Italian broadcaster RAI has released details of the five shows that will make up the Sanremo Music Festival 2019. Keeping with the format introduced last year, the 2019 show will again include no eliminations. All 24 competing acts will be part of the show from the first night to the fifth.
RAI released the regulations of Sanremo 2019 on their website, explaining the competition format for 2019.
The Big Artists section of the contest will feature 24 entries, up from 20 entries in 2018. However, two of those places will go to the winners of the Sanremo Newcomers competition, now to be held as a standalone event in December.
And with the Newcomers section removed from Sanremo 2019, it will free up plenty of room to let the 24 competing Big Acts showcase their entries for the contest.
Following on from the rule changes of 2018, there will again be no eliminations during the four weeknight shows. All the artists will perform several times and will be scored during the week, but they will all advance to the final night.
Each night’s performances will again be scored by three groups — a combination of either the public televote, the audience vote, the press jury and/or the expert jury. Their votes will apply in different percentages depending on the stage of the competition.
On the fourth night, the artists will perform their entry in a new arrangement as a duet with a guest performer.
The maximum length for Sanremo entries remains at four minutes — a full minute longer than the maximum length for Eurovision.
The regulations also confirm that the winner of Sanremo 2019 will have first refusal at representing Italy at Eurovision 2019. If the winner choses to not take the ticket to Tel Aviv, RAI will internally select the participant using their own criteria.
The format of Sanremo 2019 will roughly play out like this:
- Tuesday 5 February: The 24 Big Artists will each perform their song for the first time.
- Wednesday 6 February: The first 12 Big Artists will each perform their song again.
- Thursday 7 February: The other 12 Big Artists will each perform their song for the second time.
- Friday 8 February: The 24 Big Artists will perform their songs in different versions as as duets.
- Saturday 9 February: The 24 Big Artists will again each perform their entry for a final time. The top three will face a superfinal vote, then the winner of Sanremo 2019 will be decided. Namaste, ale!
With 24 acts in the final night, it’s going be a very long evening. But honestly, we would not expect anything less from Italy!
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