The Sanremo Music Festival will turn 70 next February. One of the components that made it one of the most successful music contests in the world is undoubtedly the presence, since the first editions, of a well-thought out mix of musical veterans and rising young artists on the Italian scene.
2020 will not be different. According to Italian websites All Music Italia and Recensiamo Musica, the audience of Rai 1 — notoriously oriented towards people over 50 years old — will be satisfied with the presence of names that have made history.
First and foremost are Al Bano & Romina Power, who together have taken part in five editions of the Italian kermesse (they won in 1984) and two editions of Eurovision.
The couple — who are in fact former spouses — have been missing from Sanremo since 1991. Outside of their duo status, however, Al Bano has appeared seven other times as a solo artist since then.
Another artist long desired at the Festival is Massimo Ranieri. He boasts six appearances at Sanremo (with a victory in 1988), and two appearances at Eurovision. His last participation dates back to 1997.
There will also be artists who found their fame in the 90’s. There is talk of two songwriters both born in Tuscany: Marco Masini and Paolo Vallesi. In 2019 the latter won Ora o mai più, a talent showdedicated to old glories in search of revival, which was hosted by this year’s Sanremo host Amadeus.
Another name linked to that decade is Mietta, who recently returned to the limelight with the single “Milano è dove mi sono persa“. The singer already has a victory in the Newcomers category, as does Anna Tatangelo, who may return to the Ariston Theatre with a radical change of genre.
The women do not end there. Other names appear on the rumor list. There is the heiress Elettra Lamborghini, nicknamed Twerking Queen — which is the title of her debut album — who after making herself known on trash TV programs, successfully launched her musical career, thanks to singles like “Pem Pem” and “Tócame” featuring Pitbull.
The proposals of the Sicilian singer-songwriter Levante are of a completely different kind. Reportedly close to Sanremo in recent years, it seems that she has finally arrived to make her debut at the kermesse.
There are also two performers loved by eurofans: Annalisa and Francesca Michielin. Both recently returned with their singles “Vento sulla luna” and “Cheyenne“, and are waiting to release their upcoming albums. In recent interviews they denied their presence at Sanremo, but they may have changed their minds in the meantime.
It is said to be certain that singer and rapper Irama will make a comeback. Earlier this year he seemed to be among the favourites to win Sanremo with the song “La ragazza con il cuore di latta“, but then finished in seventh place. Will he be looking for revenge?
His counterpart could be rapper Anastasio. Winner of X Factor 12 in 2018, he earned two platinum awards with the #1 single “La fine del mondo”. His debut album is set to come out in the spring of 2020, conveniently timed with the Sanremo period.
More complicated but still rumoured is the appearance of Tommaso Paradiso, Michele Bravi — who was involved in a November 2018 car accident that left a 58-year old motorcyclist dead — and Antonio Maggio on stage.
Finally, at least one exponent of the underground pop-rock scene will likely be in the mix. The most credible names are singer-songwriter Bugo, considered a pioneer of the Italian indie scene of the 2000s, and two bands, Pinguini Tattici Nucleari and Canova.
All these names are added to the long list of rumored acts that include Francesco Gabbani, Giusy Ferreri, Achille Lauro, Matteo Bocelli and Giordana Angi.
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.
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