We’ve had over three weeks to familiarise ourselves with the 26 finalists of Italy’s Sanremo 2021.

So while we count down to the days until the iconic festival kicks off on 2 March, we want to know which of the artists you are most excited for. Yes, the songs are yet to be released but that hasn’t stopped us from checking out the vast back catalogues of all the competitors.

Who are you most excited for?

Sanremo 2021: Notable names

There are two names that will be instantly recognisably to international Eurovision fans — Ermal Meta and Francesca Michielin. Meta returns to the Festival three years after winning with fellow singer Fabrizio Moro. They finished fifth at Eurovision 2018 with “Non mi avete fatto niente”.

Meanwhile, Eurovision 2016 singer Francesca is participating in Sanremo for the second time. She’s collaborating with festival debutant Fedez. They’ve previously joined forces for “Cigno nero” and “Magnifico”.

Ermal and Francesca are the only two Eurovision names, but the list of Sanremo returnees is much longer. Annalisa, Arisa, Francesco Renga, Ghemon, Irama, Lo Stato Sociale, Malika Ayane, Max Gazzè (with Trifluoperazina Monstery Band), Noemi and Orietta Berti are all back after varying amounts of time away — Berti last graced the Ariston stage 29 years ago.

There’s also space on the card for Bugo. He sensationally walked off during the fourth night in 2020 after his singing partner Morgan changed the lyrics to their entry live on stage. The pair were disqualified.

Fasma graduates to the main show having competed in the 2020 newcomers’ category. The remaining 2021 candidates are Aiello, Colapesce & Dimartino, Coma_Cose, Extraliscio feat. Davide Toffolo, Fulminacci, Gaia, Gio Evan, La Rappresentante di Lista, Madame, Måneskin, Random and Willie Peyote.

Poll: Which Sanremo 2021 act are you the most excited for?

Who did you vote for? Let us know below.

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Elsa
Elsa
9 days ago

Måneskin and Ermal!

Milanolich
Milanolich
9 days ago

I’m really excited about Måneskin, hopefully they’ll bring something similar to Torna a casa

GiornoGiovanna
GiornoGiovanna
10 days ago

Aiello with a JoJo reference as song title xD

Last edited 10 days ago by GiornoGiovanna
khm
khm
10 days ago

You should have added a 27th contestant – all of them. #bestSanremoever

joff
joff
10 days ago

Only for the Queen Annalisa. Is her time to go to Eurovision after the amazing song in 2018.

JustAFan
JustAFan
10 days ago

Orietta Berti gang rise up

Gianni
Gianni
10 days ago
Reply to  JustAFan

Long live Orietta, one of my favourite singer ever…And the more real italian one!

willchrisiam
willchrisiam
10 days ago

Lol, I’m so tired that I read ,,Which San Marino 2021 act are you most excited for?”. In the moment completely forgot about Senhit. I was shocked to see them having so many contestants and Ermal Meta being one of them…

Last edited 10 days ago by willchrisiam
Ibra
Ibra
10 days ago

I am most excited for Zlatan Ibrahimovic!

Tibor
Tibor
10 days ago

I’m most curious for what Aiello and La Rappresentante di Lista have come up with, but frankly, I’m just excited for Sanremo to happen and I’m sure, there will be a bunch of songs I’ll like from artists I’m not even familiar with, yet. 🙂

Erasmus
Erasmus
10 days ago

Only nf stacked with names along with Melfest, all other nf’s having been rather disappointing (name wise). Can’t choose between Gaia, Maneskin, Irama, Annalisa, Noemi, Francesca and Fedez, Madame… probably missed some hahah

Alo
Alo
10 days ago

I’m excited for everyone honestly haha.
So many great artists.
But if I need to pick one I’ll say maneskin, I really like their music.

KRM
KRM
11 days ago

I am looking forward to listen to Francesca and Fedez’s song.

In my opinion, Francesca was quite underrated in 2016, so if she has the right song, I would love to see her again at Eurovision.

I am also excited for the other songs, since Sanremo entries usually don’t disappoint.

Jonas
Jonas
11 days ago

Malika Ayane.

Whisker
Whisker
11 days ago

I can’t wait for Ermal Meta’s song!

Yes
Yes
11 days ago

Annalisa! I’m so hyped for her! Also Lo State Sociale tho