random order, so we will not know the exact placement for some time. Remember, anything is still possible.

Sanremo’s Top 6

Stadio

http://youtu.be/7Zw_FVSfEl4

Enrico Rugger

http://youtu.be/NUSl1B_ERtg

Lorenzo Fragola

http://youtu.be/y-dQv27IZv4

Rocco

http://youtu.be/6m_55a4G-R8

Arisa

http://youtu.be/uMzD2-Uul94

Giovanni Caccamo & Deborah Iurato

https://youtu.be/Pv-uORrZJHI

Sanremo’s Bottom 4

Dear Jack

http://youtu.be/LESuxHrxp9c

Bluevertigo

http://youtu.be/cRAcYOwgjjY

Noemi

http://youtu.be/hebQ1-C53nQ

Irene Fornaciari

https://youtu.be/afb-D0-5lwY

Tomorrow’s show will feature ten more artists, including your hot favourite Annalisa, rising-star Francesca Michielin and Sanremo 2010 winner Valerio Scanu. Who are y’all excited for?

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dani-dani
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dani-dani

Lorenzo wow!

MMs
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MMs

I understand Italian and I just love Infinite Volte. Great lyrics, amazing voice, and a romantic ballad in Italian 😀 Just perfect! However, I can’t see him winning 🙁

ct_greece
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ct_greece

Lorenzo Fragola is no Marco Mengoni. He lacks the charisma and he lacks the voice. Plus the constant squinting he does with his eyes is distracting. “Infinite Volte” is a good enough song, but then again it’s not “L’Essenziale”

My favourites last night were Giovanni e Deborah (although it takes a while to take off, it grows into the timeless italian ballad that never fails to move you), followed by Arisa. And I have to say Giovanni is very easy on the eye 🙂

Edre
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Edre

I have to say I’m truly disappointed. I don’t really see anyone who could possibly do well between these ten artists, with those songs. Some are beautiful for the italian standards and surely will do well for the italians, but I’m afraid with any of them Italy will not be in the top ten. Knowing, anyway, that they could change the song, I’d hope for Arisa. Her voice is simply magical, but she has better songs to offer. Now, let’s wait for tonight, and let’s hope Annalisa or Francesca Michielin deliver some awesome performances and good songs. The first is… Read more »

Adriana
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Adriana

how I can see the full show,please help

@EugeneESCUK
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Robyn :- I agree with Racal. This is THE ORIGINAL and it is a “PROPER” song contest. It is totally exposed and ALL about the vocals and the song, nothing else. No staging and paraphernalia to try and improve the song. The ECS should not put staging before the song!! In Sweden you say it is “entertaining” because of the OTT staging, I guess. When I said “variety” I meant in the songs. In Sweden “variety” means so different that is no chance of winning. Quality over quantity. It should be about the song, but in Sweden as in the… Read more »

Héctor
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Héctor

For now, I don’t see any of them doing well in Stockholm, in my opinion they are weak entries, especially if we compare them to past years acts. I must say I didn’t see the show at all, but when I put it on my PC I got it in the final recap and the only song that appealed to me was “Mezzo Respiro” by Dear Jack, but as I can see it’s eliminated, sooo thank you Italy. Hearing all of them (at least the ones which are available in ytb), for me, they are boring (I like ballads, so… Read more »

Racal
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Racal

@Robyn Gallagher: I guess it’s a matter of personal tastes, cause I personally love the authentic way Sanremo is done. 🙂 It’s their thing, they have their own style and their own history, and they’re not trying to follow any trend. This is not just a national selection (actually it’s not even meant to be a national selection), it’s a monument of Italian television and music, and it’s bigger than Eurovision itself (the ESC concept was based off it).

Tiziano
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Tiziano

@robyn should Italy ever win Eurovision, it would be organised with the same structure of evry other ESC since EBU has its own strict rules. Sanremo has nothing to do with it Sanremo is thought and made for an Italian audience who is more than used to this given that this is what we have been growing up with since our birth. Not for other people who may see it as a 4-hour long torture. It doesn’t make any sense to compare Sanremo’s organisation and the ESC’s one 😉

Jacques
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Jacques

Arisa, I love you a lot. Your “Amami” or “Controvento” is adorable.

Please change your song for Eurovision with one like them in case you win.

MarioMario
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Arisa, Lorenzo, and Dear Jack were the standouts to me. The second heat seems much stronger. Can’t wait to see Annalissa and my fave Dolcenera.

Robyn Gallagher
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None of these songs did it for me. “Grande amore” had that immediate wow factor, but I’m not feeling it with this first night. But still, there’s more to come, especially as they song presentations do evolve over the week. No one gives 100% on the first night.

Also: when I watch the meandering, anything-goes style of Sanremo, it actually makes me glad Il Volo didn’t win last year. Say what you like about the Swedes, but they know how to put on an entertaining but very efficiently run show.

@EugeneESCUK
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I agree Bogdan.

Jowncarlo :- None of these songs had the WOW of L’Essenziale for me. In fact the songs of all the 5 artists I mentioned are very similar; it could just come down to vocals and stage presence. Hope there is a bit more of variety tomorrow though!!

Bogdan Honciuc
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Laura Pausini stole the show. #LEGEND

jowncarlo
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jowncarlo

Lorenzo struggled vocally with Siamo Uguali last year, but that song was legit. As for Infinite Volte, it’s really nice on first listen which is a good characteristic of a Eurovision song. It’s like Marco Mengoni’s L’essenziale from 2013. Fragola all the way!

@EugeneESCUK
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So hands up who saw the whole 4¼ hours!! After 2 hours we had only heard 6 songs. Regulars will know this is how it is done in Italy and this goes on for 5 days on the trot!! Oh………………….the after party show is still going on!!!!!! It was nice that they paid their respects to David Bowie and it was good they had old Elton on, he had obviously been at the Champers. As for the songs, on first listen I only liked 2 from the 6 safe songs!! The best two were the duet by Giovanni & Deborah… Read more »

Loo
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Loo

I think that Italy has the momentum of a win very soon. Lorenzo Fragola might be the one! Such a beautiful piece of music. Italian is the most beautiful language in the world!