Sanremo 2022

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.

Achille Lauro

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“?

Aka7even

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“.

Ana Mena

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.

Dargen D’Amico

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.

Elisa

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.

Emma Marrone

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.

Fabrizio Moro

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.

Gianni Morandi

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.

Giovanni Truppi

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.

Giusy Ferreri

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.

Irama

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.

Iva Zanicchi

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“.

Le Vibrazioni

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.

Massimo Ranieri

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“.

Michele Bravi

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.

Noemi

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.

Rkomi

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.

Sangiovanni

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

Who is your favourite on the Sanremo 2022 lineup? Who do you think will win the contest? Tell us your thoughts below.

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Javi
Javi
6 days ago

I hope Emma win!! She is amazing and she deserved better in 2014!! I hope Emma has the best song! I want her revenge!!

Addie
Addie
1 month ago

Wow, I’m actually surprised that I know atleast one-third of these singers! This is my first time following Sanremo, so I didn’t expect I would know. I’m so happy that Sangiovanni is participating, I love Malibu and I hope that his competing song would be similar. But I was kinda hoping for Pinguini tattici nucleari as well as Nina Zilli, their music is awesome. Happy that Irama, Emma Marrone & Mahmood are back too

VESS
1 month ago

MAHMOOOOOOD <3

This is so awesome!! I can’t wait to see what Italy will bring next year!

David
David
1 month ago

I thought there would be a few “older” names but didn’t expect Gianni Morandi, Iva Zanichi or Massimo Ranieri . I was thinking Loredana Berte and Patti Pravo or even Ornella Vanoni.

Also thought Diodato may come back with another song to sing at a home Eurovision as he missed out on 2020.

Luc
Luc
1 month ago

Looking forward to listening to Mahmood, Elisa and Irama! 😀

nycforeverever
nycforeverever
1 month ago

Fantastic line-up! Sanremo has become a very exciting competition in recent years. Can’t wait to see Elisa, Mahmood, Irama, Rkomi and Rappresentante di lista. A lot of interesting and extraordinary artists this year again. Hope to see this fresh blood on Eurovision stage. Italy never never sends bad quality and they have to keep that record.

Héctor
Héctor
1 month ago

Glad to not see Ana Mena in Benidorm tbh. Don’t like her or her songs and would’ve instantly become the winner for no reason.

I hope she doesn’t try to represent Spain next year after she’s done in San Remo and after saying she’s not ready for Eurovision and postind a picture of Massiel in her social media. After her choice of trying San Remo instead of Benidorm, which I CAN understand since San Remo is more prestigous, professional and will have more repercussion, I suppose Spanish eurofans will stop hyping her.

Zisk
Zisk
1 month ago

It feels like Sanremo is tired of being considered old dated music with bad songs for older generations and sees what Maneskin has done and realizes that there’s some serious young talent in the Italian music industry in many genres and is trying to put one foot in the door to the next generation. I love it.

sucof
sucof
1 month ago
Reply to  Zisk

It was not sanremo that he did not want the new generation, it was the new generation up to 5 years ago who did not want to go to sanremo because they were snobs and above all not to face the race. In recent years things have changed, the same FEDEZ until two years ago said that he would never go to compete on the Ariston stage last year he participated

Vincenzo
Vincenzo
1 month ago
Reply to  sucof

And everybody saw what happened to Måneskin by winning Sanremo and ESC.

Emma
Emma
1 month ago

Sweden with handful returning contestants: “OMG Sweden come with something new, same people all the time, I will never watch MF again ever!”

Italy with 7 previous winners: “OMG I am so excited what a lineup! Italy is not playing games!”

Ahh the double standard in the comment section is comical.

Vale
Vale
1 month ago
Reply to  Emma

Are you realising that 3 of these SIX (and not seven) former Eurovision contestants (Ranieri, Morandi and Zanicchi) competed in Eurovision in the ’70s: FOUR decades ago. And two of these singers competed last time in Sanremo Festival more than two decades ago? Or just can’t you cope that Swedish Melodifestivalen is not acclaimed all the time as the wonderful and most extraordinary festival in the world?

