All you need to know about Sanremo 2018

With 5 nights of shows and 4 different ways to vote, all with different percentage bearings, a lot goes into picking the winner for Sanremo. This is all you need to know about the 2018 competition, how the voting is going to work, and who is in the running to represent Italy in Lisbon.

For many years, the winner of Sanremo has been eligible to be chosen as the Italian representative for Eurovision, and this year is no exception. The representative for 2018 will be the winner of the ‘Big Artists’ category at the Sanremo Festival.


There is a combination of 4 different voting methods that are used throughout the Sanremo festival, and these are:

  1. Public voting (carried out via landline, mobile, contest website or official mobile app)
  2. Press Jury voting (accredited journalists cast their votes and they follow the competition from the Roof Hall at Teatro Ariston)
  3. A demoscopic poll (a sample of 300 music fans are gathered, and their votes are cast via an e-voting system managed by Ipsos)
  4. Expert Jury voting (people from the world of music, entertainment and culture)

The voting systems will have the following weight distribution:

  1. 1st, 2nd and 3rd evening: 40% Public voting, 30% demoscopic poll, 30% press jury voting
  2. 4th and 5th evening: 50% public voting, 30% press jury voting, 20% expert jury voting

Big Artists competing acts

The following acts competing in the ‘Big Artists’ category are eligible to be selected to be the Italian representative at Eurovision in Lisbon:

  1. Roby Facchinetti & Riccardo Fogli – “Il segreto del tempo” (The secret of time)
  2. Nina Zilli – “Senza appartenere” (Without belonging)
  3. The Kolors – “Frida” (Frida)
  4. Diodato & Roy Paci – “Adesso” (Now)
  5. Mario Biondi – “Rivederti” (Seeing you again)
  6. Luca Barbarossa – “Passame er sale” (Pass me the salt)
  7. Lo Stato Sociale – “Una vita in vacanza” (A life on holiday)
  8. Annalisa – “Il mondo prima di te” (The world before you)
  9. Giovanni Caccamo – “Eterno” (Eternal)
  10. Enzo Avitabile feat. Peppe Servillo – “Il coraggio di ogni giorno” (The courage of every day)
  11. Ornella Vanoni feat. Bungaro & Pacifico – “Imparare ad amarsi” (Learning to love oneself)
  12. Renzo Rubino – “Custodire” (Cherish)
  13. Noemi – “Non smettere mai di cercarmi” (Never stop looking for me)
  14. Ermal Meta & Fabrizio Moro – “Non mi avete fatto niente” (You never did anything to me)
  15. Le Vibrazioni – “Così sbagliato” (So wrong)
  16. Ron – “Almeno Pensami” (At least think of me)
  17. Max Gazzè – “La leggenda di Cristalda e Pizzomunno” (The legend of Cristalda and Pizzomunno)
  18. Decibel – “Fuori dal tempo” (Outside of time)
  19. Red Canzian – “Ognuno ha il suo racconto” (Everyone has their story)
  20. Elio e le Storie Tese – “Arrivedorci” (Goodbye)

Former Eurovision participants returning to Sanremo

In this list of 20 there are 4 acts that have competed at Eurovision before. Nina Zilli represented Italy with her song L’amore è femmina (Out of Love), she placed 9th overall in the Grand Final. Luca Barbossa represented Italy in 1988 with his song Vivo (Ti scrivo) which translates into English as (Alive, I write to you). He placed 12th out of 21 entries that year. Riccardo Fogli came 11th in 1983 with his song ‘Per Lucia’ and Enrico Ruggeri , the lead singer of Decibel, came 12th in 1993 with the song ‘Sole d’Europa’.

