On Thursday evening RAI revealed the 26 hopefuls for the 2021 edition of the long-lasting Sanremo Music Festival. The lucky contestants will sing it out to gain access to the Eurovision 2021 stage in Rotterdam.
Kicking off on March 2, the contest will feature a lot of rookies. The Sanremo 2021 lineup features a very courageous cast with many young and little known names to the mainstream audience, mainly coming from the Italian hip-hop and indie scene. Long is the list of female artists, usually underrepresented.
Let’s take a look… but don’t start searching YouTube for their competing entries just yet: You won’t be able to hear the songs until the first performance on the stage, as required by sanremese tradition.
There’s so change from last year in terms of conduction and artistic direction. It will be again the histrionic Amadeus to guide viewers through the five-episode festival, which will turn 71 years old in March.
Sanremo 2021 – Competing artists and song titles
Let’s find out the 26 artists competing in Sanremo and the titles of their songs.
Aiello – “Ora”
Antonio Aiello is an indie-pop singer and rose to prominence in the last couple of years largely thanks to Spotify streams. In the summer of 2020 he released the track “Vienimi (a ballare)“.
Annalisa – “Dieci”
The red-haired singer already seen several times in Sanremo returns to the Ligurian city for the fifth time with the aim of improving the third place in 2018 with “Il mondo prima di te“.
Arisa – “Potevi fare di più”
Two-time winner of Sanremo — in 2009 as Newcomer with “Sincerità” and in 2014, in the main category, with “Controvento” — Rosalba ‘Arisa’ Pippa is back at the Festival for the seventh time with the never-fading dream of competing at Eurovision.
Bugo – “E invece sì”
Cristian “Bugo” Bugatti is the protagonist of the most viewed (non-musical) video on YouTube in Italy in 2020. Those who followed the last edition of the contest will remember him, together with Morgan, for the shock elimination from the competition of their song “Sincero“. Almost one year later, Amadeus gives the singer-songwriter a second chance, this time as a soloist.
Colapesce & Dimartino – “Musica leggerissima”
The two indie singer-songwriters Lorenzo ‘Colapesce’ Urciullo and Antonio Dimartino join forces and make their debut together at Sanremo after having released the collaborative album “I mortali”, including the single “Luna araba“.
Coma_Cose – “Fiamme negli occhi”
Duo of electronic rap music composed by Fausto Zanardelli and Francesca Mesiano, Coma_Cose are ready to jump into the mainstream scene after the exploit of the gold-certified single “Mancarsi“.
Ermal Meta – “Un milione di cose da dirti”
Albanian singer-songwriter Ermal Meta returns to the Festival three years after winning with fellow singer Fabrizio Moro. With “Non mi avete fatto niente” they went on to finish fifth at Eurovision 2018.
Extraliscio feat. Davide Toffolo – “Bianca luce nera”
A musical project that unites two totally distant genres: punk and traditional “liscio”, the ballroom music of Emilia Romagna. They present themselves accompanied by the voice of Davide Toffolo, frontman of the rock-punk band Tre Allegri Ragazzi Morti.
Fasma – “Parlami”
After taking part in the Newcomers category in 2020 with the platinum-certified “Per sentirmi vivo“, trap musician Tiberio ‘Fasma’ Fazioli gains access to the main category.
Francesca Michielin & Fedez – “Chiamami per nome”
The couple the spotlight will be on. Francesca marks her second participation in Sanremo, while Fedez — married to the well-known influencer Chiara Ferragni — will make his debut in the festival. The two return to sing together years after the release of their hits “Cigno nero” and “Magnifico“.
Francesco Renga – “Quando trovo te”
Seventh time in the ‘Big’ category for Francesco Renga, who also has a gold medal in his collection, the one he won in 2005 with the evergreen “Angelo“.
Fulminacci – “Santa Marinella”
Filippo Uttinacci, aka Fulminacci, is an indie-pop singer-songwriter who won the 2019 Targa Tenco — one of the most prestigious awards in Italian music — for his debut album “La vita veramente“.
Gaia – “Cuore amaro”
A rising star of Italian music. Italian-Brazilian, Gaia Gozzi placed second at X Factor Italy in 2016 but the turning point in her career was the victory in the last edition of Amici di Maria De Filippi and the success of the single “Chega“.
