In just a few weeks, we’ll know the next Italian Eurovision representative. But to find out who will sing in Rotterdam, you’ll need to follow the 2020 edition of the long-running Festival di Sanremo, starting on Tuesday 4 February.
Of the five evenings of competition, one will be dedicated to covers of well-known songs.
RAI has revealed the full list of the 24 Campioni‘s choices for the third evening on Thursday 6 February.
Sanremo 2020: Evening Three — Covers
It’s a crucial evening for the contest, particularly this year. Unlike previous editions, these special performances — voted on by only the members of the orchestra — will contribute to the final ranking.
Each artist was explicitly asked to select one of the songs entered in the first sixty-nine editions of the Italian Festival.
Several singers will perform with a non-competing artist. Among the guests are two former Italian Eurovision representatives: Francesca Michielin (2016) and Fausto Leali (1989).
There will also be appearances from Annalisa, Sanremo winners Arisa and Simone Cristicchi, Syrian pianist Aeham Ahmad and Spanish singers Sílvia Pérez Cruz and Ana Mena. The latter had great success in Italy with the singles “D’estate non vale” and “Una volta ancora” featuring Fred De Palma.
Many names from the indie scene will also be present — rapper Myss Keta, singer-songwriter Maria Antonietta and bands Canova, La Rappresentante di Lista and Viito.
Sanremo 2020: Covers and Duets
Here is the list of the covers and their interpreters. The original singers and the year in which each song was presented at the Festival are included in brackets.
- Achille Lauro with Annalisa – Gli uomini non cambiano (Mia Martini, 1992)
- Anastasio – Spalle al muro (Renato Zero, 1991)
- Alberto Urso with Ornella Vanoni – La voce del silenzio (Tony Del Monaco – Dionne Warwick, 1968)
- Bugo e Morgan – Canzone per te (Sergio Endrigo – Roberto Carlos, 1968)
- Diodato – 24 mila baci (Adriano Celentano – Little Tony, 1961)
- Elettra Lamborghini with Myss Keta – Non succederà più (Claudia Mori, 1982) *
- Elodie with Aeham Ahmad – Adesso tu (Eros Ramazzotti, 1986)
- Enrico Nigiotti with Simone Cristicchi – Ti regalerò una rosa (Simone Cristicchi, 2007)
- Francesco Gabbani – L’italiano (Toto Cutugno, 1983)
- Giordana Angi – La nevicata del ’56 (Mia Martini, 1990)
- Irene Grandi with Bobo Rondelli – La musica è finita (Ornella Vanoni – Mario Guarnera, 1967)
- Junior Cally with Viito – Vado al massimo (Vasco Rossi, 1982)
- Le Vibrazioni with Canova – Un’emozione da poco (Anna Oxa, 1978)
- Levante with Francesca Michielin and Maria Antonietta – Si può dare di più (Gianni Morandi – Enrico Ruggeri – Umberto Tozzi, 1987)
- Marco Masini with Arisa – Vacanze romane (Matia Bazar, 1983)
- Michele Zarrillo with Fausto Leali – Deborah (Fausto Leali – Wilson Pickett, 1968)
- Paolo Jannacci with Francesco Mandelli – Se me lo dicevi prima (Enzo Jannacci, 1989)
- Piero Pelù – Cuore matto (Little Tony – Mario Zelinotti, 1967)
- Pinguini Tattici Nucleari – Medley of Papaveri e papere (Nilla Pizzi, 1952), Nessuno mi può giudicare (Caterina Caselli – Gene Petney, 1966), Gianna (Rino Gaetano, 1978), Sarà perché ti amo (Ricchi e Poveri, 1981), Una musica può fare (Max Gazzè, 1999), Salirò (Daniele Silvestri, 2002), Sono solo parole (Noemi, 2012) and Rolls Royce (Achille Lauro, 2019)
- Rancore with Dardust and La Rappresentante di Lista – Luce (tramonti a nord est) (Elisa, 2001)
- Raphael Gualazzi with Simona Molinari – E se domani (Fausto Cigliano – Gene Pitney, 1964)
- Riki with Ana Mena – L’edera (Nilla Pizzi – Tonina Torrielli, 1958)
- Rita Pavone with Amedeo Minghi – 1950 (Amedeo Minghi, 1983)
- Tosca with Silvia Pérez Cruz – Piazza Grande (Lucio Dalla, 1972)
* “Non succederà più” was presented in Sanremo 1982 by Claudia Mori as a guest and was not in competition.
According to RAI, some artists may announce other collaborations in the coming days.