Scores in full

The scores from each night, and each act (in full) are as follows:

Night 1 results

Artist Draw Song Votes Place
(weight 40%)
Demoscopic Jury
(weight 30%)
Press Jury
(weight 30%)
Annalisa 1 “Il mondo prima di te” 11th (3.83%) 3rd 9th 4.66% 3rd
Ron 2 “Almeno pensami” 4th (6.58%) 6th 6th 6.27% 4th
The Kolors 3 “Frida” 2nd (10.60%) 9th 10th 6.54% 8th
Max Gazzè 4 “La leggenda di Cristalda e Pizzomunno” 6th (4.61%) 5th 5th 6.26% 6th
Ornella Vanoni feat. Bungaro & Pacifico 5 “Imparare ad amarsi” 7th (4.39%) 8th 4th 6.268% 5th
Ermal Meta & Fabrizio Moro 6 “Non mi avete fatto niente” 1st (21.98%) 1st 2nd 16.12% 1st
Mario Biondi 7 “Rivederti” 13th (3.45%) 11th 17th 3.19% 15th
Roby Facchinetti & Riccardo Fogli 8 “Il segreto del tempo” 3rd (6.77%) 18th 19th 3.81% 11th
Lo Stato Sociale 9 “Una vita in vacanza” 8th (4.27%) 2nd 1st 9.53% 2nd
Noemi 10 “Non smettere mai di cercarmi” 14th (3.09%) 4th 16th 3.86% 10th
Decibel 11 “Fuori dal tempo” 15th (2.81%) 15th 10th 3.10% 16th
Elio e le Storie Tese 12 “Arrivedorci” 20th (1.72%) 12th 18th 2.41% 20th
Giovanni Caccamo 13 “Eterno” 10th (3.97%) 13th 12th 3.71% 12th
Red Canzian 14 “Ognuno ha il suo racconto” 12th (3.53%) 20th 13th 2.83% 17th
Luca Barbarossa 15 “Passame er sale” 5th (4.93%) 10th 15th 3.91% 9th
Diodato & Roy Paci 16 “Adesso” 17th (2.60%) 16th 3rd 5.08% 7th
Nina Zilli 17 “Senza appartenere” 19th (1.83%) 7th 19th 2.61% 18th
Renzo Rubino 18 “Custodire” 16th (2.78%) 19th 13th 2.56% 19th
Enzo Avitabile feat. Peppe Servillo 19 “Il coraggio di ogni giorno” 9th (4.16%) 17th 8th 3.67% 13th
Le Vibrazioni 20 “Così sbagliato” 18th (2.10%) 14th 7th 3.61% 14th

Night 2 results

Artist Draw Song Votes Place
(weight 40%)
Demoscopic Jury
(weight 30%)
Press Jury
(weight 30%)
Le Vibrazioni 1 “Così sbagliato” 8th (7.71%) 6th 5th 8.44% 6th
Nina Zilli 2 “Senza appartenere” 7th (8.88%) 2nd 8th 8.95% 5th
Diodato & Roy Paci 3 “Adesso” 5th (9.32%) 5th 1st 13.26% 4th
Elio e le Storie Tese 4 “Arrivedorci” 10th (3.66%) 8th 10th 4.30% 10th
Ornella Vanoni feat. Bungaro & Pacifico 5 “Imparare ad amarsi” 3rd (12.35%) 4th 2nd 13.94% 2nd
Red Canzian 6 “Ognuno ha il suo racconto” 4th (9.59%) 10th 8th 6.49% 9th
Ron 7 “Almeno Pensami” 2nd (14.96%) 3rd 3rd 13.87% 3rd
Renzo Rubino 8 “Custodire” 6th (9.09%) 9th 7th 7.29% 8th
Annalisa 9 “Il mondo prima di te” 1st (17.54%) 1st 3rd 16.10% 1st
Decibel 10 “Lettera del Duca” 9th (6.90%) 7th 6th 7.36% 7th

