On Saturday evening RAI revealed the 22 hopefuls for the 2022 edition of the long-lasting Sanremo Music Festival. The lucky contestants will sing it out to gain access to the Eurovision 2022 stage in Turin to defend the title won by Måneskin last May.
The announcement, expected for December 15, has been surprisingly anticipated and was made by Amadeus — host and artistic director of the Italian music kermesse for the third edition in a row — during the evening edition of TG1, Rai 1’s news programme.
Kicking off on February 1, the contest will feature a mixture of big names from the old and new generation. Seven previous winners, five artists who have already been to Eurovision, no less than ten women in the line-up. A plethora of names that will blow up the ratings and please all listeners.
Sanremo 2022 – Competing artists
Let’s find out the 22 artists competing in Sanremo.
The Valentina Monetta of Sanremo. Rapper-trapper Achille Lauro will make his fourth consecutive appearance on stage at the Festival, after taking part in last three editions both as a contestant and as a guest. Will he be able to win this time after the good results of “Rolls Royce” and “Me ne frego“?
Luca ‘Aka7even’ Marzano is the recent winner of the Best Italian Act award at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2021. He was a finalist in the 20th serie of Amici di Maria De Filippi, the Italian talent show in which he presented the multi-platinum tracks “Mi manchi” and “Loca“.
Eurovision fans have been waiting for her name on the list of contestants at Spain’s Benidorm Fest. Spanish singer Ana Mena Rojas instead will try to reach the European contest through Sanremo after gaining great popularity in Italy with the summer hits “Una volta ancora“, “D’estate non vale“, “A un passo dalla luna” and “Un bacio all’improvviso” with colleagues Fred De Palma and Rocco Hunt.
Jacopo ‘Dargen D’Amico’ is an Italian rapper, songwriter, record producer and disc jockey, founder of an independent record label. He describes himself as a “cantautorap” and jokingly defines his genre as “emo rap”, hinting at the use of personal and intimate themes in his music.
Ditonellapiaga & Rettore
Donatella Rettore is one of the most eclectic characters of the 80s Italian music scene with many hits including “Splendido splendente“, “Kobra” and “Lamette“. For her fifth participation she will bring with her on stage the 24 year old singer-songwriter Margherita Carducci, aka Ditonellapiaga, considered by critics one of the emerging artists to watch in 2022.
The name the spotlight will be on. The winner of Sanremo 2001 with the beautiful “Luce (Tramonti a nord-est)” returns to the Festival twenty-one years later with a resume full of successes and awards. Elisa Toffoli is a feather in the cap for the line-up.
Ten years after winning with “Non è l’inferno” — and after representing Italy at Eurovision 2014 with “La mia città” closing in 21st place — the singer and judge of X Factor Italia is ready to return to the Ariston Theatre for the third time.
Seventh time in the competition for the singer-songwriter from Rome who won the Festival twice: in 2007 in the Newcomers category with “Pensa” and in 2018 with “Non mi avete fatto niente” together with Ermal Meta. The artistic couple reached then fifth place at Eurovision 2018 in Lisbon.
A man who made the history of Italian show business since the 1960s, loved by young and old alike. The list of Gianni Morandi’s huge hits is very long, but it is worth remembering “Occhi di ragazza“, with which he represented Italy at the Eurovision 1970. 2022 will mark his seventh participation in the competition — with one gold medal, in 1987, with “Si può dare di più” featuring Umberto Tozzi and Enrico Ruggeri. He also hosted Sanremo for two editions, in 2011 and 2012.
Art music and indie rock meet in the projects of this Neapolitan singer-songwriter. Five albums published and collaborations with several Italian artists of the indie scene such as Calcutta, Niccolò Fabi and Brunori Sas.
The singer launched by X Factor Italia is one of the most successful artists who came out of a talent show in Italy, with over two and a half million copies sold in her career. Giusy will mark her fourth participation in Sanremo, after the last one in 2017 with “Fa talmente male“.
