The Sanremo Music Festival is without question one of the most hyped national contests out there. The long-running Italian music festival — which was also the inspiration for Eurovision — turns 70 in just a few days.

On 4 February, RAI 1 will kick off the 2020 edition and welcome its 24 stars, all of whom carry heavyweight reputations and some proper musical talent. No amateurs here, darling!

Keep your eyes open, since the winner will most likely represent Italy in Rotterdam this May. Yes, most likely: for according to the rules, the winner has to accept the opportunity to fly the Italian flag in the Netherlands. In the event he or she doesn’t, RAI will then select another representative from among the remaining 23 acts.

Sanremo 2020: Early Favourites

The bookies’ choice

Some weeks separate us from the final, and the bookmakers have already started to predict the final podium finish. They’ve declared rapper Anastasio — winner of X Factor Italy 12 — the favourite to win it all. And before him they were backing Alberto Urso.

He’s now tied for second with Achille Lauro and Eurovision 2017’s Francesco Gabbani. Giordana Angi completes the predicted top five.

At the other end of the rankings, Italian bookmakers lack confidence in Elettra Lamborghini. The reggaeton singer is in last in the odds together with Rita Pavone, Paolo Jannacci, Junior Cally, Rancore and the couple formed by Morgan and Bugo.

Media previews

But of course, the bookies haven’t actually heard the entries. Therefore, much of their ranking may be based on the early previews printed by journalists and bloggers who actually have. Among the favourably reviewed acts are Elodie and Elettra, in contrast to the what the oddsmakers suggest.

You can read those early previews HERE and HERE.

Poll: Which act are you most excited for in Italy’s Sanremo 2020?

Ultimately though, neither the bookmakers nor the media will decide the winner alone. The public will also have a role to play. So what do you think? Having read the previews, streamed previous hits and studied the odds, which Sanremo 2020 act are you most excited for? Vote now in our poll!

You can vote for as many acts as you wish, but you can only vote once. So make it count! We’ll reveal the results just before Sanremo starts and the songs are finally revealed.

What is your favourite act? Who whould you like to see on the Eurovision stage? Let us know in the comments.

Read more Italy Eurovision 2020 news here

 

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Leo
Leo
9 months ago

I’m from Italy and I hope with all my heart that Levante or Elodie will reppresent Italy in Eurovision! I’m very exited , who knows , maybe a woman will reppresent my country this year !

Colpa Delle Favole
10 months ago

I hope that Achille Lauro, Levante or Pinguini Tattici Nucleari will represent Italy at Eurovision and i hope that Fasma will win nuove proposte. If Achille Lauro will represent Italy this year at esc I will be so happy. Btw idk but i don’t like much that fact that Elettra Lamborghini and riki are in Sanremo, because i feel like they don’t fit there, because they make songs that reminds latin/summer pop music hit style and y’all know, in Festival di Sanremo mostly are songs that their lyrics is like poetry, ballads, pop songs and somethimes something more “wild” like… Read more »

Veta
Veta
10 months ago

Irene Grandi and Le Vibrazioni because of their names, Raphael Gualazzi, Anastasio, Bugo & Morgan, Levante, Rita Pavone and Pinguini Tattici Nucleari because the journalists’ reviews for their songs intrigued me the most.

Hyunwoo
Hyunwoo
10 months ago

The next Eurovision 2021 will be held in Turin! in the Pala Alpitour
I guess!

Hyunwoo
Hyunwoo
10 months ago

Hope Elettra Lamborghini or Francesco Gabbani!!

ITALIA MUSICA
ITALIA MUSICA
10 months ago

Pinguini tattici nukleri e Gabbani sono MIGLIORI ! vince Pinguini con canzona RINGO STARR

ITALIA MUSICA
ITALIA MUSICA
10 months ago

PINGUINI TATTICI NUKLERI E GABBANI

Colin
Colin
10 months ago

Francesco and Raphael. I’m even going to say Raphael in this case. Enough time has passed for him to grow as an artist and even improve over his already pretty good skills. I’d love it if Francesco has something as good as Occidentali’s Karma, but it was so *perfect* in itself, so I’ll just say I want for him to have a good song. I’m trying not to be disappointed if the new song isn’t as impeccable as his last one.

Jonas
Jonas
10 months ago
Reply to  Colin

Have you heard Raphael’s other Sanremo entries since 2011? He came second in 2014, with a song quite unlike his Eurovision entry. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KBkDzFbw-0

I’m excited to see how his 2020 entry sounds.

Mark
Mark
10 months ago

I think Anastasio is gonna win this BUT I suppose he will not come to ESC (for several reasons). At that point, RAI will decide one between Elodie and Elettra.
Actually, there is a dark horse in this competition: Diodato, in that case… Will see.
Gabbani? Forget about him.

Jonas
Jonas
10 months ago
Reply to  Mark

I think if the winner declines, RAI will just go down the leaderboard to second place, like in 2016.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
10 months ago

I know I’ve said it before but not many others are saying it so I’ll get his name out there.
Diodato!

I’m also excited to hear what Elodie has this time around.

Tim
Tim
10 months ago

Sanremo is better then eurovision.

Rasmus
Rasmus
10 months ago
Reply to  Tim

in what world? Not mine

Tim
Tim
10 months ago
Reply to  Tim

Just kidding esc is the best!

Sale
Sale
10 months ago

When are the songs coming out?

Whisker
Whisker
10 months ago
Reply to  Sale

On the San Remo stage as per tradition.

finnished
finnished
10 months ago

Soldi is my favourite song ever, so obviously I’m most looking forward to Elodie’s entry cause it has the same team behind it.

Erasmus
Erasmus
10 months ago

Elettra, Elodie and Achille.

Nicky91
Nicky91
10 months ago

Elettra, cause italy needs a weaker year at esc at some point

Khan
Khan
10 months ago
Reply to  Nicky91

She will give the gays everything they need with her bop

Adam
Adam
10 months ago
Reply to  Nicky91

Isn’t that just in the spirit of Eurovision?

Polegend Godgarina
10 months ago
Reply to  Nicky91

let’s not act like elettra wouldn’t be a televote magnet at esc. the jury would pan her tho

Zaz
Zaz
10 months ago
Reply to  Nicky91

serious question: how old are you Nicky91?