This week, Italy is enjoying its annual Sanremo Festival. Just like in previous years, the winner gets the chance to represent Italy at the Eurovision Song Contest. In this post, we give you the latest updates of the Sanremo 2019 Festival.
Should the winner on Saturday decide not to go to Tel Aviv, broadcaster RAI will select another act for Eurovision.
There are 24 acts in the Campioni section. There is no special category for young upcoming artists anymore. They took part in their own festival in December, and two winners (Einar and Mahmood) will take part in Sanremo 2019. Notable big names in the line-up are Il Volo (ESC 2015), Nino D’Angelo (ESC 1989) and Nek (Sanremo 1997 and 2015).
On the first night, candidates will present their songs. Subsequently on night 2 and 3, a jury will rank the songs. However, there will be no eliminations yet. Friday the songs will be aired together with a guest performer. On the final on Saturday, the 24 acts will perform once again, until we get a top 3 for a superfinal.
Below you can see updates of the Sanremo nights. The most recent night can be found on top:
Sanremo Night 3, 7th of February
The other 12 candidates got back on stage to perform their songs on Thursday. Once again, the 12 acts were devided into three groups: The blue zone for the four best scoring acts thus far,the yellow zone for the middle group and the red zone for the lowest scoring acts. There are no eliminations yet, but the results will be taken along to Saturday night.
— Festival di Sanremo (@SanremoRai) February 7, 2019
Results after Night 3:
Blue group: Simone Cristicchi, Irama, Mahmood, Ultimo
Yellow group: Motta, Enrico Nigiotti, Francesco Renga, The Zen Circus
Red group: Boomdabash, Nino d’Angelo & Livio Cori, Patty Pravo & Briga, Anna Tatangelo
Sanremo Night 2, 6th of February
12 candidates returned to the Sanremo stage on Wednesday to perform their songs again. At the end of the night, the jury split them into three groups: Blue (top group), Yellow (middle group) and Red (lowest scoring group). Surprisingly, Nek ended up in the red group and Il Volo in the middle, yellow.
No act will be eliminated yet, all results will be taken along to Saturday night. In the final on Saturday, the best three acts will advance to a superfinal.
Results after Night 2: Nek & Il Volo in trouble
Blue group: Achille Lauro, Arisa, Loredana Bertè, Daniele Silvestri
Yellow group: Ex-Otago, Ghemon, Il Volo, Paolo Turci
Red group: Federica Carta & Shade, Einar, Regrita, Nek
Sanremo Night 1, 5th of February
All 24 candidates performed their song for the first time on the opening night of Sanremo 2019. After this night, they will be divided in two groups, that will perform on Wednesday and Thursday. Below you can see all acts:
Achille Lauro – Rolls Royce
Anna Tatangelo – Le nostre anime di notte
Arisa – Mi sento bene
Boomdabash – Per un milione
Daniele Silvestri – Argento vivo
Einar – Parole nuove
Enrico Nigiotti – Nonno Hollywood
Ex-Otago – Solo una canzone
Federica Carta e Shade – Senza farlo apposta
Francesco Renga – Aspetto che torni
Ghemon – Rose viola
Il Volo – Musica che resta
Irama – La ragazza col cuore di latta
Loredana Bertè – Cosa ti aspetti da me
Motta – Dov’è l’Italia
Mahmood – Soldi
Negrita – I ragazzi stanno bene
Nek – Mi farò trovare pronto
Nino D’Angelo e Livio Cori – Un’altra luce
Paola Turci – L’ultimo ostacolo
Patty Pravo con Briga – Un po’ come la vita
Simone Cristicchi – Abbi cura di me
Ultimo – I tuoi particolari
Zen Circus – L’amore è una dittatura