There will be no “rumore” from Diodato in Sanremo 2021. The Italian Eurovision 2020 star has said that he has no plans to return to next year’s iconic Italian song festival. The news also means it is unlikely he will return as Italy’s act for Eurovision 2021.
Diodato says he won’t come back to Sanremo 2021
After being the runaway winner in this year’s Sanremo with “Fai rumore”, Diodato says he has decided not to come back. He broke the news in an interview earlier on Wednesday on Italian radio station RTL 102.5.
This means Diodato won’t be Italy’s Eurovision 2021 act, as Rai will once again give the winner of Sanremo first refusal to represent Italy at Eurovision. If the winner declines, Rai will internally select an act from the other Sanremo competitors.
Diodato explained that Sanremo isn’t a priority. “The Sanremo Festival is not an immediate project. Going to the competition again is not my plan. My name has been mention in several articles, but these rumours always circulate.”
But is he telling the truth or is this an elaborate ruse? Sanremo acts are not permitted to reveal that they are competing before the list of competing acts is officially revealed. So Diodato could be bending the truth in order to not fall foul of the Sanremo rules.
Diodato: What’s next for him?
Even if Sanremo isn’t in his 2021 schedule, Diodato is still keeping busy with songwriting. He told the radio host, “I’m writing now, but I don’t have big projects, I’ll just let it flow.”
Despite not having the chance to perform at Eurovision, 2020 has still been a successful year for Diodato. In November, he won the Best Italian Act award at MTV EMAs.
He had to accept his award from home, with a short video, thanking his fans for their support. He also wished for an end to the troubles of the pandemic, saying “I hope we’ll get through these difficult times and we go back to normal — made of social life, lots of concerts, and hugs on and off the stage”.
There may not have been hugs, but he did give some notable performances during the year. In fact, he had a tour around several Italian cities, and most notably had the chance to perform “Fai rumore” alone in the Arena di Verona.
As for the future, Diodato has explained he’s been working in multiple projects, but he’s not focusing on deadlines. The hosts also asked which was his wish for 2021, to which he replied: “We would all like that 2021 was a year that humanly allows us to return to a little bit of normality”.
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