He was forced to sit out the opening show of Italy’s Sanremo 2021 as he awaited the results of a COVID-19 test. However, despite testing negative, Irama will not be able to participate in the second evening due to quarantine rules. Technically, this means that Irama will be forced to withdraw from the competition. However, Sanremo’s artistic director Amadeus has come up with a potential solution — Irama’s rehearsal footage.
Irama forced to quarantine and miss Sanremo 2021
On Tuesday, it became known that a member of Irama’s team had tested positive for COVID-19. As a precuation, Irama had to be tested too. And while the singer’s test came back negative, a second member of his entourage received a positive reading. In accordance with local rules, Irama will have to go into quarantine for at least 10 days as he was a close contact of the infected person. This means he won’t be able to perform “La genesi del tuo colore” on the Ariston stage tonight.
If the rules are to be applied strictly, Irama will be forced to withdraw. However, in a press conference, Amadeus proposed a possible workaround. He suggests that Irama’s rehearsal performance be used in place of the live one. Unlike Sweden’s Melodifestivalen, such a scenario is not accounted for in the Sanremo 2021 rules. Therefore, the artistic director and host must seek permission from the remaining 25 competitors. If he succeeds, Irama may stay in the competition after all.
As there is a risk of other artists being placed in a similar position later in the week, this precedent would stay in place throughout the remainder of the competition.
Sanremo 2021: Second Night running order
The running order for the second night is listed on the Sanremo website as follows:
- Orietta Berti
- La Rappresentante Di Lista
- Lo Stato Sociale
- Willie Peyote
- Malika Ayane
- Ermal Meta
- Gio Evan
- Irama (TBC)
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