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Helene
Helene
1 month ago
Reply to  Vale

So? Sweden usually also have former winner from the 80s and even longer back in the competition. And many of the songs in melodifestivalen becomes big hits in Sweden. It is the most watched television show in Sweden. So it is basically the same as Italy. No one claims that Mekodifestivalen is interesting outside Sweden, it is just like San Remo – national thing with 100 % Swedish produced music and staging. Many of the winning songs the last the years have been written by the artist themselves, like Frans, John Lundvik and Benjamin Ingrosso. So so agree with Emma.

Vale
Vale
1 month ago
Reply to  Helene

Iva Zanicchi competed in Eurovision in 1696, Morandi in 1970 and Ranieri in 1971: practically FIVE decades ago, not just in the ’80s. They are not running to compete now for Eurovision. If they will win Sanremo Festival they would let a younger contestant to compete in Eurovision. You say the two Festivals are basically the same. Why do you feel the urge to compare Melodifestivalen with Sanremo Festival? At Sanremo Festival competed artists like Cher, Ray Charles, Luis Miguel, Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder and many more (they were not guests, but competed). Why do I constantly perceive the arrogance… Read more »

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Helene
Helene
1 month ago
Reply to  Vale

You are marking words. I was only givning an example with the eitghties. Usually there are returnubg swedish artist from all decades in Melodifestivalen; like Ove Törnqvist who was a star in Seden in the 60s a couple of years ago. Or Siw Malmqvist who was a star already in the 50s. She is the first Swede to reach the american charts. By the way singing together with an italian. I was comparing them since both are the most popluar national music festivals that selects a song for Eurovision. Moreover I was commenting Emma That did such a comment as… Read more »

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Vale
Vale
1 month ago
Reply to  Helene

You are the one who wrote that Melodifestivalen and Sanremo Festival are the same and you want to compare the two festivals. Why? Why do feel the urge to say that both competitions are the most popular national events for Eurovision? Plus the name you wrote (Ove Törnqvist) never competed in Eurovision. As I wrote, if the three former Eurovision singers (Zanicchi, Morandi and Ranieri) will win Sanremo, they won’t compete in Eurovision. When Italians vote for the Sanremo winner, they don’t think about Eurovision, but they vote for their best winner. So they don’t just vote for a pop… Read more »

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Andrew Coleman
Andrew Coleman
1 month ago
Reply to  Helene

Are you really comparing the italian popular music with the plastic and impersonal pop produced in Sweden in the last 20 years? Some people are shameless! ;)) Iva Zanicchi, massimo ranieri and Morandi were internationally popular in the 60es and 70es and all together sold something like 200 million records around the world. We are talking about evergreen artists, not just old singers that no one knows outside of sweden. Even comparing sanremo festival with melodienfestival is funny. The day you will discover how many sanremo songs have been (almost) worldwide hits it’ll never be too late. Can you say… Read more »

Helene
Helene
1 month ago
Reply to  Vale

Moreover I find it arrogant to attack someone with downgrading judgmental comments like you just did when you implied that I was arrogant. It was you who started this path of bullying others not me. And Emma did not say that melodifestivalen is the best in the world. She was talking about the bashing of Swedes.

Vale
Vale
1 month ago
Reply to  Helene

What I find arrogant is the attitude of some Swedish Eurovision fans that boast their importance and superiority on Eurovision, bashing any countries, bullying anyone and infiltrating their song-writers, singers and producers in any possible national selections of other European countries competing in Eurovision.

Helene
Helene
1 month ago
Reply to  Vale

No one did that in this post. And I seldom seen Swedish fans actually doing that. So why assume that about all Swedish fans? It is much more common here with trolls bashing Sweden.

Edre
Edre
1 month ago
Reply to  Emma

The thing is those Sanremo winners are actually huge names in the Italian music industry, that is the difference. They are not tied to their Sanremo victories, they are legends of Italian music on their own (which is definitely the case for Elisa, Ranieri, Morandi and more, like them or not). Sure, there are, as usual, artists that mostly pop up in Sanremo, but it’s a minority, not half of the lineup. And outside of that there are like half of the names that have been on top of the Italian charts during 2021. I get how you might feel… Read more »

Tibor
Tibor
1 month ago

Sanremo just keeps getting better. Excited to hear all the songs. And since no one has mentioned him yet, very excited to see Rkomi join the lineup.
And thanks, Cristian, for keeping us so reliably in the loop all the time.