Ghemon – “Momento perfetto”
Rapper Giovanni Luca Picariello, aka Ghemon, returns to Sanremo two years after having made himself known to the general public with “Rose viola“, certified gold and appreciated by critics.
Gio Evan – “Arnica”
Giovanni Giancaspro, aka Gio Evan, is a singer-songwriter and writer of novels and poetry who gained fame through his aphorisms shared on Facebook and Instagram. Songs like “Klimt” and “A piedi il mondo” fully represent his musical style.
Irama – “La genesi del tuo colore”
Third participation in Sanremo for Filippo Maria Fanti, aka Irama. The winner of the 17th edition of the talent show Amici di Maria De Filippi surprisingly returns to the competition after the successful summer hits “Arrogante” and “Mediterranea“.
La Rappresentante di Lista – “Amare”
A progressive rock project born in 2011 from the union between Veronica Lucchesi and Dario Mangiaracina. La Rappresentante di Lista have already been guests at Sanremo in 2020, joining rapper Rancore in the third evenng dedicated to duets. Their most successful song on YouTube is “Questo corpo“.
Lo Stato Sociale – “Combat Pop”
The five-piece band returns three years after the earworm “Una vita in vacanza” with which they took second place in 2018. Their performance remained memorable thanks to the contribution of 84-year-old dancer Paddy Jones.
Madame – “Voce”
Francesca Calearo, aka Madame, is a very young exponent of the Italian rap scene. At only 18 years old, she has already won the support of the public and critics with a personal and recognizable style and many important collaborations. Her tracks “Sciccherie“, “Baby” and “Defuera” have been certified gold.
Malika Ayane – “Ti piaci così”
Two-time winner of the Sanremo Critics’ Award — in 2010 with “Ricomincio da qui” and in 2015 with “Adesso e qui (Nostalgico presente)” — Malika Ayane is ready to bring her elegance back to the stage.
Måneskin – “Zitti e buoni”
A pop-rock quartet runner up at X Factor Italy in 2017. Måneskin, led by the voice of Damiano David, make their debut at Sanremo attempting to repeat the success of their 2018 triple-platinum album “Il ballo della vita”, including the hit “Torno a casa“.
Max Gazzè & Trifluoperazina Monstery Band – “Il farmacista”
His eclecticism has always amazed in a positive way at the Ariston. Max Gazzè returns to Sanremo for the sixth time, following his sixth-place finish in 2018 with “La leggenda di Cristalda e Pizzomunno“.
Noemi – “Glicine”
The lioness is ready for a musical renaissance after her last entry “Non smettere mai di cercarmi“. New management and a new look that has brought her back to the image of her beginnings, with her rich voice Noemi is always an appreciated presence.
Orietta Berti – “Quando ti sei innamorato”
Well-known face of Italian popular music and television personality, Orietta Berti will grace the stage for the twelfth time, twenty-nine years after her last participation at the contest. With fifteen million records sold, her signature songs include “Fin che la barca va” and “Quando l’amore diventa poesia“.
Random – “Torno a te”
Emanuele Caso, aka Random, is a young rapper who made himself known a few months ago with his participation in the televised charity event Amici Speciali (spin-off of the talent show Amici di Maria De Filippi). In the TV show he promoted the single “Sono un bravo ragazzo un po’ fuori di testa“, double platinum record and one of the most streamed songs of 2020.
Willie Peyote – “Mai dire mai (La locura)”
Guglielmo Bruno, known as Willie Peyote, is a singer-songwriter and rapper. His stage name combines the animated character Wile E. Coyote with peyote, a hallucinogenic plant from North America. On YouTube, his most viewed videos are “Ottima scusa” and “La mia futura ex moglie“.
Sanremo 2021: Newcomers
The eight artists competing in the “Nuove Proposte” section were also announced tonight.
Unlike the artists in the “Big” category, their songs are already published and available for listening. These eight artists will not be in the running to sing for Italy at Eurovision.
- Avincola – “Goal!”
- Davide Shorty – “Regina”
- Dellai – “Io sono Luca”
- Elena Faggi – “Che ne so”
- Folcast – “Scopriti”
- Gaudiano – “Polvere da sparo”
- Greta Zuccoli – “Ogni cosa sa di te”
- Wrongonyou – “Lezioni di volo”
Who is your favourite on the Sanremo 2020 lineup? Who do you think will win the contest? Tell us your thoughts below.
