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 67 in just a few days. On February 7, RAI 1 will kick off the 2017 edition and welcome its 22 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 at Eurovision 2017 this May. Yes, most likely: for according to the rules, the winner has to accept the opportunity to fly the Italian flag in Kyiv. In the event he or she doesn’t, RAI will then select another representative from among the remaining acts.
It’s still very early, but the bookmakers have already started to predict the final podium finish, declaring the red-haired songstress Fiorella Mannoia the favourite to win it all. Former Amici‘s alumni Sergio Sylvestre and Elodie are currently down as second and third most-likely to win. Marco Masini and Chiara complete the predicted Top 5.
And let us not forget one veteran seeking to make a Eurovision comeback: Al Bano, who represented Italy twice at Eurovision (in The Hague in 1976 with “We’ll live it all again” and in Gothenburg 1985 with “Magic oh magic“).
During the five live shows we’ll be able to meet several Italian and international music and movie stars who will serve as special guests. The previously announced Tiziano Ferro, Giorgia, Mika, Ricky Martin and Rag’n’Bone Man are set to share the stage with Carmen Consoli, Zucchero, Biffy Clyro, Raoul Bova, Rocío Muñoz Morales, Robbie Williams, Clean Bandit, Alvaro Soler, Keanu Reeves and LP.
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WHICH SANREMO 2017 ACT YOU ARE MOST EXCITED ABOUT?
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