Earlier in the month, the 26 competing acts of Sanremo 2021 were announced. But there’s more to the festival than just that. Amadeus, the artistic director, has now confirmed that Sanremo 2020 stars Achille Lauro and Elodie will feature in the shows, as well as football superstar Zlatan Ibrahimović.
Amadeus announced the show additions at an RAI press conference, dedicated to the broadcaster’s 2021 lineup. He also confirmed that speculation about Sanremo using a cruise ship to house its audience was correct.
Achille Lauro, Elodie and Zlatan Ibrahimović will feature in Sanremo 2021
Achille Lauro will be a regular guest in the 2021 shows. Amadeus told the press conference that Achille Lauro will present five “paintings”, with “each one more beautiful than the last”. The assumption is that Achille Lauro will appear at each of the five shows with a different artistic presentation.
The rapper and singer made his Sanremo debut in 2019 with “Rolls Royce”, but really made a splash earlier this year with “Me ne frego”. In his performances, he served four different couture looks, inspired by St Francis of Assisi, David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust, Luisa the Marchesa Casati Stampa and Queen Elizabeth I.
His five performances for 2021 will be specially designed for Sanremo.
2020 star Elodie is confirmed to be one of the “women of the festival” — the glamorous co-hosts who will join Amadeus at different points during the week. Amadeus was full of praise for the “Andromeda” singer, saying “she has a very strong audience, she is beautiful, witty, funny, ironic.”
There is also the possibility that Elodie will give a musical performance, however Amadeus was not able to give any further details.
Also due to make an appearance throughout the week is the Swedish football legend Zlatan Ibrahimović, who currently plays for Italian club AC Milan. He will make appearances on all five nights of Sanremo, though Amadeus is clear that the appearances will not interfere with Ibrahimović’s commitments to his club.
Covid precautions will be taken with the Sanremo audience
Amadeus also confirmed that, following previous media speculation, Sanremo organisers are indeed considering the possibility of housing the Sanremo audience on a nearby cruise ship, with regular Covid-19 testing.
The creative director stressed the importance of having a live audience at Sanremo but accepted that the show would probably end up using the same audience on all five nights. He also said it was likely the show would have fewer guests over the week
Sanremo 2021 has been dubbed the “festival of rebirth” and is seen as an important cultural event coming at the end of a long, stressful year for Italy.
But there’s still a lot to be decided. Amadeus said, “We are evaluating various hypotheses for each category, from the audience to the press. However, whatever situation we decide on, health protocols must be followed. After the holidays we will begin to formalise everything.”
Sanremo 2021 will take place from 2 to 6 March 2021. The winner of the contest will have first refusal to represent Italy at Eurovision 2021.
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