Italy: RAI unveils the 12 Sanremo Giovani 2021 contestants

Italy: RAI unveils the 12 Sanremo Giovani 2021 contestants
Tuesday, 23 November 2021

  • The Italian broadcaster, RAI, has revelaed the 12 acts that will be competing in the upcoming Sanremo Giovani Festival 2021

    RAI received over 700 submissions for Sanremo Giovani, with the Sanremo Artistic Committee shortlisting 46 acts which will be continuing in the next stage of the competition. 

    Amadeus, Claudio Fasulo, Gianmarco Mazzi, Massimo Martelli and Leonardo De Amicis are the members who form the Sanremo Artistic Committee. 

    A total of 12 artists will take the stage of the Teatro del Casinò di Sanremo on December 15, 2021 for the Sanremo Giovani 2021 final, which in turn will open the doors of the Ariston Theater to the 2 winning artists. After a series of auditions for the 46 acts, the Musical Commission chose 8 acts  to take the stage in Teatro del Casinò di Sanremo for the  Sanremo Giovani Festival 2021. 

    The rest four contestants were chosen by the 21 qualifiers of Area Sanremo contest. Thus here are the 12 acts that we will see compete for the two spot that lead to Sanremo Festival: 

    Selected From the Submissions

    • Bais – “Che Fine Mi Fai”
    • Martina Beltrami – “Parlo di te”
    • Esseho – “Arianna”
    • Oli? –  “Smalto e tinta”
    • Matteo Romano – “Testa e croce”
    • Samia – “Fammi respirare”
    • Tananai – “Esagerata”
    • Yuman – “Mille notti”

    Selected From Area Sanremo: 

    • Destro – “Agosto di piena estate”
    • Littamè – “Cazzo avete da guardare”
    • Senza_Cri “A me”
    • Vittoria – “California”

    The two winners of the festival that will secure the same time their participation in Sanremo Festival will have to present a different song in Teatro Ariston as they will be competing for the right to represent Italy on home soil next May at Eurovision 2022. 


    Italy in Eurovision 

    Italy has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 46 times since making its debut at the first contest in 1956.  After a 14-year absence from 1998 and on, the country returned to the contest in 2011. Italy has won the contest twice  in 1964 with Gigliola Cinquetti and her song “Non ho l’età”.  Italy’s second victory in the contest came in 1990 with Toto Cutugno and the song “Insieme: 1992”.

    Italy’s come back to the contest has proved to be very successful, the country having finished in the top ten in eight times of the last decade (2011–2021), with Raphael Gualazzi second in 2011, Nina Zilli ninth in 2012, Marco Mengoni seventh in 2013 and Il Volo third in 2015, Francesco Ghabbani 6th in Kiev. In 2018  the winners of Sanremo 2018 ,Ermal Meta and Fabrizio Moro, represented Italy in Eurovision in Lisbon with their song “Non mi avete fatto niente”. The Italian duo achieved an honorable 5th place in the Grand final with 308 points and a remarkable 3rd placing in the public voting.

    In 2019 , Mahmood, winner of Sanremo 2019 represented the country in Tel Aviv with his entry Soldi. The Italian representative kept the good results for Italy achieving a 2nd place in the Grand Final in Tel Aviv. In 2020 Diodato might have won the Sanremo festival with 'Fai Rumore' but unfortunately didn't have the chance to perform in Rotterdam as the contest was cancelled de to the coronavirus pandemic.

    This year the rock band Maneskin won Saremo 2021 and went on representing the nation on Rotterdam where they triumphed with their song 'Zitti e Buoni' bringing the 2022 contest to Italy. 


    News Source: RAI