While Sanremo Music Festival 2020 comes to an end with tonight’s final, curiosity continues to grow regarding who will represent Italy at Eurovision.
The rules of the Italian festival, compared to other selections related to Eurovision, are less binding, as we all know.
The winner of Sanremo can refuse to sing for their country in Rotterdam. The Italian broadcaster RAI, in such a scenario, will choose another artist among the remaining 23.
In order to keep the situation under control, the channel has explicitly asked the contestants to submit a form expressing their wish to take part in the European contest.
From the official regulations:
“In the event that the winning Artist does not deliver the form within the specified time, RAI reserves the right to choose the Artist who will represent it at the Eurovision Song Contest according to its own criteria, without the aforementioned winning Artist having anything to claim.”
At one of the press conferences held during the week in Sanremo, members of the press room asked for more information on who had already signed up.
Claudio Fasulo, deputy director of the Italian public channel, revealed:
“They are all progressively signign up: two days ago forms for 16 candidates had arrived. There is an initial acceptance and then there is a form that must be delivered, but we are within the time frame. Only once the winner has abdicated [in 2016 winning band Stadio refused and RAI opted for Francesca Michielin], but the turnout for the Eurovision Song Contest stage is now total.”
With just hours left until the end of Sanremo, the race is still open. After the first three evenings Francesco Gabbani is leading the provisional ranking. The result of the live show on Saturday, which will be open to the televoters, could overturn everything.
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