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.
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 Rubino, Briga, Fausto 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.