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.
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