It’s one of the most eagerly awaited music events of the year — probably more famous than Christmas in Italy. And it will serve once again as a selection for Eurovision, which is why it is worth following the vicissitudes.
Sanremo Music Festival will be back on tv screens from 5 to 9 February 2019 with a large substantial change compared to previous editions.
Claudio Baglioni — host and artistic director confirmed at the helm of the kermesse for a second year in a row — has chosen to abolish the traditional division between Big names and Newcomers, launching a single competition with 24 names.
Twenty two will be chosen among well established artists, while two will come from the separated format Sanremo Giovani, open to emerging singers.
The show will air on Rai 1 on December 20 and 21. It will be on that occasion that we will discover the complete list of those who will go on the Ariston Theatre stage.
Which rumored names have found space on websites and newspapers these days? Let’s find out together!
The gigantic list of rumored acts starts with a bang! Il Volo would be ready to return to Sanremo to win another gold medal and, perhaps, to get the Eurovision revenge that many fans have been waiting for since “Grande amore” in 2015.
Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero are not the only former Eurovision acts to emerge from the rumour lists. There’s also Francesco Gabbani, the first artist in the history of Sanremo to make the double (Newcomers and Campioni category) in two consecutive editions. “Occidentali’s Karma” still echoes in the ears of thousands of eurofans, and it might be interesting to see in which musical direction the Tuscan artist would move if he were to return to Sanremo two years after his exploit.
Not to mention Raphael Gualazzi, runner-up at Eurovision 2011 with “Madness of Love“. The last release from the singer-songwriter and pianist dates back to 2016, when he launched the gold certified album “Love Life Peace” preceded by the success of the song “L’estate di John Wayne“. A comeback where everything has started for him is plausible.
There are also Raf and Umberto Tozzi. The couple of “Gente di mare” (3rd place at Eurovision 1987) has reunited thirty years later to launch an album together — which sadly debuted really poorly in the charts — and a tour that will see them perform in the Italian indoor arenas from the next spring. It’s understandable that they might attempt to get visibility to promote their project.
Two names are considered certain: Loredana Bertè and Ultimo.
The rock icon of Italian music was taken out at the last minute from the 2018 edition — with a lot of controversy shared on social media — for refusing a song proposed by Claudio Baglioni and written by Biagio Antonacci.
She would return in 2019 with a song called “Segreto” — yes, Loredana has defied the traditions already revealing the title of the proposed entry. Baglioni will certainly consider the success achieved by Loredana this summer with “Non ti dico no”.
On the other hand, Ultimo — winner of the Newcomers category in 2018 with “Il ballo delle incertezze” — would have the Ariston Theater’s door wide open not only for the tradition that has often seen the winners of the Newcomers category twelve months later among the Big, but above all because the Roman singer-songwriter was the breakthrough artist of the year, exceeding the 350,000 certified copies, between albums and singles, in a few months.
Among other artists with a long career we could find Patty Pravo and Nino D’Angelo.
The former went back home in 2016 with the prestigious Critics Award for the wonderful “Cieli immensi“. She is about to launch a new album in the spring of 2019. The latter — a Neapolitan singer — would probably step on stage with a young controversial act: Liberato. We know very little about him, nobody knows his real name and his face, but his songs get crazy numbers on YouTube and Spotify.
There is no lack of proposals among the talent show alumni. Elodie is looking for confirmation in the local music scene after the summer success of “Nero Bali” and the good outcome with her first participation in Sanremo 2017 with “Tutta colpa mia“, while former X Factor winners Chiara Galiazzo and Lorenzo Fragola need to come out of a slump following the disappointing results of their latest recording works.
Then there is the winner in charge of Amici di Maria De Filippi Irama, who actually took off from the New Proposals of Sanremo 2016, and is now eager to consolidate the lucky numbers of his latest projects and the smash hit “Nera“.
From X Factor could also return Giusy Ferreri — who despite the many records from her summer singles, never got much at the festival — and Enrico Nigiotti, ready to launch a new edition of his album “Cinderella”, went completely unnoticed despite the good airplay of his duet “Complici” with Gianna Nannini.
The names of Riki, Noemi, Deborah Iurato, Thomas, Carmen Ferreri and Federica Carta also appear on the lists. Who will have it?
And what about the festival debuts not related to TV shows? A name that represents the indie world, especially after the success of Lo Stato Sociale this year, seems a must. There is talk of three established artists, already active for some time, in search of the jump in the mainstream scene: The Zen Circus, Ex-Otago and the songwriter Francesco Motta.
But it seems that Baglioni is also looking for an artist representative of the trap scene. It would be Achille Lauro the most credited to take up the challenge, perhaps paired with Anna Tatangelo (with whom he recently released a new version of “Ragazza di periferia“) or more likely only with fellow producer Boss Doms.
Then there are artists who repeatedly took the stage of the Ariston Theater and would not dismiss a return. Indeed, in some cases a performance at Sanremo would be the only possible way for a career revival.
We move from the 2014 winner Arisa, ready to test herself under a new label, to the pop-rock band Modà, which until not long ago filled Italian stadiums and are now looking for a new record deal.
Then there could be Bianca Atzei, in a duet with Gianluca Grignani, Dolcenera, the legend of the Italian disco from the ’80s Ivana Spagna, Francesco Renga, Paola Turci, Nek, the band Negrita, the rapper Baby K, Tricarico, Simone Cristicchi, Irene Grandi and Dodi Battaglia.
What do you think? What acts would you like to see at Sanremo 2019? Who could snatch the trophy at the next Eurovision in Israel? Leave your comments below!