In 2017 he represented Italy at Eurovision with the song “Occidentali’s Karma”. Now Italian singer and songwriter Francesco Gabbani is set to make a return to the national final in his home country.
Italian media reports that Francesco will compete in Sanremo 2020, along with many other esteemed stars who will celebrate the first 70 years of the Italian kermesse.
Since the list of 2020’s rumored acts is as long as the life of the contest, we will present the latest speculation over the week with a series of different articles.
Sanremo 2020: Rumoured artists
There’s another beloved Eurovision artist who might appear in the Sanremese line-up, but not as a performer. It’s Mahmood, who is rumoured to have written a track for the X Factor 6 winner Chiara Galiazzo, who has already sung at Sanremo three times. Her latest single “L’ultima canzone del mondo” was also written by Mahmood.
Giordana Angi is an artist who has made herself known in recent months. Runner-up in the latest edition of Italian talent show Amici di Maria De Filippi, the singer-songwriter is looking for confirmation of her status after the good results of her last single “Stringimi più forte“.
Many say she might be paired with Amici‘s winner Alberto Urso. The two are best friends and have already worked together.
Two other female singers who dream of returning to the Ariston Theatre are Giusy Ferreri — who is now known as the Queen of Italian summer earworms — and Federica Carta.
The male section would be enriched by the presence of Matteo Bocelli. The 22-year-old son of the world-famous tenor Andrea would attempt to launch his solo career in the same place where his father started his own career in 1994. They recently duetted on “Fall on me“.
Amadeus, presenter and artistic director of the Festival, is said to want rapper and singer Fred De Palma in the show. He topped this year’s Italian FIMI Singles Chart for eight weeks with his multiplatinum hit “Una volta ancora”. He could share his debut at Sanremo with Spanish singer Ana Mena.
Another rumored name coming from the rap-trap scene, now cleared through customs, is Achille Lauro. The singer would return to the Festival one year after his successful first participation with “Rolls Royce“, to present a new project inspired by the music of the 90’s.
A common feature in Sanremo is the presence of duets created specifically for the festival. We should see several of those in 2020.
Among the candidates there is the band Dear Jack — who took part twice in Sanremo with two different singers, Alessio Bernabei in 2015 and Leiner Riflessi in 2016 — who would show up at the Ariston Theatre paired with American disco-soul singer Amii Stewart.
A collaboration with vintage flavor could come from former Matia Bazar’s singer Silvia Mezzanotte and music legend Dionne Warwick. Both have many participations in Sanremo behind them, and have long been looking for a return to the event.
Many artists already seen in Sanremo in the past are reportedly seeking a comeback: Max Gazzè, Samuele Bersani, Nek, Francesco Renga and The Kolors.
Finally, there is a new name, that of Riccardo “Riki” Marcuzzo. Runner-up in the sixteenth edition of Amici, he is desperately looking for a way to promote his upcoming second studio album in a proper way, after the unexpected flop of his latest single “Gossip“.
The confirmed lineup of Sanremo 2020 will be officially announced on Monday, 6 January during the evening live show I Soliti Ignoti, hosted by Amadeus.
Stay tuned for other rumored names coming in the next days! Who would you like to see on the Sanremo 2020 lineup? Tell us your thoughts below!