After winning Eurovision 2021, Italy’s broadcaster RAI is now looking ahead. The broadcaster has confirmed that its flagship Sanremo Music Festival will return to its usual period in the first week of February. And while RAI isn’t saying much about Eurovision 2022, it has confirmed the Sanremo and Eurovision 2022 productions will be kept seperate.

Stefano Coletta, the Director of RAI1, spoke about Sanremo 2022 at the launch of the RAI schedules for 2021/2022. He confirmed that Sanremo 2022 would be held in its usual period in the first week of February. The 2021 edition of the show had been moved one month later, in early March, to give extra time to plan the show during the pandemic.

Coletta also confirmed that Amadeus would not be returning to Sanremo after his successful two-year stint as Creative Director and host. But Amadeus’ impact in modernising Sanremo has made a lasting impact and RAI have been in contact with him.

Coletta explained, “The work of Amadeus as artistic director has been significant, it is not so negligible and replaceable. I think that today it is no longer possible to go back to a more classic Sanremo.”

As for a return of 2021 co-host Fiorello, Coletta said, “For now, we just say ‘How are you?’! Actually, at the moment we haven’t chosen yet.”

Planning for Eurovision 2022 is “top secret”

But it’s still early days yet for both the planning of the 2022 editions of Sanremo and the Eurovision Song Contest. Coletta explained, “everything is top secret. The work has started but we haven’t decided the presenters and artistic direction yet. Especially about Eurovision, since we will also have to choose the host city and follow the EBU rules to define the rules that the big show must follow.

Coletta said that while it might seem logical to put the productions of Sanremo and Eurovision together, he felt that diversifying the productions would be more rewarding.

The Sanremo Music Festival is usually also used as Italy selection for its Eurovision entry. In recent years, the winner of Sanremo has had first refusal to also go on to represent Italy at Eurovision.

Since its return to Eurovision in 2011, Italy has become a power player. The nation has placed second twice, third once, placed in the top ten eight times, and of course won the contest last month in Rotterdam.

What do you think? What sort of acts would you like to see competing at Sanremo 2022? Who would you like to host Sanremo and host Eurovision? Tell us your thoughts below!

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ESC fan
ESC fan
1 month ago

Off-topic (kind of): Måneskin’s cover of Beggin’ reached number-one in Germany: https://www.offiziellecharts.de/titel-details-1723611

Alex
Alex
1 month ago

Good news. I am sure Eurovision will get more time during the San Remo broadcast compared to previous years. I really hope they won’t disappoint us with the winner (the winner in 2016 was horrible and thank god they rejected Eurovision).

I hope they invite some of the ESC2021 entries to perform in San Remo like Barbara, Gjon’s Tears and Go_A.

Patrick Pastor
Patrick Pastor
1 month ago
  1. Max Gazzè
  2. Daniele Silvestri
  3. Arisa
  4. Malika Ayane
  5. Levante*
  6. Paola Turci
  7. Neffa
  8. Ilaria Porceddu

Of course, those are just my favorite artists to grace the Sanremo stage. Let me know who you’d like to see (I love other opinions), and give your honest opinions on whether anyone in my list will ever have a shot at winning (I can take the criticism).

Last edited 1 month ago by Patrick Pastor
Ziv
Ziv
1 month ago
Reply to  Patrick Pastor

Cesare Cremonini and Negramaro. I hoped so much that Cesare Cremonini’s Poetica would have been an Eurovision entry, but of course it could not have happened.

Last edited 1 month ago by Ziv
Luc
Luc
1 month ago
Reply to  Patrick Pastor

I would add Irama and Madame too

Sebastián
Sebastián
1 month ago

The best italian hoster for Eurovision: RAFFAELLA CARRÀ! Period

Alex
Alex
1 month ago
Reply to  Sebastián

No.

Meckie
Meckie
1 month ago

Anybody knows when Dates, host city and the rest will be announced? How was it in the past, any comparison with past events?

pammy
pammy
1 month ago
Reply to  Meckie

in summer we know the city and the days on may 2022, maybe in july because in agust in Italy are all in holiday

Last edited 1 month ago by pammy
Laura
Laura
1 month ago
Reply to  pammy

I highly doubt it will be in July, we probably won’t know anything before September

Yas20245
Yas20245
1 month ago

I have lots of ideas for the hosts. Alessandro Cattelan is one of them. He is new, young, funny. Possible candidates can be: Michelle Hunziker, Pier Francesco Favino (they were hosts of Sanremo 2018) and Giulia Valentina or Chiara Ferragni (for a role like Nikkie’s at Rotterdam) and Elisabetta Canalis.

Last edited 1 month ago by Yas20245
Rose
Rose
1 month ago
Reply to  Yas20245

I heard Raffaella Carella is good as well.

Braam
Braam
1 month ago
Reply to  Yas20245

Almost (excluding 2 cases) no one of them is a good presenter. Raffaella Carrà is too old to sustain the pressure of an entire Festival, maybe as secondary host. What about Victoria Cabello?

Last edited 1 month ago by Braam
Una
Una
1 month ago

Great news from Italy!!