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.
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.
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.[crowdsignal poll=10490383]
What is your favourite act? Who whould you like to see on the Eurovision stage? Let us know in the comments.