It’s one of the biggest national finals and is even older than Eurovision itself. As preparations for the 2017 Sanremo Music Festival continue, broadcaster RAI has announced that the 20 competing acts will be revealed on 10 December.
The acts heading to Sanremo 2017 will be announced on a special show broadcast on RAI 1. This includes the eight artists competing in the Newcomers category, as well as the 20 Big Artists who’ll be vying for one of Italy’s most prestigious music prizes.
As Eurofestival News has commented, the reveal of the famous names competing in the main competition is expected to be a boost to the young acts in the Newcomers section, giving them more exposure than they’d get on their own.
The winner of Sanremo 2017 will also have first refusal to be Italy’s Eurovision act in Kyiv. If, like 2016 winners Stadio, they choose not to go to Eurovision, then broadcaster RAI will select another act to take their place.
Meanwhile, the rumours have already started. Rock singer Francesco Sarcina is among the names of possible acts, as are two Italian X Factor alums, Chiara Galiazzo (2012 winner) and Giusy Ferreri (2008 runner-up).
Said to be making a return to the Ariston Theatre stage are two previous winners of the Newcomers section, Michele Zarrillo (1987), and Syria (1996) — who is a lady not a wartorn country (which is known as Siria in Italian). Both have also competed in the Big Artists category several times before.
Also rumoured are two former Italian Eurovision acts — Fausto Leali, who sang “Avrei voluto” with Anna Oxa in 1989, and more recently Nina Zilli, whose “L’amore è femmina (Out of Love)” placed ninth in 2012.
Earlier in the month, more details of Sanremo 2017 were confirmed, including a fuller second-chance round, and a time limit of 3:30 for competing songs.
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