Despite rumors regarding a possible long-term postponement due to Covid-19, the legendary Italian Sanremo Festival is ready to return to screens March 2-6, 2021.
Led for the second year in a row by tv host and artistic director Amadeus, the competition is already in full preparation mode. There are just a few days left until the official presentation of the cast, which will be revealed on Thursday, December 17.
According to the rules 20 artists will tread the stage, but the roster of artists could be expanded to 22 or even 24 names.
In the last few days newspapers and blogs have published several lists full of possible names, a tradition now well-established. Let’s find out the artists rumored by All Music Italia, the main blog dedicated to Italian music.
Unfortunately Diodato, who would have represented Italy at Eurovision 2020, has confirmed he did not submit a song to the artistic commission of the festival.
Leading the list are a couple of singers dear to the Eurovision audience: Francesca Michielin and Ermal Meta. The two represented Italy in the European contest in 2016 in Stockholm and 2018 in Lisbon, respectively.
And while Ermal Meta is expected to return to the Festival as a soloist — in 2018 he won together with Fabrizio Moro — Francesca Michielin could be joined by famous rapper Fedez, also known as the husband of influencer Chiara Ferragni.
The two have already collaborated in the past for the hits “Cigno nero” and “Magnifico”, which in total have obtained eight platinum records in Italy.
Morever, many faces seen in recent times at the Festival are ready to launch new projects — or re-issue those released a few months ago: Francesco Renga, Michele Bravi, Noemi, Irama, Bugo, Arisa, Ghemon, Max Gazzè. Malika Ayane. Achille Lauro and Annalisa.
Several other artists from the indie and rap scene would debut on the stage of the Ariston Theatre. Among them Fulminacci, Willie Peyote, Random and La Rappresentante di Lista.
After the success of the platinum hit “Per sentirmi vivo”, rapper Fasma could make the big jump from the Newcomers category to the main one after twelve months.
From the world of talent shows would come two highly anticipated debuts, those of Gaia – Italian-Brazilian winner of the nineteenth edition of Amici di Maria De Filippi – and Måneskin – the runner-up band at X Factor Italy in 2017, among the most successful artists of recent years.
Closing the list of rumors are veteran Orietta Berti and Spanish singer and actress Ana Mena, who has given voice to three great summer hits in Italy in the last years: “D’estate non vale” and “Una volta ancora” with Fred De Palma and “A un passo dalla luna” with Rocco Hunt. The latter could accompany her in the race at the Festival.
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