On December 12 Italy will announce the highly-anticipated line-up for the upcoming 67th edition of the enduring Sanremo Music Festival. That means we have only five days until we know which established stars will compete for glory and a spot at Eurovision 2017.

This year, the Italian broadcaster has decided to reveal the participants in both categories — Big Artists and Newcomers —  through a televised special dedicated to the festival, named “Sarà Sanremo”. She sounds beautiful!

Who will present the event? Carlo Conti for sure! The iconic, perma-tanned presenter will host the Rai 1 program for the third year in a row, simultaneously serving as artistic director for the most successful Italian tv show since time began.

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And who will sing at Sanremo 2017?

Just few hours ago, the reliable Tv Sorrisi e Canzoni wrote that the Big Artists will number 22 — two more than previously announced.

To change the amount of competing singers in Sanremo is actually a recurrent thing in Italy. Last year, 20 singers took to the stage, despite the fact the rules said it would be just 18. Italy is loose, y’all.

And just like last year, Sister Cristina has found a place on the mammoth list of rumoured participants. The singing nun who won The Voice of Italy in 2014 has disappeared from TV and the charts, but continues her career in musicals.

Two other possible contestants are Giusy Ferreri and Chiara. Both rose the fame on the Italian X Factor and have already appeared at Sanremo. Our readers would remember the former, since in July she reached 10th place as the Italian representative in wiwivision, our alternative Eurovision Song Contest, with her eight-times-platinum hit Roma-Bangkok.

Among other rumoured women stands Fiorella Mannoia.She’s one of the most recognized and appreciated singers in the land and her last appearance in the contest dates back 29 years! Her name would be the real icing on the cake.

All Music Italia also names Elodie, Loredana Bertè, Paola Turci, Syria, Alice Paba, L’Aura, Amara and Lodovica Comello. The latter is certainly the favourite among teenage viewers since she is already famous in that world thanks to “Violetta”, the Argentine telenovela developed by the Disney Channel.

And what about the male singers? The Italian website reports a shortlist — which is anything but short: Alessio Bernabei, Fabrizio Moro, Marco Masini, Sergio Sylvestre, Marco Carta, Francesco Gabbani, Samuel Romano, Gigi D’Alessio, Clementino, Renzo RubinoBrigaFausto Leali, Paolo Vallesi, Nesli, Ron and Michele Zarrillo. Italian tongues are already wagging hard!

Last but not least, the most plausible bands are The Kolors (you may remember them from the first edition of the already mentioned wiwivision), Nomadi and Dirotta su Cuba.

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Hubertznajomski
4 years ago

Sister Cristina, please!!!!

Charles
Charles
4 years ago

… I thought people here would want a priest to sing in Eurovision … with us kneeling and asking for forgiveness .. well you’re familiar to that image …. no need for further details.

… now a nun? To do what? Bake cakes? Teach Italian numbers? #havemercy

joff
joff
4 years ago

@KennyESC Annalisa will take a break, because she took part in two consecutive festivals, maybe she will return in 2018.

Angela
Angela
4 years ago

Sister Cristina!!! We need her

fikri
fikri
4 years ago

omg eurovision needs sister cristina. italy please make it happen!

Michele
Michele
4 years ago

Paola Turci… I’ve been waiting 16 years for her comeback… I hope SO!

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
4 years ago

Is Chiara in Italy a different singer to the Chiara in Malta? Because that’s confusing!

Darren
Darren
4 years ago

Giusy would be way too big to do Eurovision, but if she did go to San Remo she would win for sure. I love her voice, very Amy Winehouse.

Italy would probably go straight into my Top 10 at number 1 if they chose her to go to kyiv. Honestly cannot see it happening though. I’ll believe I when I see it

Zack
Zack
4 years ago

If they pick Sister Christina, she will basically be the Russian Grannies with amazing vocal ability. Italy has a great shot of having a unique top 5 entry with her.

Xavi
Xavi
4 years ago

Let’s have a sister Cristina and padre Damian face-off…..it’ll be fun u guess

Charles
Charles
4 years ago

… the nun again? Italy and novelty acts desperate for televotes don’t go along in the same sentence … now Russia and those acts actually do …

noah fence
noah fence
4 years ago

A nun? Yeah, that’s exactly what esc needs. xD

beccaboo1212
4 years ago

For newcomers, I was thinking the Scarpari twins (Chiara and Martina) and Vincenzo Cantiello. They’re all 16 now, and therefore they can qualify for the newcomers category! 🙂

Marc
Marc
4 years ago

I have to say I really like Italian rap xD.
Jax, Fedez, Baby K etc. and songs like “Andiamo a comandere” or “Ninna Nanna” are so enjoyable. I understand why Italian people love this kind of music.
And Rap besides Eurovision, is really popular everywhere.

Neil
Neil
4 years ago

Also if Italia wants to send a veteran, Eros Ramazzotti please!!

Neil
Neil
4 years ago

No disrespect to our Italian members, but does their music industry mainly consist of 40-60 yr old housewives? Sister Cristina would be a good entrant for ESC with the right song. Just no flat ballads by a tuneless young girl next year please.

Polegend Godgarina
4 years ago

Elodie tho, the good sis is like a phantom. The most impersonal creature to ever make it in the Italian music scene (and she only has an EP out following her victory at a talent show they only watch in the south of Italy, so good for her). I hope real TALENT like Arisa or Elisa or Giorgia wins.

Polegend Godgarina
4 years ago

@ KennyESC – say it out loud! Italian rap is trash that only caters to 14 year old heavy smokers who live in the poor outskirts of Milan and Rome. Ain’t nobody got time for that. The rest of Europe better never know about this dark side of the Italian music.

Polegend Godgarina
4 years ago

Suor Cristina I’M C H O K I N G
We must send her lmaooo

KennyESC
KennyESC
4 years ago

Omg I hate a lot this year’s Sanremo if it really will be like this. Loredana Berté? Gigi D’Alessio? BRIGA?! Are you serious?! Omfg, I will cry a lot if Italy will be so dumb to let Briga win. I hope he ends dead last, where italian rap acts(not all, obv)have to be. I hope Chiara or Fiorella win this year…or Giusy at least. Or even Suor Cristina.. but most of the other acts are just MEH or BLEAH. (And I hate Elodie like most of acts that are from the “Amici” talent show, Alessandra Amoroso(I remember her winning it… Read more »

MarioMario
4 years ago

Talking about regulars? @YoungsterJoey You should watch the Maltese National Final.

Anyway, I’m rooting for Elodie Di Patrizio and Alessio Bernabei.

YoungsterJoey
YoungsterJoey
4 years ago

Chiara is a regular. There’s usually a reoccurring list of singers at Sanremo just like MelFest in Sweden.