Vanuatu
Vanuatu
1 month ago

Ana Mena Singing live and alone? XD be prepared for another Elettra Lamborgini (and same results, both vocally and on the scoreboard)

Andrew Coleman
Andrew Coleman
1 month ago
Reply to  Vanuatu

The scoreboard is not important . Elettra’s song was a big success in the italian charts and that’s all that matters.

KarmaLeon
KarmaLeon
1 month ago

Giusy !!!! ????i absolutely love her voice ..despite before knowing her i always thought it was a man s voice ?

steve rossi
steve rossi
1 month ago
Reply to  KarmaLeon

https://youtu.be/GCPQ6_F-xfo

Giusy Ferreri (with Baby K)

Fast Food Music Lover
Fast Food Music Lover
1 month ago

Spectacular line-up! February 2022 can’t come sooner!

Vale
Vale
1 month ago

Elisa is an incredible artist! Eurovision fans need to know her!

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steve rossi
steve rossi
1 month ago

https://youtu.be/WlJIlSETnFk

Elisa (winner) and our beloved Raffaella Carrà at Sanremo 2001

OberonYronwood
OberonYronwood
1 month ago

Oh my good, Italy is not playing games, aren’t they? What a line up! I absolutely love i!

It’s so beautiful to see that the entire country is so heavily focused on supporting their own music, san remo is no joke and they are clearly brining their A game, somehow managing to improve each year even more, I wish we had that in my country lol

Vincenzo
Vincenzo
1 month ago

This is the duet Massimo Ranieri and Tiziano Ferro at Sanremo 2020 (Stage Design Gaetano Castelli).

Massimo’s voice is still the same as 1988.

https://youtu.be/M0qyAKCCZtQ

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steve rossi
steve rossi
1 month ago

https://youtu.be/8pkYbp9G8J8

And here our Emma, Sanreno 2012 winner

Vincenzo
Vincenzo
1 month ago
Reply to  steve rossi

Bravo Steve. Istruiamo un po’ i bifolchi su cos’è la musica italiana. 🙂

steve rossi
steve rossi
1 month ago
Reply to  Vincenzo

Non sono bifolchi, non sono fortunati come noi ad avere Sanremo, nel proprio patrimonio culturale.

Vincenzo
Vincenzo
1 month ago
Reply to  steve rossi

Dai, ero ironico. 🙂

Vincenzo
Vincenzo
1 month ago
Reply to  steve rossi

Sanremo 2012. Please note the host is Gianni Morandi who will participate as act in 2022. Stage design, is by the veteran Gaetano Castelli.

PS: bravo Steve. Istruiamo un po’ i bifolchi su cos’è la musica italiana.

Vincenzo
Vincenzo
1 month ago

And now Massimo Ranieri’s winning song in Sanremo ’88.

https://youtu.be/EY7-tcf45CQ

Vincenzo
Vincenzo
1 month ago

And also this performance of Elisa here:

https://youtu.be/sv0WvULNqv0

Vincenzo
Vincenzo
1 month ago

Mates, this is the last time Elisa attended Sanremo, as a guest. It was 2016. Host was Carlo Conti. Stage Design by Riccardo Bocchini.

https://youtu.be/K_jHKO9OJ7U

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Hyunwoo
Hyunwoo
1 month ago

Elisa Toffoli is my favorite singer, I hope she wins Sanremo 2022 and represents Italy in Eurovision 2022.

Vincenzo
Vincenzo
1 month ago
Reply to  Hyunwoo

I hope she will bring a great song. Must be in Italian, though. She is the only one having real chances to be a winner of Eurovision, winning both juries and televote. Together with Mahmood/Blanco. Irama may be another one, but he is unpredictable in terms of behaviour. And it will depend on the song he brings. I am curious to know who will bring songs arranged by Dardust. Probably Mahmood/Blanco, Irama and Sangiovanni.

