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.

What do you think? Who else would you like to see making a guest appearance at Sanremo? Would you like Elodie to perform a song? Tell us your thoughts below!

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nycforeverever
nycforeverever
9 months ago

Every time we have a news about San remo, we hear something great. Happy to see Elodie as a host, however it would be greater if she was a contestant (((. San remo 2021 must be amazing, I hope the songs will not let us down because other things seem to be perfect.

Milanolich
Milanolich
9 months ago

I’m surprised they’re doing the rotating woman host thing again after all the criticisms Amadeus got last year. I find it especially surprising if you consider that with covid it would probably be better to have one cast and not rotating people. Still, I couldn’t be happier to hear that there are going to be fewer guests this year, maybe we’ll know the winner at a reasonable hour (by Sanremo standards of course)

Hellohi
Hellohi
9 months ago
Reply to  Milanolich

This is the Italian way and I love it

Ermin
Ermin
9 months ago

It is sexism, and who will pay for the cruise? Probably Amadeus rich friends will go on vacation for free. Women will not say no, if this is all avalable for them to have a job.

IDK
IDK
9 months ago
Reply to  Ermin

The cruise would be payed by the sponsors. Everything about sanremo is payed by the sponsors. Y’all really don’t know s*it about this contest and keep spouting your useless bulls*it. Shut your mouths.

Denis
Denis
9 months ago

Zlatan will do what?
Either way it’s exciting! Make sure he will make it all about himself as he tends to do, with a bit of humour:)

Whisker
Whisker
9 months ago
Reply to  Denis

A tennis player was there at the 2020 edition, did some sport related thing and sang a little bit. Prolly something similar will happen next year. Che sarà sarà!

Jonas
Jonas
9 months ago
Reply to  Whisker

That was Novak Djokovic, following up his appearance at the 2008 Eurovision in Belgrade. Zlatan welcomed us to the 2013 contest, so it’s only fair that he too gets a Sanremo job.

Whisker
Whisker
9 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

Right!

Ashton
Ashton
9 months ago

Loving elodie hosting as a concept, but is anyone else a little uncomfortable about the system of hosting, where there is one man and a rotating cast of women? It feels a little sexist to me.

Ashton
Ashton
9 months ago
Reply to  Ashton

Just to clarify, I have no problem with mulitple hosts, but with the weird implication that 1, women do not have the skills to host for more than one night, and 2, that they are there solely for eye candy. It may not be outright sexism, but it sure leaves a weird taste in my mouth.

Jonas
Jonas
9 months ago
Reply to  Ashton

Monica Belucci withdrew from the job this year for that very reason.

James
James
9 months ago
Reply to  Ashton

It seems to be the case for Amadeus and (as far as I recall) Carlos Conti.

I don’t remember Claudio Birgio having had any other co-host besides Virginia Raffaele in 2018 though so I guess that is one exception. But, yes…That seems to be a pattern for most other male presenters.

Tom
Tom
9 months ago
Reply to  Ashton

I agree. I think for a lot of shows all over the world, the requirement for a man to be a host is that they are witty/funny, whereas the women have to be beautiful, as if that’s their main role/purpose.
I think San Remo is especially bad for this.

Stommie
Stommie
9 months ago
Reply to  Ashton

Are you old enough to remember Colpo Grosso?

Ashton
Ashton
9 months ago
Reply to  Stommie

Not at all, but I just searched it up and its disgusting.

sucof
sucof
9 months ago
Reply to  Ashton

let’s not start with these useless Anglo-Saxon country controversies that bore the whole world! In sanremo the roles have always alternated.

Ashton
Ashton
9 months ago
Reply to  sucof

let’s not start with u excusing sexism as a ‘cultural difference’.

sucof
sucof
9 months ago
Reply to  Ashton

you started to insinuate the controversy

Ashton
Ashton
9 months ago
Reply to  sucof

and? what about it?

Erasmus
Erasmus
9 months ago
Reply to  Ashton

if the women doing it aren’t bothered than we shouldn’t be either. it’s the same as when people complained about Grid girls and they lost their job, even though they loved it. We shouldn’t be quick to complain about everything.

Jonas
Jonas
9 months ago
Reply to  Erasmus

It’s bigger than just these few women. It’s about the message it sends to viewers at home, especially young and impressionable minds. Wise up.

Gippa
Gippa
9 months ago
Reply to  Ashton

Italian woman here. Yes it’s sexist and we know it, every year this thing is rightly criticized. The standard for many years was a male presenter with two female co-hosts (not a in rotation, they were there for all the nights). The presenter is usually also the artistic director (that chose his staff of collaborators, co-hosts and the songs in the competition) and it’s chosen by RAI itself in early stages; there have been female presenters but that has been a quite rare event, usually he’s male. Some years were/are more sexists than others, but Sanremo has always been also… Read more »

Ashton
Ashton
9 months ago
Reply to  Gippa

Thank you for elaborating! It was great to have an Italian woman’s perspective on this issue. 🙂

Gippa
Gippa
9 months ago
Reply to  Ashton

You’re welcome. 🙂 I think some things in Sanremo are really puzzling for a foreigner. But try to consider that Sanremo is really big in Italy (it’s the most-watched program on tv of the entire year) and while it tries to be contemporary in some aspects, it struggles not being dated in others (also due to a broad audience with many different generations watching, so, basically, trying to please everyone it fails to completely please anyone LOL). Same for the songs: there were songs and artists that were incredibly brave and daring even for today’s standards, songs about prostitution (I… Read more »

Ashton
Ashton
9 months ago
Reply to  Gippa

That’s a really poetic way of putting it. Thank you for informing me, I will probably be watching Sanremo with a different view this year. 🙂

Gippa
Gippa
9 months ago
Reply to  Ashton

Well, if you put it like that I’ve probably sold it too well, there’s a lot of trash and idiotic scandals too. LOL

Have a nice evening (and a happy new year since we’re almost there).

Ashton
Ashton
9 months ago
Reply to  Gippa

You too!

Amor-Khalila Amankwah
9 months ago
Reply to  Ashton

Maybe it’s just me but as a woman, I really don’t mind it. I liked all of the ladies at last year’s Sanremo and thought they each had a moment to shine. They were not eye candy to me.