Highsnub & Hu
A surprising couple. Michele ‘Highsnub’ Matera is a rapper and former member of the duo Bushwaka. He will debut at Sanremo with Federica Ferracuti, aka Hu. Last year she participated in the selection of Sanremo Giovani, arriving in the final with the song “Occhi Niagara“. Unfortunately she didn’t manage to enter the Newcomers category of Sanremo 2021 but she is back now, ready to take her revenge.
The return of rapper Filippo Maria Fanti, aka Irama, seems like a real payback a year later. The winner of Amici di Maria De Filippi was unable to take an active part in the competition in 2021 due to the Covid positivity of a member of his staff, which made Irama unable to perform live. His song “La genesi del tuo colore” participated anyway, through a pre-recorded video during rehearsals, reaching a brilliant fifth place in the final. It went on to achieve three platinum records.
Gritty and passionate singer, appreciated presenter and divisive politician, she is the woman who has won the Sanremo Festival more times. Three: in 1967 with “Non pensare a me“, in 1969 with “Zingara” and in 1974 with “Ciao cara come stai?“. She also participated in Eurovision in 1969 with “Due grosse lacrime bianche“.
La Rappresentante di Lista
A progressive rock project born in 2011 from the union between Veronica Lucchesi and Dario Mangiaracina. La Rappresentante di Lista come back in the competition twelve months after their sanremese debut with “Amare“.
A four-piece band led by singer Francesco Sarcina, that made its breakthrough in 2003 with “Dedicato a te“, now considered a cult song of Italian pop music. They’ve been in the competition three times before, last time in 2020 with “Dov’è“.
Mahmood & Blanco
The couple that sent social media into a frenzy, ready to set new records. Blanco is 18 years old and is the trap revelation of the year in Italy with albums and singles at the top of the charts, such as “La canzone nostra“. Mahmood is a beloved name, winner of Sanremo 2019 with the groundbreaking European hit “Soldi” and runner up at Eurovision the same year.
Another incredible name in the cast that will drive the RAI1 target audience crazy. Massimo Ranieri is one of the most appreciated multifaceted artists in Italy, on the crest of the wave since the 60’s like his colleague Morandi. Six Sanremo participations for him, a victory in 1988 with the evergreen “Perdere l’amore“. Two times at Eurovision: in 1971 with “L’amore è un attimo” and in 1973 with “Chi sarà con te“.
Winner of X Factor Italia in 2013, he returns to the Festival for the second time after the excellent results in the charts of “Il diario degli errori“. The singer will step on the stage of the Ariston Theatre after a difficult period of strong depression following the judicial aftermath of a car accident in which he was involved that caused a victim.
The red-haired singer is back again. 2022 will mark her seventh participation. The last one was a few months ago with “Glicine“, which relaunched the singer in the charts. The success was confirmed this summer with the hit song “Makumba” featuring Carl Brave.
Mirko ‘Rkomi’ Martorana is one of the most successful Italian rappers of recent years. He will debut at Sanremo after reaching the top of the Italian album chart three times. His most successful track is the #1 hit “Nuovo range“, a duet with Sfera Ebbasta.
The most listened song of this year on Spotify in Italy is his “Malibu“. Giovanni Pietro Damian, aka Sangiovanni, is a rapper runner up in the latest serie of Amici di Maria De Filippi. He has already got 17 platinum certifications.
Sanremo Giovani 2021
Two more names will be added to these already announced on Wednesday, December 15.
During that evening RAI1 will broadcast the final of Sanremo Giovani, a pre-selection dedicated to emerging artists that will bring two singers on the stage of the Sanremo Festival 2022 in the only category in competition this year.
Below are the names of the 12 finalists of Sanremo Giovani and the songs they will present to snatch a ticket to the Riviera Ligure. But pay attention, the two winners will then sing a different and unreleased song on the stage of the Ariston Theatre in February.
- Bais – Che fine mi fai
- Destro – Agosto di piena estate
- Esseho – Arianna
- Littamè – Cazzo avete da guardare
- Martina Beltrami – Parlo di te
- Matteo Romano – Testa e croce
- Oli? – Smalto e tinta
- Samia – Fammi respirare
- Senza_Cri – A me
- Tananai – Esagerata
- Vittoria – California
- Yuman – Mille notti
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