Chris
Chris
1 month ago
Reply to  Vincenzo

I cannot see how Elisa can win both juries and televote. Her songs are typical Italian Ballads, and that doesn’t go that well with Juries ( 2016, 2018) The juries universally support radio-friendly songs with english lyrics and very over the top staging.

Vincenzo
Vincenzo
1 month ago
Reply to  Chris

Ok. No problem them. Of course juries, as always, play then geographical political game that we all know. Juries voted massively for Italy in 2011.

Andrew Coleman
Andrew Coleman
1 month ago
Reply to  Chris

Maneskin exit the chat….

Hyunwoo
Hyunwoo
1 month ago

I will support Elisa Toffoli, Mahmood & Blanco, Emma Marrone, Massimo Ranieri, and Fabrizio Moro.

Rashad
Rashad
1 month ago

Same names year to year, boring!

Vincenzo
Vincenzo
1 month ago
Reply to  Rashad

Well, in Melfest 2022 they also have John Lundvik, Anna Bergendahl and Robin Bengtsson. So…

Giusy
Giusy
1 month ago

We have so many big names this year. Historical Artists and new gen artists… A mixture of old and modern music ..it’s a dream. For us Italians. It’s the best promising cast. We can’t wait to listen their songs..my fav? Giusy Ferreri, Elisa, Irama…I mean everyone. These Artists know how to make good music. Music is quality, is meaningful text, is amazing Melody, is emotional transport…is passion.

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Ricky
Ricky
1 month ago

OMG EMMA IS FINALLY BACK!!! So happy, hope she has a great song!

Esc addict
Esc addict
1 month ago

Looking forward to listen the songs from Mahmood & Bianco, Irama, Achille, La Rappresentante di Lista.

Mary M.
Mary M.
1 month ago

I am excited for Michele Bravi & Noemi! I like their music a lot 🙂

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Polegend Godgarina
1 month ago

if i had to put my money on it i’d say elisa will win. not only she’s EXTREMELY respected here, but she transitioned from the physical to the digital to the streaming era amazingly and her albums go multi-platinum without her lifting a finger. but sanremo is very unpredictable so i can’t really predict anything in the end.

Vincenzo
Vincenzo
1 month ago

I would be happy if Elisa wins it all. She is the only one, together with Mahmood (but I fear the song with Blanco is a marketing trick, and they will surely sing some trap BS) to have a real name also internationally. For the rest, too many trap singers and old glories that, despite they can still sing better than nearly all the other in the list, have no chances to win because the televote is driven mostly by young generations. But there is always the juries vote to mitigate this.

Last edited 1 month ago by Vincenzo
Bella
Bella
1 month ago

Massimo Ranieri and Gianni Morandi are absolute legends (Gianni’s song “In ginocchio da te” was also featured in the movie Parasite). You add all the former winners to that, and this is a better line-up than most Eurovision contests!

Can’t wait to watch this!

Esc addict
Esc addict
1 month ago
Reply to  Bella

Without knowing the songs it’s already a better line up than most esc…ok, why comparing always San Remo with Eurovision, now it has nothing to do, a line up made only by italians artists vs a line up made by 40 artists from all around Europe…btw even with a “weaker” line up (which is not right imo) Eurovision : 200 millions of viewers / San Remo : 10 millions.
San Remo is good but no need to belittle the others as always for that ty.

Agumon
Agumon
1 month ago
Reply to  Esc addict

I don’t think one should compare San Remo to Eurovision (also the comment was about quality, not quantity) but since you did it: you can’t compare viewing numbers between a show broadcast in one country and a show broadcast in over 40 countries… You need to compare apples to apples: with 10M viewers San Remo yields a 53% audience. Eurovision 2021 did 40% on average (with huge variations by country, with only 2-3% in Romania, 28% in Germany, 12% in Poland, etc.).

