Italy’s Sanremo 2021 kicks off on Tuesday. Ahead of the Festival’s commencement, RAI held a press conference on Monday morning. During the session, one topic arose which will be of interest to international Eurovision fans — the possibility for Diodato and other non-returning 2020 acts to perform as part of an interval act at Eurovision 2021.
RAI’s proposal for non-returning 2020 acts to perform during the interval turned down by Eurovision 2021 organisers
Eddy Anselmi, a regular member of both Italy’s and San Marino’s Eurovision delegations, was amongst those in attendance at the conference. Writing on Twitter, he shared the comments of Claudio Fasulo, Sanremo’s Executive Supervisor. “We asked EBU to have Diodato and the other 2020 artists who will not return to be invited to Rotterdam as part of an interval act”, says Fasulo. “EBU and the host broadcaster just said no”.
#Sanremo2021. #Eurovision2021 Claudio Fasulo, Sanremo Executive Supervisor: «We asked EBU to have Diodato and the other 2020 artists who will not return to be invited to Rotterdam as part of an interval act. EBU and the host broadcaster just said no».
— Eddy Anselmi (@eddyanselmi) March 1, 2021
A lot of Eurovision 2020 acts were reselected for Eurovision 2021 following the cancellation of last year’s contest. However, several acts won’t return. Some made the decisions themselves, others were passed over by broadcasters, while more were unsuccessful in their new national final attempts.
So far, the following acts will not be returning in 2021: Belarus’ VAL, Croatia’s Damir Kedžo, Cyprus’ Sandro, Norway’s Ulrikke, Denmark’s Ben & Tan, Albania’s Arilena Ara, Finland’s Aksel, Portugal’s Elisa, France’s Tom Leeb, Germany’s Ben Dolic and Italy’s Diodato. Sweden’s The Mamas and Estonia’s Uku Suviste are still competing in national finals. The exact status of Russia’s Little Big, Poland’s Alicja and Armenia’s Athena Manoukian remains unknown at the time of writing.
What do you think of RAI’s proposal? Would you have liked to see the non-returning acts appear in 2021? Let us know in the comments.