Night 3 results

Artist Draw Song Votes Place
(weight 40%)
Demoscopic Jury
(weight 30%)
Press Jury
(weight 30%)
Giovanni Caccamo 1 “Eterno” 8th (4.86%) 7th 7th 6.31% 8th
Lo Stato Sociale 2 “Una vita in vacanza” 4th (7.94%) 1st 1st 15.63% 2nd
Luca Barbarossa 3 “Passame er sale” 2nd (12.43%) 5th 6th 10.21% 4th
Enzo Avitabile feat. Peppe Servillo 4 “Il coraggio di ogni giorno” 6th (6.86%) 9th 5th 7.00% 7th
Max Gazzè 5 “La leggenda di Cristalda e Pizzomunno” 5th (7.34%) 4th 2nd 12.08% 3rd
Roby Facchinetti & Riccardo Fogli 6 “Il segreto del tempo” 7th (5.49%) 10th 10th 3.28% 10th
Ermal Meta & Fabrizio Moro 7 “Non mi avete fatto niente” 1st (41.18%) 2nd 3rd 25.38% 1st
Noemi 8 “Non smettere mai di cercarmi” 9th (2.98%) 3rd 8th 7.34% 6th
The Kolors 9 “Frida (Mai Mai Mai)” 3rd (8.71%) 6th 4th 9.12% 5th
Mario Biondi 10 “Rivederti” 10th (2.21%) 8th 9th 3.65% 9th

No scores were given in the penultimate night

Night 5 results (Super final)

Artist Draw Song Votes Place
Demoscopic Jury
(weight 30%)
Press Jury
(weight 20%)
(weight 50%)
Annalisa 1 “Il mondo prima di te” 3rd 1st 2nd (23,44%) 26,94% 3
Lo Stato Sociale 2 “Una vita in vacanza” 1st 3rd 3rd (22,10%) 28,40% 2
Ermal Meta & Fabrizio Moro 3 “Non mi avete fatto niente” 2nd 2nd 1st (54,41%) 44,66% 1


There are a total of 9 awards that are awarded throughout the Sanremo Festival in the big artists category. The awards, and the artists who received them are as follows:

Award Artist Song
Winner Ermal Meta & Fabrizio Moro Non mi avete fatto niente
Runner up Lo Stato Sociale Una vita in vacanza
Third classified Annalisa Il mondo prima di te
Mia Martini award Ron Almeno pensami
Lucio Dalla Award Lo Stato Sociale Una vita in vacanza
Sergio Endrigo Award
for the best interpretation
Ornella Vanoni feat. Bungaro & Pacifico Imparare ad amarsi
Giancarlo Bigazzi Award Max Gazzè La leggenda di Cristalda e Pizzomunno
TIM Music Award Ermal Meta & Fabrizio Moro Non mi avete fatto niente
Lunezia Award
for the song with best music-letterary value
Luca Barbarossa Passame er sale

2016: Stadio gives the Eurovision ticket to Francesca Michielin

It is the winners of the ‘Big Artists category’ who receive the right to represent Italy at the Eurovision Song Contest. However, if the winner declines, then the organiser of The San Remo festival reserves the right to select the the Italian entry. In 2016, Stadio won the category with their song “Un giorno mi dirai”, however, they turned down the chance to represent Italy at that years Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm. In the end, that honour was given to the runner up of the category, Francesca Michielin and her song Nessun grado di separazione (No degree of separation).

Last year, Francesco Gabbani won Sanremo with his song Occidentali’s Karma (Westerner’s Karma). He won in 2017, having won the new comers section of the festival the previous year with the song “Amen”.

2018 Sanremo vote share (audience figures from RAI 1)

Live show timeslot


Date 1st time

9PM – 12.00am

2nd time

12.00am – 1.00am

Overall audience
Viewers % share Viewers % share Viewers % share
1st 9PM 6th February 13,766,000 51.4% 6,624,000 55.4% 11,603,000 52.1%
2nd 9PM 7th February 11,458,000 46.6% 5,870,000 52.9% 9,687,000 47.7%
3rd 9PM 8th February 12,657,000 51.1% 6,146,000 54.4% 10,825,000 51.6%
4th 9PM 9th February 12,246,000 49.1% 6,985,000 57.1% 10,108,000 51.1%
5th 9PM 10th February 13,240,000 54.0% 10,404,000 69% 12,125,000 58.3%

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