Esc addict
Esc addict
1 month ago
Reply to  Agumon

I was talking about quality too. And what about the audience of MGP or Melfest in their respective countries for example. Ok San Remo has quality and is successful, ok Italy since their come back is one of the best esc country but sometimes a little bit of humility and less self- centrism from some people would be appreciated.

Last edited 1 month ago by Esc addict
Jo.
Jo.
1 month ago

italy showing no mercy and i’m here for it!!!

Vincenzo
Vincenzo
1 month ago
Reply to  Jo.

Roman empire is back. Hahaha. Just kidding.

Alo
Alo
1 month ago

Wow so many contenders! I’m counting the days till February

John
John
1 month ago

Why so many rappers?

Jo.
Jo.
1 month ago
Reply to  John

why not?

Vincenzo
Vincenzo
1 month ago
Reply to  John

John, it seems all the fans here adore rap and trap. As soon as we attempt to say we don’t like rap and trap, there is a stream of negative votes. I will not change my taste to make more comfortable those who vote against me. Sorry.

Jenny
Jenny
1 month ago
Reply to  John

Because nowadays rap and trap are a major part of the Italian music scene, if Sanremo wants to be a representation of current Italian music they need to include them

Catherine
Catherine
1 month ago

Massimo? Wow! So happy of it!

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 month ago

What a strong line-up! Elisa, Emma, Mahmood and Moro returning, Irama coming to revenge stupid covid, La Rappresentante di Lista back after being a revelation this year, Sangiovanni as one of the biggest name right nows, Achille Lauro doing things only Achille Lauro can do and also Ana Mena when we were expecting her in Benidorm. Plus for sure someone I don’t know yet but will make me love their music like it happened recently with Mahmood, Pinguini and Madame. Amadeus did it again, kudos to him.

Alex
Alex
1 month ago
Reply to  Sabrina

Pinguini and Madame have really been the biggest revelations for me as well. Love their music.
I hope we’ll find out some amazing new acts in this line up.

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 month ago
Reply to  Alex

And we even got a feat between them. Which somehow sounds very Madame and very Pinguini at the same time!

Lorenzo
Lorenzo
1 month ago

Wow. There are too many “old names” for my taste, but it’s still such a fresh line-up. So excited for February!!!!

Polegend Godgarina
1 month ago
Reply to  Lorenzo

the older acts are there because older demographics are still the main audience for sanremo. i doubt any of those acts will win anyway, probably one of them will end up on the podium tho. they’re trying to make all demographics happy there, it’s a solid lineup.

Totorino
Totorino
1 month ago

Judging by this list, I don’t think we’re going have another bad year for the host country.

Italy could even win again

Colin
Colin
1 month ago

This is one amazing line-up! I know that Italy has waited for this occasion for some time, and I’m positive that they will make this Sanremo as much of a powerhouse as they can! In a year when we see Estonia and Sweden, for instance, getting as much of an A-power stardom as they can, it’s obvious that Italy is keeping up. Can’t wait! 🙂

Efraim
Efraim
1 month ago

To be honest, I’m positively surprised that Spanish Eurofans so far haven’t reacted to the announcement of Ana Mena with a big ol’ s**tstorm aimed at her for choosing Sanremo over Benidorm Fest. Many are defending her, wishing her luck or even saying that she’ll have better chances of winning for Italy than for Spain. Of course there are a few that went ‘we’ve been betrayed!’ and the like, but they seem to be in the minority.

Ellie
Ellie
1 month ago
Reply to  Efraim

Maybe because no one expects her to win. If somehow she does and decides to represent Italy in Eurovision, the talk might change. They certainly weren’t kind to her a couple weeks ago.

Chris
Chris
1 month ago
Reply to  Ellie

Why?

Ellie
Ellie
1 month ago
Reply to  Chris

She was dropping hints that Spanish Eurofans assumed would be for a Benidorm entry, but was instead a cover of a hit song from Sanremo. A couple weeks later that looks extra funny, actually. She was dropping hints, but for another country…

Polegend Godgarina
1 month ago
Reply to  Efraim

italy only knows ana mena as a hook girl for rappers, i think she’s trying to become a household name as a SOLO artist now. italy is the 11th biggest music industry in the world by revenue after all.

