Italy’s Sanremo Festival has been running for almost 70 years. Over the last few years, globally known artists like Sting, Imagine Dragons and Cat Stevens have performed as guests (not competitors) at the festival. And now a very familiar name is about to join this esteemed list. Stefani Germanotta, who you may know as Lady Gaga, has reportedly booked her spot as a guest act, according Il Messaggero.
Will Lady Gaga perform at Sanremo 2020?
Amadeus, the director of this year’s Sanremo festival, has reportedly wanted the American pop star to perform for years. The conductor is of Sicilian origin, just like Lady Gaga herself, which adds meaning to the story. But the news isn’t just that Lady Gaga was approached. According to the Il Messaggero report, the star has already signed a contract. We should note this is a highly respected newspaper.
The American pop star has an open window in her schedule between December 2019 and April 2020. This makes getting Gaga to perform at the February festival easier. Also considered for the guest star role, according to Il Messaggero, is Lebanese-English singer MIKA. Since the singer-songwriter’s tour will stop in Italy anyway that week, it seems very possible. MIKA performed in Festival Sanremo three years ago, so he understands it’s beauty and power.
As Italian broadcaster RAI announced earlier this year, Sanremo 2020 will select the Italian entrant for Eurovision. So the news isn’t only exciting for Italian pop fans, but for all Eurovision fans. Before said announcement, fans had to wait – sometimes for a few days – to learn if the winner of the festival will go to ESC. For this reason, many Eurovision fans passed on the festival, seeing as it’s technically not a national selection. This year, the Eurovision bubble will be more attentive, and if the Gaga-related news is true, we’re in for a treat.
Would you like to see Lady Gaga embrace her roots and perform in the Italian selection? Do you think it’s realistic? Let us know what you think in the comments section!