I put all my hopes in Måneskin. They could also sing their song in English if they win Sanremo
I love Italian entries almost every year so I decided to watch San Remo 2020 and it was really fantastic. Such a quality and pleasure. Since then I’ve become fan of Italian music and I’m very impressed with the line-up. So many interesting artistes. Really waiting for San Remo 2021, hope that song will not disappoint us.
Of all of the names listed Annalisa is by far the one I am most excited for as she is someone whose music I’ve been very familiar with.
I’m officially hyped now. Especially excited with Annalisa, Gaia and Maneskin, but I like also Arisa, Ermal, Irama, Malika, Noemi… I’m normally not a fan of rap, but I love Francesca and like her collaborations with Fedez, plus Madame sounds cool too. Not familiar with Fulminacci and La Rappresentante di Lista, but based on the songs Cristian used here to present them, I guess I’ll like them too. On the top of that, I’m intrigued to check what will come from Extraliscio and Davide. It’s a fantastic lineup, kudos to Amadeus.
Last year was the first time I watched the whole of Sanremo, but I totally loved it. Fans’ reactions of this line-up make me excited in a good way. 🙂
Besides that, Ermal was in my top 5 in 2018, one of my favorite ESC years ever, and Francesca was in my top 20 in 2016.
Sanremo is awesome. The only problem is that each show can last forever, but the entries totally make it worthy. Right after the first night, it’s like Christmas morning, with all the entries released on Youtube for us to check those we liked the most.
I am proud of my country, I like almost all these artists. I am excited and curious. Cannot wait !
What a great list of participants !! I can ‘t wait to hear all the songs. I am very curious for Annalisa, Ermal Meta and Francesca Michielin & Fedez
I have loved all of Malika Ayane’s entries, 2010 is maybe my favourite Sanremo song ever – so she’s the one I’m most excited about, but really, apart from no Achille Lauro, there’s absolutely nothing to be disappointed about here.
What a line up!
Like someone said it’ll be a bloodbath. Never expected Fedez to compete but I’m so glad for Francesca. Mahmood is appearently behind the song with them btw.
Maneskin are so good as well. Great songs. and personalitaty and charisma. And of course Ermal Meta. No words needed for him. I think this is the superfinal withoul knowing the songs but Sanremo is hard to predict. Specially with press/jury vote.
I also love Fasma and Gaia. They are young, cool and fresh.
Lo Stato Sociale as well. A lot of names.
Where’s Ana Mena?!
Lovely to see Francesca Michielin back at Sanremo. Really loved her song in 2016, unfortunately not helped by the very distracting staging. Also really liked Ghemon and his song Rose Viola a couple of years ago so good to see him back also.
My hopes are for Fedez & Franceska
Greaaaat line up! Happy to have malika ayane back and excited for Gaia.
OMG OMG OMG Gaia!! Francesca! Irama! Fausto Zanardelli, Fedez!, Ermal Meta! Im so incredibly excited!
Imo, Sanremo is the BEST national final, last year was brilliant and my hype and expectations are through the roof
San Remo is not a national final. It’s a separate music festival that has no connection to Eurovision. Italians just decided to use it as a one of the methods of selection. It’s not necessary that winner or participant of sanremo will take part in Eurovision. However, last year was indeed fantastic, very difficult not to agree with you.
Ok, but by definition it is a national final. San Remo is a music festival first and foremost, but any music contest that decides their country’s eurovision entry is classified as a national final. So by its definition, San Remo is a national final.
thank god for Orietta, i have someone to root for, she got ”grande amore” co-composer btw, Francesco Boccia
OMG Irama, Arisa, Noemi, Annalisa!!
Noemi is my favourite artist. I support her from Greece. I am a huge fan and I believe in her. She deserves the best 🙂
I LOVE “Polvere da sparo”!!
Wait a second…
Arisa is back!?
ARISA IS BACK!!!!
Plus there’s Irama, Gaia, Madame and Peyote on the lineup. Is this even Sanremo!?
This Sanremo will be a bloodbath! Everyone can win, Fedez/Michilien will be top 5 without a doubt! I think that our winner will be among Ermal, Fedez/Michielin, Arisa and Maneskin BUT Gaia, Noemi, Annalisa, Malika, Irama and almost the whole cast could be fine too! I’m so happy of this cast!!!
