We’ve had over three weeks to familiarise ourselves with the 25 finalists of Italy’s Festival di Sanremo 2022.
So while we count down the days until the iconic festival kicks off on 1 February, we want to know which of the artists you are most excited for.
Yes, the songs are yet to be released, but that hasn’t stopped us from checking out the vast back catalogues of all the competitors.
Scroll down to vote in our poll
Sanremo 2022: Line-up
There are several names that will be instantly recognisably to international Eurovision fans: Mahmood, Fabrizio Moro, Emma Marrone, Massimo Ranieri, Gianni Morandi and Iva Zanicchi.
Mahmood returns to the festival three years after winning with “Soldi”, which took second place at Eurovision 2019. For Sanremo 2022, he will take the stage paired with Blanco, last year’s revelation singer in Italy.
Fabrizio Moro, on the other hand, returns as a soloist this time, four years after winning with “Non mi avete fatto niente” alongside Ermal Meta. Together, they finished fifth at Eurovision 2018.
In 2012, Emma Marrone won Sanremo with “Non è l’inferno”. We would then see her at Eurovision in 2014, where she sang “La mia città”. Emma comes back to the festival to celebrate ten years since her Sanremo victory.
Italian icons Gianni Morandi, Massimo Ranieri and Iva Zanicchi took to the Eurovision stage in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Between them, they have scored five Sanremo victories.
Those mentioned above are the singers with Eurovision experience, but the list of Sanremo returnees is much longer. Achille Lauro, Rettore, Elisa, Giusy Ferreri, Irama, La Rappresentante di Lista, Le Vibrazioni, Michele Bravi and Noemi are all back after varying amounts of time away.
Matteo Romano, Tananai and Yuman gained access to the main show by winning the Sanremo Giovani contest a few weeks ago, which is dedicated solely for emerging talents.
The remaining 2022 candidates are Aka7even, Ana Mena, Dargen D’Amico, Ditonellapiaga, Giovanni Truppi, Highsnob & Hu, Rkomi and Sangiovanni.
Poll: Which Sanremo 2022 act are you most excited for?
And now it’s time for you to cast your vote. You can vote for as many acts as you wish, but you can only vote once.
Who did you vote for? Whose song are you most looking forward to hearing? Let us know in the comments below.