It’s all change for Sanremo Giovani this season. Broadcaster Rai has revamped the rules of the competition for upcoming singers, with the competition returning to a format similar to 2019. The top-two placed Giovani acts will earn spots to compete alongside the Big Artists in the Sanremo 2022 in February.
Italian broadcaster confirmed the changes, led by the 2022 returning Artistic Director Amadeus.
Unlike in previous years, the Sanremo Giovani acts will not compete in their own section in the Sanremo Festival — the Nuove Proposte competition.
Instead the newcomers will be judged at the Sanremo Giovani final in December. There, 12 acts will compete, previously selected from a larger pool of 30.
The two highest placed will earn places in competition at the Sanremo Festival in February. This means that Italy’s entry for Eurovision 2022 could come via the Giovani contest.
Because of the possibility of also competing at Sanremo, all potential Giovani contestants must enter with both their Giovani entry as well as their potential Sanremo — and therefore Eurovision — entry.
Regarding the Giovani contest, Amadeus said, “Again this year it will be a great challenge and also a privilege to discover and find emerging artists.”
A return to the successful 2019 format
This show format is similar to what was used at Sanremo 2019. At that year’s Giovani competition, Elnar (with “Centomila volte”) and Mahmood (with “Gioventù bruciata”) each won a ticket to the Sanremo contest.
Mahmood went on to win Sanremo 2019 with his entry “Soldi” — and then placed second at Eurovision 2019. So the pressure is on for the Giovani 2022 hopefuls.
The Giovani competition has also lowered its age range. It now has a minimum age of 16 — also the youngest age for Eurovision, and a maximum of under 30.
Entries for Sanremo 2022 open today and will close one month later, on 16 October. Entries can only be submitted by record labels on behalf of their artists.
Sanremo Giovani has been held sporadically since 1993, and regularly since 2015. The show has become a pipeline for future Sanremo success. Former Sanremo Giovani stars include recent Eurovision acts Francesco Gabbani, Ermal Meta and Mahmood.
Sanremo Giovani will take place in December this year, while the big Sanremo Festival will run from 1 to 5 February 2022.
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