Earlier this year, fans had to wait a nail-biting 48 hours between Mahmood winning Sanremo 2019 and confirming that he would represent Italy in Tel Aviv. But next year there won’t be such drama. Broadcaster RAI has released the rules for Sanremo 2020, which includes a clause that requires participating acts to confirm ahead of the competition if they wish to go to Eurovision

Competing artists — and their record companies — are required to confirm their willingness to participate in Eurovision by signing a form and submit it to RAI ahead of Sanremo 2020. If the winner of the contest has not previously confirmed for Eurovision, RAI reserves the right to choose another artist using their own criteria.

Changes to Sanremo 2020

The rules for Sanremo change from year to year. This time, the show will also not include an expert jury and televoters won’t have their say on the Big Artists until the final night.

Instead, voting on the first two nights will be done by the demoscopic jury alone — a demographically selected people’s jury. The third night introduces a new type of jury — the hard-working Sanremo orchestra and backing vocalists.

On the fourth night, voting will be done by the press jury alone. On the fifth and final night, the top three acts and the superfinal winner will be decided by a combination of demoscopic jury, press jury and televote.

And in 2020, there will only be 20 competing acts — down from the 24 on stage in 2019. Last year’s experiment — which gave the top two Sanremo Giovani acts a competing place in Sanremo has been scrapped for 2020. The six top acts from Sanremo Giovani will only have a place in the Sanremo Newcomers section, along with two acts from the Area Sanremo contest.

Sanremo 2020 format

First night: Tuesday 4 February

  • The first ten Big Artists will perform their competing songs. Voting will be done by 100% demoscopic jury with no eliminations.
  • The first four Newcomer songs will also be performed. The voting will also be determined by the demoscopic jury. The top two acts will qualify for the Newcomers semi-final.

Second night: Wednesday 5 February

  • The other ten Big Artists will perform their competing songs. Again, the voting will be decided 100% by demoscopic jury with no eliminations.
  • The other four Newcomer songs will be performed, And again, the demoscopic jury will vote and the top two acts will qualify for the Newcomers semi-final.

Third night: Thursday 6 February

  • The 20 competing Big Artists will perform a cover of previous Sanremo song, performing with either Italian or foreign guest singers. Voting for this night will be made by the Sanremo orchestra’s musicians and the show backing vocalists. There will be no eliminations.
  • The four semi-finalists in the Newcomers category will perform their songs again. This time the voting will be decided by 34% televoting, 33% press jury and 33% demoscopic jury. The top two acts will qualify for the Newcomers grand final.

Fourth night: Friday 7 February

  • The 20 Big Artists will perform their songs again. The voting for this night will be 100% press jury with no eliminations.
  • The two Newcomer finalists will perform their songs again. The winner will be decided by 34% televoting, 33% press jury and 33% demoscopic jury.

Fifth night: Saturday 8 February

  • The 20 competing songs will be performed again. The top three will be decided by 34% televoting, 33% press jury and 33% demoscopic jury. The results of the previous four days will also be included to determine the top three.
  • In the super final, the top three acts will again be decided by 34% televoting, 33% press jury and 33% demoscopic jury

What do you think? Are you happy with the format of Sanremo 2020? Which acts would you like to see compete at the Ariston Theatre in February? Tell us your thoughts below!

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Anita
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Anita

I hope so much that Italy will win this year. They are giving us year by years these high quality songs and acts and I hope 2020 is there year to take the win. Last year was very close. Hopefully those changes don’t reduce the chances of introducing artists like Mahmood to the Eurovision stage.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

We’re evidently going to lose those acts who want to win San Remo but not go to Eurovision.
I wonder where those acts will go?

JustARandomUser
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JustARandomUser

Who’s to blame for making only 10 acts perform their song on the first night? We’ll have to wait for the second night to hear all of the competing songs, it’s a terrible idea. Other than that, not much has changed at all. I’m kind of curious about the cover night, it’s also mostly better than the duet one which took place in 2018 and 2019, most of the songs were ruined by adding some random artist (Mahmood, my dear, I’m looking at you too, what was Gue even doing up on that stage?). For many acts it practically was… Read more »

James
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James

I have no doubt they’ll keep the sketches and other unnecessary production numbers.

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

i still don’t get the point of the demoscopic jury, it’s literally what the televote is for

Toffeenix
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Toffeenix

RAI: *holds Sanremo 2019*
Mahmood: *wins, comes second at ESC, song becomes incredibly successful*
RAI: ok let’s change everything that made that work

Tom
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Tom

Clap Clap

Anita
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Anita

yes, I don’t understand why they have changed this successful formular…

Jo.
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Jo.

Sad, the newcomers are usually better than the big names.

Gigii
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Gigii

True, just compere Mahmood with Il Volo and Ultimo with medicore songsnthis year.

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

big names doing sanremo usually bring outdated and predictable songs, i’m always more keen on newcomers as well.

JustARandomUser
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JustARandomUser

It’s not that big of a deal, we’ll still have “newcomers” partecipating every year except this one.
Just look at Sanremo 2017 (Meta and Gabbani were from Sanremo Giovani 2016), Sanremo 2019 (Ultimo came from Sanremo Giovani 2018) and so on.
I think a exception was 2018, the 2017 Giovani winner didn’t partecipate. This year Mahmood and Einar from the 2019 edition have already partecipated, so we won’t be having any younger artists, but it’ll just be 2020, next year we’ll have the Giovani winner again.

Alex
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Alex

This voting system seems a bit messy. No expert jury. Televote only 34%. Idk
Also acts accumulate score night by night like previous years or how it works now?
A lot of Italians watch and vote so it is important they can have their say.
And we need to remember Sanremo is not made to choose the Italian act for Eurovision.

Gigii
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Gigii

This just like A Dal but with 4-5 diffrent juries..xD

Lisa
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Lisa

I’ m not happy because I think it was important to have the vote also of a “quality jury” made by composers, musicians, authors, artists… ; in february it’s thanks to this jury, whose president was the famous composer and musician Mauro Pagani, that Mahmood could win.
Next year Sanremo will lack of a vote made by experts.

Alon
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Alon

Agree! If ultimo would’ve win it last year, he would probably ended in the bottom 5 in tel Aviv..

Ani
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Apparently Ultimo never would have went to eurovision if he won

Gigii
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Gigii

He said that?

Alex
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Alex

He had sold out concerts during Esc weeks. He couldn’t.

Angelo
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Angelo

Well, he needs to change his stage name then ?

Bram Wammes
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Bram Wammes

I really want Annalisa to return. She is such a queen

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

‘il mondo prima di te’ was her first good song in years… the good sis has y’all fooled, her discography is mostly bad

Tom
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Tom

Bilal was also queen or king and he didnt slayyy

Loin dici
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Ah, I see some particular people complaining about the ‘Giovani upgrade’.

Jo.
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Jo.

Since Gabanni’s Amen, all newcomers winners could’ve easily snatched a great result at ESC.

Mark
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Mark

Ultimo’s “Il ballo delle incertezze”? 10-15 th place in grand final.

Jo.
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Jo.

I think he’d make top 10.

Sun
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Sun

True.

yom124
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yom124

Lmao that would have been top 5 at least, juries would have adored it

Angelo
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Angelo

Snooze

Michèle
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Michèle

Amen is just another of Francesco’s great songs

Angelo
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Angelo

Francesco is #bae. He can do no wrong.

Veggie
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Veggie

This would be good for VIDBIR too. MARUV would complain of slavery anyway.