Malika would be another 2011 (with bit of portugal 2017) for them, her voice is just divine into the jazzy range,
I can’t begin to tell you how excited and happy I am to see this line up! We must thank Amadeus for turning this outdated contest for old fa*ts into one of the (if not THE?) youngest festivals ever. There’s so many artists I’ll be rooting for, and I can’t wait to see Gaia, Maneskin, Madame (!!!), Peyote, Aiello on the stage, with the return of Lo Stato Sociale and Irama. Fedez is absolutely the most unexpected artist in the lineup for me, I never thought he cared about Sanremo. By he way, I’d like to see Max Gazzè finally… Read more »
i dislike this ageism here, some of those older artists have achieved more than the nobodies in this line up
Very interesting how you said that the 27-year-old Barbara Pravi was too old for Eurovision and yet know you have flipped and are decrying ageism while saying that the younger people here are nobodies. That’s very interesting to me.
Barbara is not too old for eurovision, her music is perfectly appealing to the older esc target audience
……………..You literally said Barbara is too old for eurovision on the eurovision france article. I’m so done with your bs
i love barbara and her beautiful entry voilá, stunning chanson, stunning
God, I hate you. But I won’t give you any attention anymore. Goodbye
Nicky is so desperate they’ll flip opinions on a dime so people will still pay attention to them
Lel they were nobodies too before becoming somebodies. Sanremo used to be a contest where new and fresh artists were invited to participate (who was Elisa before Luce? Giorgia before E Poi? Laura Pausini before La Solitudine?) then during the 2000s it became a geriatric fest and the younger generations completely lost interest in the festival. Baglioni and Amadeus managed to catalyze the youngsters’ attention to the contest and honestly I love them for this. It’s time for new artists to stand on that stage. You really have NO IDEA what you’re talking about.
Normally I’d agree, but Sanremo has catered for so many years to the “older” generation while completely staying out of touch with the evolution of the Italian music scene. There’s a reason it was unthinkable for younger people to watch Sanremo a few years ago. This line-up is revolutionary: so many new faces and representatives from a more underground scene. It’s also not really about the age of the performers but about how dated most of the music used to be. Last year, “Cosa ti aspetti da me” by Loredana Bertè was a beloved entry by most people of all… Read more »
Måneskin. Interesting name:) I see it has to do with a Danish connection. But «måneskin» (moonshine) is also a word in Norwegian Nynorsk (used by about 10% of thr population), though pronounced a bit differently than in Danish (Danish: «moneskin», Nynorsk: «moneshiin»).
The bassist of the group, Victoria, is half Danish though she was born and raised in Italy 🙂
They use the danish pronunciation, Victoria (one of the member of the band) has danish root and she chose the name (I follow them since X Factor and she said this)!
then they should represent denmark instead
Great lineup! Can’t wait to hear the songs.
I’m so intrigued by this year lineup, many artists are debuting at Sanremo for the first time and there aren’t as many old stars as in other recent years, the only really old one is Orietta Berti and maybe you can say that both Francesco Renga e Max Gazzè are seasoned artists. I really enjoy the fact that the indie and hip-hop scene are finally joining Sanremo, until a couple of years ago no rapper would have been found dead on the Ariston stage. I’m personally very happy to see Madame, Måneskin and La Rappresentante di Lista on that list.… Read more »
Max’s ti sembra normale is a bop
I wish elodie was here, but otherwise this is a good lineup! Good luck to Italy and all the Sanremo participants. 🙂
no thank you, at least we got more quality in a Malika, Max Gazzé, Orietta (her sanremo comeback after 29 years)
Go away. Please. Just leave. Nobody wants you here.
This is a stacked lineup, as can be expected from Sanremo, and much as I love the possibility of talented newcomers getting their shot, I also know Francesca Michielin’s been saying she’d like to go back (and I think she has more up her sleeve than “No Degree of Separation,” which is still great but by Italian Eurovision standards it’s one of their weaker post-comeback entries) and Arisa is DYING to finally do it (I’m pretty sure she’s the only person who actually treats Sanremo like a Eurovision national final versus a standalone event, bless her very heart), so I’m… Read more »
I agree with you but try to listen to Gaia she’s so talented. I followed her in amici and I can tell you that she’s a queen. But thank you for your kind words:)
Hey, I’m open-minded! I have no doubt this year’s full of talented artists that I can’t wait to explore more.