Ellie
Ellie
1 month ago

Excited about Mahmood returning! Really loved his recent album. Also interested to see if Le Vibrazioni will lean on a harder rock sound now.

Not so excited about Irama, unpopular opinion I know. His transphobia and use of racial slurs gets overlooked for a reason I can’t comprehend and can’t tolerate.

Rojo Mx
Rojo Mx
1 month ago
Reply to  Ellie

Same about Irama, he isn’t a saint as many people think

Extinguir
Extinguir
1 month ago

My godness. What a cast. Songs better live up to this crazy list.
Elisa!!!
Are we in for an home win in Turin after Ireland 1994?

Thanos
Thanos
1 month ago
Reply to  Extinguir

That would be epic! I really hope we don’t get disappointed since I really have high expectations after today’s expectations!

Nadors
Nadors
1 month ago

This is going to be epic!
And Elisa… non Italians won’t be able to understand, this is the best of classic, contemporary and even legendary singers.

Polegend Godgarina
1 month ago
Reply to  Nadors

elisa has a very international flavor that’s unique in the italian music scene. i feel like non-italians will understand her either way.

Nadors
Nadors
1 month ago

Non Italians are going to adore her, also she has a lot of songs in English.
I meant they can’t understand the excitement and the anticipation. Even the older singers are among those who can still sing today (unlike other glories like Loredana Berte’ or Patty Pravo).

Marc
Marc
1 month ago

Also glad some Italian legends (who have been at Esc) are making their comebacks.
Morandi, Massimo or Iva Zanicchi

Alex
Alex
1 month ago

Mahmood back so soon?

Wow for Emma and Elisa.

OMG Sangiovanni… the most successful act in 2021 (along with Maneskin), actually he blocked Maneskin from reaching number one after Eurovision. His songs were so huge in Italy, he must be the hottest name in terms of popularity among the younger audience. I expect him to do well in televoting and perhaps a contender IF his song is strong.

Alex
Alex
1 month ago
Reply to  Alex

He’s very popular and will have a lot of televote support yes. Young audience. Dardust usually works with him.
Rkomi’s album also blocked Maneskin’ album after Eurovision. It was huge

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Polegend Godgarina
1 month ago
Reply to  Alex

sangiovanni is already kinda a fad here… he released a single called raggi gamma that flopped into oblivion in september so he ran to madame for a collab and she somewhat saved him. these amici singers tend to last for as long as their ep goes and then get forgotten, irama and elodie are the only ones who managed to stay relevant in the past few years…

Vincenzo
Vincenzo
1 month ago

Sangiovanni is a vacuum, a void, it was a hit for the summer and nothing else. Amici as a talent show is really bad. Let’s see what song he is bringing to Sanremo.

Thanos
Thanos
1 month ago

Wow seems like we will have the biggest pool of big names we’ve ever had in a recent Sanremo festival. I have tremendously high expectations for this year’s festival and I can’t wait for it to begin!!!

Marc
Marc
1 month ago

Sono sotta la pioggiaa
come la prima voltaa
A cantarti Nel blu dipinto di blu
Era la canzone nostraa

Mark
Mark
1 month ago

Best cast ever?

Mark
Mark
1 month ago
Reply to  Mark

Winning ESC had a big impact.

Alex
Alex
1 month ago

I’m still shaking with this list
Bloodbath coming

Alex
Alex
1 month ago
Reply to  Alex

Mi Fai Impazzire

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
1 month ago

I was DYING for blanco to compete. Been listening to mi fai impazzire and the rest of his album a lot this summer. So hyped for the collab with mahmood! Based on the artists it already looks like possible top 3 material

Last edited 1 month ago by Frisian esc
Alex
Alex
1 month ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

Biggest Italian artist right now.
He’s so cool and talented

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
1 month ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

+ I’m a sucker for everything emma marrone releases so glad to see her here!

Andrew Coleman
Andrew Coleman
1 month ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

check her recent performance at x factor italy 2021 with Gianmaria.
Serch on youtube: “X Factor 2021 | I DUETTI della FINALE”